Scotland’s hottest summer party, The Wickerman Festival, has today announced a sizzling schedule of on-site activities and topical fancy dress theme to excite festival fans even further.
From escapist entertainment and al fresco adventures to spectacular sites and family favourites, revellers can enjoy a fully interactive weekend alongside a stellar music line-up.
With Royal Baby mania in full swing, a suitably regal fancy dress theme has been revealed – ‘Rock Royalty’. Organisers are encouraging visitors to pay homage to their favourite musical kings and queens by donning their signature look. Festival golf, cinema screenings, laser quest, dance workshops, and a ‘seven deadly sins’ journey through the human body are amongst this year’s Wicker highlights.
Festival fans in need of a pick-me-up can enjoy one of the many Yoga and Chi Kung sessions on offer, or kick back and relax in one of Royal Botanic Garden’s hammocks whilst sampling some delicious fair trade fayre. Mountain biking, grass sledging, segway riding, team games and a rodeo bull will also be available to keep adrenalin junkies on their toes.
Wickerman 2013 will provide a feast of treats for families with free festival admission for 12 year olds and under. For £3 per day, children can enjoy a host of fun activities in Wickerman’s dedicated Children’s Area. All admission charge proceeds will be donated towards educating an African orphan who the Festival sponsor. Storytelling sessions, singalongs, art workshops puppet shows, face painting and magic clowns are just some of the highlights that will keep children entertained.
Helen Chalmers, Wickerman Festival Co-ordinator comments:
“We are thrilled to announce such a fantastic array of on-site activities which will really add to the whole Wickerman Festival experience. From indulging your competitive streak in a new sporting activity to achieving zen with a spot of festival yoga, this year’s programme really does offer something for everyone, both adults and children alike.
“Our ‘Rock Royalty’ theme will not only celebrate the Royal Baby but people’s musical heroes and we can’t wait to see a host of creative costumes.”
As the gates to the campsite open on Thursday 25th July, festival goers will also get a first glimpse of this year’s towering Wickerman statue – featuring a unique pose for 2013! The 40ft structure will be set alight on Saturday evening, bringing the festival to an unforgettable close.
Further details of what visitors can expect, on top of the music line-up, include:
•Mountain Bike Display Team
•Barabajagal Jamming Yurt – a place for visitors to jam and make music with other people.
•ChillOut Yoga or Chi Kung on the Field - for those needing a good stretch and natural ‘pick-me-up’; this activity it totally free
•Cinema - showing The Omen, An American Werewolf in London, Jaws, The Wicker Man and a selection of children’s screenings
•Dancing Workshops from The Karen Little Dancing Academy
•DGOne Activities – take part in a host of team games on offer
•Games Workshop – become a board and card game pro
•Hope Not Hype – family friendly activities that are related to the science of stem cells
•Rodeo Bull – how long can you hold on for?
•Games and rocket workshops (operated by Galloway Astronomy Centre)
•Grass Sledging & Segway Hire
•Rock the Lab – the secrets of greed and gluttony will be revealed with a hands on journey through the human digestion system.
•Royal Botanic Gardens – try some delicious fair trade fayre, share medicine songs or chill in a hammock
Dumfries & Galloway Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) will also be running voluntary breath testing on site.
There is also more in store for Wickerman campers, the enhanced ‘Down and Dirty’ area features hot showers and ‘posh’ toilets, added to the area is MyPod, the team have sumo suits, hair dyers, hair straighteners and phone charging facilities.
On the luxury camping field yurts, cloudhouses and tipis are available to book for those looking for all the comforts of home – the cosy furnished festival feel can include real mattresses, fluffy sheepskins rugs, homely cushions, a small handmade table lantern and tealights!