When: 29th – 30th July 2017
Where: Pen-y-cefn, Caerwys, North Wales CH7 5BP
£: Tickets cost £3.10 – £23.81
What is it?
Wales’ Woodfest aims to showcase traditional woodcraft and skills, and takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July.
This year, the family friendly event will feature eight event arenas, 150 attractions, and five exhibitor areas. Highlights will include the British Lumberjack Championships, Woodfest Rocks, Carve Cymru, and pole climbing competitions.
Timbersports are a popular part of the festival, with axe racing, sawing and tree climbing events. This year Woodfest will be hosting the British Lumberjack Championships with entrants competing in chopping, sawing and tree climbing disciplines.
Carve Cymru is perhaps the main highlight of the festival, bringing together some of the finest chainsaw artists in the UK. The carvers usually arrive before the start of the festival to set up, choose their timber and start carving their main sculptures, so when the public arrive on Saturday the huge sculptures are often taking shape already.
The main sculptures will be carved over the weekend and be presented in the arena on the Sunday. On the Saturday there will be three 30 minute speed carving events and a further two events on the Sunday.
Other competitive events over the weekend will 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 ten 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 and conservation displays and activities to enjoy. There will be extreme biking, horse logging and Shire horse displays, vintage tractor parades, a family dog show, a sheep show, craft and felt workshops, quad bikes, honey bee education, owl experience and ferret handling.
There will be marquees selling all types of food, crafts and woodcraft, including local Welsh food producers and furniture makers.
This year’s exhibitors will include arts and crafts, jewellery, artists, ethical crafts, country clothing, gifts, furnishings, cosmetics and aromatherapy products. Plus there will be local breweries, liqueurs, Snowdonia cheese, breads, cakes, handmade sweets and chocolates, preserves, gourmet sausages, and traditional pies.
But the festival isn’t just about wood. 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 Caz McElroy, Fused, Ruby Blues, and Pete 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