We have taken the difficult decision that there won't be a Wild Camping Weekend in 2020, but we will be working hard in the meantime to put together an event that is bigger and better in 2021. We hope to see you then!
We ran the first Meet in 2015 with the idea to provide an affordable, family friendly venue for wild camping, Bushcraft and general outdoor enthusiasts in the Bristol area (and further afield if you don't mind travelling) to get together in an informal, non-structured environment and spent time in the outdoors sharing knowledge and ideas or just relaxing in a woodland environment. It takes place in the 20 acres of woodland we use in Tickenham, just West of Bristol.
The meets are not run as a structured course, we are only there to answer questions and assist if required, provide first aid if necessary and generally oversee the safety and well-being of those attending. There will however be informal workshops on a range of subjects running throughout the weekend. If you are interested in running a workshop on your specialist subject then please get in contact.
Dates and Cost
The price for the weekend is £20 per adult and £7 per child and it will run from 1600hrs on Friday 17th May until 1400hrs on Sunday 19th May and people are welcome to use this time to just relax and take in the woods and its wildlife, practice skills alongside others, or to take part in the open workshops and discussions that will take place throughout the weekend.
There is no minimum or maximum age limit for the meet, although all minors (under 18's) must be accompanied by an adult, minors are the responsibility of the supervising adult and must be supervised at all times.
Unfortunately due to it being a private woodland with livestock and horses in close proximity, dogs are not permitted.
Sleeping and Facilities
There is plenty of space for people to set up hammocks, tarps/bashas or even natural shelters, and although there is a lot of space for tents there is only a limited amount of pitches that are completely 'flat', tent spaces are taken on a first come first served basis, you may have to spend a bit of time clearing and preparing your own pitch. The thing to remember is that we are based in a natural woodland not a camping field!
We have a number of composting toilets in the woods so there is no need to bring a shovel, we have a number of covered communal areas including the 10 meter roundhouse to provide a permanently dry area for evening storytelling around the camp fire.
Food and Water
People are expected to be self catered and cooking can either take place using our equipment on the communal fire, or you are welcome to cook on your own fires or use your own stoves/cooking systems.
On the Saturday evening the Brown Rock Woodland Project will run a BBQ where you can purchase burgers and hotdogs as well as a range of other marinaded meat items which are all sourced and produced locally. All proceeds from the BBQ go directly to the work of the Project to run and maintain the woodland as a space for community and health and well-being enterprises.
We have a mains water supply to the woodland so fresh drinking water is available at all times from a central collection point.
We operate a safe fire policy that you will receive after booking, we will supply firewood free of charge that can be collected from a central depot for your own fires to preserve our natural resources.
The great thing about the Meet's is that we get some truly fantastic people offering their time and skill to come and run workshops/talks in their specialist subject or something they are passionate about.
If you would like to run a talk or workshop at the meet to share with others then please get in touch.
Below is the current list of workshops/activities being run over the weekend, a full itinerary with timings will be published prior to the event.
Axe throwing - Survival School Bristol (sponsored by Bartletts Tree Surgeons)
BBQ Saturday evening - Brown Rock Woodland Project
Parking for the event will be in a public car park with details attached to the joining instructions, we cannot take responsibility for the safety or security of cars or their contents so please do not leave valuables in your cars.
It is a 5-10 minute walk from the car park to the woods and it is your responsibility to transport any kit/equipment your require into the woods yourself, we will do our best to assist you if you have a large amount to move but please endeavor to pack as light as possible.
Make sure you also join the event page on the Survival School Bristol Facebook page to keep an eye on any additions to the workshops or other updates.
As before, places are strictly limited so don't delay in securing yours!
Venue: Tickenham, Bristol
Times and dates: 1600 - 17th May 2019 till 1400 - 19th May 2019
Cost: £20 per adult, £7 per child
Bristol Bushcraft and Wild Camping Weekend
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