The August Bank Holiday is festival weekend. Of course there is the well known Reading Festival, Car Fest South near Basingstoke, plus countless others including Wokingham very own festival. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend the Wokingham Festival had pulled out all the stops for a blast of food, crafts, beers, wines, and music.
As usual I was getting up and ready to go to the Wokingham Festival while listening to the Andrew Peach show and the Peach Quest (which I have written about before). This week the quest started from Thatcham railway station and as the clues progressed the field journalist Louise Hulland was getting closer and closer. People were also contacting the studio to say that part of the clue was an anagram of Wokingham. Knowing about the festival I emailed the studio as well to say that it was at Elms Field and this was shortly read out over the air. As Louise was making her way from Shinfield to the Wokingham Festival I set out to go there as well.
When I arrived at the festival BBC Radio Berkshire was playing over the public address system and people were hotly anticipating the arrival of Louise. After a short while she arrived and ran through the main tent looking for the next clue. Once she had found the clue and it had been read out over the radio she took a selfie with the organiser before making her way out back to the van. At this point Wayne manages to intercept her and introduce me to her. She said hello and said she would give me a shout-out over the air before she disappeared and drove off. You can listen to this at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p044vjgc at 2:44:25
Inside one tent I enjoyed a live cookery demonstration by Reading College catering students who cooked a rack of lamb and a cheesecake desert which I was able to sample and tasted delicious. From one of the catering stands I had a freshly cooked hot sausage and bacon roll for lunch.
There were two music stages where I listened to a selection of music from local and not so local artists. I particularly enjoyed The Salts who are a band who sing rocky versions of sea shanties.
I was only there on the Saturday morning/afternoon but the entertainment started on Friday night and continued to the finale on Sunday night. To celebrate the 10th anniversary entrance was free on Saturday morning but otherwise there was a range of ticket prices all under £10. Access was good as the field is a park.