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Children to Get Arty at the Ashby Show with The National Forest Drawing Competition

Friday, 15th June 2012

The National Forest marquee at this year’s Ashby Show will be a hive of creative activity as families take part in The National Forest’s ‘Forest of Drawings’ competition. The marquee will have everything children (aged between 4-11 years) will need to create their leafy masterpieces - pencils, crayons, pens and the entry posters for the competition.

The 2012 Ashby Show will be held on Sunday 15th July at Cattows Farm, Heather. This hugely popular traditional one-day agricultural show attracts around 16,000 people and is one of the largest of its kind in the Midlands.

All competition entries drawn at the show, together with those received from participating primary schools, will be laid out for judging by the organisers of three major arts festivals in the Forest - Burton-based PINT Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival and Ashby Arts Festival. All competition entries will be displayed at the National Forest Wood Fair on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August to create a ‘Forest of Drawings’. 

While the children draw their favourite tree to enter the competition, parents can find out where to walk in the Forest, what new attractions there are or how they can contribute to the Forest through planting trees. Staff from Ashby Tourist Information Centre will be on hand to give out information on local attractions and things to keep youngsters occupied during the summer holidays.

At the event the National Forest Company will also be promoting its tree planting schemes which are open to anyone who owns or manages land within The National Forest including farmers, private landowners, Parish Councils, businesses and schools. The schemes help with the planting of individual trees, parkland, small woods or larger-scale woodlands.

If families would like to enter the Forest of Drawings competition but will not be attending the Ashby Show, entry forms are available from the National Forest Wood Fair website.

The 2012 National Forest Wood Fair will be held in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. At the Wood Fair there will be lumberjacks, the fast and furious UK Championship Log to Leg Race, horse logging, chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, forest machinery, logging demonstrations, falconry and much more. And with loads for children to do, from eco art to greenwood crafts, the Wood Fair guarantees to keep both adults and children alike entertained all day over the Bank Holiday weekend! The Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council.

Melbourne Festival is the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar. Each September Melbourne comes alive as a hub for creative and performing arts. Concerts and Performances will run from 15 to 29 September, with its popular Art and Architecture Trail, featuring over 100 artists exhibiting in 60 homes, halls & businesses in the heart of Melbourne, taking place on the opening weekend. For more information and a festival programme visit the website

The new contemporary art festival, PINT Arts Festival, takes place across Burton upon Trent from 26 October to 4 November. Artists will exhibit and perform in venues across the town with painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, photography, craft and music. For more information visit the website

Ashby Arts Festival takes place at the end of May each year, with a vibrant programme of music, dance, crafts, theatre, photography and workshops for visitors to have a go at various art forms. It also has its own photography and open art competitions. For more information and a festival programme visit the website