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Sounds of the Forest


Sounds of the Forest

Timber festival organisers have announced exciting audio, visual and digital activities to reflect the experience of being under the tree canopy for the weekend that the festival would have taken place in the National Forest. People around the world can experience an immersive 360° high wire walk from the treetops, listen to new episodes of the Wilderness Tracks podcast and explore hundreds of forest sounds.

An annual three-day festival at the heart of the National Forest, Timber celebrates our connection to trees and woodlands through music, art and ideas, taking its inspiration from the transformed landscape of the National Forest in the Midlands. It has had to be postponed this year due to Covid-19 but thanks to the support of Arts Council England, Timber has been able to connect people with trees through a variety of digital and cultural experiences.

Live 360° Treetop Tightrope

On Friday 3 July at 6.45pm Timber will be live streaming world-class funambulist Chris Bullzini perform a jaw-dropping high wire walk above the forest canopy. With a 360° camera on the tightrope, viewers will be able to experience the forest from above as if they are balancing up high in the air. The live stream will be available on the Timber Festival Facebook page -

Wilderness Tracks

On Saturday 4 July, Timber will be releasing the first of three brand new monthly episodes of the Wilderness Tracks podcast, normally recorded live at the festival. Each episode, a guest selects and discusses six songs or pieces of music that somehow connect them to the natural world, with former participants including Robert Macfarlane, Elizabeth Alker and Phill Jupitus. For the new episodes, presenter Geoff Bird meets up with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (presenter of ‘The Sky at Night’ and member of UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy); Max Porter (award-winning author of the stunning ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ and ‘Lanny’) and Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy (leading light of the alt-country genre and one of America’s most influential songwriters). Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock’s Wilderness Tracks will be available from 4 July at with further episodes released each month.

Tickets for next year’s Timber festival (2/3/4 July 2021) will go on sale at midday on Friday 3 July at including options for weekend with or without camping, day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) and the Big Timber Bike Ride from Birmingham. People who live in the National Forest are eligible for a 25% discount on all tickets.


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