Thousands expected at popular Wickham festival

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A RECORD number of tickets have been sold for the Wickham festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people this weekend.

The festival has been running for 20 years and has been moved to various locations around Hampshire.

It is now firmly established in Wickham.

Jools Holland and Rolf Harris are some of the acts performing over the weekend.

Around 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival each day. It starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday.

More than 1,500 people will camp at the site.

Organiser of the festival Peter Chegwyn said: ‘It was hugely successful last year and it will be this year.

‘People are travelling not just from round here but from all over the world.

‘Wickham is a lovely village to hold it in.

‘The audience love it because it’s in the countryside but it’s on the door step of a village with all the amenities. Wickham is tremendously welcoming. It’s good news for the village because it brings a lot of visitors in and brings a big boost to the economy.

‘The shops in Wickham do very well out of it.

‘They’re absolutely delighted and in a difficult financial climate, it’s good news for Wickham.’

Tickets are still available to purchase at the gate, starting at £25 each. Visit wickhamfestival.co.uk.