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Into the woods… Wilderness Festival

Rising out of the ancient woods at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, is the annual festivity that is Wilderness. Once a year, this midsummer Cotswold spectacle brings with it gourmet food and an ethos for well-being and mindfulness, as well as playing host to a variety of musical talent across its stages.

Over the years, Wilderness has become renowned for its uniquely boutique approach to the British festival. Far from your mud-slicked, burger van get-up, Wilderness has an English summer fete feel by day and comes alive at night with jazz bands, DJs and fairytale woodland creatures worthy of any folklore… For accommodation, think bell-tent, wagon and teepee camping, complete with hot showers, concierge and salon. Yes, hair-dryers and straighteners are provided.

Wake up early for a morning’s yoga class or meditation in The Sanctuary, head to a perfume-making workshop in the craft village, go foraging in the woods, settle in for a theatre production, or listen to one of the many speakers in The Forum on politics, style, or travel. This festival really is what you make of it.

Highlights include:

The Lakeside Spa
Wood-fired tubs at the Wilderness lake. Relax with a glass of Champagne or take a dip in the water itself.

The festival hosts numerous feasts throughout the weekend which, this year, included a long-table banquet from Raymond Blanc, a clean-eating deli by food blogger Deliciously Ella, and the debut of Richmond-based Petersham Nurseries.

Sunday morning cricket
An annual fixture, the Sunday cricket match (this year team Brexit vs. Remain) is a morning of so-so sporting ability, witty commentary and the occasional streaker.

Secret Postal Service
Send a message to a fellow festival goer via the Wilderness Secret Postal Service. With even the briefest of descriptions, these savvy posties will sign, seal and deliver to your recipient…

For a more genteel afternoon, head to the boating lake where you can gently drift along the lake, oars in hand.

For details of next year’s event, visit

Wilderness Festival  - Fern About Town (3)

Wilderness Festival  - Pine Cones

Wilderness Festival - Boutique Camping

Wilderness Festival - Boutique Camping Salon

Wilderness Festival  - Huts and Yurts

Wilderness Festival  - Fern About Town

Wilderness Festival - The Lakeside Spa

Wilderness Festival  - Banqueting

Wilderness Festival  - Petersham Nurseries Flowers

Wilderness Festival - Champagne

Wilderness Festival  - Beetroot Salad

Wilderness Festival  - Petersham Nurseries Menu

Wilderness Festival  - Prosecco Jelly

Wilderness Festival  - Petersham Nurseries

Wilderness Festival  - Salon

Wilderness Festival  - Ginger's Emporium Ice Cream

Wilderness Festival  - Sunday Cricket

Wilderness Festival  - Santuary

Wilderness Festival  - Moro Breakfast

Wilderness Festival  - Cupp Bubble Tea

Wilderness Festival  - Crafts

Wilderness Festival  - Anna Mae's Mac and CheeseWilderness Festival  - Meadow Tents

Wilderness Festival  - Foil Tattoos

Wilderness Festival  - Ronnie Scotts

Wilderness Festival  - Atrium

Wilderness Festival  - Big Wheel

Wilderness Festival  - Main Stage

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