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…

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…

Wilderness Tracks :: Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane, author of The Lost Words, joins BBC Radio 4’s Geoff Bird for lively conversation and eclectic musical choices in Wilderness Tracks as Robert reveals…

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…

The Lost Words: Seek Find Speak

The Lost Words: Seek, Find, Speak is a brand new official spoken word adaptation of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, an…

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…

Bee Cart – Pif-Paf

Bee Guides Bombus and Borage are from a secret government organisation called The Human Union of Pollinators – preparing for the worst but hoping…

Disco Lypso

Disco Lypso

Discolypso brings you the best in Latin, Afrobeat and Tropical Disco music to Timber Festival. It captures the true essence of an authentic Caribbean…

Westerman

Westerman’s frenetic, shifting style of songwriting is a reflection of his mindset: chord progressions are bright, carefree and then look inwards. His recent work…

Comedy in the Dark – Joey Page

Comedy in the Dark, featuring TV’s Mark Dolan, best known as the host of Channel 4’s iconic comedy series Balls of Steel (**** ‘Consistently…

LION

LION, aka Beth Lowen, is pure dynamite indie-rock material in the making. With belting voice that could summon the gods or fell a beast,…

DJ Chris Tofu

Established in 1995, DJ Chris Tofu has become a pioneer of Vintage Remix and the UK Festival scene, sharing his obsession with all things…

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 –…

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Timber is proud to have commissioned the award winning poetand author Karen McCarthy Woolf (Seasonal Disturbances, An Aviary of Small Birds) to create a…

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…

Chris Watson

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a…

Comedy in the Dark – Mark Dolan

Comedy in the Dark, featuring TV’s Mark Dolan, best known as the host of Channel 4’s iconic comedy series Balls of Steel (**** ‘Consistently…

Siv Jakobsen

Siv’s music is beautifully mellow, much like diary-entries – filled with unfiltered thoughts and reflections. With references to Damien Rice and Ane Brun, listening to…

Does money grow on trees?

Should money grow on trees? Take part in a debate on the role of money-making in sustaining Britain’s woodlands with Making Local Woods Work….

Sam Redmore

Musically he plays pretty much across the board, ranging from funk, soul, hip hop and reggae to house, disco, latin and rock, as well…

Disco Dancing Workshops

Tricia from, Swirl Education, will be teaching 70s Disco and 80 Dance Workshops this year. The workshops are suitable for the whole family. Each…

RHAIN

RHAIN, the Isle of Wight native, is a bold, powerful and honest performer, whilst her songwriting is acutely fragile, mythical and overwhelmingly melodic. Described…

Greenwood Days — Woodland Craft

Expand your arboreal knowledge and gain some true-grit skills to help you thrive in a woodland. Supported by Greenwood Days, an organisation running woodland…

The Screeching Bluejays

Well rock me mama like a wagon wheel, it’s The Screeching Bluejays, a latterday Carter Family consisting of a dad and his three daughters playing a toe-tapping…

Woodland Soul DJs

If you go down to the woods tonight, the Woodland Soul DJs will be bringing soul, house and disco from all corners of the…

Jonathan Drori

Jonathan Drori is a Trustee of The Eden Project, an Ambassador for the WWF and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal…

The Moth Hotel

We’re not trapping giant moths! We’re building a giant moth trap. In fact, we think we might be building the biggest moth trap in the…

Lindsey Chapman

Lindsey Chapman will presenting this years Happily Ever After discussion panel; exploring the undeniable impact that forests have had on literature, theatre and the…

Liz Alker (DJ Set)

BBC Radio 3’s Liz Alker will be rising above the crowds on our elevated Eyrie Stage to deliver an eclectic DJ set — listen…

Jim Ghedi

An alternative take on classic folk ideas, exploring themes on landscape and history. Incorporating 6 & 12 string guitar composition, orchestral arrangements, Jazz and…

HMS Morris

HMS Morris are a Welsh Art-Pop group that delve into the wonky, odd-ball side of psychedelia, finding the balance between bold experimentalism without giving…

Jennifer Reid

Broadsides of the Industrial Revolution? It may be unfamiliar to some ears, but balladeer, Jennifer Reid, is an internationally lauded singer and performer, known…

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…

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,…

H.Hawkline

Huw Evans, also known as H.Hawkline, is a Welsh singer-songwriter, formerly based in Cardiff and now working in Los Angeles. He performs in both…

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…

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…

Mindful Drawing Workshop

Between Dream and Reality Breathe in the air… relax… notice the light through the branches and leaves… introduce the magic of rainbow vision… write,…

Common Ground: Living With Trees

“The radical and inspirational arts and environmental charity, Common Ground curates a discussion for the Timber Festival, exploring how trees and woods in towns,…

Adam Weymouth – Kings of the Yukon

‘Kings of the Yukon’ tells the remarkable story of Adam Weymouth’s four-month journey canoeing the length of the great Yukon River, paddling against the flow…

You Are Wolf

You Are Wolf is the alt-folk project of award-winning composer, vocalist and author Kerry Andrew. Her first album, Hawk To The Hunting Gone, explored British birds and…

Daniel Everett

Cheltenham born, folk artist Daniel Everett, is best known for being part of Polly and the Billets Doux, but Everett is an established solo…

Outdoor Survival Skills

Have you always wondered exactly what it would take to survive in the great outdoors? Test and challenge your Forest Survival skills during a…

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…

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…

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…

Fire Garden

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

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…

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…

The Coal Tits

The Coal Tits are a group of local people who have joined forces with Jennifer Reid, performer of 19thC Industrial Revolution broadside ballads, to…

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…

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.

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…

Stone Balancing

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…

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…

What the Papers Say

Further explore the interface between humans and nature in What the Papers Say discussions on environmental stories of the moment. The Saturday session will…

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.

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 will be running a voice and listening workshop based on birdsong, insects and environmental sounds. We will go on a short walk around…

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 Panel

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 Ever 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…