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Discover the Artist in you at the National Forest Wood Fair- Free Woodland Cartoon Drawing Sessions in The National Forest Marquee

Thursday, 1st August 2013

Local cartoonist Andy Gilbert will be in The National Forest marquee at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, encouraging Wood Fair visitors to try their hand at drawing cartoons of woodland animals.

Andy’s confidence-giving style of working enables people who don’t normally draw, to produce cartoons they are proud to take home.

Andy said: “In the same way that people say they can’t sing, lots of us believe we can’t draw. I think we all have the ability to draw, and I encourage people in my sessions to take one step at a time, following all the lines I draw, and at the end everyone has a great cartoon of their own to take home.

“I’m really looking forward to being at the National Forest Wood Fair. The subjects we will be drawing will be fun versions of woodland characters, including a bespectacled owl and other forest friends.”

The National Forest marquee is one of a hundred special interest, demonstration, craft and activity stands at the Wood Fair. The day-long show will feature exciting displays from the lumberjacks, chainsaw carvers, pole lathe turners in their log to leg races and magnificent heavy horses hauling logs.

It’s a great day out for all the family. 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. Many of the chainsaw carvings created on the day, plus items donated by Wood Fair exhibitors, 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.

The Fair opens at 9am and closes at 6pm. There is a free park and ride service running from County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, and entry discounts for cyclists.

Tickets on the day, including car parking and a programme, cost: adult £9, concession £6, family £25 (two adults and three concessionary tickets). Book before 12 noon on Friday 23 August 2013 and get 20% discount! Tickets are on sale now online at and also available at the Tourist Information Centres in Ashby de la Zouch (01530 411767) and Swadlincote (01283 222848). With 20% discount your family day out will cost just £20.

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