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Timber Fest 2022

Join the celebration of music, forests, art and ideas in the National Forest
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

Timber Festival (Friday 01-Sunday 03 July 2022) will return to the National Forest this summer for three spectacular days of music, forests, art and ideas.

Taking place in the glades of Feanedock woodland near Ashby de la Zouch, Timber is all about celebrating nature and re-examining our relationship with the natural world in the inspiring setting of the forest.

World music

The first act announced in the music lineup is the genre-defying band Penguin Cafe. Initially founded by Arthur Jeffes to perform the world-renowned music of his late father Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the group of talented and disparate musicians have quickly become trailblazers in their own right. 

Also joining the music bill are international music collective The Turbans, singer-songwriter Josienne Clarke, some of the very best folk music around and a whole host of sounds from across the globe – from Ghana to New Orleans by way of Rajasthan and São Paulo.

‘There’s such a diverse mix of incredibly talented musicians in our lineup, with sounds from all over the world from Rajasthan to São Paulo. Watching musicians perform in the natural beauty of the forest is so incredibly special; I’m really excited to see Penguin Cafe, and The Turbans. I can’t wait to be dancing with our audiences beneath the trees next summer.’

Co-director of Timber Festival

Simon Armitage at Timber

Timber is known for its varied and ambitious programme of author talks and lively debates, and this year’s festival is no different.

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will read from his new book The Owl and the Nightingale and also hit the decks for a throwback DJ set under the trees.

Beloved author Max Porter of Grief is The Thing with Feathers will give a very special performance. There will also be debates and discussions about what it means to live more sustainably and how we can all play our part in the fight against climate change.

MC and beatboxer Testament will share his top nature-related music picks in Wilderness Tracks with BBC Radio 4’s Geoff Bird, Kendal Mountain Festival will host an evening of films about human endurance and audiences can reel the night away at the Timber Ceilidh.

‘Timber is all about having unforgettable moments in the forest and creating memories that last a lifetime, and one of my favourite parts is our programme of talks in the Field Notes tent. I’m really looking forward to hearing Simon Armitage read from his new book, and I can’t wait for Max Porter’s special performance.

Co-director of Timber Festival

Food and wellbeing

Slow Food in the UK return to Timber with Food is the Solution, a mix of talks and practical demos from leading chefs, giving an insight into how we can make positive changes in the food industry.

Audiences looking to unwind will be spoilt for choice with wellbeing activities, including meditation, yoga, tai chi and gong baths, all in the tranquillity of the forest. 

Tickets cost from £17.50 for a child day ticket to £120 for an adult three-day camping ticket. Residents of the National Forest get a huge 25% off all tickets.

Festivalgoers looking for a luxurious weekend can opt for boutique camping in spacious bell tents, and those after an adventure can cycle to Timber on a guided bike ride from Birmingham with Red Fox Cycling.

Timber Festival is created by award-winning festival and event producers Wild Rumpus, in partnership with the National Forest Company.

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