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Woody Tales Short Story Competition - Win a Family Ticket for the National Forest Wood Fair

Wordy wizards of all ages are invited to spin a woodland yarn for the National Forest Wood Fair’s Woody Tales short story competition.

Whether it’s a forest fable or a tall tale about trees, stories of up to 750 words can be entered for the Woody Tales online competition, now open.

The two categories, under 15 years and 15 years plus/adult, will be judged by storyteller extraordinaire, the Wild Man of the Woods. Each winner will receive a family pass to the Wood Fair, to be held at Beacon Hill Country Park on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August, and the winner and their family will be able to hear their own story read out loud at the event by the Wild Man of the Woods himself!

Organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council, the Wood Fair will feature lumberjacks, the fast and furious UK Championship Log to Leg Race, horse logging, chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, forest machinery, logging demonstrations, falconry and lots of children’s activities from eco art to greenwood crafts, paddling a coracle to scaling the climbing wall.

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, said: ‘The Forest never fails to inspire me and I hope it will be the same for our aspiring literary legends! I am looking forward to all reading all these woody tales, and it’ll be a treat for the winners to hear their story given some extra colour by the Wild Man of the Woods at the Wood Fair.’

The Wild Man of the Woods said: ‘The arts are a great way to promote knowledge of and care for our land and its wildlife. All the best stories have trees in them!’

For free entry to Woody Tales click here.

The closing date is Friday 29 June, so get those woodland words flowing!