Into the woods

A BRAND NEW FES­TI­VAL USES ART, FUN AND A SPRIN­KLING OF PHI­LOS­O­PHY TO CEL­E­BRATE THE WOOD­LAND IN WHICH IT’S SET

The Simple Things - - THINK | CREATIVITY - Tim­ber Fes­ti­val takes places 6–8 July 2018. To find out more and book tick­ets, visit tim­ber­fes­ti­val.org.uk.

Mu­sic, forests, art, ideas: if this sounds like your kind of com­bi­na­tion, Tim­ber Fes­ti­val is the event for you. Held over three days in early July, at the heart of the Na­tional For­est, this new fes­ti­val brings to­gether artists, mu­si­cians, sci­en­tists and thinkers. It’s about ex­plor­ing what wood­lands mean to us and how we can rein­vent our re­la­tion­ship with the en­vi­ron­ment.

THE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Pack your tent and head for the woods: this July you can ex­pect per­for­mances, both the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal, art in­stal­la­tions be­neath the canopy, film screen­ings, com­edy, and feast­ing. High­lights in­clude Luke Jer­ram’s Mu­seum of the Moon, mu­sic from Jane Weaver, Hope & So­cial, and This Is The Kit, and the world pre­miere out­door-the­atre adap­ta­tion of Robert Mac­Far­lane and Jackie Mor­ris’s The

Lost Words. The fes­ti­val has some­thing for all ages, from the eco spa to the for­est play­ground. And if you’re a lit­tle airbed-shy, you can book boutique camp­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, from bell tents to yurts; bring­ing a car­a­van or camper­van is also an op­tion.

THE IDEA

Tim­ber Fes­ti­val is one big en­vi­ron­men­tal project, in­cor­po­rat­ing mu­sic, art and ideas in a mag­i­cal wood­land set­ting. It’s the brain­child of the Na­tional For­est Com­pany and Wild Rum­pus, award-win­ning pro­duc­ers of the Just So Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val is not-for-profit, with sus­tain­abil­ity cen­tral to its set-up. The idea is to part­ner other in­ter­na­tional for­est fes­ti­vals, to share knowl­edge that can ben­e­fit the en­vi­ron­ment for all of us. And where bet­ter to host it than the Na­tional For­est? Stretch­ing for 200 square miles across the Mid­lands, this 25-year-old for­est nur­tures 8.5 mil­lion trees, show­ing how well de­signed wood­lands can en­rich not only our lives, but also ben­e­fit busi­nesses and wildlife, too.

Tim­ber’s eclec­tic pro­gramme includes mu­sic from Jane Weaver (be­low left) and aerial ac­ro­bat­ics from Whis­per­ing Woods (inset)

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