WOMAD Festival — World of Music, Arts, Dance

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WOMAD is to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. The first WOMAD festival was in Shepton Mallet, UK in 1982.

WOMAD in the UK takes place in the grounds of Charlton Park (map), a stately home in Wiltshire. The arena holds at least 5 main stages with a further one in the Arboretum. An old fashioned steam fair, global market, children’s area, wellbeing section is also found on the WOMAD UK festival site.

From the outset, the WOMAD name has reflected the festival’s idea; to be embracing but non-definitive, inspiring and outward looking; and more than anything, enthusiastic about a world that has no boundaries in its ability to communicate through music and movement.

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And such is the success of WOMAD that the festival has travelled to more than 30 countries, and is entered in the 2001 Guinness Book of Records as the “biggest international music festival”.

Off stage, artists hold classes and meet ups for any interested in learning more about indigenous instruments, musical styles, and performance techniques. There are also tents reserved for arts and crafts for kids (adults are welcome too, of course), and there is even a carnival as part of the scene with rides like spinning cars and merry-go-rounds.

Workshops. Adult workshops are taken by the musicians and will involve dance, musical instruments and discussions. Children’s workshops involve painting, circus skills, graffiti, modelling, story telling and more.

Taste The World. Musicians cook a choice of dish from their home country in front of an audience.

Global Market. The Global Market sells international food and wares.

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TRAVELINE | Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.

Journey planners – Wiltshire • Travel to and around England (visitengland.com) • Getting around Britain (visitbritain.com).

 BUS >   National Express | UK Stop finder

 RAIL >   The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain).

 AIRPORTS >   airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London HeathrowLondon Gatwick and Manchester Airport. All three have multiple terminals and are collectively served by a vast range of airlines and flights from the four corners of the map.

 WATERWAYS >   There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

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