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The National Forest Wood Fair - How Will You Get There?

Wednesday, 16th June 2010

A new Park & Ride service will operate this year, enabling visitors to leave their cars at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, and travel by bus – free of charge - to the National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill Country Park.

The Wood Fair takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August, and is organised jointly by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council and is supported by emda.

Clive Keble, the National Forest Company’s Chief Officer for Land & Project Development, said:  ‘Over 5,500 people attended the event last year, the most successful in its five year history. The site has been expanded this year to allow for more exhibitors and demonstrators, and more space for visitors to enjoy the day. Visitors to the Wood Fair are invariably an environmentally- friendly bunch, so although the car parking area has been increased as well, we are delighted to offer this new Park & Ride service to lessen the impact of car travel to the event.

‘For those who arrive by bicycle, there will be a dedicated cycle parking area which means you can enjoy the Fair without worrying about your transport home.’

The National Forest Wood Fair will run from 10am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday 30 August.  Entry costs adults £7, concessions £4 and a family ticket £15 (for two adults and three children).

Throughout the day there will be lumberjack displays, timber-hauling horses at work, a bodgers’ log to leg race, chainsaw carving and greenwood craft demonstrations, with opportunities to have a go at many of the activities.  Children can enjoy eco-art, a climbing wall, listen to the Wild Man of the Woods and, if they’re lucky, get a bird of prey to perch on their arm.  The Wood Fair Food Area will be packed with delicious locally-sourced food and drink and a farmers' market.

A selection of the beautiful, hand-crafted items on sale throughout the Wood Fair will be entered into the charity auction at the end of the day, in aid of Tree Aid.

Beacon Hill Country Park lies within the ancient Forest of Charnwood and is close to the attractive village of Woodhouse Eaves, just five minutes drive from Junctions 22 or 23 of the M1.  The Country Park, owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council, with its craggy summit and panoramic views, is just one of the many visitor attractions across the three counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire that make up The National Forest.

For more information click here or  visit www.leics.gov.uk/woodfair