Wilderness Festival to launch at Cornbury Park

Organisers of the Secret Garden Party and Mama Festivals have joined forces to launch Wilderness, a new "grown-up" festival on the former site of Cornbury Festival in Oxfordshire.

Wilderness Festival to launch at Cornbury Park
Wilderness Festival to launch at Cornbury Park

The three-day family-friendly event will take place from 12-14 August, with a line-up including Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons, Gogol Bordello and recent Brit winner Laura Marling.

A series of intellectual talks and debates, nature walks and family activities are also planned, with a Wilderness Spa boasting hot tubs, saunas and massages next to the Estate's lake.

"Wilderness is a festival concept we’ve been planning for nearly six years now – it’s as much a weekend retreat as it is an outdoor arts festival and it is our team’s curatorial approach to creating experiences well beyond just live music shows which has generated so much interest so far," said organiser Tim Harvey.

Director of Secret Garden Party Jo Vidler added: "We’ve had great success with Secret Garden Party but we knew that there was an older market that wasn’t necessarily being catered for. We wanted to broaden out the traditional offering of the established festivals and bring together as many of the culture and lifestyle aspects people love and are passionate about in one place, at one time."

Hugh Phillimore’s Cornbury Festival was sold to independent concert promoter 3a Entertainment in October last year and takes place at The Great Tew Park, 10 miles from Cornbury Estate this July.

Phillimore's festival company has since collapsed owing creditors ranging from music stars to charities almost £1.5m.

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