Moving Plants And Ten Foot Tall Butterflies Set For Guisborough Forest Festival!

This year’s Guisborough Forest Festival is set to overturn all known laws of evolution!

Northern England biggest woodland jamboree returns to the 1,000 acre North York Moors beauty spot on Sunday 10 September showcasing the fabulous talents of 100 rustic entertainers, craftspeople and wildlife experts.

And nature lovers will get more than they bargained for!

Making a show stopping debut will be ten foot tall butterflies on stilts (with a five foot wingspan), plus incredible flowers and trees that spring into life to captivate young and old.

Ranger Neil Thirkell said: “We’ve had six foot marching ants and a 30 foot caterpillar appearing at the festival in recent years and our latest star attractions will be another huge hit. The trees and flowers are amazing and they are going to blow the socks off people when they begin to move!”

Now in its 14th year the huge event is organised by the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway, with support from Redcar and Cleveland Council and the Forestry Commission.

It has become a major showcase for the revival in traditional skills and an amazing line-up includes horse loggers, bushcraft experts, coracle makers, rope turners, bodgers, along with birds of prey displays, climbing wall, archery, circus skills, music and local produce and craft stalls. You can also have a go at tai chi, yoga and meditation in a chill-out zone and take a ride on a segway.

“We’re always trying to give people chance to try something new and you can have a go at ancient woodland crafts plus archery and raku pottery,” adds Neil.

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Getting there – A free park and ride bus service to the festival will operate from Fountain Street car park on Rectory Lane, Guisborough. Limited parking will be available at the Pinchinthorpe entrance to the forest. Admission is £12 family ticket (two adults, two children), £4 adults and £3 children. You can pay on the day or buy tickets in advance at (search for Guisborough Forest Festival).

Photo: Trees Alive theatre group will don their amazing flower power outfits to charm youngsters at Guisborough Forest Festival.