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

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

London Review Of Books

We are thrilled to be welcoming the most successful – and controversial – literary publication in Europe into the Wilderness for the first time. They share the same outlook as our talks programme - offering a space for some of the world’s best thinkers to


5x15 at Wilderness develops new perspectives on big ideas and the issues transforming the world around us. Lively, thought-provoking and entertaining, 5x15 sees 5 speakers each with 15 minutes to share their stories. Topics include the future of education

Talking Politics with David Runciman

Talking Politics presents: The Politics of Food with David Runciman & Guests Brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books, Talking Politics is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. David Runciman is head of the department of

RSA Presents: On Belonging and Brit(ish)ness

No, but where are you REALLY from? Britain is a nation experiencing an identity crisis - populist movements attempt to draw us back to a nostalgic vision of homogenous, white Britain, whilst demographic changes see our cities more diverse and multi-dimens

Scummy Mummies

Join The Scummy Mummies and award-winning author and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon for an afternoon of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Bring your wine and panty liners and enjoy a funny and frank discussion about the highs and lows of moder

News Roast with Carole Cadwalladr

A comedy podcast in which award-winning satirists Heydon Prowse & Jolyon Rubinstein invite a new guest on each week to roast some hot topics in three courses of conversation. Returning to Wilderness, they bring with them top investigative journalist C