Lonely Planet Writer

You can now book tickets for the UK's first ever forest festival

Tickets have just been released for Timber, the UK’s first ever three-day festival celebrating woodland culture and the transformative nature of forests.

Timber Festival in the UK
The three-day event will take place at Feanedock at The National Forest. Image by Andrew Allcock

Taking place from 6 – 8 July 2018 at Feanedock, a 70-acre site located at the National Forest, the event will bring together a range of artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers. The experience will also offer boutique on-site camping, as well as a programme that includes curated talks, workshops and performances on three live music stages. Food events at Timber will include farmers’ market stalls, food trucks, foraging workshops, picnics, banquets and performances that will see chefs creating menus from hedgerows and woodlands. Visitors to the festival will also be able to take part in open air yoga and other relaxation exercises.

The event will bring together musicians, artists, environmentalists and philosophers. Image by Andrew Allcock

A series of interactive art installations will also be taking place over the three days, such as light projections and fire gardens, while artist David Nash’s Noon Columns, a series of six temporal-based sculptures through which the sun sends a shaft of light at true noon every day, will also be celebrated and showcased throughout the event.

The not-for-profit festival aims to be powered by 100% renewable energy. Image by Wild Rumpus

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, the not-for-profit festival aims to be powered by 100% renewable energy, and will partner with other international forest festivals to share knowledge and innovations taking place in woodlands around the world. “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,” said John Everitt, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company.

Timber will have three live music stages, as well as hosting a number of workshops. Image by Teneight

Straddling the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, the National Forest was the first forest to be created in England for over 1000 years, cultivated through plantings and environmental strategies over the last 25 years. Early bird tickets for Timber cost £120 for an adult weekend camping pass, £40 for a child weekend camping pass, £40 for an adult day tickets and £15 for a children’s day ticket. Children under three years of age will be permitted for free, and residents of the National Forest are eligible for discounts.

More information on booking is available at the official Timber Festival website.