Four Weeks to Go!!

Announcing the Big Bushcraft Bakeoff!

Caption Competition: “I don’t understand how a Baked Alaska is overambitious!”

Following a long meeting with Martin Rollin in Leicester this morning, we’re delighted to unveil that his team from Silverback Bushcraft will be running the 2019 Big Bushcraft Bakeoff taking place in the Petromax Campfire Cookery Zone.

Do you back yourself as the Jamie Oliver of the campfire? The Mary Berry of the Dutch Oven? If so take part to earn your fame and fortune* at the Bushcraft Show 2019. If chosen, you’ll compete against a cadre of camp-cooks to battle elimination and win glory and fantastic prizes. You’ll need to commit to an hour or two each day (or until eliminated) spent fireside in the Petromax Campfire Cookery Zone, and be willing to have your creations judged by our discerning critics. All equipment and ingredients will be provided. To apply, email with a brief reason for taking part.

*maybe this is overstated a little, but think tickets and tools, and suffer no fools.


News splash – The Water Zone!

Don’t expect to stay dry!

The line-up for the Water Zone has been finalised! Richard Harpham and his team from Canoe Trail will be back, offering their ever popular selection of canoes, kayaks, giant stand up paddle boards (SUPs) and zorbs. For a small fee, you’ll be able to hire your choice of craft and receive instruction to get you on the water.

Rich will also be co-ordinating wild-swimming sessions across the weekend, aiming to avoid any collisions with the other sessions! The highlight of the water sports activities will be both the SUP race and the Cardboard Box Boat Race. Both are likely to leave participants a little damp… In the Cardboard Box Boat race, teams compete to make lake-worthy crafts out of old boxes. The last one to sink normally wins! (Or am I being cynical?)

Richard is a writer and former editor of the Magazine. We’re delighted that Rich survived freezing temperatures and wolverines to report back from his historic ‘Ski to the Edge’ expedition in Canada. The water sports line-up is certainly all the better for it. When we spoke, Rich was preparing to head to Buckingham Palace to present Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards. It turns out his recent expedition brought in around £3000 for the scheme!

The water-sports lake will also be host to some less modern vessels. We’re hoping that Tim Gent completes his restoration of our 1938 Old Town cedar-canvas canoe in time to launch ‘Noonmark’ at this year’s event. Not one to be outdone, James Dilley will be paddling around a pre-historic log-boat made using only stone and antler tools!

See you at the water’s edge!


The Bushcraft Store to unveil a new knife!

Our show sponsors and wonderful friends at The Bushcraft Store have asked us to announce a fantastic new knife which they’ve chosen to unveil at this year’s event! The TBS Ahma Puukko uses top quality materials, and we’re excited to get our hands on one of these sleek Scandinavian inspired numbers to try out!

The Bushcraft Store will be running a number of free workshops from their stand, and generally tempting us all with their wares! Check out their new website and logo! (Hint: we may be in the process of doing the same)


Tin Can ‘Hobo’ Stove Making for Kids

Justin and his dad ‘Mick the Hat’

We’re going to extra lengths to make this the best year ever for children at the Bushcraft Show. As part of this, we’re pleased to announce that show regulars Justin and his dad ‘Mick the Hat’ will be running a session for kids to make their own stoves out of recycled tin cans. The class will run twice a day, costs a nominal £2 (donated to charity), and will be available to book under ‘Specialist Instruction’ soon after we’ve sent this email!

Here’s a little description from Justin:

“Dad has always been my mentor and my guide and from a very early age, he has always encouraged me to make things and to get outside and explore.

Now I am the teacher and between us, we hope to pass on the knowledge and inspire the creativity of the next generation of bushcrafters.

During this 45 minute session, we will show the youngsters how to light and keep a fire going and how to craft and make a hobo stove using a pre-used catering sized tin can.

At the of end of this fun and friendly session the children will have their own stove which, under the supervision of their parents, they can then light and use in the evening to cook a sumptuous banquet for their parents – or at a minimum they can (get it?!) cook a sausage and beans supper!”