16 17 18 June 2017

"This is utopia!"

Vice

Deep in the forest there’s a secret camp of bygone days – its called Wildfire. For adults only, Wildfire has an abundance of adventure activities to fill the long summer weekend, the daytimes at Wildfire are challenging and inspiring.


As an official 2017 camper, you will enroll in up to 10 activities to take part in over the weekend.

Throw yourself into our huge choice of wildly varied pursuits from the fields of bushcraft, artistry, expeditions, engineering, adventure sports and wellness. Here is just a selection of the spectacular range available to this year’s adventurers:

Extreme Hill Rolling (Zorbing)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be trapped inside a ball and flung at 30 miles an hour downhill? Well, now’s the time to find out. This is old fashioned rolling on a hill.. taken to the extreme. Try to steer your sphere into the point-winning targets and avoid the obstacles, whilst making it down the wildfire slopes in a winning time. You can rack up even more points for your patrol by hill running ahead of your fellow adventurers when they are the ones doing the rolling and reaching the bottom without getting splatted.

Adventure Sports

Hammer Horror Mud Run

Run for your lives through the wildfire woodland, ducking, dodging and screaming away from a horrifying array of beasts. Frankenstien, The Mummy, Dracula and scores of the undead will all be trying to grab the 3 tags you’ll be wearing on a belt, representing your heart, lungs and brain. Make it through the gauntlet with all 3 intact and you’ll be given a survivors welcome. Lose more than one, and you’ll be joining the ranks of the undead in trying to catch those still living.

Adventure Sports

Archery Battles

Archery Battles: paintball, but with bows and arrows. Yes, you’ll shoot someone. And yes, you’ll get shot. In this intense and exciting combat sport you’ll use foam-tipped arrows to shoot at your opponents, ducking behind obstacles and trying to avoid being eliminated. Our expert instructors will teach you some tricks and skills to get you through your battles, preparing you to duck and dodge, and even catch arrows as they whizz past your head.

Adventure Sports

Wild Game Cooking

Grill wild venison on our open campfire under the guidance of our survival experts whilst listening to some seriously extreme adventurers tell their treacherous tales of travel.

Bushcraft

Scavenger Hunt

You’ll need the eyes of a hawk, the stealth of a squirrel, the stubbornness of a badger and the wiley skills of a fox to scavenge all the hidden goodies in order to win this woodland hunt.

Expeditions

Archery

Practice your aim and beat your opponents with skill and precision

Adventure Sports

Wild Obstacle Course

Including open ground, woodland, lakes and thick mud, this obstacle course will have you climbing, jumping, wading and crawling. Test your skill and strength or simply flail wildly through it in a fit of laughter. Either way, you’re going to get to know the wildfire estate rather intimately (by this we mean end up with mud in places you can’t reach).

Adventure Sports

High Wire & Leap of Faith

Reaching up to 13 metres skyward (the equivalent of a three story building)! Adventurers will first receive tuition in the techniques of group rope safety. The team will then work together, taking
on three different climbing challenges, controlling the safety ropes and completing the leap of faith.

Adventure Sports

Escape & Evade

Compete in teams to deviously camouflage, then hunt down your opponents.

Puzzles

Extreme Water Slide

Don’t be fooled – our 165 metre water slip n’ slide is not for dainty type! This pure-adrenalin slide down the hollow meadow should be ridden STRICTLY AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Adventure Sports

Firelighting

Ever wondered how you’ll survive on  desert island? Fire! Wildfire’s survival experts will teach you the lost art of firelighting without modern matches and lighters. You’ll learn about the properties of different woods and their uses and practice building successful fires, using a bow-drill and lighting fires by friction.

Bushcraft

The ‘Buff’ Spa

Naked Story-Telling, Naked Bingo, Naked Knitting…. This year, we offered a chance for Adventurers to get naked! If you fancy taking your kit off and joining us for one of these three activities then head on over to the Buff to join in. If you are prude then this is NOT for you!

The Buff

Wild Game Prep

Should you ever get lost in the wild, you will need to know how to ‘prepare, cook and eat’ wild game. Our experts will show you how to butcher deer humanely.

Bushcraft

Primitive Tanning

(Not for the faint hearted!) Learn to make leather the old fashioned way!

Bushcraft

Circus Ariel

Learn aerial circus skills from a world class aerial artist on our forest rig.

Adventure Sports

Ancient Sword Fighting

Release your inner Ninja with the informative introduction to the Samurai sword. Equipped with a full size wooden sword, you’ll learn drawing, cutting, unarmed and armed defence and test your newfound sword skills with a partner.

Adventure Sports

Stand Up Paddle boarding

Try your hand at this stand up paddle boarding on the beautiful Wildfire lake

Adventure Sports

Rifle Shooting

Practice your aim and compete to become the Wildfire Rifle Shooting champion.

Adventure Sports

Swing Dancing

Learn how to swing dance! Bring a partner or just come on your own.

Entertainment & Music

Drawing Games Club

Consequences, dick drawings and heartbreak illustrations. Brighton’s groundbreaking Cult Milk team will be dishing out awards for your creative output. This is all about getting to know your fellow freaky drawing buddies so extra prizes for the most adventurous collaborative creations.

Artistry

Hemp Ice Cream Making

Forget Mr Whippy, it’s all about making your own ice cream from raw natural ingredients like hemp. You’ll be taken through the whole process in this hour and a half workshop, walking away with your very own, hand whipped, home (well, woodland) made ice cream. Just make sure you find the Camp Chiefs and offer them a lick.

Science & Engineering

Marbling

This workshop will guide you through the basics of how to marble onto paper and fabric – a deeply satisfying experience. You will get to experiment with fun patterns and colour. Making your own marbled greeting cards and paper that can be used for book binding or gift wrap.

Artistry

Leather Work

Learn traditional leather working techniques and come away with a hand finished wallet, purse or key fob, stamped with your initials. (or an acronym of your choosing: ROFL, anyone?)

Artistry

Natural Headpieces

Ever wanted a 2 foot high crown made of willow? Neither did we until we saw these beauties. Our workshop leader will take you on a woodland wander to collect materials, and once you’re back at base you’ll combine them with all kinds of fripperies to create a piece of wearable head art which will keep you in the Wildfire spirit whilst you party the night away.

Bushcraft

Pom Pom Headresses

POM POMS. On your head. So wrong they’re right. Cult Milk are geniuses when it comes to balls of wool and you’ll come away with a creation straight off the couture catwalks of Paris. Perfect for a secret Patrol Party.

Artistry

Shakespeare in the Woods

Our thespians will take you on a journey through time to Shakespeare’s forests, teaching you how to perform a scene that’ll have you believing Puck is behind the next tree.

Artistry

Extreme Spelling Bee

Are you the kind of person who recoils at a misplaced letter? Can you spell disassociate – and use it in a coherent sentence? In a digital world overpowered by emojis, acronyms and abbreviations, its time to reclaim real words, spelt as they should be. Each round is filled with increasingly difficult words and their meanings until the final last two adventurers standing go head to head in a nail biting spell-off. Add some physical challenges into the mix and you’ve got yourself some very extreme spelling.

Science & Engineering

Sunprinting

Sun printing, also known as cyanotypes and blueprints – they’re a little bit sciency, a little bit arty and come in any colour you want, as long as it’s blue. You’ll mix up potions, collect flora and fauna to print with, design your fabric, parade to the sun then turn your magical creation into drawstring bags for hiding shiny things, or a rather jaunty neckerchief.

Science & Engineering

Tin Piercing

Cult Milk bring their inimitable artistic style to lantern making. Using reclaimed cans, you’ll pierce designs into the tin, attach a handle, and take home a totally unique lantern from this very satisfying workshop.

Artistry

WiIldfire Apothecary

Delve into the wildfire apothecary, where, using natural ingredients, you can make your own soothing lip balms, rejuvenating herbal bath bags or spectacular glitter body balm.

Science & Engineering

Yoga

Suitable for all levels of experience, Jemma Jane teaches a mix of Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama in this hour and half long class which ends in deep relaxation and meditation. The perfect contrast to a night of partying and a day filled with adventuring.

Health & Wellbeing

Wood Whittling

Learn the art of wood carving and craft a spoon, spatula or butter knife from reclaimed timber.

During the workshop you will learn the safest way to use wood carving knives and leave with your very own utensil. Hands on and tactile, this workshop is deeply satisfying and taught by one of our favourite experts, David Willis.

Bushcraft

Hangout with Mr X Stitch

The kingpin of modern embroidery himself, Mr X Stitch will be on hand at this year’s Wildfire for a whole weekend of very special workshops all running through with his inimitable style. Learn all the skills you need to get stuck into this increasingly popular pastime, be inspired by some in-thread-ible designs and have a natter with other likeminded needle-bunnies. Embroidery is, like, sew hot right now.

Artistry

Wild Dodgeball

Start working on your ducking and diving skills as to be the last adventurer standing you’re going to need to avoid the balls flying at you courtesy of your opposing team and dodge your way to glory.

Adventure Sports

Acrylic Jewellery

Design, hand-cut, hand finish then assemble your very own piece of jewellery

Artistry

Astronomy

Star Gazing whilst learning what you are gazing at, through our Wildfire telescope

Science & Engineering

Beekeeping

Learn about our bumbly friends the bees, and try your hand at some beekeeping.

Science & Engineering

Body Painting

Artistry

Drum Circle

Join the circle, beat some drums!

Entertainment & Music

Hula Hooping

We will teach you essential core skills and tricks to make you fall in love with hooping, Suitable for ALL levels – from those who have never touched a hoop to current hoop users.

Entertainment & Music

Life Drawing

From the people who brought you Death Drawing… ‘RIP boring life drawing classes’, these macabre artists say, who attempt to ‘resurrect’ the art of pencil to paper with a ‘lethal injection’ of theatricality and curiosity with theatrical themed life drawing event.

Artistry

Macrame

Learn basic macrame techniques to make your very own waterbottle carrier or plantpot holder.

Artistry

Mask Craft

Craft yourself a felt animal Patrol mask to wear for our wild forest parties!

Artistry

Meditation

Meditation is the art of silencing the mind –  tough call in today’s digital world filled with voices clamouring for attention. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and inner peace is experienced. In this workshop you will be taught a range of techniques and methods to find one which best fits with your lifestyle and helps you to continue to practise meditation beyond Wildfire.

Mindfulness

Take a step towards reducing stress and increasing the harmony in your life in this beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness led by the calmest woman at Wildfire, Preya Chauhan of Cherish Healing. Mindfulness can help you de-stress, sleep better and bring peace into your life.

This is an interactive workshop offering the rare opportunity to learn skills of meditation, mindfulness and relaxation in a beautiful woodland environment.

Health & Wellbeing

Nipple Tassels

Make your own saucy nipple tassels and pasties using sequins, crystals and trimmings then twirl the night away! (not just for girls!)

Artistry

Pioneering

Do you know your lashing from your whipping? Splicing from binding? No, we aren’t talking wrist restraints, this is pioneering at it’s purest. Camp Chief-Dad Colin Denny will teach you to lash ropes and raise poles and build a machine or structure of epic proportions, which you’ll then attempt to successfully utilise. Using problem solving, determination and teamwork you’ll build  giant swings, trebuchets and high rope bridges of the type rarely seen since the days of yore.

Adventure Sports

Radio Disc Jockey

Try your hand at becoming a disc-jockey presenter in our very own analogue radio station, with Willy Watkins and co! (no experience required!)

Science & Engineering

Screen Printing

Print your own Wildfire shirt or duffel bag to wear in support of your patrol, whilst learning screen printing techniques.

Artistry

Bivouac Building

How to build a natural shelter using found ephemera found in the forest.

Bushcraft

Tie Dye

Make your own dip or tie-dye t-shirt or duffel bag then wear it with pride!

Artistry

Treasure Hunt

This mind-boggling Wildfire-wide treasure hunt will test your orientation logic, speed and navigation skills,

Science & Engineering

Weaving

Weave your way to a wall hanging or pendant with which to decorate your tent.

Artistry

Wild Choir

Sing your heart out in our Wild Choir with our Wildfire singing teacher! No previous singing experience necessary.

Entertainment & Music

Capture the Flag

This classic wide game will have you running, laughing and winning patrol points!

Puzzles

Ukeleleing

Learn to play Ukelele with the boys from Keston Cobblers Club. Bring your own Uke or borrow one of ours.

Entertainment & Music

S.O.S First Aid

Set your pulse racing with this, quickpaced, useful, scenario S.O.S first aid.

Science & Engineering

Self Defence

Learn an array of exciting defence techniques to keep yourself from harm

Adventure Sports

Sword Skills

Learn the ancient art of swordmanship

Adventure Sports

Slack lining & Tightropes

Test your balance! Learn the art of walking a tight or slack rope.

Adventure Sports

Whip Cracking

Learn the art of whip cracking

Adventure Sports

Raft Building

Compete in teams to build and sail the best raft on Wildfire lake.

Adventure Sports

Projectiles

Ready, aim, fire! With crossbows, knives, axes, air pistols and air Rifles.

Adventure Sports

Assault Course

Run a gauntlet of challenging obstacles to test your mental grit, agility and strength.

Adventure Sports

Patrol Parlour

Pop into the Officer’s mess tent to get your face painted as a patrol animal, get victory rolls or a hair lick!

Artistry

Photography

With our Wildfire photography expert, learn how to compose and take beautiful photos on 35mm film. (combine this with our dark room workshop if you would like to develop your pictures too) Bring your own camera or borrow one of ours.

Artistry

Bow Making

Learn how to make a simple bow from hazelwood and then compete to see who’s arrows shoot the furthest!

Bushcraft

Acrylic Painting

Create your next masterpiece! Learn how to paint in acrylic, under the guidance of our superb resident fine artist.

Artistry

Watercolour Painting

Our wonderful artist will teach you a range of watercolour techniques to create some watery Wildfire art.

Artistry

Woodland Walks

Wander the Wildfire woodlands, learning about animal tracking and flora and fauna identification.

Expeditions

Nipple Tassels for Singles

Partner up and make a pair of Nipple Tassels for your chosen adventurer. Then decide if you’ll dare to bare and model the tassels designed just for you.

Cupid's Club

Swinging for Singles

Find your fling whilst you swing. Courting the old fashion way… Dance, laugh and learn to swing in this pulse racing singles class.

Cupid's Club

Singles Drawing Club

Expect communal drawing: weird consequences, dick drawings and heartbreak illustrations. Or just draw your favourite Wildfirer over and over again forever and ever. 

Cupid's Club

Come On Baby, Light My Fire!

Find a spark in firelighting for singles. After Wildfire’s survival experts teach you the lost art of firelighting,  you will compete fast and hot challenges in couples. Swapping partners between games, till you find your flame.

Cupid's Club

Yoga Dating

5 minutes on a mat with someone and and you’ll soon know if you’re made for each other. You’ll move around the group, pairing up with other adventurers to perform yoga moves with your partners, as instructed by our yogi and her partner. Then linger for a chat if you’ve executed a particularly satisfying downward dog with a fellow adventurer. 

Cupid's Club

Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Enjoy the luxury of one of our woodfired hot tubs, underneath a canopy of trees, with a glass of bubbly.

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