Strands

There’s a lot of ground to cover over 3 days. To help you make the most of your time we’ve collated some thematic strands that we think will enhance Timber’s programme.

Jane Weaver

Following an incredible year, Jane Weaver returns with indie store exclusive 7” ‘The Lightning Back’ on April 6th 2018.  Widely considered the standout protonic pop song from…

This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers…

Hope & Social

Eight years, five albums, thousands of gigs, Glastonbury, Leeds Arena, and many a pub and front room up and down the country – Hope…

Aadae

Born in Nigeria but raised in Peckham, her songwriting speaks of family parties spent listening to high life and Afrobeat, long nights in South…

Jalen N’Gonda

Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen N’Gonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was…

SIVU

“Heaven knows I’m fearful of my mind,” sings James Page on ‘Lonesome’, a string-swept highlight from his second album as Sivu. ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’,…

Ichi

ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions (Stilt-bass, Kalilaphone, Balloon-pipes,…

Perhaps Contraption

Perhaps Contraption is a multi-award winning, progressive brass band from London. Part choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant rock band, they create a truly…

Stables

From Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme, comes the new alt-folk duo Stables.  Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and…

H.Hawkline

Huw Evans, also known as H.Hawkline, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and radio and television presenter, formerly based in Cardiff and now working in Los…

Brooke Bentham

They say it’s grim up North and one listen of breakthrough singer-songwriter Brooke Bentham’s opening salvo in 2017 might reinforce that sentiment. Speaking from…

Discolypso

After debuting at Band on the Wall, Discolypso brings the best in Latin, Afrobeat and Tropical Disco music to Timber Festival. It captures the…

Yoga

Whether you’re a complete yoga beginner or you already know your downward dog from your cat cow, we’ll have a yoga workshop that’s perfect for…

Tai Chi

The perfect way to slow down with movements that have developed over the course of centuries, dip in to our tai chi workshop for…

Family Yoga

All the family are welcome for some bendy, stretchy fun as we spend some time breathing, stretching, laughing and moving together.

Indian Head Massage

Using acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders, come and enjoy some Indian Head Massage as well as learning how to practice…

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Award-winning poet and author Karen McCarthy Woolf (Seasonal Disturbances, An Aviary of Small Birds) will be joining the Provocation strand at Timber.

Simon Armitage

Award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage will be joining us at Timber. Watch this space for details.

Glass Mountain

GLASS MOUNTAIN make beautiful, cinematic music filled with yearning and sorrow. Taking their name from a David Hockney artwork, the Bradford quartet’s sound is…

Gather at Timber Festival

Gather

We’ll come together to celebrate, collaborate, collude and carouse in a world of arts, crafts and enterprise rooted in the forest, creating a vibrant living…

Night Swimming

Just a stone’s skim away lies a beautiful lake, just waiting for you to take a dip when the sun goes down. Local groups…

Fire Garden

Witness an enthralling fire garden created especially for Timber by leading artists, sculptors, designers and technicians pa-BOOM.

Alice Jemima

Indie-pop song-writer Alice Jemima caught the attention of Radio 1 DJ and Bestival co-founder Rob da Bank, first leading to a session at Maida…

Keynote Session – Stuart Maconie

Having walked the woods and byways of the country for decades, and being fervently engaged with its political, cultural and geographic life, nobody is…

Polarbear

A spoken word workshop from Polarbear (Steven Camden) one of the most versatile and respected spoken word artists in Britain. Having grown up in…

The Archive of Outside

“I took a walk in the woods, and came out taller than the trees” Thoreau Hop aboard our vintage library bus, exploring our relationship…

The Dream Antelopes

Could they be real, or conjured up by the magic of Timber? Keep your eyes peeled for the noble antelopes roaming the site. They…

Woodland Workshops

Come along and watch our woodland experts as they share their passions for wood stacking, timber construction, lighting fires, wood carving, willow weaving and…

The Sundial

Watch time creep past at our incredible sundial installation. An enormous sundial at the heart of the Common will tell the time for Timber…

Bee Experiences

Join David McDowell, The Bee Farmer, for a tour of some special beehives which have been set up close to the Timber site through…

Campfire House Band

Watch this space for news of our campfire house band, who’ll be keeping us up past our bedtimes, as the shadows lengthen and embers…

Forest Ballad Collective

The Heart of the Forest Ballad Collective are a group of local people who have joined forces with Jennifer Reid, performer of 19thC Industrial…

Hammer & Chisel

Wild play rules at Hammer & Chisel, our unique woodland playground. Under the supervision of our forest play experts, create your own world or…

Responsible Fishing

Responsible Fishing is a small but perfectly formed arts organisation that work with natural, recycled and upcycled materials to create temporary artworks and engage…

The Coppice Maze

Come and help to create a beautiful collaborative maze, then get yourself lost in it. Using a beautiful planting of silver birch, hand dyed…

Forest Monsters

An incredible installation of creatures and monsters dreamt up by children from schools within the National Forest. Their imaginations run wild, the monsters will…

Charcoal Sessions

Join us in the evening round the charcoal burner where we will bring together writers, artists, academics, politicians and scientists, along with those working…

Make Your Local Wood Work

We’re inviting you/your group to pitch your idea for a new woodland based social enterprise or expansion of a current one. There will be…

Tree Climbing

Get a new perspective on our oldest piece of woodland, and maybe scuffed knees while you’re at it. Tree climbing experts will be on…

Ian Douglas – Campfire Stories

Any campfire would be a pretty sad and lonely place without the incredible Ian Douglas, storyteller to end all storytellers. Joined by some curious…

Woodland Slacklines

Do you have the balance to walk from tree to tree? Hop on to our woodland slacklines to find out.

Forest Bathing

Take part in natural well-being therapy Forest Bathing and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the forest.

Laughing Yoga

Come and explore the benefits of spontaneous laughter. This playful and creative session will help you laugh the stresses of your day away.

Dawn Run

As the morning sun breaks through the trees, take a leisurely jog around the Timber site. See the forest in a new light as…

Roots Community Choir

For acappella renditions of traditional English folk songs and vocal world music, then enjoy the harmonies of Roots Community Choir. Known to embark on…

Tentsile Tree Tents

Suspended in the woodland, only a few feet from the ground, Tentsile tree tents offer festival goers the chance to wake up amongst the…

Murmuration

A murmuration, a flock of starlings swirling through the sky, is a breath-taking natural wonder. The starling population in the UK has fallen by…

Emma Gatrill

Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition –…

What the Papers Say

Further explore the interface between humans and nature in What the Papers Say discussions on environmental stories of the moment.

Make your own Noon Column

Make clay sculptures inspired by artist David Nash’s Noon Columns. The National Forest is home to six of these temporal-based sculptures, through which the…

Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the…

Woodland Library

Bring a book, or pick one up. Novels and non-fiction, exploring our relationship with nature, our woodland library will be open all weekend for…

Foraging Walk

Find out what culinary treasures are hiding in the hedgerows and trees of Feanedock, with our foraging expert.

Wilderness Tracks

BBC Radio 4’s Geoff Bird is joined by special guests including BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 3 presenter Elizabeth Alker for lively conversation…

From Field to Fork

Join our panel of experts to explore where our food comes from, how it reaches our plates and some amazing stories of what farmers…

Jason Singh

Jason Singh is a composer, musician, sound artist, creative producer, facilitator and performer. He is a solo artist and collaborator who works across a…

Secret Midnight Gig

Under the cloak of night and the cover of trees, stumble upon a spectacle as-yet to be announced. Keep watching this space to find…

Birdlife

From the casual birder to the passionate ornithologist, there’ll be something for everyone as a panel of ardent bird lovers stop to ponder the…

The Dyr Sister

Hailing from the City of Hull, England, Sally Currie AKA The Dyr Sister is a multi-instrumental cervine beat mistress who conjures up surreal tales…

Digital Bird Spotting

  While the worn but trusty bird-spotting guidebook is for many people an indispensable and beloved companion on any walk through the forest, the…

Happily Every After

From Gawain to Grimm, Shakespeare’s Arden to Boorman’s Deliverance, forests have provided some of the most evocative backdrops in all of literature, art and…

Provocation at Timber Festival

Provocation

Writers, artists, poets, scientists, philosophers and educators will help us re-imagine what woodlands and trees mean to us, how we live in nature and will…

Sound at Timber Festival

Sound

An ambitious adventure into sound and music, rooted in the forest. Join us round the campfire and on our three main stages for live…

Comedy in the Dark

After sell-out shows across the UK & Europe, including shows at Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival and Udderbelly Festival, this unique comedy experience arrives…

Think Like A Tree – Sarah Spencer

Take part in Sarah Spencer’s Think Like A Tree programme which unlocks nature’s secrets to happiness, health and well-being and discover the wisdom that…

Time at Timber Festival

Light

Torchlight processions, light projections, fire gardens, luminous installations, will help us see the forest in a new light. Expect incredible international performance as dusk…

Long Table Feasts

Gather around our long tables for some festival feasting with banquets prepared by local chefs, tapping into the best local and seasonal produce around….

Breathe at Timber Festival

Breathe

Relax and soak in the landscape all around, take time to revel in the beauty, solace and artistry of nature. A woodland retreat awaits,…

Feast at Timber Festival

Feast

A joyous exploration of food and drink, from farmers’ market stalls to food trucks, foraging workshops to picnics and banquets, we’ll be contemplating and…

Bathing under the Sky

In Shivelight, where we’re celebrating the health and well-being benefits of spending time in nature, soothe your senses indulging in a luxurious wood-fired hot…

Food & Drink at Timber Festival

Food & Drink

Coming soon – you will be able to see the range of food and drink providers on site for Timber 2018. You are very…

Time at Timber Festival

Time

Inspired by the six David Nash Noon Columns that reside in the National Forest, we’ll explore the atmosphere in the woods at twilight, midnight,…