Free events and activities at SWOF 2017
Whether joining us for the day or pitching up for the weekend, the following activities are open for all!
Our rangers are full of knowledge; masters of dry-stone walling, insect detectives, and experts in the local wildlife - join them as they pass on their knowledge. There will be plenty of things that you can get involved in, learn what it’s like to be a ranger, including how to dry stone wall. You will even be able to put this skill to good use and help the team fix one of the local farmer’s walls. Or if you fancy have a kick around or throwing the Frisbee – there will be plenty of goings-on in the National Trust sport tent.
Cotswold Outdoor knowledge centre
We are once again pleased to announce that Cotswold Outdoor will be partnering with us for SWOF. Cotswold Outdoor will be bringing their experts for the weekend, find them at their knowledge centre. These specialists are full of advice and know-how on a whole range of outdoor equipment. Whether you want to find out what you will need to start climbing or what the best backpack for hiking is, just pop by! They will also be hosting a series of demos including, boot and backpack clinics – make sure your trip is as pain and blister free as it can be! Don’t know your Gore-Tex from your eVent? Then why not join Cotswold Outdoor for their gear-tech demo?
If you fancy some time-out by the campfire, then head to our slow zone! Not only will we be toasting marshmallows, we’ll show you how to you can cook up a storm on a campfire! This is also the perfect spot to relax, listen to stories and book readings. Alongside this there will be opportunities to get involved with crafts such as whittling sticks into tools, and bush-craft sessions.
Fancy seeing more of the Mendip Hills?
Cheddar Gorge sits among the beautiful scenery of the Mendip Hills, SWOF provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the area, we’re offering several free guided walks and on Saturday afternoon Sim Benson, co-author of Wild Running will be leading a free guided run.
The Cheddar walking group are offering three fantastic walks of the local area:
• Yeo Valley via Black Down. 4 miles, intermediate leaving Friday at 1pm.
• Cheddar Gorge Walk, 5 miles, intermediate, leaving Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 2pm.
• Priddy village via the west Mendip way, 5 miles, intermediate, leaving Saturday 2pm and Sunday 10am.
Don’t forget to look out for other walks over the weekend being led by the Somerset Wildlife Trust rangers and Jasper Winn, our slow adventurer and author.
We’ve got some fantastic live music performances lined up for you including our Saturday night headline act, Bristol based funk/ska/reggae seven piece - Crinkle Cuts.
We also have a great line up of guest speakers, all of whom have taken part in many amazing solo and team adventures, you’ll be feeling inspired to put your boots on and explore!