Anyone aged eight to 80 can go tree climbing at the National Forest Wood Fair on August Bank Holiday Monday. Under careful supervision and using ropes and harness, visitors to the Wood Fair will be able to climb up into the canopy of one of the veteran oak trees at Beacon Hill Country Park and get a bird's eye view over the Wood Fair site and the growing National Forest.

The National Trust's Calke Park will be bringing a taste of their incredibly popular Calke Explore and Natural Play area that is available at Calke Park this summer. Tick off some of their 50 Things to do before you're 11¾: den building, clambering over timber obstacles, making a home for woodland creatures.

Don't miss the Clwyd Axemen, the horse logging corral, the chainsaw carvers and the climbing wall!

All this is within the ticket entry price. And if you buy online before midday August 28 you save money and get 20% discount on the gate prices – enjoy a brilliant family day out for £20!

Advance tickets are also available from Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote Tourist Information Centres.

The National Forest Wood Fair takes place in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park on Monday 31 August, 9am – 5pm, just five minutes from the M1 motorway, junctions 22/23. The event is organised by the National Forest Company in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, and is sponsored by Vitax.