THE Wickham Festival has announced that it is moving to a new home – a few hundred yards from its old one.

The festival is switching to a different site for this year’s event, which will take place from August 1 to August 4.

Winchester City Council have approved the transfer to a new field which organisers hope will help them beat the mud.

The new arena on the other side of Winchester Road is flatter and has better drainage to improve access and the experience for festivalgoers.

The new festival siteThe new festival site (Image: Wickham Festival)

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Event organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We now have 28 acres of flat and well-drained grassland for our arena with much better pedestrian and vehicle access than ever before.

“There will be no more long walks from campsites to the arena and no more slippery slopes to negotiate. And hopefully no more mud. Our new arena field is so much better in every way.

“There's enough space on our new field for our new arena plus campervan & motorhome camping; accessible camping; camping with electric hook-ups; dog-friendly camping; and Festival glamping.

“Walking distances between campsites and arena are greatly reduced and are across flat ground. While tented camping will remain just across the road on the beautiful grassed fields at Westlands Farm we'll have a new pedestrian route to also reduce walking distances between tented camping and the arena.

“And of course, we will be keeping our two Big Tops so fans will be able to stay dry as they watch a range of fantastic artists”.

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The new festival siteThe new festival site (Image: Wickham Festival)

Organisers are hoping that their efforts to improve access will encourage festival-goers to buy in advance to help safeguard the future of the event which has been running for 27 years.

Peter continued: “Fans may have seen on the television recently that it is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller festivals to survive.

“Our old friends at Towersey Festival have just announced that after 60 years of staging their event, they won’t be running next year. That is desperately sad but they are just one of 40 to announce they are having to cancel for 2025 due to ever-rising costs.

“We are battling on, but Wickham is not immune from the problems facing all independent festivals. Our costs have risen by over 40 per cent since Covid.

“We are proud of our independence, proud of the fact we're not a 'corporate’ festival, proud that we're not dependent on the support of big business sponsors. We run Wickham on a 'not-for-profit' basis where every penny is spent on giving fans the best festival experience possible.

The new festival siteThe new festival site (Image: Wickham Festival)

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“But if Wickham is to survive past this summer and not go the same way as Towersey and many other festivals, we urgently need people to support us by buying tickets early.

“We know last year's rain and mud plus the long walk from campsites to arena have dissuaded some people from returning but we have listened to fans’ feedback and acted on it by moving to a new site.”

Four-day tickets are currently on sale at £220 with Under 16’s admitted half price and Under 10’s paying just £10. For more information, visit