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Date Fixed for Tenth Anniversary National Forest Wood Fair

Friday, 13th December 2013

Young visitors enjoying the Wood Fair

On Monday 25 August 2014 the stage will be set at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire, for the tenth anniversary National Forest Wood Fair. The event has been a regular feature of the summer calendar since 2005, and is now established as the top regional event celebrating The National Forest and everything to do with trees, timber and woodland.

Nearly 6,000 people attended the 2013 Fair and enjoyed exciting lumberjack displays, lively demonstrations by chainsaw carvers, horse loggers and greenwood craft makers, as well browsing and buying from a wide range of wood products: Windsor chairs, willow sculpture, turned bowls, toy trucks and charcoal from the Forest.

There were masterclasses from leading experts in woodcarving and woodturning and cookery demonstrations using forest fare.  Children loved coracle paddling in the sun, tackling the climbing wall, creating eco-art and drawing woodland cartoons.

“A lovely event, very well organised.” “Spectacular venue, super day out!” said visitors to the Fair.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive for the National Forest Company, said: “It is wonderful to see how the Wood Fair has grown over the last ten years. Many of our visitors have been coming along with their families and friends since the first event and we have great support from our exhibitors and demonstrators – it’s one of their favourite Fairs and many of them travel a good way to come to Beacon Hill. This tenth year is going to be a great celebration of a great event – with plenty of fun and opportunities to get involved with The National Forest the whole year round.”

The National Forest Wood Fair is organisedby the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. Beacon Hill Country Park lies within the ancient Forest of Charnwood and is 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.

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