England

Woodfairs and other events in England.
 

Capel Manor Gardens

11th - 13th April 2014

Off Junction 25 on the M25

With a strong focus on horticulture and other garden related topics there will be a wide variety of stalls for everyone to see. These range from plant nurseries, garden furniture and fine leathers, to ironworks and sculptures. There will also be a food hall and craft fayre.

More information on their website.

Weird and Wonderful Wood

17th - 18th May 2014

Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3JY.


For further details please phone Tarby Davenport on 01359 240724 or email tarby@tarbydavenport.com

This year’s two day event is set to feature even more demonstrations and workshops. Visitors will be able to meet over seventy artists and craftspeople, enjoy watching their practical skills and appreciate their work.

There will be new demonstrations including carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, musical instrument making (including flutes and drums), displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, as well as coracle making and wagon displays. There will be a working mobile sawmill on site, so if you want to bring your own tree, it can be cut for you!
Workshops, which everyone can take part in, include activities such as archery, willow weaving, spoon wittling, withy work, papermaking, pole lathe turning, scrap wood, puppet making, jewellery making, den building, and Monkey-do tree climbing.

Weird and Wonderful Wood is a two-day event for all the family celebrating all aspects of wood. It will include demonstrations of carving and sculpture, furniture making, musical instrument making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, didgeridoo making, chain saw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, sign writing, as well as coracle making and wagon displays.
Workshops which everyone can take part in include activities such as archery, withy work, weaving, papermaking, pole lathe turning, scrap wood, puppet making and jewellery making.

For more information, see their website.

Devon county show

22nd - 24th  May 2014

Westpoint, Exeter


Children (under 16s) go free on Saturday!

The Devon County Show in May prides itself on its traditional attractions - magnificent livestock, wonderful food and drink, inspiring flower and garden displays, stalls offering a wealth of goods, and lots of wholesome entertainment in six rings.

In the large woodland section within the country life area  look out for willow sculptures, tree nurseries, cob block making and woodland management.
An information centre is housed in the log cabin-style Wadsworth Pavilion and there's a full programme of demonstrations and exhibitions. Woodland experts are on hand to advise land owners about management techniques and diversification.

There are fantastic displays of Loggers Sports including Axe Racing, Axe Throwing and Precision Chainsaw Skills when members of the South West Axe Team show off their razor sharp racing axes and cross cut saws to demonstrate how ancient forestry skills have become a modern and exciting sport. The team are based in South Devon and consists mainly of those involved in land-based industries.

The Show has a friendly, family atmosphere welcomes visitors to the simple
pleasures of a really good day out where there is plenty to see and do and
no expensive extras.

"The Show taps into our nostalgia for the good old days," said Show
Secretary Ollie Allen, "Our line up is drawn from so much that is
first-class in our rural countryside and lets people enjoy time together
through the more uncomplicated pleasures of life."

For more information see their website.

Borders Festival of the Horse

16th - 25th May 2014

Scottish borders TBC

Please visit their website for more details.

West's Wood Fair

21st June - 22nd June 2014

East Dean, nr. Chichester, West Sussex

The Wood Fair will be held in the field surrounding our Workshops in East Dean giving us the unique advantage of being able to demonstrate some of the machines we use daily which many people may never have seen.

Please visit their website for more details.

Blackdown Woodland and Country Fair

21st June 2014

Park Farm near Wellington

The organisers of the Blackdown Hills Woodland Fair are promising that this summer’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

The fair, which takes place at Park Farm near Wellington  is a celebration of all things woody.
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Signs on all major roads
Held in the woods and with 100 exhibitors from basket making to pole climbing.
if you with to exhibit contact admin@woodbiz.co.uk

Activities and displays will go on throughout the day, with demonstrations including wood carving and furniture making, tree surgery and climbing, fire lighting, chainsaw carving, horse logging, saws and machinery, bow and hurdle making, willow work, and lots more.
In the woodland experience area, children can learn new outdoor skills and follow a special sculpture trail.  

Wood products will be on offer from a wide range of stalls, from small craft stands to log cabins.
Local food and drink, including cider, apple juice, wood-fired pizzas, fresh bread, fresh meat, ice cream, and tea and cakes, will be available all day.
The fair is organised by the Blackdown and East Devon Woodland Association and the Silvanus Trust. Host John Greenshields says:

“There was so much positive feedback from families last year, we had to do it again.  One family said they only came for an hour but stayed all day!”
The Blackdown Hills Woodland Fair is open to the public from 10am.  There is free car parking and the fair will be signed on all major roads.

For more information and directions, see their website.

AnchorGreat Yorkshire show

Harrogate

8th - 10th July 2014

Attracting over 125,000 visitors across three days is the Great Yorkshire Show, with the Forestry Events Arena being one of the most popular areas. 

2010 attractions included The Art or Chainsaw Carving, The Great British Poleclimbing Championship, Greenwood Sawmilling & Lumberjack competitions. 

Tickets approximately £20. You can see more information on the Great Yorkshire Show website.

The Arb and Forestry Event

TBC 2014

Shipbourne, Kent

The Arb and Forestry Event, presented by F R Jones and Son with Kingswood Training Services, is a return to the shows of old with its relaxed atmosphere and focus on the social side of professional networking. Held at Kingswood Training Services' top-class facility in Shipbourne, Kent

Including competitions, demonstrations and seminars, there should be plenty to draw in the crowds; highlight of the show itinerary will be the 1st ever ISA UK&I ArborCamp. The show will also play host to the South East regional heat of the Arboricultural Association Arborist Tree Challenge (3ATC) competition.

For more, see their website.

South Downs Woodfair

12th -  13th July 2014

Queen Elizabeth Country park, South Downs National Park

The Queen Elizabeth Country Park is in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Our SOUTH DOWNS WOOD FAIR AND COUNTRY SHOW, now in it’s 4th year, is set in the glorious parkland at the foot of Butser Hill. This wonderful venue is perfect for our event and is an inspiring setting for a fantastic weekend. Learn about bushcraft skills, chainsaw carving, see craftsmen/women in action, enjoy lunch whilst listening to live music and soaking up the atmosphere, get up close to our furry friends or shop till you drop. With many exhibitors inside and outside the craft marquee, showcasing everything from jewellery to artwork and furniture to pottery, there’s a whole day of enjoyment and fun for everyone so why not bring the children and let them enjoy the rides and free entertainment. As the kids get in for free, it’s affordable too!

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One of the objects of the National Park is to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of the area. Forest management, timber production and the use of wood in all it’s forms are integral parts of this heritage. With this in mind, Woodland Crafts are delighted to be able to stage the SOUTH DOWNS WOOD FAIR in this picturesque setting. Our Wood Fair showcases all aspects of wood, it’s production and it’s uses. On show we have everything from large forestry machinery to small scale craftsmanship in wood.

There is also a massive range of other crafts and exhibits on show. This may be a Wood Fair, but wood is by no means the only content! There’s plenty to interest the whole family. Craft makers, artists and designers in other categories are also a strong feature and the craft marquee at our Wood Fair is not to be missed. You can expect to find something special, inside and outside the marquees.

Amongst all this, there will be everything else needed to make the day special. Make the most of the refreshments and don’t miss the speciality food stands. Take in the entertainment and music as well as the craft demonstrations and activities. Look out for the jugglers and entertainers and expect some enjoyable surprises!

Bring the children and let them enjoy the rides and entertainment too. This really is a great day out for the whole family!

For more information please see their website.

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

29th July - 31st July 2014

For more information visit their website

National Forest Woodfair

25th August 2014

Beacon Hill Country Park, Leicestershire

This woodfair supports sustainable forestry and woodland leisure, with a wide range or crafts, activities and equipment.

This annual event attracts thousands of visitors and more than one hundred exhibitors and demonstrators each year,  including tool suppliers and wood ready for turning and craft work.  Visitors enjoy seeing woodland crafts, lumberjack displays, horse logging and chainsaw carving displays. The crowd loved the pole lathe turners’ fast and frantic ‘Log to Leg’ race to turn a lump of wood into a pair of chair legs, a new addition to the programme last year.

There are always plenty of activities and attractions to keep the children busy, from eco art to greenwood crafts; from make your own pizza to scaling the climbing wall.
Grown-ups can have a go at pole lathe turning, woodland survival crafts or join the lumberjacks and try your strength on the massive cross-cut saw.

Pictures courtesy of National Forest Company

More information on their website.

Stock Gaylard Estate Oak Fair

Near Sturminster Newton, Dorset

23rd - 24th August 2014

The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair aims to showcase all aspects of timber from Tree
surgeons, large timber machinery to the individual craftsmen.  In 2009 we
had over 150 exhibitors in addition to many more who contributed to the
Re-birth of a Dorset Oak Exhibition.  Each year we introduce new exhibitors
and attractions.

Quote from a visitors book: "As veterans of many wood fairs and festivals this is way the best congratulations on a fantastic job!"

Adult tickets cost around £7, children only £2.70. Other concessions available. For more information visit their website.

Festival of the Tree, Westonbirt

TBC 2014

Venue -  Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

 Treefest is Westonbirt, The National Arboretum's signature summer event that incorporates camping, woodcraft demonstrations, exhibitors, family activities and local live music. The result - a festival that truly celebrates all that our trees and nature inspire.

For more information, visit their website.

Woodworks

TBC 2014

Forest Centre and Millennium Country  Park
Marston Mortaine
Bedfordshire
MK43 0PR


 

Woodworks! is the Forest of Marston Vale’s annual celebration of British trees, woodlands and wood products. This event, now in its 10th year brings together growers, arborists, farmers, crafts people, artists and enthusiasts from across the UK. It showcases new and traditional uses for native wood; demonstrates the renewable nature of wood; conveys the importance of trees to wildlife and offers visitors the chance to see and have a go at a range of traditional wood crafts. Amazing arena displays, childrens workshops, storytelling, real ale, local food and an outstanding line up of live folk and roots music throughout the weekend

For more information, see their website.

Lincolnshire Firewood fair and auction

Revesby Estate,  Lincolnshire

7th September 2014

This event is free of charge!
 The event is aimed at promoting the use of local firewood by local markets. Members of the public can see the latest wood burning equipment, ask questions about burning wood, watch demonstrations about woodland management and purchase local produced firewood. Woodland owners can see what types of machinery are available to help them to manage small woodlands or process firewood and discuss there requirements with experts. Exhibitors this year will also cover trees and tree planting,arboriculture, woodland management and traditional woodland crafts.
Refreshments available.

For more information see their website


Wychwood Forest Fair

7th September 2014

An Aunt Sally competition, and a photographic competition featuring
Wychwood People, places and nature are  new for this year to add to the
usual mix of fun fair, Morris Dancers, an archery display, a  large
Second-hand book stall, tombola, grand draw, plant and produce stall and
lots more.


The Friends of Wychwood will be launching a public appeal for funds to
Plant-a-Tree on the site, as well as encouraging other local
conservation and community Groups to promote their own activities.

For further info visit their website.   Contact Michael
Drew on 01993 702624.
 

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Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire

18th - 20th September 2014

The UK's Largest Forestry,Woodland and Arboricultural Exhibition.

The UK's largest woodland, forestry, trees and timber event.  250 exhibitors, 20000 visitors, a 2040m demonstration circuit featuring 2 miles of working machinery. Also featured are the Husqvarna World 25m poleclimbing championships, the European Chainsaw Carving Championships, the European Horse Logging Championships, the UK Forwarder driving championships, the World log to leg polelathe turning championships, UK tree climbing competition, axe throwing and an extensive working woodland crafts area and seminar programme.  Everything you ever wanted to know and see about trees and timber.

For more information, see their website.

Wild about Wood

16th April 2014

Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, Kew

Please see their website for more.
 

Bentley Weald woodfair

26th - 28th September 2014

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Halland, near Lewes, East Sussex

BN8 5AF

This is a hugely popular event with a wide range of activities for everyone.

Including horse logging...

Definitely takes a whole day to see everything!

More information on their website .

Please remember, no dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed at this event and are not to be left for prolonged periods in cars.
 

European woodworking show

TBC 2015

Cressing Temple Barns, Nr Braintree, Essex

Now in its 4th year, can be described as woodworking in action.  Woodturning, woodcarving, traditional crafts, hand tools and workshop machinery.  Over 80 exhibitors and demonstrators, masterclasses, food and drink stalls, storyteller and more.
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Please note the venue has a NO DOGS POLICY, not our doing but we do have to adhere to it.
Discounted tickets available on the website, www.europeanwoodworkingshow.eu and more information will be added over the coming weeks.
 

Derbyshire County Council Woodland Festival

 
TBC 2014
Elvaston Castle Country Park, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby.  DE72 3EP
10am - 5pm
 

Come and join Derbyshire County Council's Woodland Festival, a celebration of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts.  Watch the expert woodcraft professionals at work, marvel at the skill of the horse logger and chainsaw carver, sample the campfire cooking or ‘have-a-go’ yourself at some of the crafts on display.  There will be horse and dray rides available or you could just take a walk through the magnificent Elvaston Castle gardens.  This is a weekend for everyone of all ages to enjoy with lots to see, do and experience.

For more information: website.

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Surrey Hills woodfair

4th - 5th October

Birtley House, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 OLB

Celebrating all that is good about wood, including:

Tree climbing, bug hunts, trade stands, coppice crafts, woodstoves, horse logging and more!

For more information, visit their website.

Ickworth House Suffolk, Woodfair

TBC 2014

 

A weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts.  This is a rare opportunity to buy quality wood from the Ickworth estate.  The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with Raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce and many craft stalls.

For more information, visit the website.

Cranborne Chase Woodfair

TBC 2014

Larmer Tree Gardens, the home of Pitt Rivers in the 1800's on the famous Rushmore Estate.

Larmer Tree Gardens, the home of Pitt Rivers in the 1800's on the famous Rushmore Estate.


See the wood for the trees at the Cranborne Chase Woodfair, an event designed to celebrate the historic woodlands of the South West and the associated crafts and industries that it represents. From timeless crafts to contemporary designs; from modern day forestry techniques to the demonstration of a range of practical rural skills seldom found in today's woodlands, there is something for everyone.

The Woodfair offers a wonderful opportunity to follow the whole tree cycle - from forest to final form, and offers an inspirational, enjoyable and entertaining family day out. Run bi-annually and run and organised by the team at the Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a bi-annual two day event that attracts around weekend 7,000 visitors.  It also acts as a showcase for contemporary craft and local enterprises in the AONB but aims to avoid commercially, mass produced items favoured by county shows.


To date the event has been held at the well known Larmer Tree Gardens, the home of Pitt Rivers in the 1800's on the famous Rushmore Estate on the Wiltshire and Dorset borders.  Prices are competitive averaging £8 an adult £2 a child, with good discounts for advanced purchase.
2009 saw the introduction of the Woodworking Competition with prices for
Best Hand Held Piece - Sean Hellman with his hand carved bird
Most Functional – Mike Taffinder with his towel hook
Most Aesthetically Pleasing - Neil Taylor for a park bench
The People’s Choice - Rod Poynting for his ash chair

The Cranborne Chase Woodfair is an event designed to celebrate the historic woodlands
Register your interest
If you are interested in attending a demonstrator, trader, or volunteer, please get in touch with the office detailing your full postal and email contact so that we can keep you informed of details as they arrive. Email: info@woodfair.org.uk


See their website for more details.
 

Confor Woodland Show

TBC 2014

Longleat Estate, Warminster, Wiltshire

(Photo by Ceri Hawke)

The event defied all expectations last year and 2011’s event is set to be the best yet. In 2011, ConFor will be teaming up with the FOREST Programme UK Trade Show and hopes to attract exhibitors from across the biomass industry supply chain to complement the wide range of forestry and timber businesses who already exhibit at the show.


More information can be found on their website.
 

AnchorSurrey Hills Woodfair

4th - 5th October 2014

The Surrey Hills  Wood Fair will be a celebration of wood and all that it offers, from biodiversity to renewable energy, with fun for all the family!

  • Demonstrations
  • Trade stands
  • Coppice crafts
  • Sculptures
  • Wood stoves
  • Wood boilers
  • Local produce
  • Refreshments available

  
Further information for demonstrators and stall holders can be obtained by contacting James on the following email address - jameslittle@surreyhillswoodfuel.org.uk

See more on their website.

Comments on this article

Steve 13 March, 2010

Just thought you might want to check the spelling of Berkshire in the index at the top of the page ;)

Crispin Rogers 29 July, 2010

I think you should add the Wychwood Forest Fair which is near Oxford to you list of events. Takes place on 5th Sept from 11.00 to 5.00. contact wychwoodproject.org wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Liz O'Connor 16 August, 2010

We also have woodlands in the north of England, why do I not see woodfairs and all things woody up here ?

Vivien Cruickshank 2 September, 2010

I saw a woodfair advertised, called the Deadwater Valley Wood Fair. It is on the 2nd October, but I don't have the adress of the venue

Brian Phillips 2 September, 2010

Or in Kent...

Tracy Pepler 5 September, 2010

Hi Liz and Brian

I try to find woodfairs that are all over the country, and would love your input if you know of any that are not listed. We do have a section for the North as well. I am sure there are many more!
Thanks
Tracy

David Gent 15 September, 2010

Thanks for organising this splendid site - it really helps with planning visits to different parts of the country.
With the advent of the SATNAV it would really help if postcodes could be added with the event details although I am aware that it doesn't always work especially the Cranborne Chase Woodfair at Larmer Tree Gardens.

Jackie Karkeek 30 August, 2011

Where are the Woodfairs in the South West?? There seem to be remarkably few.

Tracy 31 August, 2011

Hi Jackie

Sadly many woodfairs have closed down over the years, due to funding problems. If you know of any that I have missed though, please let me know!

PETE COATES 6 December, 2011

Hi,
If you know of any larger wood fair organisations that require a cooper (oak barrel maker) for demonstrations then please get in touch. Im keeping my options open for 2012 this is a very rare skill to be had these days and one of a dying breed.

www.oakbarrelcreations.co.uk

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