The organiser of Timber Festival has confirmed that it will go ahead from July 2-4 at the National Forest and will operate within Step 3 restrictions.

Timber Festival’s organising team will work under close consultation with the local authority safety advisory group and the director of public health. Because of the size of Timber Festival’s location and small audience numbers, there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out. Producer Wild Rumpus has been working collaboratively with the outdoor arts sector to highlight COVID-safe practices and has been operating safe small-scale events.

Created by the National Forest Company and festival producer Wild Rumpus, Timber Festival takes place at Feanedock, on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

Rowan Cannon and Sarah Bird, directors of Wild Rumpus, said: “A riot of creativity, Timber Festival’s programming aims to be the best! Packed full of great ideas, we’re ready to entertain and engage the most energetic and curious minds.  We aim to deliver life affirming programming that explores our relationship with the natural world, from wild treetop adventures and bush-craft activities to a packed programme of music, theatre and dance. After a year of lock down, we all want to get together with our family and friends and create great new memories. Timber promises to be a magical, fabulous fun-packed weekend and we can not wait.

“We hope that Timber 2021 will provide the sense of escapism, connection and community that we are all longing for right now! Forests are resilient, adaptive, and multifaceted, they offer hope, sanctuary and solace. They provide comfort and inspiration to us all.The unifying and restorative power of nature has never been stronger and this is reflected in our amazing lineup of speakers and artists.”

John Everitt, chief executive of the National Forest Company, said: “What better way to spend time with friends and family this summer than at our boutique Forest festival.  The programming really does have something for everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors together, experience a sense of adventure and celebrate a better future.  So, join us for Timber 2021 – it’s the perfect antidote to lockdown.”

Image: Timber Festival/Wild Rumpus/Andrew Allcock