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Buy Something Beautiful at The National Forest Wood Fair

Monday, 11th July 2011

Rocking Horse

In this age of flat-pack furniture and throwaway stuff, do you ever hanker after hand-crafted items that will delight you for a very long time?  At the National Forest Wood Fair on 29 August, Bank Holiday Monday, you will be spoilt for choice if you are in the market for beautiful things made from wood.

The Rocking Horse Shop of York will be a new exhibitor at this year’s Wood Fair.  They have been making, designing and restoring traditional wooden rocking horses for over 35 years.  As well as selling the finished horse, the Rocking Horse Shop also sells plans, book, dvds, courses, timber packs and accessories for people to make their own rocking horse. Managing director Jane Cook said: ‘We are really looking forward to being part of the National Forest Wood Fair. It is a really exciting event. We will be bringing finished and part made horses, which visitors always find interesting, and if anyone wants to have a go at making one, our DIY plans encourage woodworkers of all abilities.’

Whether you’re looking for toys that will become family heirlooms, distinctive furniture for the house or garden, or a very special gift, you will find something to tempt you at the Wood Fair. There will be turned bowls that show off the grain of the wood, be it oak, ash, cherry, walnut or yew; walking sticks hewn from hazel or hawthorn; wooden toys and jigsaws; fine rustic furniture including chairs made from hazel twigs with seagrass seats; intricate handmade boxes, pyrographic art and wood sculpture.

And who knows what will turn up in the charity auction held at the end of the afternoon, in aid of Tree Aid? Several of the exhibitors will be donating items from their stand to raise money for this very worthwhile charity. So if you fancy the thrill of bidding and spot something you really want, you may pick up a bargain.

The Wood Fair is held at Beacon Hill Country Park, nestled below the beacon and surrounded by trees, looking out over a panorama of The National Forest. It is organised jointly by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council and is supported by emda. 

The Wood Fair will run from 10am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.  Entry costs adults £8, concessions £5 and a family ticket £18 (for two adults and three children).

A Park & Ride service will be available, enabling visitors to leave their cars at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, and travel by bus – free of charge – to the Fair. The service will run from 9.30am-6pm. New for this year, cyclists get a discount on entry to the Wood Fair.

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 further information on the National Forest Wood Fair see