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Hamsterley Forest Events Calendar

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Campsterley - Wildlife Camping Festival
A camping and wildlife festival weekend in the heart of Hamsterley Forest organised by Durham Wildlife Trust.
Family Bushcrafts
Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal and make something to take away with bushcraft expert Bruce Ferguson from Wild North Discovery
Hamsterley Forest Marathon
Marathon in Hamsterley Forest with shorter distances also available. Organised by the North East Marathon Club.
Hamsterley Forest Volunteers
Volunteer at Hamsterley Forest to learn new skills, keep fit and enjoy working in the great outdoors.
Night Safari
Hunt for the illusive night life of the forest including bats, owls and creepy crawlies of all descriptions with Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery
Seasonal Wild Food
Explore the wide variety of wild food available in autumn from wild mushrooms to nuts and berries with Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery
The Boy Who Grew Wings
A promenade performance including aerial acrobatics rigged from trees, storytelling and live music. Organised by Whispering Woods.
Trailblazers Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
Mixed ability cross country mountain bike race including the final round of the 2017 North East XC MTB Series for seniors.
Wilderness Survival Skills - Bushcraft
Learn the basics for survival in a forest with bushcraft teacher Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery.
Wilderness Survival Skills - Fire Lighting
Learn the key survival skill of fire lighting in difficult conditions with Bruce from Wild North Discovery
Youth Wilderness Survival Challenge
Learn what to do to survive a light aircraft crash in a dense forest with bushcraft expert, Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery.

When is it on

Last updated: 29th February 2016

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