Activities

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Wild Animal Face Painting

With FACEstival Tent

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.

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Children's Circus Skills Workshop

With Clansman Fire

Enjoy this fun and interactive circus skills workshop. All equipment is provided and taught by expert instructors. Each workshop teaches a different circus skill.

Places are limited so book early, children must be 7+.

Class Size: 12 Maximum

Duration: 30-45mins

Book here.

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

Archery

With RJ Bushcraft

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. Shooting traditional recurve, longbows and children’s bows.

£3 for 12 arrows

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Make a Paracord Fob

With Pyrocrafts Canterbury

Make your own Paracord Fob. One per child.

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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. Book here.

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.

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. Suitable for adults and children 14+.

Book Here.

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.

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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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Test Your Field Craft Skills

With the National Tracking School

Learn to be a real nature “detective” and join Perry McGee and the crew at the National Tracking School Stand and enter the competition. Simply collect an animal “tracking sheet” and follow the field signs to identify Great British Mammals.  Available on SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY – Children and pets welcome.

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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.  

Book here.

Victim or Survivor

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.

How would you behave if you found yourself in the middle of a disaster, such as an earthquake or a terror attack? Come along and find out if you are likely to be a survivor. And if you are likely to be a victim how can you improve your chances of survival? Dr Sarita Robinson has researched survival psychology for over 15 years and this masterclass will give an update into recent findings in this field.  

Book here.

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.

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

A Survivor’s Brain

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 1st Flodden B-P Scouts’ trip to Lesotho in 2018.

If you were lost in the desert or abandoned in the Arctic would you survive? Come along and learn how your brain works (or doesn’t work) when under pressure. Do you have the brain of a survivor?

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

Book here.

FACEstival Tent

With Bryony May Bradford

Come and get festive at the FACEstival tent. Get a stunning mendhi design temporarily applied to the hand, arm or foot. Using 100% natural organic henna paste hand made to ensure quality. The artist will apply the paste onto the skin that will leave a beautiful brown/orange stain following the design that lasts up to 2 weeks. For a less permanent design white henna is available which lasts 1 day. Along with glitter paste to brighten up any design. Aftercare included. Designs from £3

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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 2017, giving you the opporutnity to enjoy some classes and courses whilst they are taught Stone Age & Primitive Skills by leading instructors with extensive experience in this area and particulary with working with children.

The 2hr session is gaged for children 9-12yrs. 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 27th May 2017 – 10:00 – 12:00 – Stone Tools and Spears

Create your own primitive tools using slate and sandstone to shape the stone. Make a Stone Age spear or cave man arrow.

Saturday 27th May 2017 – 14:00 – 16:00 – Raw Hide Shields and Sheaths

Use the Stone Age material of rawhide to create a small sheath for a knife or a shield that can be painted with natural pigment paints.

Sunday 28th May 2017 – 10:00 – 12:00 – Primitive Fire Making

Our Stone Age ancestors made fire with 100% natural materials. Could you make fire just rubbing sticks together? Create your own bow drill kit using flint and other rocks and natural tools.

Sunday 28th May 2017 – 14:00 -16:00 – Bone Tools

Our Cave man ancestors had plenty of bone to use in the Stone Age. Today we just throw it away. Instead, we use the raw material of bone to create a knife, fish hook or arrow head.

Monday 29th May 2017 – Leather Tinder Pouches 

Using cow leather, chamois and tanned fish skin make a small pouch to keep your precious tinder for fire lighting in.

Book here.

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Knife Safety & Peg Making

With RJ Bushcraft

A class for anyone from 7 years upwards to learn a little about knife and cutting tool safety and a chance to have-a-go at making your own peg.  Sign up at RJ Bushcraft stand MAX 15 people.

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Bannock Bread Workshop

With RJ Bushcraft

Do you fancy some freshly baked bread?

Come and see this traditional bushcraft bread being made and have a go at making your own mix to take away and cook on your own fire, you will get a chance to taste some made by us. Sign up at RJ Bushcraft stand MAX 15 people

Make a Dutch Arrow

With IOL Bushcraft Professional Practice Group

Make a Dutch Arrow – a simple form of chord assisted throwing weapon. Learn how-to make them and use them – you can throw one 50m plus with little practice. Accuracy takes more practice! All day long – £5

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Children's Knife Safety Skills Workshop

With IOL Professional Practice Group

The IOL Professional Practice Group are running two Children’s Knife Safety Skills Workshop daily at The Bushcraft Show. The workshop teaches children safe knife handling, safe use and practice to help guide and hone their knife skills for woodland craft projects. Places are limited, please sign up on the IOL Professional Practice Group Stand.

Make an Atlatl - Spear and Throwers

With IOL Professional Practice Group
Learn how-to make and use an Atlatl set (spear and thrower) out of simple materials. Evolved by our ancestors to increase range and power of spears. It is known to have been used in the 1950’s by Australian Aborigines. Once finished it throws up to 100m with technique. It takes about 30 minutes to make and a lifetime to learn to use it – £10

Make a Fast Bow

With IOL Professional Practice Group
It takes time and skill to make a fine-crafted wooden bow, but you can make a serviceable bow in under 2 hours, which is capable of taking small game in a survival situation. Some skill with a knife is required. Skill with an axe or bill hook is an advantage. You will make a serviceable bow and arrow out of simple staves – £25
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The Evolution of Mankind Performance

With Will Lord & Simon Barnard

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

Make a Longline Fishing Rig

With Fraser Christian

This Specialist Instruction Session is taught by Fraser Christian of Coastal Survival, a professional fisherman and coast hunter. Learn how to tie the simple knots needed to secure hooks and the other elements that construct a longline multi-hook static fishing line. If you want an effective piece of fishing kit that works in most weathers, this fairly basic method has proven results.

The class will be a demonstration and hands on lesson, before you get the chance to tie and rig your own multi-hook longline – an item of kit that takes up relatively little room in your fishing box and does the job for you!

The course includes; when, where and how to use your kit, how to bait the hooks correctly, fisherman’s tips, what bait to use in order to lure particular species and also the legalities of using your kit.

Book here.

Make a Gill Net

With Fraser Christian

This Specialist Instruction Session is taught by Fraser Christian of Coastal Survival, a professional fisherman and coastal hunter. He will teach you the simple, fisherman’s way of constructing and rigging both a net and a gill net. Learn why a net is not a gill net and how hanging it in a certain way transforms it into a gill net.

The session includes precise instruction and hands-on tying and rigging of both types. We will start with fishing lines and then learn how to rig and tie the net in order to create a gill net. Fraser will also explain the how, where and when to use the gill net in order to successfully catch a wide range of both fish and shellfish. You will take away with you a kit containing everything you’ll need to make your own 5m gill net which will readily fit into any large pocket or bag – ideal for any would-be bushcraft hunter, prepper or survivalist. The legalities of using your kit will also be explained in some detail.

Book here.

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Finish Sauna Experience

with Finn-Savotta

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!…

Book Here.

Introduction to Paddling a Canoe

With Ray Goodwin

Start your paddling journey with one of the UK’s top canoe coaches.

Ray Goodwin is a pioneer of the open canoe in the UK and is certainly the most popular open canoe coach with a following on enthusiasts wherever he goes. Learn to paddler your own canoe with living legend of British canoeing.

Book here.

Improvers Paddling Session

With Ray Goodwin

If you’ve done some paddling before and want to improve your paddle strokes, this is your chance to get some direct input from one of the UK’s pre-eminent canoe coaches.

Ray Goodwin is a pioneer of the open canoe in the UK and is certainly the most popular open canoe coach with a following on enthusiasts wherever he goes. Learn to paddler your own canoe with living legend of British canoeing.

Book here.

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.

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Air Rifle Shooting

With Unlimited Event

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

FACEstival Tent

With Bryony May Bradford

Get into the festival spirit with some stunning glitter designs on the face or even in your hair! The chunky glitter comes in many different colours to suit you and your personality. skin safe. For all ages Designs start from £5

The 21st Century Mastermyr Concept

With Dave Canterbury

Dave Canterbury is a survival expert best known as co-host of the reality TV show Dual Survival which he starred in for two seasons. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BUSHCRAFT 101.

In this Specialist Instruction Session, Dave discusses the creation of a multifunctional tool box used for camp purposes that somewhat mimics both the Nastermyr find in the 10th Century and also the Boxes uses for both camp and Wagons in along the US Froniter into the 20th Century.

Book here.

Kit Mentality and the 5 C's

With Dave Canterbury

Dave Canterbury is a survival expert best known as co-host of the reality TV show Dual Survival which he starred in for two seasons. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BUSHCRAFT 101.

In this Specialist Instruction Session, Dave discusses the most important tools carried by Hunter Gatherers through time to effect everyday survival as well as the modern equivalents and their best attributes.

Book here.

Get a British Canoeing 1 Star Qualification at The Bushcraft Show

With Canoe Trail

This year, Canoe Trail are proudly offering you the opportunity to gain the British Canoeing 1 Star Qualification.

At a reduced rate of £70.00 you will be coached for 5 hours in total to complete your qualification. You will need to complete 2 x 2.5hr sessions. Each session will provide paddling instruction, hints and tips to help you develop skills as a self sufficient paddler. Our experienced coaches will provide expert tuition in both canoes, kayaks and SUP’s. Included within each session will be time for assessment.

The nature of this event means that the course has to be pre-booked. Spaces are very limited – avoid disappointment by booking immediately!

Book Here.

Low Ropes and Team Challenges for Young Bushcrafters

Canoe Trail are providing some of their team challenges together with a dedicated low ropes course at The Bushcraft Show.

Pre-book your child to take part in a range of different activities in a dedicated woodland Adventure Course. Canoe Trail provide similar programmes for the Princes Trust and their Adventure School.

This activity will be conducted under the expert guidance of qualified instructors  (on a ratio of 1:8) and will last last for 1 hour including instruction and safety briefings. The team challenges help develop life skills including teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Due to the nature of this event, age restrictions apply: Over 5’s and under 18’s only please.

Book Here.

Footcare Skills

with leading outdoorsman Johan Skullman

Very few people have the skills to match JOHAN SKULLMAN’S outdoor knowledge. As an officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments. He is the author of classic books such as, Soldat I fält (Soldiers in the Field) and Vintersoldaten (Winter Soldier) that are still used in the Swedish Armed Forces today. He now works with leading brands such as Fjällräven clothing and Hestra gloves… as an equipment expert and test manager and he will be sharing his skills and expertise at the show.

Book Here.

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.

Book Here.

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.

An Audience with Ray Mears followed by Wild Canapés & Cocktails

A fantastic opportunity is yours to join Ray Mears in a small group as he shares personal anecdotes about his adventures into the wild. There will be the opporunity to ask questions,  get his autograph and have your photograph taken by a professional photograph who will send you a digital copy of the picture. Wild canapés and cocktails will be served after the talk.

Over the past two decades the name Ray Mears has become recognised throughout the world as a leading authority on the subject of Bushcraft and Survival.

His various television series, including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many more has made Ray a household name.

Because of Ray’s down to earth approach these programmes are enjoyed by many and have educated and reached out and touched the lives and hearts of everyone, from small children to grandparents. His obvious love for his subject and the empathy and respect he shows for indigenous people and their cultures makes Ray second to none in his field.

Book Here.

5 Tool Rule

with Dave Canterbury

Dave Canterbury is a survival expert best known as co-host of the reality TV show Dual Survival which he starred in for two seasons. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BUSHCRAFT 101.
In this Specialist Instruction Session, Dave takes you through the 5 Tool Rule that every bushcrafter should carry to effectively manipulate natural materials into useful items. He will teach you how to use these tools skillfully and how to manipulate the tool when using wood and metal. He discusses the importance of each tool in daily bushcrafting activities as well as the historical significance.
Please note that tickets for specialist instruction sessions should not be purchased without a valid ticket for The Bushcraft Show 2017. Any ticket purchased without a valid show ticket will be cancelled with no refund.

Book Here.

Tool Heavy Mentality

with Dave Canterbury on the Main Stage

Dave Canterbury is a survival expert best known as co-host of the reality TV show Dual Survival which he starred in for two seasons. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BUSHCRAFT 101.

Dave Canterbury will be speaking on the main stage about Tool Heavy Mentality.

He looks at the most important tool(s) to have in our kit, the use and manipulation of the tool when using wood and metal and their importance in our daily bushcrafting activities, as well as the historical significance of the tool.

Please note that tickets for the talk should not be purchased without a valid ticket for The Bushcraft Show 2017. Any ticket purchased without a valid show ticket will be cancelled with no refund.

The talk will also be broadcast live on an large external screen outside the main stage area for all to see. No ticket required for this.

There are 48 VIP Tickets which reserves you seating in the first 4 rows and gives you priority in the book signing session once the talk has ended.

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.