Letters Live

Letters Live came to Wilderness last year for the very first time. Anyone who witnessed the spectacle can attest that it went down in history as one of finest hours of entertainment to have occurred. With a top secret, unannounced line-up that has become

The Forum

For eight years, since the very off, The Forum has been the flagship ideas tent at Wilderness, sited in the heart of the festival, working on the assumption that everyone is interested in everything. We believe the old adage that there is no such thing as

Bodymapping Workshop

Body Mapping Workshop with Prof Andrea Cornwall (University of Sussex). Start your day with a session on mindful embodiment, movement and touch. Bring curiosity, an open mind, and your body.


A brand new venue dedicated to cultivating more meaningful human connection. Meeting beyond identity. Enriching relationships. Improving the quality of contact with everyone you encounter. Whether you are single, in a relationship, non-monogamous, whateve

The Books Tent

The Books Tent is entirely devoted to the literary arts. Ink-slinging, scribing, musing, brain-storming, spinning-yarns, telling tales. Expect takeovers from big and small publishers, talks and debates with incredible writers, masterclasses on writing fro

The Lyceum

The School of Global Studies at The University of Sussex are locking up the lecture halls and seminar rooms and swapping mortar boards and gowns for wellies and khaki shorts to head out into The Wilderness this summer. Housed inside a beautiful, hand-made

Wilderness Presents: Headturners

Headturners is a series of events that force you to reframe your view of the world. Each day a new selection of speakers will challenge you to think afresh about some of our fundamental presumptions. We're celebrating the Mavericks, the Rebels, the Epipha

No Such Thing As a Fish

The writers of the BBC TV show QI take to the stage with their hugely popular podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. QI’s resident Elves Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski serve up the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious

Wilderness Saves The World

"IF ONLY THEY'D JUST...!" Have you uttered these words? Have you got it all figured out? Have you bored your friends with your big idea - the one tweak that will solve climate change & poverty simultaneously? This event is for YOU. Speakers Corner mee

State of The Nation

Question Time with balls... An eclectic selection of the best minds at Wilderness ring the stage in a frantic tag-team debate. Questions are tossed into the ring to be unpacked by our specialists in an event that makes the most of having some of the brigh

Sunday Papers Live

Sunday Papers Live brings the broadsheets to life – section by section, performance by performance. This Special Edition includes contributions from the RSA, Afua Hirsch, The Frontline Club, war correspondent Anthony Lloyd,  The Idler Academy, adventurers