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Hotting up for The National Forest Wood Fair

Wednesday, 10th July 2013

National Forest Company

Advance tickets are now on sale for the National Forest Wood Fair, one of the most popular country events in the Midlands. Held in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, on the south eastern tip of The National Forest, over 100 exhibitors and demonstrators will be gathered on Monday 26 August for a wonderful day filled with trees, timber and all things related to woodlands and timber industries.

A family ticket booked in advance costs just £20, and for this two adults and three children (or senior citizens), can spend all day at the Fair from 9am to 6pm. The packed programme will feature exciting displays from the lumberjacks, chainsaw carvers, pole lathe turners in the log to leg races and magnificent heavy horses hauling logs.

Children will love the climbing wall, stories and songs from the Wild Man of the Woods, the chance to paddle a coracle, hitch a ride in the tree lift, and try out eco art.

New for this year is the Forest Food Festival with a fine array of tempting locally-sourced food and drink, and cookery demonstrations will share the stage with a series of woodworking masterclasses. For anyone wanting to see master woodturners and carvers in action and learn some of the tricks of their trades, this is the place to be.

The National Forest is a forest in the making, spanning two hundred square miles of the Midlands. The Wood Fair is a great way to find out about the development of the Forest and how people can get involved. Anyone wanting to create woodland, find out about managing their woodland, or discover all the benefits that woodland can bring to a community and indeed to individuals, will find out more at the Wood Fair. Over the last twenty years over eight million trees have been planted in the Forest - the eight millionth being planted last year by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.

The Wood Fair ends with a charity auction in aid of Tree Aid, a UK-based development charity helping rural communities in Africa’s drylands to fight poverty and become self-reliant by tree planting to provide a sustainable harvest. Items from some of the finest craftspeople at the Fair, plus many of the chainsaw carvings created on the day, will be under the auctioneer’s hammer at 5pm. It’s a chance to pick up a bargain and support a vital charity in the process.

The National Forest Wood Fair is run by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. Beacon Hill Country Park, which is owned by Leicestershire County Council, is just 5 minutes from junctions 22/23 of the M1 motorway.

For visitors who wish to stay over and make the most of their visit the National Forest Company has teamed up with Leicester Shire Promotions and the stunning 4 star Quorn Country Hotel to offer attractive rates for a short break over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

From just £109, including tickets to the Wood Fair, you can choose one night’s accommodation in a double or twin room with breakfast for two people, upgrade to dinner, bed and breakfast or an executive room if you wish, or enjoy a family offer of one night’s accommodation with breakfast, with a family ticket to the Wood Fair from £129.

Quorn Country Hotel is a charming 17th century country hotel with luxury accommodation set on the banks of the River Soar, just three miles from the Wood Fair site.  For more information or to book the National Forest Wood Fair Short Break, contact 0844 888 5181, 0116 299 4444, email info@goleicestershire.com or visit www.goleicestershire.com/short-breaks/wood-fair-short-break.aspx

For more information on the Wood Fair or to book advance tickets 20% cheaper than on the gate prices, visit the website www.nationalforestwoodfair.co.uk

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