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Forest of Dean welcomes back the Fire and Wood Festival

Posted on 18th May 2016

In the aptly named Cinderford, the Fire and Wood Festival returns to the Forest of Dean. The annual celebration brings together food, drink, arts and timber activities.

Charcoal burning

Held at the Dean Heritage Centre over the Bank Holiday weekend, the event promises to be an entertaining affair. The Fire and Wood Festival is inspired by the ancient traditions of the charcoal burn – the time-honoured process of transforming wood to charcoal. Visitors can see this in action during the three-day festival from May 28 to 30. There will also be chainsaw carving demonstrations, axe throwing, and cross cutting competitions.

There will be circus acts and face painting for the kids and a beer tent for the adults.

The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s most exciting and educational attractions, and is the perfect destination for those enjoying a cottage holiday in the Forest of Dean. The centre finds itself in the perfect spot amongst five acres of forest land. The goal of the heritage centre is to protect and preserve the unique living history and heritage of the forest. Its museum offers a collection of more than 20,000 artefacts, all in galleries housed in a former Mill building with a functioning waterwheel.

The museum has a number of historic objects, including fossils, working engines and geological finds. It endeavours to educate visitors on topics such as archaeology, iron making, coal mining, childhood history, transportation and pop culture.

For attendees of the three-day Fire and Wood Festival, organisers are offering admission discounts for attendance on multiple days. See the website for more information. 

Image Credit: stwn (flickr.com)