Timber Festival is a brand new, independent festival set in the National Forest and it’s taking place this weekend… 6-8 July… we can’t wait to get back to nature and reconnect as a family. Here’s our Top 10 things to do if you’re heading there this weekend

  1. Take a journey into the heart of the forest at dusk in the English festivalpremiere of Tree and Wood, a new interactive performance exploring our relationship to trees and forests by leading artist and producer Jony Easterby, with a team of international artists, musicians, performers and forestersTree and Wood explores our relationship with the trees and woods we depend on for our survival both past and present through a journey through a series of installations, movement, song and music. Known for his dynamic and immersive sound and light works across the world, Jony Easterby’s recent immersive night time adventure For The Birds has wowed audiences across the UK.  
  2. Explore all the sides of the moon in the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon – an incredible seven metre moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
  3. Join composer and sound-artist Jason Singh on a special listening walkexploring voice and technology to mimic nature and birdsong.  Gather sounds and create instruments from ‘found’ nature such stones, twigs, leaves and soil. Discover how Jason uses plants and plant data to create music.
  4. Take part in a very special Masked Ball.
  5. Witness an enthralling fire-gardencreated especially for Timber Festival by leading artists, sculptors, designers and technicians pa-BOOM.
  6. Look out for thrilling aerial acrobatics in the trees, bringing ancient tales to life from Whispering Woods and magical Dream Antelopes who will be roaming the site.
  7. Take part in tree climbing, slacklining, leaf art and mask making workshops. Join Responsible Fishing to create some seemingly impossible stone sculpturesand beautiful geometric land art
  8. Have some buzzing adventures with Beekeeping experiences with The Bee Farmerand  interactive theatre show Bee Cart from Sheffield’s Pif Paf Theatre. Meet Bee Guides Bombus and Borage for much Bee wisdom and surreal fun. Delve into the world of Bees, learn the pollen packing dance and the waggle dance. Try out their Buzz Pollenator, and maybe even get your nose pollinated.
  9. Take part in natural wellbeing therapy Forest Bathing
  10. Don’t miss out on the music too! Headliners include Jane Weaver(performing songs from new album Modern Kosmology), This Is The Kit (performing compelling Alt Folk from new album Moonshine Freeze) and the energetic and joyful Hope & Social.

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Living in Northumberland has it’s plus points – beautiful scenery, close to the country as well as the coast, but when it snows, oh it snows. We are now on day three of being snowed in thanks to the #beastoftheast. We have taken this chance to really reconnect as a family. It’s wonderful how the snow slows you down – and forces you to leave the car on your drive and go where you need to by foot.

It’s getting hot out there this week, the hottest on record since 2006! While we grab the flip flops and sun hats, let’s not forget an eco sun lotion suitable for our little one’s skin.

Green People have a wonderful sun lotion just perfect for tiny people, and I’ve been testing it with Isabella over the last few weeks when the sun has peeped its head out. The Organic Children lotion contains soothing and calming Aloe Vera, Myrrh and Chamomile, plus antioxidants and vitamins found in Avocado and Green Tea. It is a rather thick lotion, but that’s not a bad thing – you can see where it’s going on, and if you’re as paranoid as I am about fully covering your toddler you will appreciate this!  It is also naturally water-resistant using Beeswax and Berry wax which won’t block pores, allowing the skin to breathe.

Green Beauty is the safer, cleaner and inexpensive way to Beautiful.

The practice of natural beauty treatments is traditional, varying from country to country. Weekly coconut oil hair massages remind me of India and Ayurveda – Are there any specific beauty practices that you remember growing up with from your culture?

DIY treatments were around long before the big commercial brands were. A fact that is exploited by today’s beauty giants in advertising their beauty care products. There are Organic brands on the market where you can purchase some delightful products but you are going to have to pay a greater price.

We’ve all heard of a ‘retail therapy’ fix but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as whipping up a luxurious DIY beauty treatment from ingredients that can be sourced from your pantry. Plus, this way you can be rest assured that what you’re putting on your skin is free of toxic petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes and artificial perfumes. DIY products have less packaging which in turn means a smaller carbon footprint.

One thing to bear in mind is that due to the lack of preservatives these treatments have a shorter shelf life and therefore are best made in smaller batches and when required.

These are just a select few recipes that I’ve found to be my holy grail but there are plenty more a mouse-click away.


For Body

A wake-me-up scrub for sloughing of the dead skin…

  • Equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Few drops of vanilla extract

Mix to right consistency. Apply to skin in circular motion before shower.

For Hair

Smoothing, ph. Balancing and restoring after shampoo rinse

  • Equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Water

Pour over hair allowing a little time for soaking and rinse (The smell will subside after your hair has dried).

For face

To banish the flaky, chapped skin and provide a smooth base for make-up

  • 1 tbsp. Oats
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt

Mix the ingredients into paste and massage into face. Rinse. Moisturise.