Timber Forest Festival (Feanedock, UK, July 2018)

Timber is a new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests, where music, forests, arts and ideas will weave together in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain's boldest environmental projects.

Timber Festival outdoor performance
Timber Festival outdoor performance (c) Teneight

What

Timber is a new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests, where music, forests, arts and ideas will weave together in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects.

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival), Timber Festival explores what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment.

Timber Festival - Whispering Woods - aerial workshops and performance in the trees
Whispering Woods – aerial workshops and performance in the trees

Highlights include the world premiere of Seek, Find, Speak, the outdoor theatre companion to The Lost Words, music headliners Jane Weaver and This Is The Kit, a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterby’s new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

Where

Timber takes place at Feanedock, a 70 acre woodland site on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border and part of the forest in the making at the heart of the National Forest, near Ashby de la Zouch.

When

Timber Festival takes place 6/7/8 July 2018.

How Much

Adult weekend camping pass costs £130 for adults and £45 for children (3-17). Day pass without camping costs £35 for adults and £10 for children.

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Residents living in the National Forest are eligible for a 10% discount on their tickets.

What’s On

Timber Festival - Jason Singh - Floating Cinema
Composer and sound-artist Jason Singh, whose work includes vocal recreations of birdsong and forestry environments

Events are split into seven strands:

  1. Gather – We’ll come together to celebrate, collaborate, collude and carouse in a world of arts, crafts and enterprise rooted in the forest, creating a vibrant living landscape. We’ll join in the very best circus, theatre, comedy and dance within our woodland playground.  Watch those innovating in forests around the world as they share their passions with us and get hands on building and constructing as we learn new skills, discover new talents and explore the beauty and possibilities of wood as a material. Stretch body and mind by tree climbing and forest bathing. We’ll also be celebrating Black to Green, exploring how the heart of the National Forest has been transformed from coal pits to tree tops.
  2. Provocation – Writers, artists, poets, scientists, philosophers and educators will help us re-imagine what woodlands and trees mean to us, how we live in nature and will examine our relationship with the world around us. Prepare to be inspired and inspire others in turn. Expect a curated programme of talks and discussions exploring the interface between humans and nature, from the impact we have on the environment, to the benefits that woods and forests can have on individuals and communities, and the ways that art, poetry and film reflect the natural world.
  3. Sound – An ambitious adventure into sound and music, rooted in the forest. Join us round the campfire and on our three main stages for live music. Venture into the woods to be immersed in compelling sound installations, storytelling, soundscapes and DJ sets. We’ll be working with sound artists who are responding to forest environments in incredible, interactive ways, and choirs will be bringing the woods to life through song.
  4. Light – Torchlight processions, light projections, fire gardens, luminous installations, will help us see the forest in a new light. Expect incredible international performance as dusk falls each night, and discover the unexpected as into the night the forest will be transformed by spectacular light installations.
  5. Breathe – Relax and soak in the landscape all around, take time to revel in the beauty, solace and artistry of nature. A woodland retreat awaits, as we reimagine halcyon days in harmony with nature. Drink in the forest air from our eco-spa, revel in yoga practice and other relaxation activities, contemplate the seasons, explore our arboreal wonderland, enjoy the tranquility of the environment.
  6. Feast – A joyous exploration of food and drink, from farmers’ market stalls to food trucks, foraging workshops to picnics and banquets, we’ll be contemplating and consuming some fantastic fodder. Programming will include creative play with food, incredible performance along culinary lines, young chefs creating exciting menus from our hedgerows and woodlands.
  7. Time – Inspired by the six David Nash Noon Columns that reside in the National Forest, we’ll explore the atmosphere in the woods at twilight, midnight, dusk and dawn to delight in the rhythms of the day. We’ll be transfixed by sundials, hourglasses and clocks as we pass the time. We’ll be singing the dawn chorus, running through the gloaming, and revelling at midnight gigs.