The Wilderness Gathering is a relaxed, family orientated Bushcraft festival set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Described as 'a festival of Bushcraft & Music, Wild Camping & Open Fires', the aim of the Gathering is to share, promote and celebrate the skills of bushcraft, survival and primitive living. Now in it's 15th year, it takes place in August, and is the perfect event for families with a love of nature and being outdoors to spend time together learning new skills.
The Gathering is the longest running event of it's kind. It was started by two men who got chatting about their shared interest in bushcraft when one made a knife for the other. That shared passion resulted in them to setting up the event for other enthusiasts, and since it's early years of a lot of guys fully kitted out in bushcraft kit, it has organically grown into the family orientated event it is today. With over 5000 visitors expected this year, the Gathering promises to be an amazing weekend of everything bushcraft. Some of the most respected instructors and schools in outdoor and traditional living skills will be hosting an extensive range of hands on workshops, demonstrations and masterclasses.
We are hugely excited to be attending, and blogging about the Wilderness Gathering this Year. We have already spent hours pouring over their website planning all the skills that we want to learn while are there, and I think that is what makes it such an amazing family event - there really is something for all of us.
For the kids, there is the Coyote (age 11-15) and Coyote Kids (age 5-10) club, which promise the perfect introduction for children to the great outdoors. They offer a diverse range of fantastic activities throughout the weekend, including the mandatory knife workshop which introduces kids to the safe and fundamental use of knives, and the fire safety workshop. With a huge list of other activities including everything from medicine making, to camouflage and concealment, to constructing fish traps, I have no doubt that the kids will not only have the most amazing time and make lots of new friends, but will return home a little wilder and wiser!
Hubby is most looking forward to being able to sit around a camp, and chill out by the fire. And if he decides that he needs a little help to get back in touch with his primitive self there are also knives, axes, cider, music, more knives, fire, surplus equipment, tarpaulins, rope, cake, bison burgers and did I mention knives? You can make a knife, use knives and of course buy knives - he is going to be in man (and knife) heaven.
And for me, well I am going to love all of it. Spending a weekend outdoors in a beautiful location, surrounded by oak woodland, with people who are as passionate about learning and rekindling primitive skills as I am. There will be foragers, story tellers, craftsman, historians and so many more. With close on a hundred workshops and demonstrations taking place over the weekend, it truly promises to be the most amazing gathering of knowledge and skills, and I am so excited to be going!
For full details of the Wilderness Gathering, including what's on and ticket availability, please check out their website here.