Bushcraft Bairns


Firesteel Firelighting

Have-a-go at lighting a fire with a firesteel.


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.


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.


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.

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.


The Evolution of Mankind Performance

With Will Lord & Sarah Day

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


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.


Air Rifle Shooting

With Unlimited Event

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


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.

Air Rifle Shooting

with Unlimited Events

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

£3 pay and play

Axe Throwing

with Unlimited Events

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

£3 pay and play


Sling Shot

with Unlimited Events

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



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


Max 10 (book at the RJ Bushcraft Stand)

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)


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

Kids Club - Stone Age and Primitive Skills


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



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.



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.

10am daily.