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NEWS RELEASE No: 1487312 AUGUST 2011

Hippo on the loose at Guisborough Forest Festival

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Watch out!  A hypochondriac hippo with a sore head will be tramping through the undergrowth at the 8th Guisborough Forest Festival on Sunday 11 September.

The magnificent beast is the product of the feverish imagination of Andrew and Kathy Kim who run Thingumajig Theatre.

The couple will make their debuts at the massive rustic jamboree - now the biggest of its kind in the northern England and which drew 4,000 revellers last year.

Ranger Cath Brason from the Forestry Commission said:

“We have had bizarre creations in the forest from marching ants to a giant 30 foot caterpillar. The hippo is a big crowd pleaser and just one of the fantastic highlights of this year's show." 

The hyped-up hippo will be steered through the crowds with amazing puppets inspired by Korean traditions springing to life to explain the poor creature’s malaise.

Organised by the Forestry Commission, Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, this year's event is bigger than ever to celebrate the UN international Year of the Forest.  Over 100 participants will make the 360 hectare (900 acre) beauty spot buzz with activity. 

Beekeepers, blacksmiths, willow weavers, horse loggers, whittlers and charcoal makers will rub shoulders with organic foodies, circus acts and wildlife fans bringing along birds of prey and lovable hedgehogs.  One of the nation’s top Unicycle stunt teams will strut their stuff and archers will get folk to pluck up courage and pick up a bow.  Meanwhile, trees will echo to the beat of percussion with a drum workshop, whilst cutting edge Yorkshire musician Charles Hindmarsh will make tuneful melodies on a saw!

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Notes to Editor

  1. The festival is open from 10am to 4pm.  A free park and ride bus service to the festival will operate from Fountain Street car park on Rectory Lane, Guisborough. No parking will be available at the Pinchinthorpe entrance to the forest (except for disabled visitors).  Other parking arrangements will be signed on the day. Admission is £12 family ticket (two adults, two children), £4 adults and £3 children.

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.