A major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests which took place in the heart of the National Forest to much acclaim this July has announced it will return in 2019.
Following an incredibly successful first year which saw 4,000 people come together to be inspired by music, forests, arts and ideas, the organisers of Timber Festival have announced it will return to Feanedock woods in the heart of the National Forest on the 5th, 6th, 7thJuly 2019.
Early Bird tickets have just been released for the event which has been created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival) who launched the international forest festival to explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment.
This year Timber saw an incredible line-up of speakers, writers, artists and poets inspire festival-goers, from Stuart Maconie, Robert Macfarlane and Blue Planet sound artist Chris Watson, to music from amongst others This Is The Kit, Jane Weaver and Hope & Social; art installations including Luke Jerram’s spectacular Museum Of The Moon and Jony Easterby’s Tree & Wood; virtual reality experience In The Eyes of The Animal and a whole host of woodland workshops and talks, and relaxation including a woodland spa.
Timber Festival celebrated its sense of place engaging widely with local singers, businesses and community groups, as well as seeing hundreds of school children from within the National Forest design and realise their own artistic creations.
Programme details for 2019 will be announced in the coming months, but organisers promise to build on their first year bringing the very best of forest art works and ideas for an exhilarating and breathtaking weekend of curated talks and discussions, fantastic local food and drink, campfire singing, comedy, torchlight processions and much more.
John Everitt, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, says: “Our first Timber Festival showed how the story of the National Forest can inspire people to reconnect with the natural world and create a positive future. With festival goers playing in woodland glades, experiencing forest crafts, having lively discussions and debates, enjoying relaxation under the canopy or simply being immersed in the highest quality arts and spoken word, there is something to help everyone feel transformed by trees.”
Sarah Bird, Director of Wild Rumpus, says: “Trees and forests are absolutely at the foreground of our thinking about what it means to live healthily and happily in a modern world so dominated by digital devices and new technologies. They have the potential to help us unleash new ways to live as communities, playfully and creatively together. We’re phenomenally excited about the opportunity of bringing Timber back to Feanedock to think about new ways of celebrating our relationship to trees and forest through incredible arts and culture.”
There are a limited number of super early bird tickets available.
For information and tickets visit www.timberfestival.org.uk/tickets