Forest Festival

The North East Forest Festival  at  Chopwell Wood is now part of history.  This annual festival was held from 1994 until 2007

Problems with funding, staffing and car parking have prevented this event continuing.

The last Forest Festival was held on 14th/15th July 2007 at Chopwell Woodland Park, it was the 14th and final Festival.
This was one of England’s biggest woodland events, celebrating traditional woodland skills, whilst also demonstrating modern mechanical methods.  The Festival combined this with a programme of forest style fun and entertainment.

The event was held over two days, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July  – opened 10 am  – closed 5 pm each day

Event was organised by the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Chopwell Wood, the attractions were along a 1.8 km (11/4 mile) circuit within the Woodland Park.

Usually included for the Festival were: –

  • Chainsaw Carving
  • Alternate Therapies
  • Live Music
  • Garden Furniture
  • Orienteering
  • Farm Animals
  • Heavy Horses  Pony Rides
  • Bodging (Pole Lathe)
  • Basket Weaving
  • Magician
  • Face Painting
  • Role Playing
  • Coracle Making
  • Morris Dancers
  • Mechanical Harvesting
  • Birds of Prey
  • Zip Line Tree Slide
  • Ash Flower Making
  • Wood Turning Carving
  • Jewellery
  • Charcoal Production
  • Stick Dressing
  • Wooden Toys & Puzzles
  • Yurts
  • Training Education
  • Archery
  • Natural Products
  • Willow Basket Weaving

Entertainment  included LIVE MUSIC from some of the North’s finest musicians.  There were also “Hands on Activities”, many especially designed for children.
Refreshments and toilet facilities were available.

Entry charges for 2007 Festival were:
£5 for Adults  and  £3 for Children/Senior Citizens
Family Ticket  £ 12  (for 2 Adults and 2 Children).
Car Parking was free.