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The Glastonbury of the natural world is returning for 2015 – Treefest is back with a bang and has a jam-packed line-up for the whole family to enjoy during the August Bank Holiday weekend (29-31 August) – and kids go free!
Hosted for the 21st consecutive year by The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Treefest is arguably set in one of the most picturesque festival venues in the UK. The popular three-day bash celebrates nature, trees and woodcraft, and boasts an exciting programme of fun family activities for big kids and little kids alike.
Against the beautiful backdrop of Westonbirt’s leafy landscape, visitors to this signature event will discover a vibrant festival atmosphere, set to a soundtrack of the region’s finest acoustic, soul, country and folk music.
With over 100 exhibitors, Treefest visitors can browse a host of nature-themed goodies from exhibitors selling crafts, art, gifts and jewellery, to accessories for the home and garden.
Foodies are also in for a treat, as Westonbirt has partnered with Love Food Festival for a second year to showcase local culinary delights from the South West’s best independent food producers. Festival goers can feast on gourmet burgers, hog roast and traditional cream teas, washed down with locally-produced wines and beers.
For the more adventurous visitor, there’s den building, tree climbing and zip wire activities to really get the adrenaline pumping. There will also be exciting arena shows throughout the weekend, including falconry, to entertain the crowds.
The talented wood carvers also make their return to this woodland extravaganza and will amaze the crowds with their larger than life tree carving displays – this popular element of Treefest is not to be missed!
Visitors can experience the journey of wood from sawmill to axe on guided walks with knowledgeable volunteers, starting at 11am and 2pm daily.
There are plenty of activities for younger visitors too, with story-telling, puppet theatre and crafts to name a few.
Simon Hough, Recreation Manager at the National Arboretum, said:
“Treefest is back and we’re planning to make it another highlight event for families during the summer holidays. Last year thousands of people of all ages joined us over the three days, and we’re expecting just as many to come and celebrate the world of trees with us this year.
“We’ve got a packed programme that promises to keep the whole family entertained. It’s a glorious setting and kids go free, which makes it fantastic value and a great family day out!”
Enjoy an early bird discount by buying tickets online before 28 August and receive a third off the ticket price: Adult £10, Student £8 and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum £5. Children under the age of 18 go free of charge.
On the gate tickets: Adult £15, Student £12, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum £7.50, under 18s go free.
Treefest takes place between 29-31 August, between 10am and 5pm, with live music continuing into the early evening.
To find out more or to book tickets (from 6 July), please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest
For more information please contact:
Emily Pryor, Westonbirt Arboretum, on 01666 881207 or e-mail Emily.email@example.com
Pippa Hanson, Camargue, on 01242 577277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
The National Arboretum is situated at Westonbirt, three miles from Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
The National Arboretum is open from 9am Monday to Sunday all year round except Christmas Day.
Information on admission and events can be found at forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
1. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is renowned worldwide for its tree and shrub collection. Home to five national collections, the arboretum covers 243 hectares (600 acres) and contains nearly 15,000 labelled specimens. Visitor numbers are 350,000 a year, with a membership of over 27,000. Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboretums, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.
2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.
3. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum was formed in 1985. The charity’s objects are to support the National Arboretum in promoting public understanding of the crucial role of trees to the environment and society. It is funded by membership receipts from over 28,000 members, other fundraising, and the use of the Great Oak Hall for events and activities. The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity (no. 293190). More information at www.fowa.org.uk
4. The Westonbirt Project will make a big difference to everybody who comes to the arboretum. The project will mean a better welcome, a better visit and a better understanding of the heritage and importance of this world class tree collection. More information can be found at www.westonbirtproject.co.uk.