🗓️ Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July 2023
Dubbed by the team as ‘Notting Hill Carnival by the sea’, this intimate little festival brings the sound of roots, reggae, dub and ska to the heart of the Purbeck countryside.
Set on a farm just outside Swanage, Wilkswood is in a beautiful, rural spot just off the main road between Corfe Castle and Swanage.
Here’s a flavour of what to expect:
Over 60 home-grown and international acts will be playing across three stages, with headliners for 2022 including producer Mad Professor (performing with Sista Aisha, Sista Audrey, Canita and the Ariwa Posse Band) and the Twinkle Brothers.
On the Jah Spirit Stage there’ll be three of the UK’s top sound systems: Channel One, Mungo’s HiFi and Sinai Sound.
There’s a special woodland cleaning and dedicated kids’ field packed with activities, storytelling and entertainers, with festival favourites including bake-your-own pizza stall and supervised nature walks.
Food & drink
There’s plenty of food and drink options at the festival to keep you hydrated and energised, from delicious veggie & vegan soul food to award-winning Mexican street food and Jamaican jerk BBQ, as well as sweet treats like waffles.
Sip on a healthy smoothie or try out a rum-based cocktail for that authentic festival flavour.
The main bar has all the usual draft beers, ciders, wines and spirits, and there’s plenty of soft drink options too, including fresh fruit juices, tea and coffee.
Choose from either day tickets or weekend tickets, which include three days of on-site camping.
- Adult weekend – £120
- Youth weekend – £60
- Family (2 adults & 2 kids) – £300
- Campervan – extra £25
Book tickets online: wilkswoodreggae.com/tickets/
Camping & glamping
Camping is included in all weekend ticket prices, but day visitors can pay a small amount extra to camp or bring their camper van overnight.
There’s also the option of glamping here in pre-erected bell tents, fully-equipped with camp beds, bunting and lights, with the option of adding extras like deck chairs, beanbags and fire bowls.
Full camping information can be found of the festival website: wilkswoodreggae.com
Location & how to get there
📍Wilkswood Farm, High Street, Langton Matravers BH19 3HD
Find the main entrance to the festival site via High Street (B3069) close to the village of Langton Matravers.
It’s easy to find and will be well signposted from both the Wareham/Corfe Castle direction and the Studland via Sandbanks Ferry way.
Volunteer at the festival – and get free entry!
If you fancy volunteering across the weekend you’ll not only meet a bunch of great people, but you’ll enjoy free entry to the whole festival, plus a free meal voucher for each shift.
Volunteers also benefit from a dedicated campsite area, with free showers and hot drinks in the volunteer chill-out area.
As a thankyou, you’ll also receive a free Wilkswood Reggae Crew t-shirt from the team.
To sign up for volunteering you must be over 18 and fill in a quick application form: wilkswoodreggae.com/volunteer-application-form/