Chopwell WoodFest Success!

Our heritage festival, Chopwell WoodFest, which was held earlier in the month was a great success!  1,500 people came along to take part in a whole host of activities including making clay tiles and pipe cleaner may flies, sampling traditional game pie, playing horse shoe quoits, toasting marshmallows, building dens and traditional wood turning techniques, including making gypsy roses.

There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day, which was certainly helped by the warm dry weather, with people enjoying a picnic on the grass whilst they listened to Whittonstall Community Band. The High Spen Pink Diamonds Rapper Dance Team also provided entertainment, with traditional music and dancing demonstrations, as well as letting people have a go.

The event was organised in partnership with Friends of Chopwell Wood as part of their 25th anniversary celebration, they also had a great day with new members joining them and a fantastic new sculpture created at the event by chainsaw carver Tommy Craggs.

Photos from the day are available now in our gallery and on our Facebook page.

Land of Oak & Iron would like to thank the Friends of Chopwell Wood and Forestry Commission for their help in organising the event;  all the volunteers who helped in the run up to the event and on the day without who it wouldn’t have run so smoothly; Peter Stenner of WoodFuel Barn for allowing the use of his field for parking and the organisations who came along to provide activities, information stands or to sell their products and services.