Lake swimming at Wilderness
You can eat lobster under the stars
Remember when your only festival food options were a) an oversized packet of crisps that you washed down with warm cider and b) the dodgy kebab van parked at the back of a muddy field. Thankfully, at Wilderness that's unheard of. Instead, expect long banquet tables in a secret clearing in the woodland where you can dine in fancy dress. Chefs including Simon Rogan from Claridges' Fera, Angela Harnett from Murano and Polpo's Russell Norman will be whipping up menus bursting with flavours – think Cornish crab arancini, plaice baked in Birch bark and stuffed peaches with Amaretti. Plus, each night The Chef’s Table set against the backdrop of the lake will be hosted by a different top chef including James Lowe, of Young Turks and Lyle’s fame. Elsewhere at the Wilderness Cookery School, you can learn cake decorating with Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013, butcher and cook a pig with River Cottage's Gill Meller or make tapas with Moro.
The music is immense
With a bigger capacity there's even bigger acts. Headlining is Burt Bacharach. Don't know who he is? Shame on you, he's worked with everyone from Dionne Warwick to Dr Dre plus written over 70 of the all-time greats including Don’t Know What to Do with Myself’, ‘Close to You’, and ‘I Say a Little Prayer.' Joan As Police Woman will also take to the stage belting out songs from her new album 'The Classic,' plus London Grammar, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware will ensure you dance all night.
You can tick those must-do's off your life list
Ever wanted to learn carpentry? How about metal work? Or, errr... naked knitting? Well, now's your chance. Check out the Bohemian Artist's Studio for Lomography classes, make a spatula with Greencrafts workshops or head to the Village Hall for the slightly more bizarre. From Giant Jenga to Spiritual Olympics, boredom is not an option.
There's a moonlit slumber party
Seriously. A giant screen + live music + all your festival friends under the stars = the best slumber party ever. Or if you feel like stretching your mind muscle a bit more check out the Intelligence Squared live debates. This year the best selling author Helen Croydon will be going head to head with columnist Stephen Bayley on why “Monogamy = Monotony”.
Everyone unleashes their inner hippie spirit
On the final night celtic procession pioneers Macnas will be taking over. With a harvest moon, expect fireworks, image installations and this summer's tallest burning effigy. Plus there's The House of Fairy Tales Travelling Art Circus and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Storystock and Angels & Urchins. If you're still undecided what you want to be when you grow up, this is the place for you.
Wilderness takes place from the 7th – 10th August. Tickets are on sale now. Visit http://www.wildernessfestival.com/
By Chloe Mac Donnell