Wychwood Festival review and top tips for attending!

Wychwood Festival Review 2016

Wychwood Festival you ROCK!  We have had an incredible time today!  Whilst it’s still fresh in my mind I’m going to share my top tips for a memorable weekend at Wychwood and hopefully persuade you to attend with your family next year!

Wychwood Festival is Britain’s most popular family festival according to the Sunday Mirror and it is easy to see why.  The event offers a fabulous line up of music, comedy and children’s acts.  We headed over this morning in time for Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble opening the festival at 11am.  His show was energetic and entertaining.  He performed to a large crowd all dancing along with him and his backing dancers… mums, dads and kids were all having a blast!  After joining in the hokey cokey with Justin we made our way over to the children’s village.

Wychwood Festival review

The photos below show just a few of the activities on offer at Wychwood Festival.  Our kids were spoilt for choice with dancing classes, ukulele sing along sessions, book readings, fun science experiments, a circus school, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, giant dragon making, time travelling and a thoroughly entertaining show by Mr Wow.  Although the sky was overcast at times, the sun made an appearance and by mid afternoon it was pretty warm!


Wychwood Festival review

Wychwood Festival line up 2016


Wychwood Festival Top Tips

1. Our first top tip is definitely go!  I don’t think the website is particularly inspiring for this festival however do not judge the event based on its website check it out for yourself!  Tickets are available from the website from just £47 for an adult day pass, and under 5’s are FREE.

2. Load up your car with picnic blankets and picnic chairs and join everyone else in setting up a camp!  Unlike other family events we have attended, the car park facilities are very close and so make the most of it.  Leave layers etc in the car and return later when the temperature drops.

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3. We didn’t experience any major queues for any of the children’s activities today, it was busy but not overly busy. However if you wish to practice your circus skills or take part in any of the arts and crafts whilst it is quiet head over when a big act is on the main stage!  (We headed over when Justin was still on this morning and we had the children’s village to ourselves).

4. Write your mobile number on your child’s wrist band in case they get lost in the crowds.  I spoke to one mum today who had written it in permanent ink on her daughters arm, it may not come off for a week but at least her daughter will be quickly reunited with her if they get separated!

5. There is a range of delicious looking food on offer although if you wish to save yourself some money pack a picnic and just stop by the food stalls below for extra treats!


5. Take your sunscreen.  (Apart from some of the children’s activities most events take place outside).

6. Be aware that the bouncy castles and inflatable cost extra (£3 for ten minutes) as does the slack lining (similar to tight rope walking).

7. Pack your hand sanitiser.  The portable loos were kept very clean but hand sanitiser always comes in handy when you do not have access to running water:)

8. There were some seriously cool looking people at the festival today! If you wish to look the part wear your coolest festival hat or buy a flower garland from one of the many stalls (I saw them for sale today from just £3).


We returned to the festival last night to enjoy the music acts on the main stage.  The atmosphere was amazing. Young and old having fun together.  We stayed at the festival until 10pm with our 5 and 2 year old and there were lots of children still present when we left!  If you have young children it is worth taking along ear defenders to protect their little ears:)

Wychwood Festival in photos & top tips

Disclaimer – We were provided with complimentary weekend press tickets for the purpose of this Wychwood Festival review. All opinions are as always our own.

Copyright – All photos copyright Travel Loving Family






  1. 18th May 2017 / 7:55 pm

    This looks absolutely great! You can’t beat a good family festival. Looks like there is some great activities for the kids too and my girls would love the circus tent and anything arts and crafts! It is fab that it is not too far from us either xx
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  2. Earl Kolom
    7th August 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Thanks! This is really useful as we are planning on attending our first festival next year and we were looking for one that offers lots for kids to do and is not too busy!

  3. 8th June 2016 / 8:37 am

    This looks so much fun! We are going to a local festival with all three kids soon and I can’t wait!

    • 9th June 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Enjoy Chelle! Wychwood was great fun. We will definitely be returning next year

    • 9th June 2016 / 12:49 pm

      Wow 6 festivals! You sound busier than us! We have been to two, this one and Geronimo and we plan to go to Livestock Festival at the end of July. Have a fab time Isabella:)

  4. 6th June 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Looks like it was a great festival – plenty for all the family to do

    • 9th June 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Yes there certainly was Kara, we were spoilt for choice! Even hubby was happy as he got to watch Bill Bailey:)

  5. Hannah
    6th June 2016 / 10:36 am

    Never heard of this festival but it sounds like you had a fab time x

  6. 5th June 2016 / 8:13 pm

    A great review. It sounds brilliant, we’ll definitely be going next year!

  7. 5th June 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Wow, looks a great day out with so much to do x

  8. 5th June 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I’ve never really considered taking the girls to a festival, but after reading this post AND the fact that Wychwood is local, I am seriously considering it for next year now! Thanks for sharing your experience of it!!

    • 9th June 2016 / 12:52 pm

      You definitely should attend next year Karen. It was such a friendly atmosphere. You and your girls would love it:)

  9. 5th June 2016 / 11:15 am

    Wow it sounds like you had a great time! We have not been to a festival before, may be we should go next year! x

  10. 5th June 2016 / 9:35 am

    Looks like you’ve had a fantastic time! Will recommend the festival to my sister-in-law they love festivals and are always looking for kiddie friendly festivals 🙂

    • 9th June 2016 / 12:51 pm

      Yes do Emma! It was fab, your sister-in-law and her family will love it!

  11. 5th June 2016 / 9:23 am

    It was great to see you and your family Sarah:) My boys absolutely loved the children’s area, they were both running around from one activity to the next! The atmosphere last night was incredible, it was our first music festival as a family but will definitely not be our last
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  12. 5th June 2016 / 9:04 am

    It is such a fab day out! (One year we might be brave and do the whole weekend.) This was our third consecutive year and we love it. It looks like your boys had the best time in the children’s area.
    Some great tips here – having the car so close is very helpful. The ‘posh’ portable toilets are nice, but they do run out of water, so definitely good to have the hand sanitiser.
    I’m sure we’ll be back next year 🙂
    You’re right about the website though – it needs some serious modernising and it’s pretty hard to find the information you need.

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