If you haven’t taken the kids to a festival yet, but it’s on your summer bucket list, then let me introduce you to Timber Festival.  You might have seen that I talked about it in my top family friendly festivals in the Midlands guide, but I really don’t think I said enough.  This festival is all about enjoying the outdoors, and we all know how much kids love enjoy exploring and nature.

Timber is an extraordinary, family friendly festival where music, art, theatre, storytelling, science and play will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects. It sounds like the perfect match already doesn’t it?

Taking place over three days from 6-8 July 2018, it will be the only international forest festival in the UK. Experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, storytellers, theatrical performers and scientists from across the world. Explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment. Play and create in an arboreal wonderland, where the tonic of wildness rules supreme.

Family Friendly Programme Highlights Include


An ambitious adventure into sound and music, rooted in the forest. Join us across three stunning bespoke wooden stages (including the enchanting Eyrie Stage suspended between the trees) and around the campfire for the chance to see some of the most exciting new music live in an intimate woodland setting.


Torchlight processions, light projections, fire gardens and luminous installations, will help us see the forest in a new light. Expect incredible performances as dusk falls each night, and discover the unexpected as into the night the forest will be transformed by spectacular installations.

Take a journey into the heart of the forest at dusk in the English festival premiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance exploring our relationship to trees and forests by leading artist and producer Jony Easterby, and explore all the sides of the moon in the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon – an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.


Come together to celebrate, collaborate, collude and carouse in a world of arts, crafts and enterprise rooted in the forest, creating a vibrant living landscape.


Explore the atmosphere in the woods at twilight, midnight, dusk and dawn to delight in the rhythms of the day, and join in singing the dawn chorus, running through the gloaming, and revelling at secret midnight gigs. Don’t miss making clay sculptures inspired by artist David Nash’s Noon Columns, and take part in a visual art installation marking the passing of time.


Loosen up, laugh, bend and stretch with the whole family with yoga, tai chi and capoeira practice. Take part in natural wellbeing therapy Forest Bathing and Sarah Spencer’s Think Like a Tree programme which unlocks nature’s secrets to resilience and happiness and don’t miss the Murmuration installation, an incredible flock of starlings above your heads, accompanied by a beautiful soundscape and transformed by light as night falls.


A joyous exploration of food and drink, from farmers’ market stalls to food trucks, foraging workshops to picnics and banquets, contemplate and consume some fantastic fodder. Look out for incredible performance along culinary lines, foraging walks and chefs creating exciting menus from our hedgerows and woodlands.

Timber is a not-for-profit festival with sustainability at its heart. Aiming to be powered by 100% renewable energy and be carbon neutral, Timber will partner with other international forest festivals to share knowledge and innovations taking place in forests and transforming lives across the world.

About Timber Festival and the National Forest

Timber is a new annual camping festival located at Feanedock, a 70 acre woodland site at the heart of the National Forest. Embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands, the National Forest is the first forest to be created in England for over 1000 years. Spanning parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, the first trees in the National Forest were planted over 25 years ago, to transform a landscape that had been left scarred and derelict by the closure of the Midlands coalfield.

The whole Forest area spans rolling hills and farmland, towns, villages and industrial hubs, as well as the former coalfield, all framed by woodland: over eight and a half million trees have been planted since the early 1990s.  The National Forest is a forest for the nation, a national asset that demonstrates a revolutionary approach to forestry, showing how well-designed woodlands can enrich the lives of people, businesses and wildlife, while helping to address climate change.

For information and tickets visit: timberfestival.org.uk

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Timber Festival Ticket Giveaway

I’ve got some very exciting news for readers and followers of Zena’s Suitcase blog.  You can win a family day ticket (worth up to £125) valid for Timber Festival at Feanedock, the The National Forest on Saturday 7th July 2018 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Free admission for under 3s.  All you need to do to enter this fantastic summer giveaway is complete the rafflecopter below.  Good luck to everyone who enters! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Travel to/from the festival, food/drink are not included. Entrants must be 18+. Prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable and no cash alternative offered. Other T & C’s apply. Giveaway ends  3/6/18.

More Festival Ticket Giveaways

If you are feeling lucky today please do not stop at entering my giveaway to with Timber Festival tickets! If you pop over to Travel Loving Family’s blog right now she is giving away tickets to 3 festivals.  Make sure you check it out for a chance to win tickets to Wychwood Festival, Cornbury Festival and The Big Festival!

  Check out my other giveaways here.

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  1. Heading down that way this summer – a big surprise for my friend and her FAMILY – sounds AMAZING

  2. This would be a new experience for my kids and for myself and it would be great to experience it together.

  3. I would love that yoga practice Zena. Big fan as I do 40 minutes of deep yin daily. I’ve stunning views here in New Zealand for a few months but would dig a forest yoga session or 2 as well. Amazing experience and sure it’d be a blast for the whole fam to visit.


  4. I’d like to win for the kids to have a new experience other than the beach/ theme park which is there usual choice

  5. We love Music and Merryment at family friendly festivals we love camping out, making new friends and trying new experiences.

  6. i would love to win because it seems like an exciting adventurous time and something my daughter and I would really connect to

  7. We would love to win, the kids would love it and it local to us, It would be also a nice break for my wife as she has gotten over Brest cancer. x

  8. This looks like a great day out that all the family can have fun at. Thanks for the competition!

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