I can’t believe we’re only a month away from Timber Festival 2019. Last year’s event was an absolute triumph in our opinion. For a new festival to carve out such a niche for itself in a crowded summer programme deserves recognition in itself, but it’ll be the chilled out atmosphere, mellow summer music, environmental awareness and awesome art installations that’ll get people returning in their droves this year. People including us.
So, just before we take you through some of the things that we’re really looking forward to this year; here’s a short video of last year’s festival. You may recognise some certain little people at about the 2:52 mark…
Looking ahead to Timber Festival 2019
So, as you can see from the video, it’s pretty damn awesome. As promised, here’s a few things that were particularly looking forward to this year…
Gwenno graces the stage at Timber Festival 2019. With her much anticipated follow-up to her debut album (which explored both the Welsh and Cornish languages through the medium of musical excellence), ‘Le Kov’ released last year, I’m excited to listen live to this musical pioneer.
Who doesn’t like a bit of electro pop at a festival? Stealing Sheep are one of my top must-see acts at Timber Festival 2019. They’ll bring sequins, sparkle, and a whole host of toe-tapping, hip-swinging tunes. We’ll see you at the front.
As an avid BBC Radio 6 listener, I almost feel like I know Stuart Maconie. We share a love of good music and the great outdoors. We should almost be friends. As such, I’ll definitely be making my way over to his platform to listen to him talk about life, music and his new travel book ‘A Long Way from Jarrow’.
Cardboardia aims to create a musical world out of…you’ve guessed it…cardboard. Festival goers can rock up, use cardboard to design and create their own musical instrument (with some help from the experts on hand to show you the ropes), before joining in a huge cardboard musical instrument procession through the festival grounds on the Sunday. Unique, quirky, engaging and great fun. Just like Timber Festival.
One of the UK’s most recognisable and loved comedians, Phill Jupitus will certainly be getting our full attention in what I’m sure will be a very entertaining, funny and informative talk on nature and music.
For the Family
Timber Festival is, undoubtedly, one of the most family-friendly festivals that we’ve ever been to. We love it for the lengths it goes to, to open children’s eyes to the natural world around them. Set in the National Forest you’d be hard pushed to find a better setting for a family friendly festival.
Returning this year is the Moth Hotel that our two kids loved last year. They both marvelled at stepping inside a room packed with so many different species of moth located literally all around them! Experts were on hand to talk us through the different species and it was great to get up close and personal with the often-maligned moth. The Moth Hotel will be joined by a bee installation and farmer this year too, which I’m sure will be super informative and enjoyable for little nature lovers.
As an English teacher, I am always trying to find ways to engage our two young children with stories. Fortunately, Tom the Tale Teller will be onsite delivering engaging folk tales to children (little and big!) and there will be a series of campfire story sessions perfect for that pre-festival bedtime routine. Of course, that means that I can have a day off and sip a refreshing (alcoholic) drink while other people get to tell the stories for a change.
It has been years since I played with marbles but, at Timber Festival 2019, I’ll get chance to relive hours whiled away as a child with their giant marble run carved out of wood and other natural objects. I can see this being such great fun that it might also bring out a bit of healthy competiveness in our family.
Elsewhere at the Festival, there are survival skills sessions, woodland slacklines and campfire stories. If it’s anything like last year’s event, there will also be hidden hammocks in amongst the woodland for spending a quiet and peaceful half an hour between acts. Timber Festival really does know how to keep kids and families engaged. In fact, it is one of our most looked forward to events of the year.
We hope to see some of you at the festival next month. We really can’t recommend it highly enough. Now, all we need is a weekend of sunshine on order to go with those awesome gin and tonics that were being served last year. Roll on Timber Festival 2019!
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