Info

Location

The Wilkswood Reggae Festival
Wilkswood Campsite
High Street
Langton Matravers
Dorset BH19 3HD
United Kingdom

Contact: info@dubwood.co.uk

The site will be signposted throughout the weekend. Stewards will direct you to the car parking and camping areas.

  • Gates open at 12.00pm on Friday 20th July.
    The main stage will finish at 10.00pm on Sunday 22nd.
    The site will be expected to be clear by 1.00pm on Monday 23rd.

  • The main entrance/exit to the site is from the High Street (B3069) in Langton Matravers.

    The address is Wilkswood Farm, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset BH19 3HD.

    If you are approaching from Wareham/Corfe Castle, follow the A351 towards Swanage. Just as you reach the town, take the right turn on to the B3069 towards Langton Matravers/Worth Matravers. The festival entrance is about half a mile on your right.

    If you are coming via the Sandbanks Ferry via Swanage, drive through Swanage and take the A351 out of town towards Corfe Castle/Wareham. As you reach the edge of the main residential area, take the left fork on to the B3069 towards Langton Matravers/Worth Matravers. The festival entrance is about half a mile on your right.

    The festival will be clearly signposted and stewarded throughout the weekend so if get near the vicinity you should be able to follow the route markers to find the main entrance.

  • Because last year was a sellout we expect this year to be the same so there are currently no day tickets for sale. There may be some day tickets available nearer the date of the festival but only a limited number.

    However adult weekend tickets are just £120 for three nights camping (and parking), some great live entertainment over three stages, a dedicated kid’s zone and the best streetfood this side of Kingston! And if you’re making it a family affair, weekend tickets for teenagers up to 17 are just £60, children from 4 to 12 are £20 and tots up to 3 are free! To book, please visit our booking page.

  • Yes, the cost of the ticket includes parking as well as full admission to the Wilkswood Campsite and camping in the tent camping field for three nights.

    There is an additional charge for campervans of £20 for the weekend. This is essentially to cover a contingency for tracking and towing in the event of wet weather. A van camping ticket must be purchased separately to guarantee a pitch.

    Please note that the car park is separate from the main tent camping areas but it is in very close proximity, ie, within easy carrying distance!

  • Yes. We will have an allocated field for campervans and mobile homes.

    We have had to tighten up the van camping field rules and regulations for 2018 following advice from our Health and Safety consultants and in view of incidents at other festivals.

    Only vehicles that have been specifically adapted to sleep and live in will be allowed. Unfortunately this does not mean works vans with a mattress chucked in the back.  

    No tents allowed to the side of the van to prevent contiguous fires and only one small/pup tent allowed behind each van. 

    One car allowed with each caravan.  This cannot be moved until the festival ends so if you think you will need to pop to the shops, the car must be left in the car park.

    A van camping ticket must be purchased separately to guarantee a pitch.

    Also, please note that there will be no electricity or water hook ups provided. It’s also not possible to leave and re-enter the festival with a campervan, caravan or motorhome.  Movements in the area are restricted until Sunday evening and Monday when people leave the site.  

  • We’re genuinely sorry that we’ve had to start making an additional charge for campervans but unfortunately it’s the stark rarity of setting up, developing and future proofing a music festival and not simply a money-making venture.

    The first Wilkswood Reggae Festival was held in 2016 and was just a single day event with a capacity of 500. Each subsequent year we are trying to expand the lineup and entertainment and have aimed to fund this with an increased capacity and ticket price. As we have grown so have the stipulations from both the local Purbeck Council and from national legislation regarding our running of the event. For instance, we can no longer have tents in the camper van field (other than single ‘pup’ tents) for health and safety reasons imposed by the local council; we appreciate that this is disappointing (and if it were up to us alone we wouldn’t have an issue) but if we don’t comply then our insurance becomes invalid and the festival is a ‘no show’.

    The extra charge for the camper vans is to cover for tow outs, repairing damaged farm land and chemical toilet waste provision. It creates a contingency fund for when the weather is bad and we have to employ ‘tracking’ and local farm vehicles to help clear the site. We’ve been thankfully blessed with the weather over the last two years but, without this contingency and should wet weather occur, the cost of laying tracking and towing out vehicles could seriously deplete the festivals’ finances for subsequent years.

    It may be felt that this penalises camper van owners but the alternative is to also charge a car parking fee which we don’t deem necessary; the weekend charge of £20 per camper van (which covers all the occupants) is very reasonable when compared to other festivals (most of which charge in excess of £50) and we sincerely believe it’s a small price to pay for the additional comfort that a camper van affords over tent camping.

    We are all veteran festival goers ourselves and we understand any misgivings but with the likes of The Big Chill, Sonisphere Sonar and All Tomorrow’s Parties all having stumbled into trouble in recent years, we are keen to safeguard the future of Wilkswood Reggae. In 2017 the Y Not Festival in Derbyshire was abandoned because of the festival organisers’ lack of planning for wet weather and we don’t want that situation to arise for our festival goers.

    We hope that the festival still provides excellent value for money and we are continuing to develop and expand it for future events both in Purbeck and abroad so we hope you’ll continue to join us again this year for what we expect to be our best event yet.

  • The festival is on a working farm in the Purbeck Hills with unmade tracks and some arduous slopes so access is always going to be a challenge. There was a lot of constructive feedback from disabled festival goers from last year regarding improvements that could be made and we are implementing many of the points raised for future festivals.

    The plan is to have a separate camping area much closer to the main arena. You will need to email simon@dubwood.co.uk to discuss this further and to book a pitch. There will be no electricity or water hook-ups on site at all so if this is important you may want to look at nearby Woodyhyde Campsite which has full facilities.

    There will be locked accessible toilets in this campsite and in the main event area.  Please contact a steward as you arrive for details.

    We offer a carers ticket to each disabled ticket purchaser.  Please contact simon@dubwood.co.uk to arrange this before buying your ticket.

  • Yes, there are hot showers as well as washing facilities and toilets, all of which will be regularly cleaned and inspected throughout the festival. There is a small charge for use of the showers.

  • Yes. There are several water points on the campsite for campers and general use.

  • There are no cash machines on site so you are advised to bring a quantity of cash with you. The nearest cashpoint is at the BP Garage on Valley Road which is about a 20 minute walk. There will be card payment facilities on the main bar and the Jerkshak.

    Please keep your money safe and secure and don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place.

  • Unfortunately, open fires are not allowed at the festival, although barbecues (raised up from ground level, either with a stand or on blocks) and gas stoves are permitted. The festival will have a communal firepit zone for those not ready to turn in straight after the live acts finish performing.

    Chinese lanterns are also not permitted as they pose a threat to livestock as well as a risk of fire.

  • Unfortunately, because the festival site is part of a livestock farm, we cannot allow dogs anywhere on the festival site with the exception of registered guide dogs. However, there are several campsites in the area that allow dogs: check out Acton Field and Tom’s Field in Langton Matravers and Harmans Cross Campsite, all of which are close to the festival site.

  • Unfortunately we cannot accept any other generators onsite other than those necessary for the live music, the soundsystems and the caterers.

  • Please email us with any enquiries: info@dubwood.co.uk.

Mixing desk
  • Gates open at 12.00pm on Friday 20th July.
    The main stage will finish at 10.00pm on Sunday 22nd.
    The site will be expected to be clear by 1.00pm on Monday 23rd.

  • The main entrance/exit to the site is from the High Street (B3069) in Langton Matravers.

    The address is Wilkswood Farm, High Street, Langton Matravers, Dorset BH19 3HD.

    If you are approaching from Wareham/Corfe Castle, follow the A351 towards Swanage. Just as you reach the town, take the right turn on to the B3069 towards Langton Matravers/Worth Matravers. The festival entrance is about half a mile on your right.

    If you are coming via the Sandbanks Ferry via Swanage, drive through Swanage and take the A351 out of town towards Corfe Castle/Wareham. As you reach the edge of the main residential area, take the left fork on to the B3069 towards Langton Matravers/Worth Matravers. The festival entrance is about half a mile on your right.

    The festival will be clearly signposted and stewarded throughout the weekend so if get near the vicinity you should be able to follow the route markers to find the main entrance.

  • Because last year was a sellout we expect this year to be the same so there are currently no day tickets for sale. There may be some day tickets available nearer the date of the festival but only a limited number.

    However adult weekend tickets are just £120 for three nights camping (and parking), some great live entertainment over three stages, a dedicated kid’s zone and the best streetfood this side of Kingston! And if you’re making it a family affair, weekend tickets for teenagers up to 17 are just £60, children from 4 to 12 are £20 and tots up to 3 are free! To book, please visit our booking page.

  • Yes, the cost of the ticket includes parking as well as full admission to the Wilkswood Campsite and camping in the tent camping field for three nights.

    There is an additional charge for campervans of £20 for the weekend. This is essentially to cover a contingency for tracking and towing in the event of wet weather. A van camping ticket must be purchased separately to guarantee a pitch.

    Please note that the car park is separate from the main tent camping areas but it is in very close proximity, ie, within easy carrying distance!

  • Yes. We will have an allocated field for campervans and mobile homes.

    We have had to tighten up the van camping field rules and regulations for 2018 following advice from our Health and Safety consultants and in view of incidents at other festivals.

    Only vehicles that have been specifically adapted to sleep and live in will be allowed. Unfortunately this does not mean works vans with a mattress chucked in the back.  

    No tents allowed to the side of the van to prevent contiguous fires and only one small/pup tent allowed behind each van. 

    One car allowed with each caravan.  This cannot be moved until the festival ends so if you think you will need to pop to the shops, the car must be left in the car park.

    A van camping ticket must be purchased separately to guarantee a pitch.

    Also, please note that there will be no electricity or water hook ups provided. It’s also not possible to leave and re-enter the festival with a campervan, caravan or motorhome.  Movements in the area are restricted until Sunday evening and Monday when people leave the site.  

  • We’re genuinely sorry that we’ve had to start making an additional charge for campervans but unfortunately it’s the stark rarity of setting up, developing and future proofing a music festival and not simply a money-making venture.

    The first Wilkswood Reggae Festival was held in 2016 and was just a single day event with a capacity of 500. Each subsequent year we are trying to expand the lineup and entertainment and have aimed to fund this with an increased capacity and ticket price. As we have grown so have the stipulations from both the local Purbeck Council and from national legislation regarding our running of the event. For instance, we can no longer have tents in the camper van field (other than single ‘pup’ tents) for health and safety reasons imposed by the local council; we appreciate that this is disappointing (and if it were up to us alone we wouldn’t have an issue) but if we don’t comply then our insurance becomes invalid and the festival is a ‘no show’.

    The extra charge for the camper vans is to cover for tow outs, repairing damaged farm land and chemical toilet waste provision. It creates a contingency fund for when the weather is bad and we have to employ ‘tracking’ and local farm vehicles to help clear the site. We’ve been thankfully blessed with the weather over the last two years but, without this contingency and should wet weather occur, the cost of laying tracking and towing out vehicles could seriously deplete the festivals’ finances for subsequent years.

    It may be felt that this penalises camper van owners but the alternative is to also charge a car parking fee which we don’t deem necessary; the weekend charge of £20 per camper van (which covers all the occupants) is very reasonable when compared to other festivals (most of which charge in excess of £50) and we sincerely believe it’s a small price to pay for the additional comfort that a camper van affords over tent camping.

    We are all veteran festival goers ourselves and we understand any misgivings but with the likes of The Big Chill, Sonisphere Sonar and All Tomorrow’s Parties all having stumbled into trouble in recent years, we are keen to safeguard the future of Wilkswood Reggae. In 2017 the Y Not Festival in Derbyshire was abandoned because of the festival organisers’ lack of planning for wet weather and we don’t want that situation to arise for our festival goers.

    We hope that the festival still provides excellent value for money and we are continuing to develop and expand it for future events both in Purbeck and abroad so we hope you’ll continue to join us again this year for what we expect to be our best event yet.

  • The festival is on a working farm in the Purbeck Hills with unmade tracks and some arduous slopes so access is always going to be a challenge. There was a lot of constructive feedback from disabled festival goers from last year regarding improvements that could be made and we are implementing many of the points raised for future festivals.

    The plan is to have a separate camping area much closer to the main arena. You will need to email simon@dubwood.co.uk to discuss this further and to book a pitch. There will be no electricity or water hook-ups on site at all so if this is important you may want to look at nearby Woodyhyde Campsite which has full facilities.

    There will be locked accessible toilets in this campsite and in the main event area.  Please contact a steward as you arrive for details.

    We offer a carers ticket to each disabled ticket purchaser.  Please contact simon@dubwood.co.uk to arrange this before buying your ticket.

  • Yes, there are hot showers as well as washing facilities and toilets, all of which will be regularly cleaned and inspected throughout the festival. There is a small charge for use of the showers.

  • Yes. There are several water points on the campsite for campers and general use.

  • There are no cash machines on site so you are advised to bring a quantity of cash with you. The nearest cashpoint is at the BP Garage on Valley Road which is about a 20 minute walk. There will be card payment facilities on the main bar and the Jerkshak.

    Please keep your money safe and secure and don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place.

  • Unfortunately, open fires are not allowed at the festival, although barbecues (raised up from ground level, either with a stand or on blocks) and gas stoves are permitted. The festival will have a communal firepit zone for those not ready to turn in straight after the live acts finish performing.

    Chinese lanterns are also not permitted as they pose a threat to livestock as well as a risk of fire.

  • Unfortunately, because the festival site is part of a livestock farm, we cannot allow dogs anywhere on the festival site with the exception of registered guide dogs. However, there are several campsites in the area that allow dogs: check out Acton Field and Tom’s Field in Langton Matravers and Harmans Cross Campsite, all of which are close to the festival site.

  • Unfortunately we cannot accept any other generators onsite other than those necessary for the live music, the soundsystems and the caterers.

  • Please email us with any enquiries: info@dubwood.co.uk.

Artists & Entertainers Information

Our line-up for this year’s festival is almost finalised but for any artists or entertainers keen to appear at the Wilkswood Reggae Festival in coming years, please provide details of your act along with a link to a showreel to artists@dubwood.co.uk.

Please use also this email address for any correspondence regarding your booked act and the event.

Traders Information

Each year we are always looking to expand the scope and range of both our catering options and stall outlets. If you have a catering business or trading stall that you feel would work well at the festival, please send details to catering@dubwood.co.uk.

Artist Beware – Phishing scam

A number of festivals in the UK (including the Wilkswood Reggae Festival) have been targeted by a phishing scam originating in the USA. The scam offers artists (usually based in the States) a performance slot at the festival, offering a performance fee and travel costs (in US $). It requests that the artist provide details of work visas and other personal details and then often requests a deposit to cover administration and travel fees. The scam uses spoof email addresses but appears to come from the festival organisers.

Please note that neither the Wilkswood Reggae Festival nor the festival organisers, Dubwood Productions, will contact artists in this way so please do not reply to the emails and instead report them as phishing emails.

Please use the contact email addresses above in all communication with the festival. Be reassured that the website has not been compromised in any way.

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