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This weekend will see the Wickham Festival return to Hampshire for four days of live music and entertainment.

Due to the success of last year’s festival, which saw James Blunt headline the main stage, the site has now been extended in order to allow for a larger capacity. The festival is now able to hold 2,000 more people than the previous year, with Saturday and Sunday expected to draw a full house of festival goers to the small Hampshire village.

The festival has been up on numbers overall year on year, which the organiser has put down to good weather, but also to the ever-improving line-up. Currently, it is thought that 20,000-25,000 visitors will head to Wickham Festival throughout the weekend, with some fans coming from as far as Australia, Canada and the USA.

‘Top music in a lovely rural setting’

Those staying in nearby holiday cottages in Hampshire can still buy weekend and day tickets here.

There will be 80 acts performing across three stages during the four days, and in the event of rain, festival goers can head to the two huge circus-style tents. Artists such as 10cc, The Proclaimers, Billy Bragg, Wilko Johnson, The South and Seth Lakeman are just some of the acts named in this year’s line-up.

The festival is incredibly popular with families due to its informal and safe feel, and the organised entertainment for children. From the Groovy Movie solar-powered cinema to the digital funfair and laser arena, all ages are sure to have a lot of fun during the festival. Workshops will be taking place so children can get creative, with storytelling, a puppet theatre and bouncy castles too.

There will also be a number of craft and food stalls, from both local traders and those from further afield.