Charlton Park is located two miles north east of Malmesbury in Wiltshire.
Charlton Park has been a possession of the Earls of Suffolk since the last years of the 16th Century.
The land on which Charlton Park Mansion House is built belonged originally to the rich and powerful Abbey of Malmesbury.
At the Dissolution in 1539 the fabric of the Abbey and much of its property was bought by a prosperous clothier of the town named Stumpe, and by the end of the century that part of his estate which included Charlton had passed to a great-granddaughter, Catherine, daughter of Sir Henry Knyvet (whose tomb is in Charlton Church).
She married as her second husband (and his second wife) Lord Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, and the House was built for her on the property which she bought her husband. It was ready for occupation by 1607.
After her death it was inherited by her second son Thomas, created in 1626 Earl of Berkshire, whose descendants lived here until the union of the two branches of the family in the middle of the 18th Century.
The Estate is the home of The Earl and Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire and extends to 4500 acres. 3400 acres are farmed in hand with the further 525 acres under the management of three tenants and in addition there is 300 acres of woodland.
A tributary of the River Avon flows through the Estate providing excellent trout fishing. The mix of woodland and undulating ground lends itself well to both game shooting and clay pigeon shooting.
There are a number of Cotswold stone residential properties in Charlton village and Brokenborough which from time to time become available to rent. In addition, the Charlton Business Park developed in 2003 provides six high quality office units.
The Estate provides an excellent venue for filming and is able to cater for a range of events in the parkland surrounding Charlton Park House.
The Estate can even supply you with a Christmas tree!
Access is convenient by road, by train to Kemble station or by light aircraft using the Estate’s private airstrip.
Charlton Park is located just outside the historic abbey town of Malmesbury in North Wiltshire. Easily accessible by road and rail, the festival site is just seven miles from Junction 17 off the M4, only one hundred miles due west of London, and less than thirty miles away from Bath, Bristol and Swindon.
Charlton Park is situated just off the A429 between Cirencester and Chippenham, and is close to Malmesbury. The site is 7 miles from Junction 17 off the M4, and approximately 100 miles from London and 80 miles from Birmingham. Specific access routes will be available shortly.
Freewheelers is a great online service which allows you make arrangements to offer or request lifts to and from the festival. Sharing lifts helps to reduce traffic jams, pollution, travel costs and you can meet fellow festival-goers in the process.
So if you have a space in your car or are happy to leave yours at home and join someone else for the journey, please visit www.freewheelers.co.uk/womad_Charlton_Park and sign up.
Please note that all lifts offered or accepted are private and WOMAD cannot accept responsibility for any arrangements made.
National Express will be providing coach services to the festival site from the following locations:
Route one: London Victoria - Reading - Swindon - WOMAD.
Route two: Birmingham - Cheltenham - Gloucester - Bristol - WOMAD.
There will be a service running from both routes on Thursday and Friday and returning on Monday morning.
For more details, including prices and how to book, please visit www.nationalexpress.com/womad
The nearest train stations are Kemble, which is around 7 miles from the festival site, and Chippenham, which is around 12 miles away.
For national train times and prices, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484 950.
First Great Western operate many direct, High Speed Services to Chippenham station from London Paddington, Bristol & Avon, Swindon, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Exeter St David’s and Plymouth. Direct Local Services can also be accessed from Westbury, Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester. Those wishing to travel from the Thames Valley, Berkshire, Devon, Cornwall and the South West can also access other connecting First Great Western services. For more information on travelling to Chippenham station by train for the festival and to book your train tickets, please visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/womad