Festival Information, Tickets and Visitor Information
In just a few weeks’ time the grass parkland and arboretum of our Estate will be transformed into a destination for your cultural senses. WOMAD will be bring with them a plethora of musical, artistic and experiential acts, and escapades to celebrate their 40th year.
The line-up and day splits have been announced and all remaining tickets are now available to purchase directly from WOMAD. As the location of the event, we are delighted to welcome the WOMAD family back to our Estate but would like to direct enquiries about the event, such as how to collect your ticket and where will your camping pitch, how can I charge my phone and many other curios questions you might have by visiting the expertly put together WOMAD website.
Hand reared Charlton Park Estate lamb available for pre-order
Charlton Park Estate are pleased to offer a limited number of Soay lamb boxes on pre-order. Our small herd of soay sheep are looked after here in the fields surrounding the Charlton Park House and enjoy a free roaming life around the fields of the parkland.
The lambs are late maturing and produce smaller carcasses relative to commercial breeds. The meat from the Soay is lean, tender and low in cholesterol. It has a stronger flavour with a gamey taste when compared to more common sheep breeds.
A limited number of lambs will be available for pre-order, they will be processed locally in Wiltshire. Pre-ordered boxes must collect them from 9am on the 8th of July from the Estate Office.
N.B. Please be aware that we offer a limited number of boxes and they will only be available to collect on a date given by the Estate office.
About Soay Sheep
The Soay sheep is a breed of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) descended from a population of feral sheep on the 100-hectare (250-acre) island of Soay in the St Kilda Archipelago, about 65 kilometres (40 mi) from the Western Isles of Scotland. It is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds. The breed is listed in “Category 4: At Risk” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, because there are only between 900 and 1500 registered breeding Soay ewes.
With just weeks to go until our parkland is transformed into a buzzing hive of cultural exploration the organisers of WOMAD have released the line-up day plan. Day tickets and weekend spa tickets are also now available on the WOMAD website.
The 40th celebration of this festival of culture kicks off on Thursday 28th July and concludes with Lianna Le Havas on Sunday 31st July. Festival goers of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in all things cultural from food to science, literature, wellness, music influenced by artists from around the world all set in our stunning parkland.
If you are taking part in an activity here on the Estate this week, please do follow guidelines provided by your event organisers in this hot weather.
If you are planning to access the riding routes or booked to use Unleashed then please consider the weather conditions for you and your animals safety.
For horse riders the BHS offers some excellent equine welfare advice on care and what to look out for if you are concerned your horse is suffering from a het related episode. Click here to go to their website page on this subject.
For dog owners PDSA offer some excellent advice on what to look out for if you are concerned your dog is becoming distressed in the heat and general advice about appropriate activities in hot weather. Click here to go to this website page on this subject
World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) is the internationally renowned festival that brings a selection of artists from around the world to Charlton Park. The cultural festivities will begin on the 28th of July and the 40thanniversary edition of this much-loved event will close on the 31st July.
The international music resonates throughout the grounds, bounces off the trees in the Arboretum, whirls through the green arena and dashes across acres of beautiful grass fields and camping grounds.
This festival for families, music lovers, foodies, artists and friends promote an amazing sense of cultural awareness and tolerance. It truly is a wonderfully unique experience, full of incredible surprises with every sense taking on an experience from the World of Physics to the World of Taste to wellness classes or artistic workshops for all ages.
Snap your tickets up fast – after two years of rollovers there are only a limited number left. Please remember to only purchase tickets through the WOMAD website and not third-party sellers such as Viagogo. Click here to purchase tickets now.
Keep an eye out for our weekly-WOMAD posts #womadwednesday as we highlight different acts and artists for the 2022 line-up in the run-up to the opening day.
Click here to see more about WOMAD and our hosting friendship on our website
To mark the momentous occasion of The Queens Platinum Jubilee in Brokenborough a substantial beacon built by Jason wood from our Estate’s farming team was lit last night by Farm Manager Robin Aird. This is a wonderful shot of the local community gathering to celebrate in the light of the beacon.
Beacons across the length and breadth of the country and around the commonwealth were lit on the evening of Thursday 2ndJune as a symbol of unity and celebration for the 70th year of The Queens selfless servitude to the crown. This is the first time a British Monarch has celebrated this milestone and it won’t be seen again in our living memory.
We do hope The Queen and her country has an enjoyable weekend of celebrations.
The following route (marked no entry symbols on the image) behind Brokenborough will be closed for 1 day this month on Saturday 4th June as the area surrounding this route will hosting a simulated shooting event.
Please be advised that this route must not be used on this date in the interest of safety for riders, their horses and those attending the shoot.
Please use one of our alternative routes for riding on this date. We recognise that we cannot close a public bridleway, but we would advise using an alternative route on this date were possible. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Schooling Fields for All Three Disciplines Available for Hire
Charlton Park Stables schooling field has had a fresh trim and smart new fillers have been added to the show jumping course. The recent rain has made the ground excellent underfoot for practicing all three disciplines for your next event. Come and perfect your half pass in the grass dressage arenas, try out new lines over the show jumps or challenge your distances over the cross-country course or just for fun. The facilities are available to hire for individuals and groups, please message their Facebook Page or call 07769513661.
Available Facilities on Grass
20 x 40 whiteboards
20 x 60 whiteboards
Full course of Show Jumps with water tray and fillers
Selection of Cross-Country fences
To find out more about Charlton Park Stables their facilities and services at Charlton Park Estate please click here.
Bill Morris Shares His Thoughts on Using a Heavier Line
Following on from Bill’s April fishing report his latest review and advice is below accompanied by some great views from the riverbank.
“Fishing has really taken off with the mayfly, despite continued low water levels. The top beat seems little fished and so far, l have caught the largest fish I have ever seen on that part of the river this week I have ever seen from the top of beat 1. The catch was nestled in a hole between branches overhanging the bankside.
“I would recommend using a heavier line that normal. My second tip this month is to mix up your mayflies and be patient. The fish are becoming a little slow to react with full stomachs from the hatch, so set aside some time to spend on the river to reap your reward. Good luck everyone and happy fishing.”
To read Bill Morris’ review of 2021 please click here.
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