Wychwood Festival

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Wychwood Festival
Bill Bailey - CREDIT - Steve Porter.jpg
Bill Bailey performing at Wychwood Festival 2016
GenreFamily Music Festival
Location(s)Cheltenham Racecourse
Years active2005–present
Founded byGraeme Merifield and Sam Shrouder

Wychwood Festival is an annual music festival held at Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire, UK. As well as music, the family-friendly three-day festival includes workshops, comedy, the Children's Literature Festival, and a Headphone Disco. The festival consists of four stages and has hosted performances from artists such as; The Boomtown Rats; The Proclaimers; Bill Bailey; UB40's Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue reunited; The Levellers; Newton Faulkner; Craig Charles; 10cc; The Waterboys; Duffy; Supergrass; The Stranglers; and The Human League.

This festival is sponsored by Wychwood Brewery (home to the Hobgoblin brand) and works in association with the University of Gloucestershire, who program and run the Wychwood FM Radio Station (in partnership with Tone Radio) and the acoustic Wychwood FM Stage. The festival also hosts the Children's Literature Festival (in association with Waterstones) and also works in partnership with the children's charity Toybox.

The festival has been described as “Britain’s most popular family festival”,[1] by the Sunday Mirror, and as "an excellent hybrid of The Big Chill, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival."[2] by Time Out magazine. The festival has also been called a "bijou Glastonbury".[3] and a “safe, fun place to take the family but also rock ‘n’ roll enough for the most hardened of music fans”.[4]


The festival began in 2005, and features mostly indie, folk and world music. The festival is known for its family friendly feel, big range of music on offer, plus a lot of other activities including 100 workshops for all ages, comedy, cinema and much more. The event has a very laid back vibe, and you can drive onto the campsite to unload all your gear. It has been nominated Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards every year.



  1. ^ Myall, Steve (2014-04-13). "Music, food, Shakespeare and the Tour de France: The top 10 festivals of 2014". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. ^ "Wychwood Festival - Our History". Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  3. ^ "Wychwood Festival gets under way". BBC News. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Festivals: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice". Retrieved 2016-08-16.


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