Wilderness Gathering (Non UKSN Event)

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then we have the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

TICKETS: There are just two types of ticket you can buy to attend the Gathering, the Weekend ticket which is all-inclusive unless otherwise stated (e.g. Masterclasses) and the Day ticket which gives you access to the site – individual courses are extra. There are no tickets available for just 1 night or 2 nights camping

DAY TICKETS: 0900 to 1700 on either Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017. Day ticket includes entry to the show either on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, participation in events and demonstrations. To attend Bushcraft courses which run on each day is an additional £10 per course per person.

WEEKEND TICKETS: from 1400 Wednesday 18th to 1700 Sunday 20th August 2017. Weekend ticket includes five days of woodland or open field camping with toilet and shower facilities, all the bushcraft courses and activities for all the family throughout the whole of the weekend, including Music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and storytelling around the central camp fire.

LOGS: Ed Knight will be on site touring the camping field and parking up in the farmyard, so if you run out he has a ready supply at a reasonable price.


The Bushmoot is an opportunity for individuals and families with an interest in Bushcraft to gather together and expand their knowledge through mutual skill sharing.

The Moot runs for nearly two weeks and you’re welcome to come for all of it or any part you feel like. The main workshop days, we call the ‘Core’ days, are in the middle of the Moot.

It doesn’t matter whether you are experienced or new to bushcraft, everyone is welcome. The days either side of the ‘Core’ are camping days which give individuals the opportunity to practise their Bushcraft skills, attend courses, socialise, visit the local area or just relax and enjoy the natural setting.

The Site is nearly 100 acres, mainly of beautiful woodland with a sandy soil. There are toilets, showers, a washing up area around the edges of the main building and there are a number of fresh water taps away from the main building. You can camp nearly anywhere, there are quiet areas and areas where people stay up a bit longer and are a bit louder – we can point out which direction to go once you’ve arrived.

For 2017 the BushMoot runs from the 1st (31st July for Full Members) to the 12th August and the ‘Core’ of the event (workshops etc) will run from Friday 4th August through to Wednesday 9th. A number of free workshops are held each day on Sat, Sun, Tue and Wed and anyone is welcome to attend, participate or observe (some workshops ask a donation for materials). Monday 7th is a ‘Trading/relaxed Day’ where individuals can set up stalls to sell their wares. We then have a communal meal in the evening from food brought along by attendees ‘Bring a Pot’.

UKSN 1st National Camp ‘Camp One’

The UKSN Staff Team would like to invite you all to the UKSN’s 1st National Camp – We are calling it UKSN ‘Camp One’
Will be open to any UKSN Members who would like to attend. Anyone Under 18 years old with need to have an agreed appropriate adult.

Tickets prices

Adults £40

Children under 12 free (Max 1 child per paying adult)

  • Camping
  • Daily Activities lead by Qualified Instustors
  • Hog Roast – TBC (free for SN1)
  • Daily Talks and Demos
  • Meet the Members of the UKSN
  • and much much more

Please Contact UKSN Admin for Details and Bookings – enquiries@uksn.org.uk

SN1 Only Night @ Camp One (Extra Night)

The UKSN Staff Team would like to invite you all to the UKSN’s 1st National Camp – We are calling it UKSN ‘Camp One’
Will be open to any UKSN Members who would like to attend.
** However there is an additional Night avaiable for SN1 **

Tickets prices

Adults £40

Children under 12 free (Max 1 child per paying adult)

Daily Activities lead by Qualified Instustors
Hog Roast – TBC (free for SN1)
Daily Talks and Demos
Meet the Members of the UKSN
and much much more

Please Contact UKSN Admin for Details and Bookings – enquiries@uksn.org.uk

The Bushcraft Show (Non UKSN Event)

It’s a jam-packed, three-day event filled with amazing bushcraft activities that will take you, your friends and family on a bushcraft and survival adventure that you’ll never forget. Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, you can try your hand at woodland crafts, firelighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging, woodland games and so much more…


The UKSN Hub has finally gone live to all none paid members of UKSN and takes over our previous membership site. The site has been built from the ground up utilizing a platform called vBulletin. Integrated into this secure HTTPS site are many features we feel will benefit members from a fully integrated forum, charter area, Individual member blogs and more.

The Hub will be UKSN’s central meeting and info point for all members.


Moving forward membership will be directly purchased through the hub – Doing this will instantly upgrade your account to SN1 status without any human intervention. This means new members can immediately access the whole site without delay.

Paid Members additionally get:

  • Access to the SN1 forum
  • Ability to create/register a charter
  • Ability to create a personal blog
  • Enhanced private messages
  • Personal profile customization including a personal avatar and signature.
  • Create Events and Photo galleries
  • Download & upload attachments


If you were originally registered to the old site you will need to re-register for the HUB. Unfortunately we were unable to transfer data due to the differences in platform structure.

To visit the Hub ‘CLICK HERE’



Bear Patches Charter Host Easter Family Camp

Bear Patches UKSN charter would like to invite you to an Easter camp from Sat 8th – Tuesday 11th April 2017 (3 nights) but if you can only make 1 or 2 nights then that’s fine.

One of the closest campsites to London, the site is over 30 acres with 1940’s tarmac roads – no getting stuck in the mud!

Off-Grid Woodland Camping

This is a family friendly event and you are only paying for the campsite fees (we might ask you to contribute towards shared firewood if you can).

Arrive from 10am on Saturday 8th April.

Price – –
Book before January if you can because there will be a small price increase in the new year.

Adult: £15 per night
Parent booking with children: £12.50 per night
Child (over 3 and under 16): £6 per night

Payment – –
Please book direct on the website.

Book Now

Select the dates 8th April – 11th April, enter the number of Adults / Children and in the booking comments put ‘FoxesWay – Mears group booking’ to ensure the bookings are all put together.

Important – –
Once you have booked please also email: BearPatches@protonmail.com just with your name and number of Adults and Children you are bringing so we can keep track of numbers and arrange enough materials for activities. We will also send you a reminder of the event by email closer to the time.

Notes – –
Tents and Hammock camping are welcome, we will have a communal parachute shelter area so bring your comfortable chair! We want to arrange an Easter Egg hunt for the kids ( and grown ups that want to join in), paracord bracelet making and fire bow drill competition, and any anything else fun that we can think of.

There are hot showers, composting toilets and washing up area but no drinking / food prep water due to the site using tanked water storage, so please ensure you can bring a supply of drinking water with you, we would suggest minimum 10 liters or more depending on how many people you bring.

Firewood must be purchased from the site (£10 for a large bag) – strictly no collecting or cutting deadfall, this is to protect the ecology of the woodland and maintain a natural habitat, and keep within the sites planning regulations.

No amplified music, although you are very welcome to bring acoustic instruments..!

There is a small shop on site they sell bottled drinking water, matches, fire lighters and torches, tea, coffee & crisps etc, as well as firewood.

Camping is at your own risk, the organisers, Bear Patches charter members, Admin of UKSN Facebook groups or the UKSN company will accept no responsibility for your actions and accidents. The site will also ask you to sign a waiver on entry at main reception. If you chop your own fingers off with an Axe then it’s your fault! The site has public liability insurance that covers their own facilities / buildings etc.

Anybody asked to leave the site by the owners of the woodland will do so with no refund, they could also ask the whole group to leave so very best behaviour please!


Please Contact James Mears Via FaceBook or email BearPatches@protonmail.com

The myth of the prepper / survivalist.

The media have created the myth of the prepper/survivalist.
They are portrayed as strange hoarding folk that wish for the end of the world as we know it so they can smugly produce cans of beans whilst others starve.

I’m going to try to burst that bubble.

We have a spare tire in the car. We don’t want to get a puncture but we carry the spare.
We have insurance for the house, we don’t want to be burgled but we have insurance.

Prepping is the spare tire, the insurance policy.
It is a buffer for when times get bad, job loss, sickness or bad weather. It is also a buffer should there be a bigger disaster.
We live on an island that doesn’t produce all its own food. A disruption to the supply chain would mean severe restrictions on what food is available.
Rationing was imposed during WW2 and beyond because of this.

We keep a little extra in, a few more cans and packets of food.
A pantry like grandma used to have, bits an pieces that can be used to make “meals from nothing”.

If severe weather hits the UK the distribution networks would struggle to maintain power to homes, so we have a few battery lights and some candles.

We have first aid kits, a decent one in the house and a basic one in the car.

We are putting together “bug out bags”, this is just a buzzword for “a bag with everything you might need if you have to leave home for a short period of time”
You can see why the term was coined, it’s a bit of a mouthful.
The bug out bag is another insurance policy, it has some food, water, shelter and change of clothes. It can be used for a hospital stay, an emergency evacuation (i.e. flooding), or for an overnight bag for an impromptu camping trip.

Prepared folk aren’t nutjobs, they are taking sensible precautions against possible problems.

Carl Alpha-Greywolf