Treehouse Festival of Music and Arts – a boutique music and art festival – is returning to Oxfordshire for the sixth year in July. Taking place from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July at Marcy Fields in Uffington near Faringdon, the unique festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Centred around a magical hand-built treehouse in the woods, Treehouse invites guests to disconnect from the hustle of everyday life, meet new people and embrace their inner child with a line-up of music, art, workshops and experiences.
The festival includes three music stages with an eclectic mix of live music and DJs, talks, workshops including life drawing and foraging, yoga, meditation, gong baths, dance classes, a silent disco, a pub quiz and a range of food trucks.
New for this year is a wood-fired hot tub and Finnish sauna, and cold plunge pool, as well as glamping with bell tents and hot showers.
The festival was set up by Tom de Wilton, who grew up in Uffington – on land that used to belong to his grandparent’s farm. Tom said: “The festival site centres on the woods that my brother and I used to play in.
“I’ve been building treehouses here since I was eleven, so it’s amazing to see it come full circle and that we are now building a festival for others to enjoy the same magical woodland.”
“Part of the reason we set up the festival is that it’s really tough making friends as an adult, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic and jobs that go far beyond a 9-to-5.
“We wanted to create a space where people could come have real experiences and make connections without awkward small talk, and I’ve never seen someone be awkward in a treehouse!
“There’s something about it that helps people relax. We won’t all be in an actual treehouse at the festival, but it’s that feeling we want to create – where people feel safe, connected, curious and able to have a great time.”
“Connection and community is even more important now as we are all recovering from the pandemic. It has been mind-blowing to see such an outpouring of gratitude and love when people are able to get together safely at events like this.”
Sustainability is at the heart of Treehouse. In 2023, it aims to become the UK’s first B Corp festival, meaning it meets the highest environmental and social responsibility standards and exists to prosper people and the planet.
Treehouse is powered by a bio-diesel generator, and much of the site is hand-built from sustainable materials, with community-build weekends happening throughout the year.
Sustainable travel is encouraged, including group cycle rides from Oxford train station, and other initiatives encourage rewilding and sequestering the carbon emitted from the festival.
Alongside the festival, Treehouse runs a range of other events fostering community, connection and creativity, including monthly socials in Oxfordshire, and is exploring a new and larger event that reflects the art, music, food and wellness scene in the county.
Tickets costing £105 are on sale now at the Treehouse AF website.