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At the heart of English folk
Wilderness Festival

EFDSS at Wilderness festival 2014

The award-winning Wilderness festival has made a name for itself as the ultimate music-loving foodie's weekend. Set in the dazzling environs of Cornbury Park, nestled deep in the heart of Oxfordshire, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is delighted to be working in partnership with The Local to programme music and dance in the Travelling Folk Barn at the fourth season of Wilderness.


Wilderness Festival 2014

A Celebration shaped by nature, a landscape transformed by the arts
7 – 10 August 2014
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Together - on Thursday, Friday and Sunday - EFDSS and The Local will present some of the brightest new talents alongside established artists on the British folk scene. The Travelling Folk Barn will have a chilled-out village fete style vibe, with a musical programme spanning the very traditional to the very experimental. In addition to performances, festivalgoers will have opportunities to take part in creative folk arts activities too! We’re planning afternoon singing and dance workshops and rip-roaring evening ceilidhs.

We’ll be announcing details of the Travelling Folk Barn programme in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye on the What’s on section of our website for details. Two for Joy Music will be programming Saturday’s programme in the Travelling Folk Barn.

 Dancing in the Travelling Folk Barn, 2013Gig watching in the Travelling Folk Barn, 2013


Outside the Travelling Folk Barn: the best of the rest

Hailed as one of the most idyllic, eclectic and gloriously paradisiacal events on the festival calendar, this year Wilderness will mix together the absolute cream of the crop in music, food, theatre and the literary arts across four magnificent days.

Banquet at WildernessWaterfall at Wilderness

Turning the forests of the sleepy Cotwolds into a magical fantasy land, there will be: long table banquets with Simon Rogan, Angela Hartnett, Russell Norman; feasts and gastronomy; late night revelry; spectacular processions and fire shows; tented theatre, art and promenade performances; talks, debates and literary arts curated by Secret Forum, with support from The Huffington Post UK; outdoor pursuits and wellbeing; family magic and games.

Wilderness - The Film from Wilderness Festival on Vimeo.

Click here to find out about the entire Wilderness programme

Tickets for Wilderness are available now via See Tickets


Secret Productions at Cecil Sharp House

Secret Productions, who organise Wilderness and co-organise the award-winning Secret Garden Party, host their super Sunday Papers Live events at Cecil Sharp House.

The next Sunday Papers Live is coming up on Sunday 30 March, from 11am.
Find out more on the Cecil Sharp House website


National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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