Scotland’s hottest summer party, The Wickerman Festival, has today announced a sizzling selection of new on-site activities and its 2015 fancy dress theme – Wicker Waistcoasts.
Organisers are encouraging revellers to pay homage to Wickerman’s Festival Founder, Jamie Gilroy, by donning his signature look – a flamboyant Festival waistcoat. In keeping with this year’s fancy dress theme, the mini ‘gateman’ Wickerman statue, which welcomes visitors at the Festival entrance, will don a bespoke waistcoat, which was handcrafted by Edinburgh-based designer Vixy Rae.
From spectacular sites and family favourites, to al fresco adventures and nail biting rides, Wicker fans can expect a whole host of on-site attractions to enhance this year’s stellar music line-up. New features for 2015 include a 40 seat Wee Green Cinema and a Karaoke Taxi, so wannabee performers can belt out a few classics. Adrenalin junkies can enjoy a high speed, bird’s eye view of the site by riding Europe’s first mobile zip wire, whilst photo fanatics can capture those special Wickerman memories with their friends in a new campervan photo booth.
A whole host of weird and wonderful entertainment will take Wicker fans by surprise this year, visitors are encouraged to listen out for the screech of burning rubber and make way for Granny Turismo - the first and only granny shopping trolley dance display team. Also bouncing into the spotlight will be Australian performance troupe Icarus, whose giant kangaroo stilt act is guaranteed to stun spectators.
Wickerman 2015 will also provide a feast of treats for families with free festival admission for 12 year olds and under. A new Festival Circus is set to wow the crowds with a series of shows hosted in an eye catching big top. Fans can even try out some of the skills for themselves in a series of circus workshops.
For £3 per day, children can enjoy a host of fun activities in Wickerman’s dedicated Children’s Area. All admission charges will be donated towards the education of James Okeyo, an African orphan who the festival have sponsored since 2011. Storytelling sessions, singalongs, art workshops and puppet shows are just some of the highlights that will keep children (and those accompanying them) entertained.Once again, Festival fans in need of some downtime can kick back and enjoy The Retreat, where a variety of relaxing treatments will be on offer. Alongside the retreat, revellers can enjoy a series of Yoga and Qigong sessions.
Further adding to the merriment and returning to Wickerman will be the 7stanes Display Team, who offer mountain bike taster sessions, the much-loved headphone disco, soccarenas, a climbing wall, glass sledging, bouncy castles, fairground rides, laser quest, segway riding, a bucking broncho and site sherpas.
Festival fans will find it easy to keep connected this year as WIFI will be available across the site in addition to phone and tablet charging facilities and an enhanced food offering. Visitors will be able to take a culinary tour around the world by visiting Wickerman’s new street food area. Mexican burritos aromatic Indian cuisine, world class burgers, Austrian vegetarian dishes, fresh Thai fayre, freshly baked gourmet pies, Brazilian BBQ and speciality sausages are just some of the mouth-watering delicacies on offer. Foodies with a sweet tooth can also look forward to an array of home baked cakes, fruity bubble tea and lots of real dairy ice cream.
Jennie Camm, Wickerman Festival Director comments:
“On-site activities can really enhance a Festival experience, so this year our team have placed a huge focus on improving the site and adding some exciting new additions to ensure the best all round Wickerman experience
From our varied selection of food retailers to a whole host of unusual entertainment and exciting activities, we are confident that all age groups will really embrace our fantastic new attractions and enjoy Wickerman’s fun and friendly vibe.”