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…

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

Solar Generator Project – Can You help? Business Sponsorship?

Im proposing we build a solar generator for UKSN usage at CAMP 1 and other future main camps. The device will allow all SN1 members to freely charge any USB equipment such as phones, UV-5R radios and more on a fair use policy. It will additionally allow us to power lighting and other required equipment such as cameras.

What is a solar generator?

In short the device is a large battery bank that is charged via solar panels. This particular device will contain multiple USB ports to allow the fast charging of USB devices.

How can i help? 

If you are a UKSN member and want to help fund the project with whatever spare ‘change’ you have – Click the link below. Alternatively if you have any spare equipment to donate please get in touch by emailing glyn.smith@uksn.org.uk

Simply click  >>>>>HERE<<<<<< to donate


I run a business and want to help – What do i get in return?

In return for your £60+ donation you get:

  • Your logo on the main project case
  • Your logo and website on a large banner which will advertise to members how to use the box. This will be displayed at camps and events.
  • A thank you post on our public facing Facebook page, website and main group.

Simply email glyn.smith@uksn.org.uk to learn more or donate by clicking the link below.

Simply click >>>>>HERE<<<<<< to donate


Thank you for reading!




  • Ian M for donating the heavy duty Amazon rack case 8/2/16




EDC: Every Day Carry

I want to take this opportunity to discuss the topic of “Every Day Carry”. For me my EDC is probably the most important thing I have, for the simple reason it’s the one piece of kit I carry everywhere (well almost everywhere) and as such will be the first thing to hand in the event of an emergency however big or small.
My Every Day Carry has taken many sizes and shapes over the years starting as a shoulder bag, then be reduced down to a small pouch before finally upgrading to a small backpack, and i’m sure it will continue to evolve as my life and daily requirements change and therefore like many, I consider it a work in progress that will likely never be finished.

For those of you that carry an EDC already this may not be anything new, however for those you that don’t my hope is that it will give you some food for thought. You may work in an office and keep your GHB in the car and want something smaller to hand throughout the day, you may be a driver and have a GHB in boot and therefore don’t see the need in another pack.

The first point I want to make is that this is NOT a Bug Out Bag or a Get Home Bag, it is simply a bag that is designed to make my life easier on a day to day basis whether that be a run of the mill Monday or an emergency! And in the event of an emergency get me to one of my other bags.

An EDC as the title suggests is simply your Every Day Carry, a selection of items which you have on your person everyday, this could be as simple as a mobile phone, keys and wallet, or it could be a bag of selected gear if you are happy to carry it. The point is it really depends on your individual wants and requirements.

I’m going to break my EDC up into a number areas so you can see exactly what I carry on myself as standard.

KEYS: Assorted keys, mini pry bar with integrated bottle/can opener, seatbelt cutter, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, peanut lighters, Spyderco Grasshopper Knife (UK Legal Folder), Peanut cash stash, LED Lenser K2 mini torch, paracord lanyard, Carabiner.

MOBILE PHONE: Internet, downloaded survival books and documents.

WALLET: Fresnel lense, credit card survival tool, UKSN coin, water purification tablets, storm matches, plasters.

2 x Paracord Bracelets (on my wrist), 1 with an integrated ferro rod, whistle and compass.

BAG (5.11 Rush 12) See below for contents.
CARRY STRAP – Attached paracord bracelet.
5.11 DUMP POUCH – Folded and empty.
MOLLE SIDE POUCH – Basic first aid supplies (plasters, bandages, antiseptic, alcohol wipes etc), paracetamol, Ibuprofen, heartburn tablets, hayfever tablets, dental floss, sewing kit.
LARGE FRONT POCKET – Sawyer Mini, wind up radio, pocket binoculars, Bushnell Backtrack, all weather note pad, sharpie, pen, deck of playing cards, 2x LED torches, snack bars, water purification tablets, storm matches, portable charger for phone and other USB devices.
SMALL FRONT POCKET – Farb criminal identifier spray, charger cable, hygiene wipes, chapstick, vaseline, hot sauce, spare car key, gum.
BACK PANEL POCKET – Beanie hat, shemagh, poncho, gloves
MAIN COMPARTMENT – bottle of water, umbrella, admin pouch with – eating tool, screwdriver pen and multiple attachments inc alan keys, pen torch, multi-tool, CRKT Edgie knife (UK legal folder), duck tape, paracord superglue, small fire kit, tin foil, tactical pen.

With the exception of the admin pouch small bottle of water and small brolly my main compartment is empty, which allows me to store my lunchbox, jacket or even boots if needed, its not heavy and the bag itself is quite small.

Of course you dont have to have all of the above, or you could even add more if you want, your EDC is about making your everyday life easier, most of the above has been added by me following instances where I needed something and didnt have it…. now I do, and my bag now feels like an extension of me No doubt over the coming years I will remove and add bits and pieces but for right now its perfect for my needs. I hope this has given you some ideas to consider and as always, any questions just ask.