Activities

Have a go at Canoeing and Kayaking

With Canoe Trail

This is a pay-on-the day activity and will cost a very reasonable £6.00 per adult (children; half price).

After the Canoe Trail team have briefed you, you will don your buoyancy aid prior to taking to the lake for an excursion of approximately twenty minutes duration. First come first served so get down to the lakeside as early as possible to secure your place.

You can also bring and launch your own canoe on one of the three lakes at Beehive Farm.

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

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Fieldcraft Talk and Demonstration

With Woodlife Trails

Go to the Woodlife Trails stand and listen to Pablo’s dynamic talk and demo about the comparison between animal’s and human’s senses. Learn how-to translate this knowledge into field-craft skills so you can remain undetected when tracking and stalking the quarry in the British woodland.

11am daily.

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Woodland Shelter Building

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. Using the material found around you, why not have a go at making your own woodland shelter.

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.

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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.

Book Here

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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. Go to The Bushcraft Bargains area any day and at anytime during trading hours. 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, ex-display, used or surplus gear are permitted. To be fair to other traders this also include crafted items.

RiverLife Yoga by the Lake

With RiverLife

Connect to your true nature and the nature surrounding you with RiverLife Yoga.

RiverLife Yoga will be visiting The Bushcraft Show for the first time. We will be introducing Akhanda Yoga which offers a moderate sequence of the most familiar and accessible postures and breathing techniques. It can be enjoyed by both beginning and continuing students. The classes introduce the basic principles of alignment, breath, sound, yogic thought and relaxation. You will come away with tools to help you move with greater ease, and use breath both to uplift and calm your whole system. The theme of the class will be a connection with nature and the outdoors and will give you skills to better your wilderness zone in’s and sit spots. It will even improve your fieldcraft and the way you move through the woods.

Book Here

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Children's Spoon Carving Workshop

With Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine

Kids love carving! Each year at the show tens of children come and learn and develop their carving skills walking away with a spoon that they are proud to have crafted. From a part prepared blank ‘you’ can create a useable functional spoon to take away with you.  You must book a place on the link below.

Places are limited so book early, children must be 8+.

Book Here

Bushcraft for Health and Well-Being

with Dr Sarita Robinson

Dr Sarita Robinson is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and will be joining us for the weekend to give two talks based on her research area of survival psychology. This year she is offering four Specilaist Instructions Classes.

£10 of each ticket goes directly to raise funds for 1st Flodden B-P Scouts’ trip to Lesotho in 2018.

In this modern age, people seem to be becoming more unfit and unhappy. Come along to this masterclass in health psychology and learn more about how modern life might be making us sick. We will also discuss how we can reconnect with nature to improve our physical health and mental well-being.  

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Bush Tucker Challenge

with Dr Sarita Robinson

Dr Sarita Robinson is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and will be joining us for the weekend to give two talks based on her research area of survival psychology. This year she is offering four Specilaist Instructions Classes.

£5 of each ticket goes directly to raise funds for the Border Adventure Group/1st Flodden B-P Scouts’ expedition to Lesotho in 2018.

Could you eat a mealworm? Do you want cricket sandwiches for your lunch? What about your parent/care-giver? Come and explore what causes us to feel disgust and learn how you can overcome those feelings. Samples will be available for the brave!

This is for children aged 7-12 years. Each child may be accompanied by an adult (no ticket required for the adult).

Book Here

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Cave Art Wall

With Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine

Using natural materials step back in time and draw cave art images on The Bushcraft Show cave walls.

Kids Club - Stone Age and Primitive Skills

With OUTBACK2BASICS

OUTBACK2BASICS are running a Kids Club at The Bushcraft Show 2018, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some classes and courses whilst they are taught Stone Age & Primitive Skills by leading instructors with extensive experience in this area and particularly with working with children.

The 2hr session is aged for children 8+yrs. Select which session you would like to book your child on and just bring your ticket along to their booth where you children will have a wonderful experience.

Saturday 26th May 2018 – 10:00 – 12:00 – 5 Methods of Firelighting
Using a variety of tinders, coal extenders and fuel sources learn the 5 different methods of lighting a fire. Our Stone Age ancestors made fire with 100% natural materials. Could you make fire just rubbing sticks together? End the session with a fire challenge.

Saturday 26th May 2018 – 14:00 – 16:00 – Bread Making
Flour and water combined doesn’t sound too tasty but think again. Learn a variety of different methods of how to combine these simple ingredients to make delicious breads and different ways to cook them.

Sunday 27th May 2018 – 10:00 – 12:00 – Stone Tools & Arrow Making
Create your own primitive tools using slate and sandstone to shape the stone. Make a Stone Age cave man arrow to take home.

Sunday 27th May 2018 – 14:00 -16:00 – Spear making
Make a spear like that of our caveman/cavewomen ancestors. Craft the spear head from stone and decorate the shaft.

Monday 28th May 2018 – 10:00 – 12:00 – Fat Lamps & Clay Pots
Create a simple pinch pot and learn how our ancestors would have created ways to light their caves. Explore the fats, wicks and pots they would have used. If there’s time explore clay further by making a small cooking pot.

Monday 28th May 2018 – 10:00 – 12:00 – Cave Man Diaries
Come and explore the furs, clothes, tools and weapons, pots and containers of the Stone Age
We lived in the wild for a month, just like cave people did. We survived without using any modern materials. Come and hear our epic stories.

Join us as we pass around the materials of the past. Try on caveman clothes, feel the weight of the tools, imagine what it would have been like to carry these. Are you brave enough to try a caveman snack?

Class Size: 20 Maximum

Duration: 2hrs

Book Here

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The Evolution of Mankind Performance

With Will Lord

A Prehistoric comedy show on the evolution of mankind with Will Lord. This is a performance not to be missed. Space is limited in Will’s cave so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Finish Sauna Experience

Learn about the sauna culture in Finland and the story of the sauna. Then enjoy some luxury downtime and have a Finnish Sauna Experience by the lake, followed by wild swimming, should you wish. Just bring your swimming gear, towel and a water bottle and enjoy!

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Wild Swimming

At The Bushcraft Show

Make sure you bring your swimming gear and a towel to The Bushcraft Show, to have fun in one of our three lakes and enjoy some wild swimming.

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Zombie Survival Woodland Games

With The Bushcraft Show Team

Fancy taking on a zombie at The Bushcraft Show? This year we have a team of zombies ready to take you on in our fun and also a little bit scary Zombie Woodland Survival Game. This is a free activity but numbers are restricted so please book you ticket and enjoy! Hahaha!…

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Forge Your Own Flint & Fire Striker

With ARC Weld

Forge your own Flint & Fire Striker with ARC Weld expert forgers at The Bushcraft Show. Take it away with you along with a peice of flint to commence your fireilghting skills.

Book Here

 

Air Rifle Shooting

With Unlimited Event

Try your hand at Rifle Shooting with Unlimited Events at The Bushcraft Show.

£3 pay and play

Hand Carve a Wooden Pendant

with Giles Newman

Learn to hand carve unique wooden pendants, develop knife handling skills and master decorative, detail carving techniques with just one knife. The only limit is your imagination. Tools, templates, necklace cord, fixings and a wide range of part-carved pendant blanks will be provided.

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Discover the Art of Spoon Carving

with Giles Newman

Equipped with just two knives, learn how to create beautiful and functional hand carved wooden spoons from freely available, sustainably sourced wood without the need for power tools. Through expert demonstrations and supported practical work, develop your wood carving and whittling skills, learn to read the wood and design and carve your own unique spoon that is not only useful but artful as well. Tools and a range of part-carved spoon blanks to suit all levels of experience will be provided.

Book Here

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Bushcraft & Wildlife Colouring Activity

If you’re exhausted with all the activities, talks and demonstrations going on at The Bushcraft Show, take a few minutes out of your day to do some colouring in. Not just for children but adults too can enjoy some mindfulness colouring in.

Viking Encampment

Visit the Vikings in their encampment at The Bushcraft Show and engage in a wide range of entertainment for all the family at the same time as learning about the Vikings and their now ancient history.  Share the in-depth knowledge provided by Brumvik, the Birmingham Vikings, who are part of The Vikings National Society.

Their tented village & Viking encampment will give hands on experience of life as a Viking and give you the opportunity to ask questions about the daily crafts which people of the Viking era are likely to have created. The encampment will share a range of crafts & displays such as bread making/food and drink of the time (not for public consumption), leather work, spinning, sewing, jewellery making and a communal fire area (fenced off from public).

There is also a Viking ‘have a go’ craft tent which offers card weaving and colouring bases for kids. If you’re brave enough, come along and watch one of the incredible battle reenactments!

The reenactment encampment with be authentic from 9.30am till 5pm

With a variety of re-enactment displays throughout the day, the encampment will mostly involve ‘show and tell’ demonstrations.

Main battle skirmishes will take place every day at:

11.15am till 12.00

3pm till 4pm

6pm till 7pm (not Monday)

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Ephemeral Nature Art for children and families

with LandArtforKids.com

Join environmental artists Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn to create all sorts of wonderful nature art sculptures from materials we find in nature. Suitable for all the family.

Saturday and Sunday time tbc
Maximum 12 families

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Ephemeral Nature Art for Adults and Older Children

With Environmental Artist Richard Shilling

Nature art class suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, artists and nature lovers. Join Environmental artist Richard Shilling to learn ephemeral nature art techniques, create unique, vibrant land art sculptures and methods to connect more deeply to nature. Suitable adults and accompanied children aged 12+

Maximum 15 people

Saturday and Sunday time tbc

Advanced Carving Techniques

with Woodland Ways

Join instructors Jay Jenner and Ian Nairn on a journey into more indepth carving techniques to produce your own campfire utensils.

FREE- limited spaces so must be booked at the stall in advance. Adults only

10:00-12:00 Daily

Bone Needle Making Workshop

with Woodland Ways

Come and produce your own bone needle with Joseph Philbin, the technology that transformed our ability to operate in more northern climates as our species evolved and migrated globally.

All ages welcome, under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

£5 to cover cost of materials. 

10 persons max- must be booked at the stand.

10:00- 11:00 Daily

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Squirrel Preparation

with Woodland Ways

Come and get hands on with David McCrae as you learn a few techniques for preparing your own squirrel. Learn about the natural history, habits and environmental consequences of the Grey Squirrel, before prepping and taking away the meat for you to cook over your own camp fire.

FREE

All ages welcome, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult- must be booked at the stand

11:00-13:00 Daily

Make Your Own Sami Style Leather Pouch

with Woodland Ways

These can be used in the traditional way to store coffee in, or indeed your fire kit, tinder or sewing kit! Join Mark Sharwood as he guides you through the production of your own pouch, complete with antler toggles to take away with you. The kettle will be boiling and a gaggle of instructors will be on hand.

All ages welcome, under 14 must be accompanied by an adult- must be booked at the stand

13:00- 15:00 (or whenever you finish!) Daily

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Deer Preparation

with Woodland Ways

Join the boss, Jason Ingamells, as he uncovers the secret life of the deer. Drawing on a life time interest in the species, alongside his deer management qualifications- going beyond the basic skinning and jointing Jason will discuss in depth the natural history, trail, track and sign, ecology and management of deer, before moving on to the shot placement, field gralloch and then skinning and butchering of the deer.

FREE- bring your knife if you want to get involved!

All ages welcome, under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

Saturday 14:00-17:00

Backyard Forging

with Woodland Ways

Join Joseph Philbin and our team to bend and shape metal to produce your very own toasting fork. You will discover a variety of techniques in order to manipulate your hot metal into a working hot food toaster- so in the future you can cook sausages over the fire with your very own forged toaster.

(30 minute 1-2-1 session with our instructors, with your end piece yours to take away £15 

All ages welcome, under 14 must be accompanied by an adult- must be booked at the stand

14:00- 16:00 Daily

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Edibles and Poisonous

with Woodland Ways

Join our trained Botanist Instructor, Flic, for an interactive presentation on some of the common and poisonous plants you are likely to encounter within the UK. Demonstrating a phenomenal knowledge of her subject, as you would expect, we are here to offer training and advice on how to make sure you can positively analyse features to inform you of the plants identification.

FREE

Saturday and Sunday 17:00-18:30

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Animal Track And Sign

with Woodland Ways

Join Stuart Wedge, David McCrae and Jason through the day to look at a variety of animal track and sign.

Free

ALL DAY Daily

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Children's Activities

with Woodland Ways

Join instructors Barry and Asa throughout the day, each day, as they aim to build your childrens knowledge of making themselves safe and comfortable in the wild.

10:00: Campfire furniture: Building a raised bed, waggon stick to cook over the fire and a fire reflector

11:30: Mini shelter building session and shelters through the ages

13:00: Fire lighting, group fire bow techniques & sparks

15:00 Water- making water safe to drink (not Monday)

(All Free- children must be accompanied by an adult)

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Bramble Baskets

with Woodland Ways

Join Nicola and Bob to make your own small basket out of bramble, this most underrated hedgerow resource.

Free

Sunday and Monday 10:00- 12:00

Paracord Item Making for Kids

with RJ Bushcraft

Make a useful item with paracord under the guidance of RJ Bushcraft staff and get to keep it.

4pm daily

Free

Max 10 (book at the RJ Bushcraft Stand)

Introduction to Belly Dance Workshop (Ladies Only)

With Yara Ghrewati of Wildeyes Adventure

Parachute Powwow – Sunday 27th May 7.30 – 9.00pm

Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience in belly dancing. Women who love music and dance are invited to come and shake their hips at The Bushcraft Show.

This fun workshop teaches and breaks down various beginner movements of belly dancing and gives you the opportunity to practice to energetic Arabian percussion.

The classes are easy to follow, get the heart pumping faster and will leave you feeling happy and inspired. Practise hip drops, hips snaps, shimmies, camel rolls & more.

Belly dancing is a great way to exercise, feel empowered and also learn an ancient art at the same time. Increase your stamina, rhythm technique and belly dance your way into a fitter you.

 

Axe Throwing

with Unlimited Events

Try your hand at Axe Throwing with Unlimited Events at The Bushcraft Show.

£3 pay and play

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Sling Shot

with Unlimited Events

Try your hand at using a Sling Shot with Unlimited Events at The Bushcraft Show.

FREE

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Catastrophic Bleed Management

with TSK Medical

Catastrophic Bleed Management is suited towards outdoor and remote activities, as well as workers within identified high risk industries such as Agricultural, Saw mills, Forestry, Tree surgery, Farming, Game shooting, Gun clubs, Security and Construction etc, as well as for event medics and those with first aid or first responder qualifications that would like ‘bolt-on’ qualifications to enhance their skill set.

This seminar is styled to specifically deal with this trauma and will include:

  • How to use the right equipment and medical disposables that will stop catastrophic bleeding.
  • You will be shown the very same methods, of stopping the bleeding, using haemostatic dressings and a tourniquet, used by the military in battle .and they dont waste time!
  • Tourniquet training.The different types of tourniquets, what they can do and what they cant do. When to use a tourniquet and why use a tourniquet this can be the difference between life and death. 
  • Haemostatic dressings should be in every first aid kit where there is a risk of severe bleeding. What is an haemostatic dressing? What do they do that ordinary bandages don’t?

Train and practice now, because you will have to get it right if someone is seriously bleeding and the instructions dont make sense!

FREE

11am, 2pm and 4pm daily

Make a Bamboo Fishing Spear

with Coastal Survival

Make your own Coastal Survival bamboo fishing spear and also take away the knowledge of not only his to make it, but also how to use it with well proven results.

With a mix of smoking fish, meat and shellfish on our stand throughout the day to come and taste.

All materials included and you take what you have made home with you.

Daily 11:00 – 11:30 and 15:00 – 15:30

£10 per person.

Book your tickets here

Make a Longline Fishing Kit

with Coastal Survival

Make your own 5 hook Coastal Survival longline fishing kit and take away the knowledge of not only how to make it, but also how to use it with well proven results.

With a mix of smoking fish, meat and shellfish on our stand throughout the day to come and taste.

All materials included and you take what you have made home with you.

Daily 10:00 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 14:30

£15 per person.

Book your tickets here

 

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An Introduction To Wilder Camping

with Nearly Wild Camping

Join Nearly Wild Camping as they introduce you to wilder camping.

Whatever your age or definition of wild, you can have unforgettable experiences exploring many unique camping locations across the UK. Find out more and become part of the revolution in back-to-basics camping!

12pm and 2pm daily.

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Children's Knife Safety Skills Workshop

with B&SS Magazine

Children’s Knife Safety Skills Workshop with B&SS Magazine (bring own knife)

10:30 – 11:00 am daily in the Big Jurte

11-16 year olds

FREE Sign up

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Bushcraft and Survival Skills for Kids

with Wild Thyme Outdoors

Come test your skills and learn what it takes to survive in the wild woods.

This is a two hour NO ADULT adventure in which you will learn the basics of fire-lighting, shelter building and trap making all whilst avoiding the wild wood monster.

Just like in their favourite computer games, kids will be set a number of challenges throughout the day, and all the while be building their dens before ‘night’ falls and the monsters wake up!

Players will light their own campfire, ‘mine’ for resources all closely supervised by experience Forest School leaders and Bushcraft instructors.

There’ll be plenty of time to get creative with play and imagination and even toast some marshmallows on the fire.

Age 5 – 14

Free

Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons
Check in and reserve your spot at our stall (Classroom C: The Nordic Tipi).

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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WHY BUSHCRAFT AT SCHOOL IS SO, SO, SO IMPORTANT!

with Outdoor People

In February a Headteacher in Dagenham banned his pupils from even TOUCHING snow, fearing that it could lead to dangerous snowball fights. Many schools are banning running, skipping and even walking arm in arm…

Increasingly children are spending time at school in highly-regulated, risk-averse environments, where they are not allowed to run, climb trees, or go outside and enjoy free play. But without experiencing risk, or the chance to interact with and develop a love for nature, there is little chance they will develop the essential skills and resilience needed in adulthood.

Through this interactive and engaging workshop, you’ll find out what you can do to make sure schools in your area recognize the importance of play and learning outdoors, of experiencing risk and allowing children time to enjoy their childhood.

Location 52

2pm daily.

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WOODLAND FAIRY MAKING (A WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES)

with Outdoor People

A bit of magic and inspiration for looking at the woods with new eyes… We’ll be exploring the nearby woodland to find just the right sticks and materials, then choosing the right elements to create our fairies while imagining the magic that lies all around us.

A mindful and joyful experience, helping children engage with nearby nature and adults to reflect on the wonder of the world through children’s eyes.

Location 52

10am daily.