New tree-climbing attraction at this year’s National Forest Wood Fair

Scale the heights of one of the magnificent oaks in Beacon Hill Country Park at the National Forest Wood Fair on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25).

Goodleaf Tree Climbing will be setting up camp at Beacon Hill to offer their award winning tree-top experience in the National Forest. Visitors to the Wood Fair, organised in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, can climb up into the canopy of one of Beacon Hill’s great oak trees, free of charge.

Potential climbers first learn the ropes with qualified and experienced instructors, then, using the latest gear, ascend into the branches and try out their new tree climbing skills. At the top, they will enjoy stunning views out over the growing National Forest.

Anyone aged eight and over can have a go at tree climbing; all climbers are equipped with full harness, rope and helmet, and use ropes to climb into the canopy.

There will be ticketed climbing slots to make sure visitors can enjoy the whole Wood Fair, secure that their tree climb is ‘booked in’.

Richard Drakeley, tourism development and promotions officer of the National Forest Company, said: “Tree climbing is a fantastic new experience for visitors to the Wood Fair, and really makes the most of the wonderful location we have at Beacon Hill Country Park.

There will be a packed programme of have-a-go activities, demonstrations of woodland crafts and timber machinery and loads of lovely items to buy made from sustainably sourced wood. Many stalls offer free activities for children, including coracle paddling, eco art, pyrography – and tree climbing.

It’s a great day out for all the family and perfect for those who love trees and woodlands. Expert woodturners, sculptors and greenwood craftworkers share their tips in a series of woodworking masterclasses. The Forest Food Festival

offers inspiring cookery demonstrations and an array of delicious locally-sourced food and drink on sale throughout the day.

Early-bird discount tickets for the National Forest Wood Fair can be bought online at  and are on sale at Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote tourist information centres. All tickets bought in advance attract a 20 per cent discount on the gate price.

A family of two adults and up to three concessionary tickets can have a great day out for just £20. (Concessionary tickets apply to children and/or senior citizens; under -fives go free.)

Tickets on the day will cost £9 (adult), £6 (concessions), family £25 (two adults and up to three concessions).

The National Forest Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, and is supported by local business Coalville-based Vitax, one of the UK’s leading specialists in the manufacture of garden and horticulture products.  The National Forest Wood Fair takes place at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, just five minutes from the M1 motorway, junctions 22 and 23.

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Event date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00