Wilderness festival

Wilderness festival preview

Heading to Wilderness festival this summer? Check out our preview of the festival including the line up, street food traders and the best children's activities

Wilderness festival dates 2018

Wilderness Festival dates are 2 – 5 August 2018.


Wilderness festival music line up

The main stage line up includes Chic ft. Nile Rodgers, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, Kamasi Washington, Baxter Dury, Chk Chk Chk, IAMDBB, Palace, Dan Owen, My Baby, Billy Lockett, Mahalia, Confidence Man, Joy Crookes, Carmody, Freya Ridings and Stereo Honey.

Wilderness Festival

The best supper clubs at Wilderness

There’s a Thursday night opening wood-fired banquet, plus a Sunday long-table banquet cooked by Yotam Ottolenghi. Petersham Nurseries, Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano, Patty & Bun and Homeslice will set up home in the field, too, with their feasting restaurants.

Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder
Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder

Chef’s table at Wilderness

Some of the country’s top chefs will be hosting chef’s tables – Mexican Santiago Lastra, James Lowe of Lyle’s and Sam Buckley from Stockport’s Where The Light Gets In. Swedish Michelin star restaurant Agrikultur will be cooking on the Saturday night using locally-sourced produce they find in the area. The Friday night sees a new collaboration between Lee Tiernan, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Tomos Parry, Robin Gill and Terri Mercieca, where each will cook a course in their signature style.

Read our interview with Sam Buckley here, who jokes “I never ever, ever meant to get back into cooking ever, ever, ever. Now I’ve got my own place, though, I’m screwed.”

Sam Buckley: chef interview
Sam Buckley

Best street food traders at Wilderness

This year’s street food traders are yet to be announced, but last year saw burgers from Patty & Bun, steamed buns from BAO and slices of salami, rocket and parmesan pizza from Homeslice.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bao
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bao

What’s new on the food line up at Wilderness this year?

At The Counter, talented chefs will rotate to cook inspiring dishes while diners sit at the counter and watch. This year sees Som Saa, Quality Chop House and Salon Brixton cooking up a feast for hungry diners.

Other food activities at Wilderness

Spruce up your foraging skills and learn how to create dishes from the wild with cookery school Hunter Gather Cook – think crayfish trapping, mushroom foraging and butchery techniques.

A hand holding mushrooms with trees in the background

Bars at Wilderness

Sip Champagne at the Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, top up on gin at the Sipsmith gin shop, or try local and UK brews at the Meantime ale bar and Orchard Pig cider barn.

Listen to our podcast with Meantime’s ‘Big Al’ for his unique take on beer tasting and more…

Meantime Tiny Pub

Other entertainment at Wilderness

Whether it’s literature or fly fishing you’re after, Wilderness caters for more than just music and food. Theatre shows include cabaret and comedy, while Letters Live will host inspiring conversations from Refinery 29, the RSA and the Economist. A variety of workshops are held across the five days includes life drawing, carpentry and wild singing. If you want to be at one with nature take one of the nature walks or delve into den building.

Children’s activities at Wilderness

For families heading to Wilderness festival there’s a splat art den, soft play area, polka theatre, storystock and pachamama crafts as well as a chance for children to explore the great outdoors on a kids’ overnight camp.

Wilderness festival accommodation

Looking for where to stay when visiting Wilderness festival? Various camping accommodation is available on site including a family camping area, a quiet camping zone, boutique camping in yurts, and meadow camping, where tents will have been set up ready for your arrival. If you want to stay in a hotel while at the festival, Mr Hanbury’s Masons Arms (part of the Artist Residence) is only a 20 minute drive away.

Book Wilderness accommodation here.

Mr Hanbury's Masons Arms Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Wilderness festival tickets

Tickets for Wilderness festival cost from £168.50.

You can buy Wilderness festival tickets here: ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness

Here’s our interview with Tommy Banks on our visit to Wilderness in 2017 

Black Swan Oldstead- Garden and Tommy for Obsession festival


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