Four days of family fun, music, camping and crafts will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, managed by the Forestry Commission.
The new four-day Treefest will incorporate the best of Westonbirt’s signature summer event, the Festival of the Tree, with exciting new elements including camping, creative workshops and local live music.
Simon Hough, Events Business Manager at Westonbirt commented:
“We are planning a festival that truly celebrates all that our trees and nature inspire. The new format will have a focus on family fun, with activities chosen to celebrate the roles trees play in our lives during this, the International Year of Forests.”
Visitors to Treefest will have the rare chance to camp in the stunning National Arboretum. Festival weekend and camping tickets start from £35 for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members and must be bought in advance.
Daily admission is free to Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum members. Standard daily tickets will give access to the exciting daily line-up and also allow free of charge admission to the evening live local music.
Advance discounts on daily tickets can be found on Westonbirt’s website. Advance admission is £8 for concessions, £10 adults and kids go free throughout the event.
Traditional favourites, including wood carving demonstrations and craft sales, will compliment the new activities. Unique works of art will be created to be displayed at the arboretum throughout the year
Children’s crafts and activities, local food, falconry displays, Morris dancing, demonstrations from the Westonbirt tree team and a medieval village add to the festival line up.
The festival will run from 26 - 29 August, with the daily programme from 10am-5pm and live music taking place until 8pm. More details are at www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest.
7 July 2011