... when Bob Wyatt, who was running the Cross Keys at the time, considered hiring a marquee for a forthcoming birthday, decided he was going to buy one instead, started talking to the local folkies, then things got a bit out of hand... and all of a sudden at the end of summer 2002 we had upon us the wonderful mad spectacle that was the first BunkFest. Since then it has just grown and grown - we now welcome 20,000 visitors to the town and expect this year to be our biggest and best BunkFest yet!
The festival takes its name from the former Great Western Railway branch line that ran from Cholsey to Wallingford, which was affectionately known as “the Bunk”. The branch shut in 1969 but since 1981 is now preserved by the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Preservation Society.
Over the years between then and now many tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the unique community atmosphere which the festival generates, the sense of magic, fun, otherness and togetherness which never fails to amuse and amaze its followers. Long may it continue!
Our heartfelt thanks to all those wonderful people who have helped make it happen over the years!