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National Forest Wood Fair: Date announced and extended hours

Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Organisers have announced the date for this year’s National Forest Wood Fair, along with extended opening hours for 2013.

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, in the stunning setting ofBeacon HillCountryPark, Leicestershire. The event will open at9amand run through until6pm, giving visitors a fantastic Bank Holiday Weekend day out.

“People are often queuing to get in when we have previously opened at10 am,” said Nick Fell, Forestry Manager, Leicestershire County Council, “We attract over one hundred exhibitors and demonstrators for the show and we are all keen to give our customers the most entertainment we can pack into one day.”

Last year’s hugely popular Clwyd Axemen will be back again. The woodchips will fly as they wield their axes and compete on the crosscut saw. Against the clock, they hack away at massive logs of wood and - ‘before your very eyes!’ – there’s a bunch of neat little children’s chairs. Members of the audience are invited to join in the show, including ‘volunteer’ husband and wife teams.

The crowds also love the chainsaw carvers, the horse loggers, and the pole lathe turners battling it out in the log to leg race.

With plenty of free activities for children, all the family will be happy. There’s hands on craft fun; a climbing wall; rides in the tree lift; making potions and lotions with the Potions Club; birds of prey demonstrations – feel the flight of an eagle just over your head; listen to captivating stories from the Wild Man of the Woods; see wood chippers and logging machines in action.

You can enjoy delicious locally-sourced food and drink, including local beer.

The National Forest Wood Fair is run by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. The event is held at Beacon Hill Country Park, 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.

Find out more about the National Forest Wood Fair at www.nationalforestwoodfair.co.uk