Activities

Wild Animal Face Painting

Come along and be turned into a jaguar, tiger, butterfly, snake, spider or another wild creature and have your face painted at The Bushcraft Show.

Canoe Hire

You can bring and launch a canoe on the lake at Catton Hall, as we have exclusive access to the lake for public use. Alternatively, you can hire a canoe. 30 minute hire sessions. £6 per open canoe.

Axe Throwing

With Unlimited Events

Axe throwing is surprisingly addictive and easy to pick up, come a long and try you hand at this great fun outdoors pastime.

£3 a go or one free go with an advanced weekend ticket token

Pinch Pot

With Moorland Scouts

Try your hand at making an ancient form of pottery at The Bushcraft Show. The Pinch Pot method is a means to create pottery that can be ornamental or functional, and has been widely employed across cultures and times. You can then decorate your pot using natural materials to create the finishing touch.

Archery

With Unlimited Events

Come a long and try your hand at this age-old skill. Expert tuition will be on hand for juniors and adults alike. You are welcome to bring your own bow if you like.

£2 a go or one free go with an advanced weekend ticket token

Low Ropes Journey

With Explore Events

The Low Ropes Journey is a wooden ropes course that creates an exciting and unique challenge at The Bushcraft Show. Being 65m long with 12 different activity challenges, the course captures the enthusiasm of all ages and can even challenge the bravest aspirants.

£3 a go or one free go with an advance weekend ticket token.

Firelighting by Friction

With Woodlife Trails

If you’ve ever wanted to learn this technique which remains elusive to most, come and see how easy it is with our bow-drill technique. We will also suggest easier methods to light your fire.

Track and sign Identification and Interpretation

With Woodlife Trails

Woodlife Trails staff will explain the basics of track and sign identification and take you for a walk around the local area identifying some of these tracks and signs and help you to interpret them.

Canoe Camping Clinic

With Tim Gent

Tim Gent, regular Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine contributor and author of Canoe Camping, will be holding a number of ‘open camp’ troubleshooting sessions. Do you have a question about canoe choice, tents, sleeping kit, axes, loading, in fact anything to do with a canoe camping trip? Why not drop in to Tim and Susannah’s lakeside campsite and ask away.

Knife Safety Instruction

With Lonescout Bushcraft

At The Bushcraft Show, Lonescout Bushcraft is pleased to, once again, offer the ever popular ‘one2one’ essential knife skills training for the younger bushcrafter.
With a wealth of experience working with people of all ages, Ian’s work over the last five years has been focused on the future of our hobby, younger bushcrafters. He has formalised his bushcraft experience qualifying as a Forest School Practitioner.

Please book a slot at the Lonescout Bushcraft Stand – Book early to avoid disappointment!

Bread Baking Workshop

With David Willis

Do you fancy some freshly baked bread?

Learn how to make bannock over a campfire, bake a loaf of bread in a Dutch oven or cook dough twists on a stick. Make an improvised oven and bake bread in a cooking pan or even a steel mug! Join David for a bread baking workshop where 6 people, couples or small family units can get involved, anyone else can ‘watch and learn’ you will be learning recipes, making dough, receiving campfire tips and we will be baking fresh bread for you to try! Please book at his stand.

Firesteel Firelighting

With Moorland Scouts

Have-a-go at lighting a fire with a firesteel on the Cheadle 2nd Scouts stand.

Make a Paracord Bracelet

With Moorland Scouts

Three great reasons to visit Cheadle 2nd Scouts and make your own paracord bracelet…
1. It’s lots of fun and really satisfying to transform a length of cord into a funky, fashionable, functional item.
2. If ever you find yourself in a survival situation, or even just a sticky spot needing some cord then, it’s right there on your wrist.
3. It is supporting a great organisation involved in getting youngsters out in the wilds!
Come along, choose your colour and get braiding.

Cost £2.50

Painted Rocks

With Bushcraft Kidz

Use your imagination to create a brilliant and inspirational painted paint rock from insects to mystical monsters! Paint your very own bug design for your ‘pet’ bug rock.

1 free rock per child per day

Woodland Shelter Building

With Moorlands Scouts

Most wilderness environments will have debris in the form of dead leaves and branches. This dead material can be used to build a debris shelter, which makes an ideal small short-term shelter that is well insulated and could keep you warm in temperatures well below freezing. With additional work the debris shelter can last for many years. Moorland Scouts show you how.

Bug Hotels

With Bushcraft Kidz

Make be a beautiful bug hotel in a jar, to observe insects and creatures you find and then release them back in to the wild.

£3.00 a go

Cave Art

With Outback2basics

Using natural materials participants will step back in time to develop a piece of art just like the drawings found on cave walls over 40,000 years ago

Mastering the Bow Drill

With Dave Watson

Often viewed as a magical art, fire by friction holds a fascination for many, led by Dave Watson, owner of Woodland Survival Crafts. This class will help you identify the best materials for your hand drill kit and fine tune this ancient skill, giving you confidence of achieving an ember every time.

Mastering the Hand Drill

With Dave Watson

Often viewed as a magical art, fire by friction holds a fascination for many, led by Dave Watson, owner of Woodland Survival Crafts. This class will help you identify the best materials for your hand drill kit and fine tune this ancient skill, giving you confidence of acheiving an ember every time.

Fat Lamps

With Outback2basics

Experimenting with various natural wicks and fuels, participants will have a chance to create a lamp that would have lit up a cave to check for predators, assisted night fishing, or guided the way of our ancestors.

Tracking Skills & Fun

With Perry McGee

Learn tracking skills with international tracking expert Perry McGee in this specialist instruction session. Follow and interact in Perry’s footsteps as he leads and shows you through a series of exercises and games designed to teach and improve the ancient art of tracking. All attendees should have sturdy footwear and bring a water bottle. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Pyrography Pendants

With Pyrocrafts Canterbury

The chance to design and pyrograph an individual chestnut pendant. Full instruction and all materials provided.

Cost £3 per pendant.

Bullroarers

With Pyrocrafts Canterbury

The chance to design and pyrograph an individual lime wood bullroarer. A fun outdoor “toy” for children of all ages to take home. Can you make your bullroarer sing? Full instruction and all materials provided.

Cost £5 per bullroarer.

Light Catchers

With Pyrocrafts Canterbury

Design your own mobile with wood, beads and shells. Pyrograph your own design or choose from a variety of ready-made, chestnut slices and create! Can be hung indoors or outdoors! Full instruction and all materials provided.

Cost £5 Light Catcher.

Stone and Bone Tools

With Outback2basics

Using pieces of slate and bone, participants will grind down their material using natural sandstone to form a model arrowhead or spearhead – a simple yet rewarding task.

Bead Hangers

With Bushcraft Kidz

Hanging crafts using shells, beads and finish with a wooden dolphin, heart or fish.

£3.50 a go

Twig Hangers

With Bushcraft Kidz

Create a beautiful wind chime styled twig hangers from natural materials.

£3.50

Bushcraft Bargains

With Bushcraft Bargains

Make some extra cash at The Bushcraft Show and bring along your surplus bushcraft gear to sell at the Bring and Buy Meeting Point. All you need to do, is bring along your unwanted kit, with a tarp or plastic sheet to lay it on, to Meeting Point C any day from 15:30 – 17:30 and ends 16:30 on Monday. You do the selling so that you can negotiate a deal and, you get to keep all the cash without paying any commission! Please note that this facility is strictly for visitors only and no traders selling new, display, used or surplus gear are permitted.