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Wood Festival at Braziers Park 2011

Wood Festival is the smaller sustainable sibling of Truck Festival. In 2011 it returns for the fourth time with a wonderful line up, all powered by renewable energy. I can't wait!

Fri 20th May 2011 – Sun 22nd May 2011

Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Earth

Wood Festival 2011 flyer
This year I will be attending the Wood Festival for the first time: to me it sounds like the most perfect festival ever. Here's why:

It's taking place in Braziers Park, possibly one of my favourite places in the world: it's a sustainable community in Oxfordshire, one which I have visited many times. It's got lovely compost loos and a beautiful orchard/walled garden.

WoodFest compost loo
Those compost loos. I have used them many times. They are bloody great.

Which leads me to… Wood Festival is the one of the very greenest festivals in the UK: it's entirely powered by renewable energy, harnessing the sun, the wind, and making use of those wonderful compost loos. It has won both The Oldie Travel Awards & The Gold Greener Festival Award and it was also shortlisted for Best Toilets at the Festival Awards. I wasn't joking about those compost loos. Shall I go on about them a bit longer?

This is the fourth year that Wood has taken place. It's the younger, greener sibling to Truck Festival, run by the same brothers, Robin and Joe Bennett, and tickets are only being sold to 800 people, 200 of which get priority having attended last year's festival. That, my friends, means that it is a SMALL FESTIVAL. Which in my book is a very good thing: so many of the festivals that I love grow beyond their capacity, and in doing so they lose what first attracted me to them.

Wood Festival Bunting
There are loads of great workshops taking place: in everything from songcraft to knitting to yoga for children to thatching to making instruments from junk to DIY wormeries to felt making to upcycled crafting. I want to attend them all! And there will be a fancy dress parade, a kids tent and real proper camp fire singsongs into the night. Not to mention the fabulous local food and real local ale served by The (tongue in cheek) Hippy Arms. There's even going to be a cycle-powered cinema and disco.

Wood Festival Campire
It's on relatively early in the year: the weekend of the 20th-22nd May, which is nice and early in the festival season, before I start to suffer from festival fatigue.

Of course, last but not least, is the extremely excellent line up of world class musicians: everyone from folk maestros Eliza Carthy and Willy Mason to Amelia's Magazine favourites Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou.

Tickets cost a paltry £95 - which includes all camping and workshops. Kids under 12 GO FREE, and the special Super Trucker ticket ensures entry to both Wood and Truck at a discounted rate. What a bargain! For more information check out the Wood Festival website.