Treefest at Westonbirt - this weekend

Friday 23 August 2013

This event attracts around 20,000 visitors and takes place across the August bank holiday weekend - 24-26 August - celebrating nature, trees, woodcraft and family fun with activities, exhibitors and live music.

Treefest is now in its 19th year, having been developed from Westonbirt's Festival of the Tree and will this year continue to honour its heritage as well as introduce new entertainment and displays to the packed three day schedule.

Big carving will again take centre stage as this year's sculptors create unique pieces inspired by fairytales. Woodworking will be celebrated with a larger Working Woodlands exhibitor area and opportunities for visitors to try traditional woodcraft skills for themselves.

The main arena will see displays by the Black Mountains Falconry team and for the first time this year will feature performances by the Welsh Axemen who will give skilled demonstrations with chainsaws and two man cross saws.

Also new to the event are the team from Bartlett Tree Experts who will be giving exciting tree climbing and aerial rescue displays throughout the weekend as well as offering tree care advice.

Children will have their imaginations ignited with tales from storyteller Michael Loader inspired by hand-picked objects in his jamboree stor-ee bag and the Hand-to-Mouth puppet theatre. For those looking for adrenaline-fuelled excitement there's Tree Frog tree climbing and a zip wire.

Local live music will entertain the crowds across the weekend until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday and 5pm on Monday.

Over 100 exhibitors will offer something for all from wood carved furniture to handmade crafts and gifts. e, Rib Street, Seven Hills Artisan Chocolates, Luso Deli and Fudge Heaven.

Camping for Treefest weekend takes place in a newly refurbished Camping and Caravanning Club accredited site at The Holford Arms in the nearby village of Knockdown.


Wheb: 24-26 August, 2013


Tickets: Both day and weekend tickets are available. Advance adult day tickets (£10) and concession (£8) tickets save up to 20 per cent on gate prices. Fantastic value weekend tickets are just £24 per person. Members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and children go free and great group rates are also available

Where: Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

Contact: The Forestry Commission

Tel: 03000 680 400