25th - 28th July 2019
Location: Charlton Park, Malmsbury, Wiltshire
WOMAD stands for World of Music and Dance and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, with an enormous amount of other creative arts thrown in for good measure. You will hear the very best of World Music, dance to all sorts of global and tribal beats and experience an absolute feast of culture.
People are always asking us which festival is the best!
There’s no easy answer to this as everyone has their own favourites.
Festivals have such a broad reach these days. There really is something for everyone. Do you want luxury or basic facilities, indie or world music, laid-back or party central?
So before you dive in and buy tickets…
These are our writers’ favourite festivals in South England. Festival-goers down south have lots to choose from ranging from small and laid back to exciting and busy – it depends what you’re into!
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By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (7) and Gwilym (5)
There is a very good reason why WOMAD is called ‘The World’s Festival’ it is like visiting 50 countries in one weekend.
This is our third foray into the many different sounds and experiences that are on offer here and it didn’t disappoint. The festival was notable again for being on the wet side but the organisation was strong throughout and despite a few near slippages outside the Siam tent we remained fairly mud free!
All of our writers are festival veterans with more festivals under their belts than they can count! So which festivals are they excited about this year?
By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (6) and Gwilym (4)
Organisers the length and breadth of the country dread the rain when they have put on an outdoor event. It’s easy to miss the essential spark of a particular festival when you are soaked to the bone and the kids are moaning.
This is what it was like last year but we came back undaunted. Keen to sample the WOMAD atmosphere to its full effect. Read more…
With Hazel Kaye (5), Gwilym Kaye (3), Caroline Gilbert and Tim Kaye.
Let me just say at the outset that it rained at Womad, not just heavily but torrentially then stopped then rained again. Now I am not one to whimper at the first sign of a bit of water from above but this review is tempered by the fact that this brilliant festival endured a WOMUD year. Having said that, it is obvious the event provides so much to enlighten, entertain and enhance both young and old minds.
Having wanted to go to the festival of world music for so long we can safely say that it did not disappoint. It has a feel of a small, intimate and exciting festival and yet it’s the biggest stage for acts from around the world.
Here are our top picks for 2015!
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival.
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Here are our top picks for 2014!
Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…
In the words of my 5 year old: “I wish it could be WOMAD everyday”
Confession time, we were WOMAD virgins but this only added to the excitement of setting off on our five and a half hour journey to Charlton Park and our very first WOMAD experience.
Just as we were packed up and ready to leave home at 6.20 am the rain came. Nothing to worry about as we had managed to get everything in our trusted Dolly (our camper van) and at least we were dry.
Ten minutes into our journey and we were starting to worry a little as the heavens opened and just being able to see the road ahead of us was a struggle. Thoughts of “NO please don’t let this be how our first WOMAD is going to be” entered our heads but there was no use in worrying, what will be will be!