With the Forest of Dean expected to bask in a week of sunshine, the Dean Heritage Centre’s Fire and Wood Festival looks set to mark the official start of the summer with an alternative way to get out with the family over the long Jubilee weekend. The annual three day festival, returns for its 5th year from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th June, and is a fantastic celebration of local crafts and artisans.
Headlining this year’s activities is the country’s best known lumberjack display team, the Adam’s Axemen, who will be thrilling the crowds on the Saturday and Sunday, with their amazing lumber jack demonstrations using axes and crosscut saws. Other exhibitor’s include the Dean Oak Cooperative, Way 2 Go Adventures and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust as well as the Centre’s very own chainsaw carvers.
Crafts on show include fire juggling; chainsaw carving; pyrography; pole lathe turning rustic furniture and bush crafts as well as a traditional charcoal burn. On Monday 4th June the Dean Archaeology Group will be demonstrating Romano British cookery, pottery making and natural fabric dying as well as leading historical guided walks of the local area. Way 2 Go Adventures will be demonstrating rope work and how the techniques can be used to make knots and bands.
Harri Le Claire, PR and Event Manager said: ‘The Fire and Wood festival has always been a popular event for families and showcases traditional crafts on our beautiful woodland site. It’s a great opportunity to learn about different skills and get the kids involved’