Dancing sheep who love to jive to ABBA songs and characters from Alice in Wonderland will grace this year’s spectacular Guisborough Forest Festival!
The biggest woodland event of its kind returns to the idyllic 1,000 acre North York Moors beauty spot on Sunday 9 September with one of the biggest line-ups of recent years.
Lurking in the woods will be a trio of fantasy characters from the much loved children’s tale including Alice and a white rabbit on six foot stilts, plus the Mad Hatter on a unicycle! Just as colourful will be the Sheep Show, a collection of shaggy movers and shakers who have been taking country shows by storm with their hoof-tapping displays.
Now in its 15th year the festival also showcases the skills of craftspeople from bodgers to whittlers and basket weavers to wheel wrights, with the added attraction of rustic entertainers, wildlife displays, local produce stalls and music.
Ranger Neil Thirkell explained: “A big thing for us to encourage people to have a go at all sorts of activities from wood turning to rustic art and music. It’s what makes the event so special and a really special day out in the forest.”
The festival is organised by the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway, with support from Redcar and Cleveland Council and the Forestry Commission. An amazing line-up also includes bushcraft experts, coracle makers, rope turners, birds of prey displays, climbing wall, archery and circus skills. Plus there is a chill-out zone where you can try meditation, yoga and tai chi.
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 £16 family ticket (two adults, two children), £6 adults and £4 children. You can pay on the day or buy tickets in advance at www.eventbrite.com (search for Guisborough Forest Festival).