When: 24th – 26th June 2016, open 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Caerwys, North Wales
£: Tickets are priced from £2 – £30
What is it?
Wales’ Woodfest aims to showcase traditional woodcraft and skills, and takes place from 24th to 26th June. This family friendly event has 7 event arenas, over 150 trade and demonstration stands, and 6 marquees full of interesting and unique goods.
The popular Woodfest Lumberjack arena will host an array of timber sports including axe racing, sawing and tree climbing events. This year the arena will also host the Woodfest Lumberjack British Championships with entrants competing in chopping, sawing and tree climbing disciplines.
Carve Cymru, the main highlight of the festival, will bring together 18 of the finest chainsaw artists in the UK. On Friday and Saturday there will be three speed carving events each day to watch. The chainsaw artists are given 30 minutes in which to produce their masterpiece. The main festival sculpture pieces will be created at a much more leisurely pace, over the whole weekend. The pieces will then sold off by auction on the final day.
Other competitive events include the Pole Climb. Woodfest is one of the few show grounds in the UK that hosts pole climbing competitions and displays. Towering over the festival field will be two huge 80ft Douglas Fir poles, specially selected from Longleat Forest and transported up to the festival site in North Wales.
This thrilling event tests competitors to see who can climb a free-standing wooden pole in the fastest time, with the appropriate climbing aids. Using spiked boots, strops and safety harnesses, the top athletes can often scale the pole in around 10 seconds. Competitors will range from experts down to novice classes, and come from all over the UK and Europe.
In addition to the wood-themed events there will be a whole host of countryside displays and activities to enjoy. There will be a dog show, vintage tractors, and heavy horse demonstrations. There will also be a Ferret World where visitors can learn more about ferrets and children can have a go at ferret racing.
There will be marquees selling all types of food, crafts and woodcraft. There will also be skilled carpenters demonstrating traditional building techniques.
But it isn’t all about wood. Bikefest will also be taking place at the event. It will see some of the UK’s top MTB trial riders gathering together to test their skills on the custom-built festival course.
For those who would like some musical entertainment, there is Woodfest Rocks on the Saturday, offering up an evening of live music. Woodfest Rocks tickets cost £10 and the gates for this event will open at 6pm. Live music will come from The Dirty Dogs, Sam Wise, Contagious, The Fortune Tellers and Peter Kenway. A bar and hot food will be available during the evening.
Camping is also available at the festival for those who wish to make a weekend of it.
More info: www.woodfestwales.co.uk