Woodland Festival steps back in time

A living history display revealing how Viking families and craftsmen went about their daily routines from cooking and weaving to blacksmithing and wood turning will be the centre-piece of this year’s Derbyshire Woodland Festival.

At the event you will be invited to see the various activities and artefacts at first hand and in some cases to have a go yourselves. 

There will be a chance to strike your own replica Viking or Saxon coin, have a go at calligraphy with ink and a quill, watch candles being made and have a go at grinding flour. 

Also new to the 2018 festival at Elvaston Castle Country Park will be an incredible 18-foot tall puppet of a tree that interacts with the audience. Arbor is being brought to the festival by Smoking Apples Theatre Company and tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and how his future is preserved. The show celebrates British and Indian folklore.

As well as the special new events the two-day festival, on September 22 and 23, will as always celebrate traditional and contemporary woodland crafts.

Experienced crafters will be willow weaving, making clogs, chairs, buckets, canoe paddles and even didgeridoos.

You will be able to learn about forestry, bushcraft and survival skills as well as watch traditional pole lathe turning in action.

There will be plenty of children’s activities as well as refreshments including wild food.

Special parking charges apply for the event which is on from 10am-5pm each day so it will cost you to take your car.Go to http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk
woodlandfestival you will be able to print out a voucher giving you £1 off the daily charge.

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