I have a confession to make – when it comes to traveling I can be a bit of a snob. I just like my home comforts, I hate the cold, I hate crowds and I have a deathly fear of having to use a portapotty! Yet these fears mean that I have not experienced several travel staples. I have never been backpacking (I don’t like carrying my worldly belongings around with me), I have never been camping (luxury hotel please), and I have never been to a festival. Now while I am not planning on changing my whole personality or focus of the blog, I have been keen to branch out and experience more things. Step in Timber Festival.
Festivals to me usually conjure up images of muddy fields, young people (says the thirty year old) and loud music but recently there have been a rise in family friendly festivals. To me a family friendly festival is the perfect opportunity to introduce myself and my little to the festival going scene and the Timber Festival seems to be the perfect one.
I am keen to instill a love of the outdoors in my little one, and the Timber Festival being held at the National Forest from 6th-8th July, seems to hold all of the values that I want my child to have.
So what is there to look forward to at the Timber Festival?
The Timber Festival has a jam packed program of artists, storytellers, musicians, scientists and performers concentrating on family entertainment. It includes, the world premiere of Seek, Find, Speak, the outdoor theatre companion to the enchanting, best-selling book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, campfire music, sound, light and fire installations and much much more. I am also very excited to see the Museum of the Moon a seven meter moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Family Friendly Programme Highlights Include
An ambitious adventure into sound and music, rooted in the forest. Join us across three stunning bespoke wooden stages (including the enchanting Eyrie Stage suspended between the trees) and around the campfire for the chance to see some of the most exciting new music live in an intimate woodland setting.
Torchlight processions, light projections, fire gardens and luminous installations, will help us see the forest in a new light. Expect incredible performances as dusk falls each night, and discover the unexpected as into the night the forest will be transformed by spectacular installations.
Take a journey into the heart of the forest at dusk in the English festival premiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance exploring our relationship to trees and forests by leading artist and producer Jony Easterby, and explore all the sides of the moon in the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon – an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Come together to celebrate, collaborate, collude and carouse in a world of arts, crafts and enterprise rooted in the forest, creating a vibrant living landscape.
About Timber Festival and the National Forest
Timber is a new annual camping festival located at Feanedock, a 70 acre woodland site at the heart of the National Forest. Embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands, the National Forest is the first forest to be created in England for over 1000 years. Spanning parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, the first trees in the National Forest were planted over 25 years ago, to transform a landscape that had been left scarred and derelict by the closure of the Midlands coalfield.
The whole Forest area spans rolling hills and farmland, towns, villages and industrial hubs, as well as the former coalfield, all framed by woodland: over eight and a half million trees have been planted since the early 1990s. The National Forest is a forest for the nation, a national asset that demonstrates a revolutionary approach to forestry, showing how well-designed woodlands can enrich the lives of people, businesses and wildlife, while helping to address climate change.
If it isn’t already, a family friendly festival should be on your summer bucket list, and Timber Festival should be your first choice!
due to illness we were unable to attend but you can see a full review here
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