Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

1000 metres of bunting? must be Treefest!

Posted: August 24, 2011 at 21:09 pm Author: Julie McKellar

It's very exciting here now and starting to feel really like a festival.

Danco Marquees have been here working very hard all weekend and yesterday, and we already have 27 small marquees, plus the big indoor and food hall up. But the really exciting marquee is the music one, it's huge, in blue and white stripes.

The Treefest music marquee

The stage is due in on Wednesday, then Holmes Music Shop in Swindon is coming in on Thursday to deliver the drum kit that they've loaned us for Treefest. The lights and sound system are due to be installed later this week, and Jon and Ells from The 4014 Project will be here from Thursday preparing the music marquee.

Most of the caterers are in, they will be selling baguettes, burgers and new this year is the carvery. Andy from the Tree Team and the caterer have an interesting job this morning; they are going to be skinning the wild boar and the venison ready for the weekend. The Victorian-style Helter Skelter is due in this afternoon, that's going to look great and I bet it will be a great view of the festival from the top.

Catering ready to roll at Treefest

There's an endless list of things left to do and get delivered, like bins, toilets, showers for the camping, though Special Event Parking (SEP) are working hard preparing the campsite ground. Although the field has been mowed, SEP are busy mowing each row, and it's a BIG field.

Later on in the week we will be putting up the festival flags and we have lots of them this year, then we have 1,000 metres of bunting, yes that's right, 1,000 metres.

On Thursday the exhibitors will be arriving to put up the rest of the marquees and settle into their campsite.

Martin, one of the caterers, will start cooking the hog roast, wild boar and venison from 3am every morning from Friday, not much sleep for him then! He is also running a local real ale and local cider bar in the music marquee: that will go down really well.

So by Friday morning, when you all arrive for Treefest, everything will be ready and very colourful.