Imagine the scene – camping in the National Forest, sun on your skin, great company, delicious food, amazing music, comedy, the arts and more workshops than you can shake a stick at. Well I didn’t have to imagine that was my weekend. Last Friday I packed up my tent and headed to Moira in The National Forest for Timber Festival.
After pitching our living quarters for the weekend we headed down to the main festival site. Grabbed some drinks from the on-site bar and wandered through the forest to see what sites befell us. We were definitely not disappointed – The Museum of The Moon astounded us, the sweet sweet tunes of Rhain Music amazed us and we nibbled on food from the on-site vendors. The biggest hardship was choosing from the masses of things to do. We decided to take it easy on our first night so we settled down on a grassy knowl for a night of serene and satisfying music. The drinks flowed and the setting was sublime.
Day 2 comprised of exploring Timber Festival, basking in the sunshine and taking in a comedy night. Mark Dolan of Balls of Fire was our host and newcomers Joey Page and Bilal provided laughs a-plenty. A particular favourite was the morning yoga sessions and also the tai chi. Perfect for aligning my body and soul. We also adored the woodland library which allowed us to take a breather from an action-packed weekend by relaxing with a good book in the supplied hammocks.
There were plenty of culinary options – burritos, Indian street food, pizza, burgers, vegan and veggie choices and ice-cream. They even had an on-site coffee van which made the most amazing iced coffees and flat whites.
There was so much to do at Timber Festival that we didn’t manage to do everything. the live music acts were amazing. Folksy singers belting out songs in the sunshine were magic. One guest was even playing the harp. The harp gives out such a beautiful sound.
We departed Sunday evening so we missed out on the masked ball unfortunately. I would have loved to stay for that but I was back to work first thing Monday morning. Timber really is my perfect festival – a chilled laid-back atmosphere, great music and a whole host of activities to sink my teeth into. I can’t wait for next year.
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*Disclaimer: The lovely people at Wild Rumpus gifted me tickets but all opinions are 100% my own honest thoughts.