Expert Speakers

Ed Stafford on the Main Stage

Saturday 26th May 2018 - 3pm

Luke Soderling - We are Much Stronger than we Think

Sunday 27th May

In 2017 Luke was selected as a survivalist on the Discovery Channel’s new show, “The Wheel”. Luke survived alone in 6 locations in South America for over 60 days. With ingenuity, hard work and determination he excelled in the wild, building complex shelters with the materials available and hunting and fishing for survival. His drive and determination in wilderness survival is only overshadowed by the grit and determination he showed as he beating stage III thyroid cancer in 2013.

Luke Soderling is an experienced public speaker, with a dynamic and engaging style. This is a talk not to be missed!

Dave Canterbury - Tool Heavy Mentality

Monday 29th May 2017 - 2pm

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.

His talk 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.

This talk is a ticketed, but is FREE to watch on the large screen outside the main stage tipis. Limited availability – purchase your ticket here.

Lofty Wiseman – Life After the Military

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 2.15pm

John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman should need no introduction in the world of bushcraft & survival. He served with 22 SAS for over 26 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant-Major and ran the SAS selection course and the Survival School, ensuring that the standards for the SAS remained high. After he retired, he wrote The SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea. First published in 1986, selling over 2 million copies, it has been translated into 18 different languages and adapted for the Collins Pocket Guide – The SAS Guide, which sells hundreds of thousands each year and as an iPhone App.

Lofty will be talking about his life after the military, setting up his survival school, the TV programmes he was involved in and how the SAS Survival Handbook was born. You will be captivated with Lofty’s survival stories told in his usual humorous style at The Bushcraft Show 2017. This will be followed by a book signing session.

Jason Ingamells FRGS - Changing Perceptions on Wilderness Bushcraft

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 12.00noon

Taking bushcraft skills out of the woodland and into the wilderness, Jason will draw on his extensive experience in remote places to discuss the relevance and value of wilderness bushcraft and how it can change perceptions. Along the way he’ll challenge traditional perspectives on a number of contemporary issues and emphasise the importance of preserving knowledge for future generations- highlighting the value of starting your journey within a woodland here in the UK.

 

Will Lord - Indigenous to Britain

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 4.30pm

Join us for an engaging and invigorating presentation as Will delivers a concise yet dynamic history of human footsteps across our land, Great Britain. Covering famous footprints of mankind upon our soil, the talk enhances our comprehension of the species, their geographical movements and behavioural orientations.

He shares his own personal history and how he as an individual connected to a wonderful and unique landscape known as the Breckland’s. His own history will be anchored by a reflection of his childhood and upbringing at Grimes Graves and the 30 years that have passed since the family left this extraordinary place. He relates his deep connection with the landscape of Grimes Graves and Breckland whilst aiding our understanding of how the sense of belonging to a land can be a rich and fulfilling life experience.

Johan Skullman - Clothing and Equipment: Old School V Contemporary

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 7.45pm

Very few people have the skills to match Johan Skullman’s outdoor knowledge. A Major in the Swedish Armed Forces, responsible for Development & Testing of Soldiers Protective Clothing & Equipment, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments and climates. During his service he became a fully trained survival instructor and mountain specialist.

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.

Since Skullman retired from the military he’s working as an outdoor specialist and field test consultant for brands like Fjällräven, Primus, Hestra, Morakniv, Aclima, Real Turmat, Hanwag and Nordic Pocket Saw. His role in these companies also includes staff training.

In Johan’s talk, he discusses the differences and comparisons of contemporary and old school clothing and equipment and how-to gain experience from both.

Richard Harpham - Lessons Learnt from 9,000 miles of Human Powered Adventures

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 6.30pm

Richard Harpham, the editor of Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine has completed over 9,000 miles of human powered adventures around the planet including cycling the Sahara by Fatbike, sea kayaking 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska and in 2016 taking part in the Yukon River Quest, 444 miles of canoe racing. Hear his honest and untold account of lessons learnt from adventures in some of the world’s harshest conditions. Richard runs Canoe Trail with his wife Ashley teaching paddling and adventurous activities.

Kevan Palmer - Stone Age Salubrity

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 12.50pm

After spending 5 days in the wilderness with only buckskin and a piece of flint, Kevan will share his revelations and changed perceptions about the way we live and how we fuel ourselves. From the psychology of survival to the paleo diet and the primal blueprint, these insights will display just how important the knowledge of the past is in the security of our future.

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.

What to do if You are Taken Hostage

Saturday 27th May 2017 – 10.50am

Dr Sarita Robinson has researched the area of survival psychology for nearly twenty years. In this new talk, Sarita explores the psychology of hostage taking and discusses case studies, such as that of Brian Keenan, who was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad in 1986. So come along and learn more. You never know you might be able to use the knowledge from this talk to keep yourself alive if you are ever taken hostage!

Bushcraft – How to Improve Your Health and Well-being

Sunday 28th May 2017 – 10.50am

In this modern age we are seeing a significant increase in levels of anxiety and depression. In this talk Sarita explores how undertaking Bushcraft activities can be good for our mental as well as our physical health. This talk will outline some of the current research in the area of health psychology looking at how Bushcraft can improve our resilience to the pressures of everyday life. So come along and learn how doing some Bushcraft each day can keep the stress away!

Perry McGee - Following in the Footsteps of a Legend

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 1.30pm

Perry McGee, son of the survival guru “Eddie McGee”, is speaking on the main stage at The Bushcraft Show 2017 about how he has followed in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary, internationally-renowned tracker running the National Tracking School.

Literally, follow Perry in his famous father’s footsteps, as he illustrates in his affable, no nonsense way, just some of the fascinating aspects of his lengthy career. This talk will be followed by a book signing.

Pablo - Field Craft for Professionals

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 12.00noon

Pablo says, “The key to getting closer to wildlife is knowing your own capabilities versus the capabilities of your quarry, whether they are prey or predator. “

Listen to Pablo’s dynamic main stage talk about the comparison and contrast of animals senses to the Homo sapien. Learn how-to translate this knowledge into field-craft skills, to remain undetected when tracking and stalking the quarry in the British woodland.

Pablo’s Woodlife Trails school runs tracking courses in Hatfield Forest.

Jack Perks – Britain’s River Wildlife

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 9.40am

Jack Perks is a freelance photographer having worked on various BBC nature shows like Springwatch, Countryfile and The Great British Year.

Without a doubt, rivers are Jack’s favourite habitat in which to photograph wildlife. Follow Jack on a journey along some of Hampshire’s Gin-clear chalk streams, England’s major rivers like the Trent and the Severn or perhaps on one of the classic Highland streams. Discover the wildlife often hidden from our eyes whilst learning some fascinating tips on how to photograph wildlife in and by water.

Fraser Christian: Bushcraft Living - A Reflection of Living in an Off Grid Shelter for Four Years

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 3.30pm
Fraser Christian is the founder of, and lead instructor at Coastal Survival. Fraser does not claim to have conceived the idea of survival and bushcraft on the coast, but he was the first person in the UK to make it a recognised subject in its own right.
His professional background is a varied one that includes – Chef, Fisherman, Forager and Vegetable Gardener. Food is definitely his thing!
More recently he has just completed four years living in an improvised shelter (made from foraged Hazel poles, tarps and any scrap wood that he could lay his hands on!) in the woods. He lives and cooks by fire, collects rain and spring water, catches, grows, forages and preserves food and medicine for long-term storage and generally lives his life according to, and in harmony with the weather and the seasons.
Fraser feels truly privileged to have had the chance to live close to nature for this duration and has learnt more than he ever imagined, mostly from observing the other animals and his own mistakes. He looks forward to his continued experience and being a student of the wild!
Fraser is delighted to be sharing his experiences at this year’s show. Focusing on bushcraft living and what it really takes to live long-term in the woods, he will offer insight into how to achieve a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle whilst using minimal resources, something many of us dream about.

Ffyona Campbell - British Seaweeds

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 3.30pm

Ffyona Campbell will talk about British Seaweeds, their uses for food, suntan cream and medicine. As her talk progresses you will have the chance to piece together the hidden puzzle that lies at the heart of our relationship with seaweed.

Ffyona Campbell teaches people how to find an abundance of wild food all year round.  She learned from Aborigines, Bushmen, Pygmies and North American Indians and when she applied their logic to Britain, discovered an annual migration route, which fits us perfectly into the eco-system.
She has written a book about it called The Hunter-Gatherer Way, putting back the apple. She runs classes in Devon, including; leaves, flowers, seaweeds, seashore plants, lichen, berries, nuts, roots and fungi. She uses Aboriginal methods in her teaching so that you can learn more quickly.

Dr. Lisa Fenton - What is Bushcraft? - The Stories and Discoveries of my Research

Monday 29th May 2017 – 12.45pm

In 2016 Dr. Lisa Fenton, co-owner and founder of Woodsmoke School of Bushcraft, completed her Ph.D in Ethnobiology at the University of Kent. Her research explored the relationship between bushcraft and indigenous knowledge. In her talk she will share some of the experiences, insights and understanding gained about bushcraft through her research. She will speak about core values and shared ethics that she discovered across the bushcraft social world; what her case studies into friction fire-lighting, kuksa carving and trapping revealed and ways in which practitioners experience bushcraft as an embodied and deep connection to the natural world.

Paul Kirtley – Accelerating Your Bushcraft Learning

Sunday 28th May 2017 – 9.40am

It’s often said that you can’t learn bushcraft skills overnight, that there is always more to learn, that many skills take years of practice to approach mastery.  So, how does the average person with a job plus a combination of any or all of commuting, kids, family commitments, weekly shopping, gardening, DIY, other hobbies, and who doesn’t live outdoors, make significant progress with these skills? In this presentation, Paul Kirtley examines proven ways of accelerating your progress with bushcraft skills and knowledge.

John Sullivan - Three Blondes and a Jungle

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 2.20pm

Last year, John Sullivan advertised a survival expedition in the heart of the Borneo tropical jungle.  A former Royal Marine, John expected applications from tattooed, bearded hard-men, eager to show off their jungle survival skills.  Imagine his surprise when who should step forward, but three petite, blonde ladies.

John tells this great story with his customary verve and humour.  He describes how the girls conquered their own fears as well as the prejudices of others, to master the basic skills of jungle survival.

Listen to John tell this inspiring story – three ladies proving for themselves that the jungle is neutral – oblivious to both gender and physical prowess.  John demonstrates vividly how survival in a tropical environment is a true test of mind over matter.

Johan Skullman - Performance in Cold Weather Conditions - Risk Management & Safety

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 4.40pm

Very few people have the skills to match Johan Skullman’s outdoor knowledge. A Major in the Swedish Armed Forces, responsible for Development & Testing of Soldiers Protective Clothing & Equipment, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments and climates. During his service he became a fully trained survival instructor and mountain specialist.

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.

Since Skullman retired from the military he’s working as an outdoor specialist and field test consultant for brands like Fjällräven, Primus, Hestra, Morakniv, Aclima, Real Turmat, Hanwag and Nordic Pocket Saw. His role in these companies also includes staff training.

Ray Goodwin – Getting Started With Canoeing: The Fun And The Pitfalls

Monday 29th May 2017 – 11.30am

Many who enjoy Bushcraft would love to add canoeing to their ways of accessing nature and heading out camping for a few days.  But how do you get started?  And what safety precautions should you take, particularly if you have kids?  Ray Goodwin is one of the foremost professional canoe coaches in the UK, as well as literally having written the book on canoeing.  In this presentation Ray shares tips and insights from his many years of helping people get started with paddling as well as canoeing with his own young family.

Richard Harpham - The Great British Adventure

Monday 29th May - 3.15pm

Richard Harpham, the editor of Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine has completed over 9,000 miles of human powered adventures around the planet including cycling and kayaking to Africa and canoeing the Yukon. As a paddling coach and outdoor instructor with Canoe Trail he has walked, cycled, swam and paddled some of Britain’s best hidden landmarks and national outdoor treasures.  Listen to his amusing and inspiring stories sharing the Great British Adventure.

Live #AskPaulKirtley Episode on the Main Stage

Monday 29th May 2017 – 10.20am

The audio podcast version of #AskPaulKirtley has become one of the most popular outdoor podcasts on iTunes.  These shows have also had tens of thousands of views on YouTube and Paul Kirtley’s Blog.  Bring a question to ask and Paul will answer as many as he can, live on stage.

Dave Watson - Inspire the Adults and you will Inspire the Children

Sunday 28th May 2017 - 8.00pm

Dave Watson set up Woodland Survival Crafts in 1995, which makes it one of the longest established schools of bushcraft in the UK. He now spends much of his time training and mentoring other outdoor professionals, as well as running a selection of courses. He is often seen at shows, including The Bushcraft Show, demonstrating and teaching various friction firelighting methods.

In his talk, Dave discusses how bushcraft encapsulates so much of what it means to really be alive by drawing out so much that is creative and adventurous. He encourages us to develop our senses, understand our origins, our environment and indeed ourselves. In an increasingly regimented and computerized world he aims to stir your minds into why these skills have such a valid place in modern society.

Barn the Spoon - Why Spoons?

Monday 29th May 2017 - 9.30am

Barn the Spoon shares his passion for wood culture, whilst carving on stage and discussing some of the spoon secrets revealed in his book. The talk will be followed by a book signing session at the Morakniv stand.

Tobias Eklund & Thomas Eriksson - Morakniv - Fixed Blade Knives Made in Sweden Since 1891

Saturday 27th May 2017 - 2.05pm

Morakniv been part of the Swedish handicraft tradition since 1891. For more than 125 years they’ve manufactured knives for all kinds of people. For craftsmen always on the look out for their next building project, for home chefs who enjoy cooking dinner for their friends and family, for scouts who are always ready, for nature lovers who long for peace and quiet. A Morakniv knife is always made in Mora, and each knife that leaves our factory holds the traditions and knowledge that we’ve gained over the years. Each knife is made to the highest quality so you can rest assured that your Morakniv knife is always there for you. It also holds those cherished memories of childhood adventures, and your hopes of memories still to be made. That’s why Morakniv is always a part of you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.