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National Forest Wood Fair to be Two Day Event in 2012

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012

The National Forest Wood Fair is to be a two day event this year for the first time in its eight year history.

Joint organisers the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council have announced that the 2012 event will be held on Sunday and Monday 26 & 27 August, at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

The decision has been taken to extend the event by an extra day thanks to increasing demand from exhibitors and near capacity attendances.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, said: ‘Over the years the National Forest Wood Fair has grown massively and we want to make the event the very best we can. By going to two days we can bring new exhibitors from further afield. We attract near capacity crowds and want to offer the very best entertainment over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Opening it up to two days will help many families make the most of how they spend their valuable days out at the end of the summer holidays.’

There will be double the fun over the two days: new exhibitors are being signed up now, there will be more ‘have a go’ activities for visitors, more children’s fun and games and many high quality gifts and crafted items made out of wood.

Nick Fell, Forestry Manager, Leicestershire County Council, said: ‘There’s always plenty of interest for craftspeople and wood turners, whether it’s fine timber for sale, tools and equipment or simply opportunities to see what other people are making. Woodworkers travel from far afield for the range of stands and products we have here.’

The Wood Fair will feature timber and logging demonstrations, horse logging, chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, lumberjacks and tree pruning lifts.There are always plenty of activities and attractions to keep the children busy, from eco art to greenwood crafts, from make your own pizza to scaling the climbing wall.

The Food Field will be packed with delicious local produce and tempting food and drink and the day will end with an exciting charity auction in aid of Tree Aid, with beautiful items donated by various craftspeople in order to raise funds for tree planting to reduce the effects of poverty in West Africa and Ethiopia.

See http://www.nationalforest.org/forest/woodfair/for further information.