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Party in the woods

Festivalgoers celebrated nature and the great outdoors at Timber Festival
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Penguin Cafe at Timber Festival

Main image: Penguin Cafe at Timber Fest 2022 – credit Andrew Allcock

4,000 people gathered in Feanedock woodland in the National Forest last weekend for Timber Festival, an immersive and revitalising festival celebrating our relationship with nature through carefully curated musical performances, debates, workshops and more. 

The busy festival programme also included circus, dance, comedy, talks, author readings, debates and wellbeing sessions in the beautiful setting of the forest. 

The festival returns to Feanedock from Friday 07 until Sunday 09 July 2023.

‘We had such an inspiring and energising weekend together at Timber. Our audiences enjoyed some of the very best live music, saw impressive circus performances and danced the night away to woodland DJs (including Poet Laureate Simon Armitage who wowed us with a set!) We can’t wait to do it all again next year. Early Bird tickets for 2023 will be going on sale very soon and we urge people to keep an eye out for an announcement!’

Co-director of Timber Festival

Firewalking, arts and more

This year’s packed lineup included live music from Penguin Cafe, The Orielles, Billie Marten, Alabaster dePlume, Jason Singh, beatboxer Testament and more.

Audiences also enjoyed an array of jaw-dropping dance and circus performances, including an impressive show by theatre company Joli Vyann which was performed inside a giant rotating hourglass and questioned the consequences of climate change. 

A host of relaxing wellbeing sessions included laughing yoga, tai chi, gong baths and massage. A group of brave festivalgoers even tested their endurance by walking on hot coals in an empowering session led by firewalking instructor Olivia Beardsmore. 

Inside the National Forest

Timber Festival takes place at Feanedock woodland, which used to be industrial coal mining land. The local area has been transformed through the creation of the National Forest – nine million trees have been planted in the forest since its creation just 30 years ago. 

‘Timber is such a special festival because of its incredible location. You really can’t get any better than experiencing a festival in the middle of a woodland. There are stages in dappled glades, a gorgeous campfire to sit round in the woods, and sweeping views of the forest all around – it’s magic.’

Co-director of Timber Festival

Timber Festival is created by award-winning festival and event producers Wild Rumpus, in partnership with the National Forest Company. Timber was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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