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Cornbury Park is delighted to be hosting Wilderness, a pioneering new festival of music, food, learning, literature and rejuvenation, set to redefine the festival experience. Set among the lakes, forests and parkland of Cornbury Estate from August 12-14 2011, Wilderness will be an inspirational weekend for all ages. A limited number of discounted tickets for locals will be released from Easter onwards, check website for details at:

Curated by the organisers of Secret Garden Party and MAMA Festivals, it will include performances, fireside banquets and theatrical spectaculars.

The people behind one of the world?s best-loved theatres, The Old Vic, will take their spin-off, The Old Vic Tunnels, to Wilderness, in their debut on the festival scene. They will deliver a program of theatre, performance and arts activities, with The Tax Deductable Theatre Company also putting on a range of shows.

The festival?s gastronomic offerings won?t just be long-table dining and fireside feasts. Wilderness welcomes Skye Gyngell and her Petersham Nurseries Caf? as well as Sam & Sam Clark and their Moro restaurant as both hosts and culinary maestros of the festival?s two flagship outdoor dining experiences.

On Saturday and Sunday, the finest names in musicianship will perform, including Mercury Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons, Gogol Bordello, recent Brit winner Laura Marling who will perform solo, Toots & The Maytals, Guillemots and Hayseed Dixie, among many others.

There will also be an unprecedented line-up of talks and debates from organisations such as Intelligence Squared the world?s leading forum for live debate, The Idler, the British magazine devoted to the ethos of ?idling? and Headspace, the meditation project who aim to demystify meditation and make it more accessible to the mainstream.

Restorative healing treatments and yoga workshops will also be on offer in the Well Being area for rejuvenation. The Wilderness Spa, set alongside the beautiful lakes, will offer festival-goers hot tubs, saunas and massages.

Family activities are at the heart of the festival, including nature walks and talks from the Bristol Institute of Natural History, lake swimming, boating, fly fishing, a magical children?s area with babysitting from Boutique Babysitting and games and adventurous escapades on the front lawn.

Alison Cavendish · Thu 31 Mar 2011, 07:35 · Link

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