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Hamsterley Forest Events Calendar

What's on

Bushcrafts Survival Day
Learn about coping with the basics for survival in a forest environment - shelter, fire, food and water. Bring a packed lunch, water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Camp Fire Cooking Event
Learn the art of cooking the wilderness way on a camp fire.Wear clothes you would do the garden in including waterproofs, strong footwear,midge repellant, food to BBQ, eat before you arrive
Family Bushcrafts
Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. Eat before you arrive or bring food for BBQ. Bring water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Food from the Forest
Find out if foraging in the forest for your meals could help shrink your supermarket bill with this informative walk and talk with local ranger Neil Taylor.
Food from the Wild
An introduction to wild food: find out what’s edible and what’s not! Bring waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Forest Fun-Den Building
Enjoy some family fun shelter building and find out how waterproof your construction is with bushcraft expert and naturalist Bruce Ferguson from Wild North Discovery. Bring water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Forest Fun-Family Bushcraft Survival Challenge
A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. Bring a packed lunch.
Forest fun-Family Bushcrafts Sleepover
Set up a tarp shelter, light a fire, cook a meal and sleep out in the wild woods! Bring food to cook on the fire, sleeping bags and other overnight neccesities.
Forest Fun-pond dipping & minibeast hunt
Find the hidden wildlife; explore the forest for its unseen inhabitants. Dress for the weather, strong footwear (wellies if you have them and midge repellant.)
Fungal Foray - Hamsterley
Join our annual ramble in the forest to discover more about the little known world of fungi with some culinary tips thrown in!
Fungal Foray - Slaley Forest
More Fungal Foraging with one of the leading lights on all things mycological, Ecologist Gordon Simpson.
Gruffalo Birthday Party Picnic
Bring a picnic and try out the new 'Gruffalo Trail' to help celebrate the Gruffalo's birthday in the deep dark wood.
Hamsterley Volunteers
Come join our regular twice-monthly volunteer group and make a real difference in this important sylvan beauty spot.
Nightjars and Bats
Hunt for the illusive night life of the forest including nightjars, bats and owls
Picnic Cinema
Bring a picnic and enjoy a film in the open air splendour of the forest.
Rainbow Race
Run, hop, skip or dance in your own unique way along a 5km route, made extra special by regular splattering in coloured paint! Known as happiest 5km on the planet and all in aid of Butterwick Hospice
The Skill of Fire Making
Central to survival; fire warms, dries, makes water safe, cooks food, lifts morale.Learn this key survival skill with bushcraft expert Bruce Ferguson. Bring water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.
Tour of Hamsterley
Return of the annual car rally to the forest
Walkies in the Wood
Bring your dogs on a 3 mile walk through the wood in aid of Butterwick Hospice.
Wildlife Safari
Discover the secretive wildlife that often goes unnoticed in the forest. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Yuletide Evergreen Decorations
Make your own Christmas Decorations - seasonal wreath, yule log, bunch n bow or silverstars.
Zombie Run
The increasingly popular sport of zombie-running returns to the forest this year. Navigate a course while avoiding being caught by the undead.

When is it on

Chalara ash dieback


OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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Hamsterley Forest

01388 488312
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