The first weekend of July 2018, spent at the first ever Timber Festival, was easily one of the best weekends of our year, so we are beyond excited to have been invited back for Timber Festival, 2019 – we can’t wait!
What is Timber Festival?
Timber is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (the fabulous not-for-profit family arts organisation behind Just So Festival, Hinterlands and more). It is a weekend of world-class music, performances, debate, ideas and moments of wonder; with a focus on nature, the environment and the transformative impact of forests. Timber encourages festival goers to re-imagine their relationship with their surroundings, get back in touch with nature and to flourish and grow within the natural environment.
Why We Love Timber
Timber is such a relaxed, chilled-out festival. The beautiful National Forest is a perfect setting and there are so many magical, interesting and exciting adventures to enjoy.
Is Timber Festival Family-Friendly?
Unlike Just So Festival which is specifically aimed at families, Timber Festival is aimed at all age-groups. However, it is still a very family-friendly festival and there are lots of activities and experiences for children to enjoy. Here are 10 of the Things That We Are Looking Forward To This Year:
“Are We Nearly There Yet?” with HandMade Theatre
HandMade Theatre create immersive, interactive, visual and tactile theatre productions aimed specifically at children and families. “Are We Nearly There Yet?” is a new production for 2019 featuring the company’s signature mix of interactive songs, puppets and stories from around the world. Regular followers of Typical Mummy will know how much we love family theatre shows so this is definitely something that we are looking forward to!
Circus Skills with Circus Hub Nottingham
We loved learning circus skills at Just So Festival last year so we’re looking forward to perfecting them at Timber this year!
Giant Marble Run with TwistingSpace
My 7 year old loves creating marble runs at home out of left-over cardboard boxes, lego blocks, loo rolls and anything else he can lay his hands on! So he is really excited to see one of TwistingSpace‘s unique, handmade marble runs created from culled rhododendron and suspended between the trees of Fearnedock.
Campfire Stories with Ian Douglas
No campfire is complete without the amazing Ian Douglas telling stories around it! His captivating tales are inspired by British folklore and world myths and he will be joined at Timber by the marvellous Dieter Wadeson who will be providing mind-bending science and magic.
Hammer & Chisel
A unique woodland playground where the children are given free rein to create their own Timber-land of walkways, dens and secret spaces using tools, pallets, ladders and ropes.
Double Bassicle with Rimski & Handkerchief
A walkabout instrument-focused theatre piece involving a bicycle piano, and a double bassicle! With atmospheric songs, beautiful dance choreography, clowning around and surprises along the way it sounds fabulous!
Forest Survival with Forest Holidays
An expert Forest Ranger from Forest Holidays will help us to develop our basic survival skills, identify plants and trees and learn how to find the best shelter location and build it. This activity sounds absolutely perfect for us and is definitely something that we are looking forward to!
Here at Typical Mummy we love a good boogie, so we can’t wait to be dancing into the night to soul, house and disco from all corners of the world!
I’ve recently started going to standard yoga classes, but the idea of “Laughing Yoga” intrigues me! This playful and creative session promises to help us explore the benefits of spontaneous laughter and help us to laugh our stresses away – sounds fabulous!
Wilderness Tracks – Phill Jupitus
Phill Jupitus is one of the UK’s premier stand-up and improv comedians and is also an actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster. BBC Radio 4’s Geoff Bird will be interviewing him on his six nature related tracks and the organisers of Timber have promised that he will “be sure to leave you laughing all in the name of music, and the outdoors.”
Timber Festival takes place on the 5th, 6th & 7th July, 2019. Will you be joining us this year? We highly recommend it as a wonderful family-friendly festival! For more information head over to the Timber Festival website.
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Disclosure: We have been gifted 4 tickets to Timber this year in exchange for a review and promotional posts. (Many thanks to Wild Rumpus!) All thoughts and opinions are honest and our own.
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