Family activities to discover the intrepid world of plant hunting, expert carvers creating big play trail pieces and over 100 exhibitors join this year’s Treefest at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
Kids go free at the event, which takes place from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August at the Forestry Commission managed arboretum.
Visitors can watch as carvers take inspiration from fairytales and nature to create large wooden sculptures that will become part of the new play trail in Silk Wood. Wood for the sculptures is sourced as part of the routine management of Westonbirt Arboretum’s tree collection
Simon Hough, the Forestry Commission’s Recreation Manager at Westonbirt Arboretum commented: “Over 20,000 visitors came to our new-look Treefest last year and we had some great feedback about the event – particularly around the family activities, live music and exhibitors.
“We know many visitors want to see big carving, so this year Treefest will have three expert carvers creating pieces to stay on site after the event. We hope visitors will enjoy watching these sculptures take shape across the weekend.”
Local live music, traditional woodland skills, local food producers and live cookery demonstrations from local celebrity chefs will also entertain visitors.
Rob Rees MBE, ‘The Cotswold Chef’ and Charlotte Pike from Go Free Foods will use local, fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes in the Treefest Food Hall.
Visitors can save money with advance weekend and daily tickets, available from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest.
Advance weekend tickets are £30 for adults and £26 for concessions. Advance daily admission is £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and kids go free throughout the event.
Visitors to Treefest will again have the chance to camp at the event. This year, visitors can upgrade to a tipi or yurt for their weekend. Details on how to book can be found on Westonbirt Arboretum’s website.
The festival will run from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, with the daily programme from 10am to 5pm and live music taking place into the evening. More details are available from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest.
Top – Family being shown traditional spoon making in the Working Woodlands area
Bottom – Child in the Young Plant Hunters’ Academy at Treefest 2011
Both pictures credit Paul Groom.