Beginners guide to End of the Road Festival
Where and When
End of the Road is the cherry on top of Summer 2016. Taking place 1st-4th September at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. No, theres no actual larmers…we don’t think! The beautiful landscape scenery gives you the very best tranquil experience South West England can offer. Located just off the Dorset boarder, the site itself is just 35 minutes from Bournemouth, 90 minutes from Bristol or 2 and ½ hours from London. This Folk/Americana style event won the best small festival award at the NME’s recently and is about to go into it's 11th year.
The music line-up consists of a wide range of secret sounds and upcoming unique talent. Names include Bat for Lashes, Local Natives, Savages, Scritti Poloitti, Anna Meridith and many more. Comedy acts are a highlight at End of the Road, included in the long lists of some of Britain’s entertaining jokers is Radio and TV regular ‘Arthur Smith’ and fresh from her radio 4 sitcom romance and adventure is Josie Long. The headliner of the 2016 laughs this year is ‘Steward Lee’, established from his BAFTA award winning ‘Steward Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’. End of the Road boasts so much more than just music, see full line-up of music,comedy and literature here - http://endoftheroadfest ival.com/line-up/music/.
What else is on
Cinema? Yes there’s a cinema, their 2016 schedule is to soon to be released but how many festival have a cinema? We’re sure it’ll be a film expereiince like no other. Other activities include circus trick workshops, yoga and origami! Our top pick this year us the return of ‘The Relaxation Room’. Whilst there you enjoy Thai, Mongolian and Swedish massages in a secluded enclosure. Other services include holistic facials, indian head massages and even acupuncture. Oh ,and vegan brownies at the popular healthy ‘Café Dish’. Other food and drink options include ‘The Breakfast Club’, where you can start the day with British/American morning delights such as pancakes and eggs benedict. They also have a tea and crumpet stall for an afternoon pick me up later-a truly British affair! Or have we finally stopped celebrating her majesties birthday? Of course we haven't!
Tickets and Transport
This charming British gem is almost sold out. Tier 4 tickets are the festival’s last batch, must be popular eh?! There is however some good news, if your running low on your Summer pennies they offer a deposit scheme where you can secure a full weekend ticket for £45 and pay the rest later. Full weekend tickets are all that’s available now, unfortunately you can’t just go for a day. But trust us, once your there…you really will want to stay unil the end of it’s road. If the bank account really is struggling that much then you can opt for the volunteer option where you purchase the weekend ticket, steward, enjoy the festival and then get your money back after! Just means your have to go slightly less heavy on the bevs. View full details on this option here. As for transport, you can secure a car parking pass for just £6! Or you can buy coach tickets with National Express, they’re going from Bath, Bouremouth, Brighton, Bristol, Colchester, London Victoria, Portsmouth and Southampton. It really is more accessable for pretty much everyone.
So if you fancy heading down to this Dorset Delight, then book your tickets now and allow yourself to take the perfect road out of Summer. Plus, it’s more of a retreat than a heavy weekend of partying. Just what the Licklist doctor recommends before the cold weather heads our way. Further updates can be found on their Twitter page.