25,000 enjoy music, food and dancing at BunkFest

Music, Morris dancing and a variety of attractions were enjoyed at BunkFest Pictures: More Than Images

More than 25,000 people enjoyed festivities over the weekend at Wallingford’s biggest BunkFest yet.

Festival goers flocked to the annual free event, enjoying a line-up of music, dancing, and a variety of food and drink stalls.

Revellers savoured the sunny weather on Saturday and braved the gloomy weather on Sunday to take part in this year’s event, now in its 16th year.

After the event, fans of the festival took to social media to talk about their experience.

Val Mowlam said: “Beautiful weather, crowds of happy families, every kind of Morris dancing with bells, sticks, handkerchiefs and ribbons, lots of food (of course) and bands playing all over the place. A great weekend.”

Pete Harris said: “It was lovely to attend Bunkfest yesterday – Wallingford should be rightly proud of the fantastic achievement this is every year, without fail.

“A really huge thank you to all the volunteers for making it all possible and the organisers for making what must be a logistical nightmare run so smoothly and brilliantly.”

But the weekend festivities did not go without a hitch, as a man in his 30s was admitted to hospital after an assault on Saturday.

A 32-year-old man from Harwell has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident and has been released pending investigation.

A 27-year-old man from Didcot has also been arrested on suspicion of GBH without intent and has also been released under investigation.

Officers were called to reports of the assault at around 8pm.

The ambulance service also attended. The man received injuries during the assault and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

He has since been discharged.

Speaking about the incident, Kevin Durkan, from Wallingford, posted on Facebook: “I really hope the guy who got kicked in the head at Bunkfest is all right.”

Katy Parker added: “Why can’t people just enjoy Bunkfest, let’s hope nothing like this will happen again next year it ruins the enjoyment for everyone else.”

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