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Night sky at Gisburn
Explore the night sky at Gisburn

Explore our newly accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site at Gisburn. Be in awe as the cosmos magically reveals itself in the skies over Bowland.

Forest at night
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11 May 2020
Download our twilight activity sheet to learn all about the wonderful world of the forest at night time!
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04 June 2020
Download your beginner's guide to stargazingBring the night to life with our beginner's guide to stargazing

See the forest at night in a whole new light! Written in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free guide to learn about constellations, try star navigation, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.

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Top forest stargazing spots Super star factsStargazing top tipsFind your way using the stars 

Simply enter your details in the form to receive your copy. Don't forget to tick the box if you'd like to hear more from us, that way you won't miss out on fantastic activity downloads like this one. 

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07 January 2019
Hacienda Classical announce Forest Live concerts

Hacienda Classical have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

The wildly successful clubbing classical cross-over show Hacienda Classical has seen 5-star reviews and landmark shows at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall among many memorable nights over the past three years.

The set is played as a continuous live DJ mix where vocalists, choir, orchestra and guests all combine to create a vibrant, exciting performance. Featuring the DJs who shaped the original Hacienda club sound, they perform alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra to recreate old school house and club anthems on an epic scale as dance heritage collides with the world of classical music.

The soundtrack and performance are updated each year but again it will include orchestral renditions of much-loved classic club records from The Hacienda’s heritage, revisiting some of the hits that have proved popular with fans as well as adding new arrangements of seminal tracks to the show.

With improvement year on year, 2019’s incarnation for Hacienda Classical will build on its reputation of being one of the very best and most energetic of shows and live experiences of recent years.

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every summer by Forestry Commission England in seven beautiful forests. Over 1.75 million people have attended a forest gig in the last eighteen years. With everything required for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are renowned for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. Money raised from ticket sales helps to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Graeme Park commented "I'm thrilled that we'll be continuing the Hacienda Classical journey into 2019 and I'm already digging deep to find some new tracks for the new show. There are also some tracks from previous years that I'm keen to bring back and to make even better based on everything we've learned with all the incredible gigs so far. I'm determined to make this year's show even more exciting than we’ve had before."

Hacienda Classical + Special GuestsSaturday 15 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.Sunday 16 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.

Tickets £38.50 (plus £4.35 booking fee) go on sale at 9am Friday 11 January from Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online/info: forestryengland.uk/music.

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Note to Editors:

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/forestry-commission.

2. The nations’ forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.http://www.forestryengland.uk 3. Twenty-four million people currently visit the nation’s forests every year, with 99.6% of England’s population living within 1 hour’s drive of a Forestry Commission wood or forest.

4. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by Forestry Commission England to bring forests to new audiences. Money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors.

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Media enquiries: James Delanoyjames@delanoy.co.uk/ tel 01223 812533

Info: forestryengland.uk/music

Release: Monday 7 January 2019

Hacienda Classical have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. The wildly successful clubbing classical cross-over show Hacienda Classical has seen 5-star reviews and landmark shows at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall among many memorable nights over the past three years. Hacienda Classical have announced dates as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. The wildly successful clubbing classical cross-over show Hacienda Classical has seen 5-star reviews and landmark shows at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall among many memorable nights over the past three years.
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Discover the magic of Christmas at Bedgebury
Discover the magic of Christmas at Bedgebury

Spectacular new illuminations will feature at Bedgebury’s popular Christmas light trail this winter. 

New trail for 2019• 70 metre long Vortex Tunnel illuminated by tens of thousands of LED light globes• Flotilla of illuminated origami boats dancing on the shimmering lake• Water Fountain Finale featuring jumping jets of light dancing in time to much-lovedChristmas classics

Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum from 22 November – 30 December 2019.Brought to you by leading events producer Raymond Gubbay Ltd, the one-mile magical winter trail at the Bedgebury National Pinetum is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The sights and sounds of Christmas await under unique canopies, with new installations rising high into the night sky. A dynamic Vortex Tunnel leads onto colour-changing and immersive ribbons of light. Waterside reflections will be created by hundreds of colourful boats gently bobbing on the shimmering lake, whilst flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden create a moment of tranquil reflection.

To those who have been before, rest assured, the towering Tunnel of Light will twinkle yet again with thousands of pea-lights as you walk into a world festooned with seasonal cheer. Take a moment to pause at the Water Fountain Finale as jumping jets of light dance in time across the water to much-loved Christmas classics. Don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas and his elf amongst the pines, spruce and firs along the way.

Complete your walk under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Gather around the fire-pit with family and friends to toast marshmallows*. Little ones can enjoy traditional Victorian fairground rides*.

What Christmas at Bedgebury - the magical, after-dark, illuminated trailWhen Friday 22 November – Monday 30 December 2019 – running selected evenings onlyWhy visit Discover a Christmas illuminated trail for all the family set within the beautifullandscape of Bedgebury National Pinetum.AdmissionBook timed tickets in advance at Adult £18.00, Child £11.50, Family £54.00 Under 3’s & carers free. Parking £6 per car.Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum members receive £1 per person discount off ticket price. Websitechristmasatbedgebury.co.uk#christmasatbedgeburyAddressBedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst, Kent. TN17 2SJFor full details and to book visit:christmasatbedgebury.co.uk *Additional charges apply

Notes to Editor

1.    Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 230 million visits per year. As England’s largest land manager, it shapes landscapes for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow. Forestry England has around 1,000 staff, 20,000 volunteers and 80,000 members. For more information visit forestryengland.uk. Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection. The 128-hectare (320-acre) site is recognised as one of the most significant collections of conifer trees anywhere in the world. There are more than 12,000 trees, including threatened and historically important specimens. Bedgebury works to conserve tree species identified in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is a key partner in the Global Trees Campaign run by Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Bedgebury makes a major contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. The Bedgebury nursery propagates more than 2000 tree and shrubs every year. The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum charity supports research into, and the conservation of, all flora and fauna, and the sharing of related knowledge with the general public. The pinetum is open all year offering a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics. forestryengland.uk/bedgebury Facebook:@BedgeburyPinetum Twitter@BedgeburyP

2.    About RGL, a division of Sony MusicLeading events promoter, RGL (Raymond Gubbay Limited), a division of Sony Music, has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over six years. The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues including Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; The Forestry Commission; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Botanic Gardens, Chicago, USA.Each trail is designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location, so no two trails are ever the same. RGL also presents over 500 concerts annually throughout the UK. raymondgubbay.co.uk

3.    About Culture CreativeCulture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the North East of England. The Company works across a wide-range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage,tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013 Culture Creative has worked closely with leading entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd. a division of Sony Music, to create My Christmas Trails – a series of illuminated trails held in various venues across the UK including Kew Gardens and Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. In 2018 the company developed its first indoor Christmas experience themed around the story of Cinderella, and this year will produce Alice in the Palace themed around the story of Alice in Wonderland for Blenheim Palace. www.culturecreative.co.uk| FB @culturecreativeltd | Twitter @CCLCreative

Media  ContactsFlamingo MarketingMelodie Mannerse: melodie@flamingo-marketing.co.uk  t: 01637 873379m: 07815 709548

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Forestry EnglandEmma Bramley     e: emma.bramley@forestryengland.uk         m: 07768 171283 

Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum from  22 November – 30 December 2019. Brought to you by leading events producer Raymond Gubbay Ltd, the one-mile magical winter trail at the Bedgebury National Pinetum is set to be bigger and better than ever. The sights and sounds of Christmas await under unique canopies, with new installations rising high into the night sky. A dynamic Vortex Tunnel leads onto colour-changing and immersive ribbons of light. Waterside reflections will be created by hundreds of colourful boats gently bobbing on the shimmering lake, whilst flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden create a moment of tranquil reflection. Christmas at Bedgebury returns to the award-winning National Pinetum from  22 November – 30 December 2019. Brought to you by leading events producer Raymond Gubbay Ltd, the one-mile magical winter trail at the Bedgebury National Pinetum is set to be bigger and better than ever. The sights and sounds of Christmas await under unique canopies, with new installations rising high into the night sky. A dynamic Vortex Tunnel leads onto colour-changing and immersive ribbons of light. Waterside reflections will be created by hundreds of colourful boats gently bobbing on the shimmering lake, whilst flickering flames of the scented Fire Garden create a moment of tranquil reflection.
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