Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Four day boutique festival with an ethos.
Wilderness has a pleasing 3 dimensional character, with theatre and food creeping up the agenda to rival the music component. It's one of the new Secret Garden Party type festivals that offer experiences and encounters (anyone for a dawn swim?).
The setting is Cornbury Park, which cropped up in the Domesday book as a royal hunting forest. Wilderness has been praised as a more thoughtful kind of festival, (for example there’s a robust theatre element to it), but also has its own hedonistic qualities, probably due to the self contained nature of the Cornbury Estate. A bit like stepping into a parallel reality is one way of putting it. The food game is pretty strong, it’s unusual to have a festival with an endorsement from Raymond Blanc.
The headliners are suitably eclectic - last year's line up included Nile Rogers and Chic, Bastille and Kamazi Washington - and there are other opportunities to enjoy over the four days, from bread-making courses to Andrew Logan’s Miss Wilderness event.
OK, there's a bit of a middle-class vibe at this one, last year David Cameron was spotted dining at a long table, but in fact there are no VIP tickets or areas, so it's pretty democratic.
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Lords of the Manor or The Swan at Bibury.