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Birthday Clowns, Jiving Sheep And Mad Hatters Set For Guisborough Forest Festival
Have a go at woodturning
A host of colourful characters will bring magic into the woods on Sunday 9 September with the staging of the 15th Guisborough Forest Festival.

The biggest event of its kind in the north is pushing the boundaries, showcasing hoof tapping sheep who dance to ABBA songs, characters from Alice in Wonderland perched on stilts, plus a fabulous array of craftspeople from woodturners to wheelwrights and basket weavers to coracle makers.

The festival is organised in the 1,000 acre North York Moors beauty spot by the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway and Redcar and Cleveland Council with support from the Forestry Commission.

This year clowns and jugglers will be slapping on even more facepaint and throwing skittles higher to mark the 250th birthday of circus, which began life in its modern form in London in 1768.

It was the inspired creation of impresario Philip Astley, who initially wowed the public with riding tricks, before adding acrobats and entertainers to his circus ring.

Ranger Neil Thirkell explained:

“Circus entertainers have been a big hit at the festival for years so it’s nice to nod our thanks and say happy birthday in return. It’s just one way in which the the festival has branched out. You can still have a go at forest skills, watch amazing birds of prey displays and shin up climbing walls, but we’ve also got a special chill-out zone where folk can experience karma in the forest with Tai Chi and yoga.”

Adding to the amazing attractions there’ll also be a spectacular line-up of music acts and scores of local produce stalls and eateries.

Ted Amos from the Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway added:

“The festival has become a fantastic tradition for all age groups and a massive celebration of the great outdoors. There is always something new to try and we’re delighted that we have been able to attract some of Britain's finest traditional crafts people, who are keeping old skills alive.”

Getting there:
A free park and ride bus service to the festival will operate from Fountain Street car park on Rectory Lane, Guisborough. Parking is also available in a field off Stokesley Road for £1. Follow the yellow road signs. Disabled parking will be available at the Pinchinthorpe entrance to the forest. Admission is £16 family ticket (two adults, two children), £6 adults and £4 children. You can pay on the day or buy tickets in advance at www.eventbrite.com (search for Guisborough Forest Festival).

Birthday Clowns, Jiving Sheep And Mad Hatters Set For Guisborough Forest Festival, 3rd September 2018, 16:00 PM