A charity is making sure this year's Witney Music Festival is welcoming for music lovers who may have missed out in the past.

Guideposts Trust are setting up the first ever ‘FestivALL’ VIP area for people with additional needs to help ensure they can enjoy the bands.

Grace Wilson, for Guideposts said: "Music festivals can be difficult to navigate at the best of times, and can prove inaccessible for people with additional needs, stopping them from partaking in one of the most enjoyable summer activities."

The area will include giant games, a limbo competition, musical instruments, and crafty activities such as rock painting, headband making and more.

A chill out and sensory area will also be available.

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In addition, members will have special access to the main bar, bypassing queues and avoiding crowds.

As well as activities, there will be an opportunity for wheelchair users to use a viewing platform, designed to let them see over the crowds and enjoy the performances.

All proceeds from FestivALL will go towards services dedicated to helping local people with learning difficulties, autism, mental health needs and dementia.

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Witney Music Festival, which returns to The Leys on June 10 and 11, will be headlined on Saturday night by EMF whose hit Unbelievable topped the charts in many countries around the world including the US.

On Friday night, Witney act the Inflatables are headlining with support from local cover bands and tribute acts.

Organisers said: "We at the Witney Music Festival believe music is for everyone, so we are very excited to be partnering with Guideposts to ensure we remove barriers to anyone wanting to enjoy the festival and maximising their enjoyment whatever their needs."

Guideposts celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and FestivALL will allow the charity to continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in society to enjoy future festivals and outdoor events.

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In 2022, as well as fundraising for their local services, they have their sights set on their own respite care camping ground.

Located next to Guideposts’ Outdoor Wellbeing Hub, they hope to develop accessible camping facilities for those with additional needs, who may otherwise not get the opportunity.

Places must be booked in advance. Go to guideposts.org.uk/festivall/ to learn more.

Tickets for the festival can be bought on the gate and a limited number of discount tickets will be available in Rapture in Witney closer to the event.