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Grab tickets as Treefest climbs to new heights

Swindon Advertiser: Tickets have gone on sale for Westonbirt's Treefest Tickets have gone on sale for Westonbirt's Treefest

Tickets have gone on sale for Treefest at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.

Treefest, Westonbirt’s signature summer event, attracts around 20,000 visitors each year. The event takes place across the August Bank Holiday weekend and celebrates nature, trees, woodcraft and family fun with activities, exhibitors and live music.

This year the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary, having been developed from the original ‘Sculptree’ tree carving event in the early 1990s.

The year’s Treefest, running from August 23 to 25, will celebrate this heritage as well as introduce new entertainment and displays to the packed three day schedule. Activities such as falconry displays and archery will return to the festival this year and the newly named Westonbirt at Work exhibitor’s area will be expanded to illustrate the journey of wood to visitors, including guided walks around the area.

Big carving has always been a highlight of the festival programme and this year the carvers will focus on creating benches inspired by wildlife.

Children activities include Treefrog climbing, zip wires and, new this year, den building, where children can learn why we need shelters, what materials to use and build their own dens in the trees.

The team have joined forces with Love Food Festival to expand the offer and showcase treats from 30 local producers.

Adult tickets are £15 per person, concessions at £12 and children under 18 go free. Members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum receive a 50 per cent discount with adult tickets priced at £7.50 per person and concessions at £6.

Details from www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest.

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