Torchlight Festival of Camping to be held at Walesby Forest

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A new family-friendly event is to be hosted by the Camping and Caravanning Club in Nottinghamshire’s Walesby Forest this summer.

The Torchlight Festival of Camping will be a members-only event and feature performances from the likes of Squeeze, Gabrielle and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

It takes over the mantle of a previous event called the National Festival of Lanterns (NFOL), which was originally held in 1921 to mark the end of the summer season.

Sabina Voysey, director general of the Club, said: “Now, 100 years on since the first NFOL, it is time for a new generation to carry the torch and for the Club to take the opportunity to reinvigorate a special festival, breathing new life into its line-up and inspiring new followers to make memories of their own.

“From die-hard members to wide-eyed young explorers, this new event will offer everyone the chance to meet, camp, eat, dance and play in an enchanting woodland setting.”

Visitors to the festival can purchase a Walesby Forest Activity day pass for £17.50 per person, which entitles them to unlimited access to activities such as climbing, archery and ziplining.

Getting into the festival spirit will be facilitated with food kiosks, bars, a large campfire and historical displays, as well as the Wellness Sanctuary where guided yoga and forest bathing sessions will be conducted.

The highlight is likely to be a magical light trail with campers asked to light up their caravans, motorhomes and tents in line with the traditions of previous NFOLs.

There’s a wide selection of ticket options available, with a weekend pitch and entertainment tickets for families of up to two adults and four children priced at £199.

All ticket packages come with the opportunity to arrive early on the Thursday for an additional charge.