This time next week we’ll be waking up for our last day of fun at Timber Festival – the festival that celebrates the forest and trees, and won the Best New Festival award at the UK Festival Awards 2018 after its launch last year.
We had an awesome time at last year’s festival, and have been super-excited about returning for Timber’s second year. The programme was packed last year, and we know this year there’ll be even more on offer.
Tickets are still on sale at timberfestival.co.uk, from day tickets (Friday adult tickets £20, Saturday and Sunday adult tickets £35) to weekend camping tickets (adults £110). So if you’ve got a spare weekend, or just a day to pop along, I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially as the weather forecast is looking good (touch wood).
Here are a few of our must-dos for this year…
High on our list is the participatory artwork-theatre hybrid Cardboardia, an immersive experience inspired by the beautiful woodland playground at Feanedock. I can’t wait to see how we get involved to create a country made of card. Then, on Sunday, we’ll join the Cardboardia Procession around the site led by folk fusion band The Baghdaddies.
I’d love to run off and join the circus, so any circus-themed programming is always high on my list. This year there’s a brand new show created especially for Timber by circus troupe Lost in Translation. The Baron in the Trees, based on Italo Calvino’s novel of the same name, promises thrilling aerial stunts, acrobatics, slapstick and juggling.
The programme of talks was one of the elements of Timber that really stood out for us last year. This year looks set to continue this, with a talk from Extinction Rebellion (Friday 5pm, Field Notes), as well as a series of debates, one of which will focus on ‘Future Activists‘ (Sunday 2pm, Field Notes) and youth activism that I think the twins (aged nearly ten) will really connect with.
I didn’t make it to the Woodlandia Forest Spa last year, but I’m determined to book a session for next weekend. A relaxing soak in an outdoor wood-fired hot tub sounds too good to miss. While I’m thinking about chilling out, if I’m up and about in time, I hope to join the Forest Meditation session (Sat & Sun, 10am, Shivelight).
The thing the twins are most excited about is the Giant Marble Run (everyday, As The Crow Flies) – made from carved pieces of rhododendron suspended in the trees, the run will be dismantled and re-built each day of the festival.
Ben and I also hope to check out a few of the sessions taking place at the Wild Food kitchen, including Seedlip’s Shrub Workshop, Outdoor Survival Cooking, and Foraging for Modern Humans.
This is seriously just a snapshot of all the amazing things that’ll be going on next weekend (head over to the Timber Festival website for the full programme). Every time I open our paper copy another must-see jumps out at me – I’ve not even mentioned all the live music – from Gwenno to HannahPeel and Jesca Hoop, plus DJ sets in the woods.
We hope to see you there!