Timber festival has quickly become one of my favourite festivals in the UK. And that is a bold statement when I consider the amount I’ve gone to in recent years!
Based in The National Forest in the heart of the Midlands, The location is one that clearly means a lot to the organisers. Everywhere you look there is an emphasis on the environment and being more eco-friendly.
The National Forest was created by people with a passion for turning what was once a heavily grey area into a new green space. Formally used for centuries as coal mines and other industrial sectors, which started as a small scale project now spans over 200 square miles.
Timber is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who have come together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests.
Timber Festival at The National Forest
It’s difficult to know where to start when talking about the activities around the festival itself. Everywhere you look there is something different going on.
We arrived at around lunchtime on Saturday and the weather wasn’t really getting us in the mood for camping. In fact, we decided on the way that we’d drive home that evening and come back on Sunday complete with nieces…
But once we got there, the weather was put straight to the back of our minds and the atmosphere drew us in. We quickly decided to pitch the tent so we could relax and absorb our surroundings and a few tipples.
I mean, when you can get a beer at a festival for only £4 (rather than the usual £8! it would be rude not to.
When you first walk through the forest area, you stumble upon campfire sessions, mini ukelele lessons and interactive wildlife stalls. People talking and engaging with festival-goers of all ages in a fun and informative way. There was also the hammer and chisel area that was a highlight for my niece last year.
This year the nieces-in-law enjoyed the festival just as much as mine did last year! With one being three and the other just turned one I knew it would be ideal for them both to enjoy.
With activities for children of all ages, as you explore deeper into the festival you discover even more stuff!
In the main area there was giant versions of regular board games such as Guess Who, Scrabble alongside Ping Pong tables, before you walk around to Cardboardia – a place where children can make their own cardboard weapons and armour ready for a big parade. All sounds a bit mental – and it was. In a good way.
The stages at Timber Festival are small but have a variety of things going on alongside some musical performances…
The Eyrie Stage was tucked away in another section of forest and played host to a range of bands and artists. Spoken word, acoustic folk and DJ sessions through the night provided us with a good variety of entertainment.
Over on the Elemental stage you explore even more artists with a some more interactive displays such as the Illumauted Heritage that tells the story of National Forest rich mining history through lightboxes – combining archival photography and light to tell the story.
I can’t wait for Timber Festival 2020!
We have already decided we will be going and making sure we get there on the Friday too. One night just doesn’t seem enough time to soak everything in. Looking back at the programme now there’s so much I missed and I’m really regretting it! Which is odd when I thought we’d explored it all…!