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Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Girl at Wood Fair

Advance tickets are now on sale for the National Forest Wood Fair, and with 20% discount on the gate prices, you can get a fantastic family day out for just £20.

Go online and book now for a brilliant end of summer hols event. This year’s National Forest Wood Fair takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August at Beacon Hill Country Park, and will be packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. Children will love the climbing wall, the birds of prey, paddling a coracle, eco art and ranger-led craft activities. There will be plenty for parents to try as well – whether it’s pole lathe turning, willow weaving or pulling a draw knife on a shave horse (nothing to do with the four-legged variety!)

The sawdust will fly once the lumberjacks take the stage, and the chainsaw sculptors slice and tease magnificent shapes out of lumps of wood. See massive log chippers in action, and the wood mizer slice planks of wood like butter.

Richard Drakeley, Tourism Development and Promotions Officer for the National Forest Company said: "The National Forest Wood Fair has a reputation for being a fun, family event, a perfect day out for families who like things to do, with quirky activities to try, and plenty of good value, beautiful things to buy. Don’t forget the charity auction at the end of the day, when hand-crafted items from many of the stall holders are up for sale to the highest bidder."

The opening hours for this year’s show have been extended, with admission from 9 am until 6 pm, giving visitors even more opportunity to make the most of all the attractions on offer. A free park and ride service will be available from Leicestershire County Council’s County Hall at Glenfield, Leicester.

The National Forest Wood Fair is run by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. It is held in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park, just five minutes from the M1, junctions 22/23.

On the gate admission will cost adult £9; concession £6; family (two adults and three children) £25. Buy in advance and save 20%:  adult £7.20; concession £4.80; family £20. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.nationalforest.org/visit/woodfair/tickets/