Timber Festival

at National Forest, Swadlincote

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Timber Festival is a unique, site-specific festival celebrating nature. Located at Feanedock, a 70-acre woodland site in the National Forest, Timber returns for a second year fresh from winning Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards. An incredible weekend festival of debate and reflection amongst the trees, Timber celebrates the positive impact of nature and what it means to live sustainably.

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus (award-winning producers of the Just So Festival, renowned as one of the top family festivals in the world), experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, and scientists. Explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment. Play and create in an arboreal wonderland, where the tonic of wildness rules supreme.

The festival programme incorporates acts from spoken word to theatre, music and wellbeing workshops. This year’s music line-up includes live performances from Gwenno, Hannah Peel, Stealing Sheep, You Tell Me, Jesca Hoop and guest curator Elizabeth Alker from BBC Radio 3 and 6Music, to name a few. There's theatre and performance from the likes of Cardboardia and Pif Paf, ground-breaking circus from Max Calaf and Lost in Translation, and speakers including broadcaster Stuart Maconie, Phill Jupitus and author Laura Barton. Festival-goers can also take part in forest bathing, wellness workshops and visit a woodland cinema.



Gwenno appearing at this event

Gwenno Saunders is a Welsh musician and dancer best known as a singer and keyboardist with The Pipettes, where she was known by the name Gwenno Pipette. She now performs as a solo artist.

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Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel appearing at this event

'A great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire' - The Observer The Northern Ireland artist who reinvented iconic 80's songs on a hand-cranked music box, Peel has also created original material fusing analogue synths with angelic haunting vocals. The artist and composer is also a member of the collaborative band The Magnetic North.

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Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep appearing at this event

A Liverpool-based trio that play alternative folk pop with delicate harmonies, medieval synths and drones, hypnotic beats, and spiraling whammy guitars.

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Jesca Hoop

Jesca Hoop appearing at this event

Quirky folk with an indie twist from Manchester-based Californian Hoop. A startling singer of complicated folk melodies that beguile with their lightness of touch.

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Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus appearing at this event

This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm and blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up. Phill Jupitus featured in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians list in 2018 and 2017.

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Stuart Maconie

Stuart Maconie appearing at this event

Radio presenter, writer, journalist and critic. He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2, and presents his own show (Freak Zone) on BBC 6 Music. Stuart is also a respected author and the UK's best-selling travel writer of non-TV tie-in books and his Pies And Prejudice was one of 2008's top selling paperbacks. His other books include Adventures on The High Teas and Cider with Roadies. In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events that have shaped modern Britain.

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National Forest

  • Bath Yard
  • Swadlincote
  • DE12 6BA