Branching out: Timber reveals new forest festival experiences for 2019

Hammocks at Timber 2018 (pic: Andrew Allcock)

Timber will return to the National Forest this summer for its second festival outing, and its newly revealed programme looks like a cracker.

Taking place from July 5th to 7th 2019, Timber will include music, theatre and immersive experiences. Much of the content is inspired by its location: the National Forest in the Midlands, 200 square miles of forest grown from land scarred by coal mining and heavy industry.

Wild Rumpus – the National Forest's collaborator on Timber – is exploring the site's mining heritage through a subterranean sound and light installation, while B Arts will host the first outdoor adaptation of its live storytelling, puppetry and projection piece The Forest of Dreams.

BBC Radio 4's Geoff Bird will again host Wilderness Tracks, where guests including music journalist, writer and radio presenter Laura Barton will select six pieces of music that explore their personal relationship with nature, and writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie will be talking about his book The Long Road From Jarrow.

"We are creating natural spaces that people of all ages can benefit from," says Carol Rowntree Jones from the National Forest. "Timber has grown out of this unique transformation, and is the perfect way to share this vision with a whole new generation of people – how trees can transform lives as well as the landscape. By coming to Timber you are part of the National Forest story and we welcome you."

There's plenty of live music too: check out Gwenno, Jesca Hoop, You Tell Me, Sarah Hayes, a DJ set from Elizabeth Alker and lots more. Timber won the Best New Festival award in 2018 so it comes pretty highly recommended.

Clearly was gifted tickets to Timber Festival 2018 – check out the review.

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