Quite a change of scenery at the heart of the festival between the Pyramid and John Peel – a chance to escape, wander through the woodland or relax on a log bench at the Wood café. A tranquil and theatrical retreat by day, enchanted dreamland at night kicking off with the midnight fire ceremony every night at the fire circle in the big clearing with further performances. Return to the Trees you will!
2019 sees the expansion of the Union Castle – the ship-like tree platform high up in the big ash tree overlooking the Tor and the John Peel Stage. It’s named after Michael’s shipping voyages as a young man to East Africa. A new bridge links to a viewing platform over Peetas Pond via a 50m aerial walkway through the tree canopy. Below here and around the pond there will be a more easily accessible-to-all platform to view all the magical illuminations and catch a glimpse of the daily Shakespearean enactments specially adapted for The Wood by the world-famous travelling Footsbarn Theatre Company. Performances will include Romeo and Juliet enacted over the 5m high tree platform balcony, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bottom’s Dream.
Each performance to be around 25 minutes. Footsbarn Theatre will also support the Wood Crew with general music and merrymaking around the fire and in the bar.
Cast your eyes below for pictures from the vintage year that was 2017.