Timber Festival to launch in National Forest

Timber Festival to launch in National Forest

Timber Festival has been unveiled as a new three-day event for the National Forest in the Midlands next summer.

Staged from July 6-8, 2018, the boutique festival is organised by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, producers of the award-winning Just So Festival.

Timber is described as a place where “music, art, philosophy and sustainability” will come together in the heart of the National Forest, which spans Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. The festival site is located at Feanedock, a 70-acre woodland site.

Organisers said it is set to feature three stages and an eclectic mix of folk, ambient, DJs and bands, as well as sound installations, storytelling, soundscapes, torchlight processions and farmers’ market stalls. The capacity is set at 6,000 for the first year.

John Everitt, chief executive, National Forest Company, said: “Timber is both a celebration and statement of intent: a celebration of how the National Forest has transformed 200 square miles of the English Midlands, and a statement of intent to create an international movement to champion forests. The festival will shine a spotlight on trees as a catalyst for change.”

Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, directors of Wild Rumpus, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Forest Company to create Timber together. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to the first festival which will provide incredible and transformational experiences and, we hope, fast become a solid addition to the thriving UK festival scene.”

Timber is currently offering early-bird tickets and boutique camping. A full line-up is set to be announced in early 2018 with further updates at timberfestival.org.uk.

Aiming to be powered by 100% renewable energy and carbon neutral, Timber will partner with other international forest festivals to share knowledge and innovations. The event is a not-for-profit festival.

The event marks an addition to the forest festivals calendar. The Forestry Commission hosts the Forest Live series of concerts at sites across the country, which have been staged since 2001.

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