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A Family Feastival with Fore Adventure

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August 21, 2018

We have been fans of Fore Adventure for five years now, having enjoyed a day coasteering with them for Kian’s 13th birthday and several kayaking trips to Old Harry Rocks and a learning to paddle board session since.
Fast forward to the present day and it is lovely to see them adding new events to their calendar and last weekend we joined them for their family feastival.
Family Feastival
Held at the Discovery Centre on Knoll Beach, set in woodland just 300 yards from the sea in Studland, the mini festival was a combination of foraging, feasting, bushcraft, wild art and more.
At arrival we were separated into small groups, with each group being assigned an activity. Our first one was making Mocktails, with fresh ingredients that had been made into syrups and fruit juices to mix with.
Mocktails
I have to admit my kids are not normally adventurous with new flavours, but Christian was brilliant with them and they were soon making all kinds of creations with great success. In fact, they all went back for more throughout the day.
Mocktails Isaac
Once we had finished our delicious Mocktails, we moved onto creating wild art with lots of materials all laid out for us to use.
Eliza weaving
Eliza was instantly drawn to a previously weaved web and busily collected her treasure to start decorating it.
Creating wild art
There was also paper, colouring books and wax crayons laid out on the table for the kids to draw and colour in their own pictures or do leaf rubbings.
Colouring
Whilst Eliza finished her art work, Sebby and Isaac got a masterclass in fire building next to the wood fired rustic cob pizza oven.
Fire Building
I knew Isaac would be good at it as he has just come back from cub camp, but Sebby mastered it straight away too and they were both super excited to learn that the cob oven was going to be used for making pizza.
 
Wood Fire
There were also some unsupervised areas of the festival where we could come and go as we pleased, such as the den building and bug hunting challenges.
Bug Hunting
Sebby was eager to find some bugs and picked up his magnify glass and pot busily got to work, finding woodlice, worms, spiders and beetles, enlisting the help of Isaac and Eliza so he could complete his challenge sheet.
Bug hunting Studland
One of the activities they were super keen to try was the wood cutting.
Axe
Isaac was straight in there with the larger axe and closely supervised as he chopped wood for the wood oven. Sebby got started with a much smaller axe and despite me being slightly worried about Dan’s fingers, did a magnificent job.
Wood cutting
Meanwhile, Eliza was busy making pendants out of wood circles, by making holes in them with a hand drill and colouring them in.
Pendant Making
The great thing about the day was that there was plenty of time to try everything, so everybody got a turn.
Eliza wood cutting
Sebby was so proud of his pendant he has worn it everyday since too.
Sebby Pendant
All the groups got together for the storytelling session with Benny. The story was all about a pair of frogs exploring the wood where they lives, but its brilliance was the fact that the kids all got to contribute their ideas to the story, so you didn’t know what would happen next.
Story Telling
Our final activity before food was a foraging walk in the woods to see what we could find with Matt (the Tree Man) and Dan.
Fore Adventure
I am terrible at spotting creatures when we go out, but with the help of the experts, they managed to spot a frog, a slow-worm, a newt and even a wasp’s nest along the small route we took.
Common Frog
They also foraged for, and sampled, some of the edible plants along the way, with various success as well as identifying trees. We all learned lots about the world we live in during the walk, including that aspirin comes from Willow trees.
Oak tree
It was then back to the Discovery Centre for some feasting.
Pizza making
There was lots of food on offer, much that had been made with items that had been foraged or caught by the team.

Feast

Photo Credit: Fore Adventure


The kids kept going back for more bread cooked in the pizza oven, and dessert – but who doesn’t love dessert!!
Dessert

Photo Credit: Fore Adventure


After the food, the boys headed off to play in the woods, whilst Eliza decided she wanted to make her own web to bring home to decorate her fairy garden.
Weaving Eliza
I really struggled to tear the kids away at the end of the day, they had such an amazing time.
Swing
Thank you Dan, Jade and the whole Fore Adventure team – we cannot wait for the next one!
Fore Adventure are based a Middle Beach at Studland and offer kayak / SUP Board hire, tuition and tours, plus family adventure days, foraging and feasting and bushcraft. They have been featured on Julia Bradbury’s favourite walks and Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. Find out more at www.foreadventure.co.uk
 

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  1. Reply

    Jess

    August 21, 2018

    What a great idea for a festival! Bet they loved it, especially the wild art from foraged materials. Food looks amazing too!

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    Alex Gladwin

    August 21, 2018

    What an incredible day out, it’s amazing that the kids get to learn life skills like that. I’d love to take my boys to something like this in the future. x

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    Sarah Bailey

    August 21, 2018

    Now this looks like it was so much fun! Before I got ill I worked at my local wildlife trust as a youth ranger and would help out with the kids activities both for schools and over the holidays and I loved doing things like this – I got very good at lighting fires with flint.. Not sure what that says about me though lol.

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    Melanie

    August 21, 2018

    I love this fab festival! The fact that it is fun learning outdoors is a win win x

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    Rhian westbury

    August 22, 2018

    I’ve never heard or seen of a festival like this, but being outside and doing loads of activities sounds like loads of fun x

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    Laura- Dear Bear and Beany

    August 22, 2018

    What a fun day out! So many different activities to try, my girls would love it

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    Rosie @GreenRosieLife

    August 22, 2018

    I can absolutely see why you had trouble dragging the kids away – this looks totally amazing and completely 100% my sort of thing! You’d have trouble dragging me away. I used to do similar work to some of this with schools in SE London and it is so important to get youngsters outside and really interacting with the environment. Brilliant initiative and I hope there are more like this all around the country.

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    Bella at Dear Mummy Blog

    August 22, 2018

    Knoll Beach is lovely and the wild art and outdoor activities look fantastic! What a great activity for the kids x

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    Jenny - TraveLynn Family

    August 22, 2018

    What a fantastic festival! I’d not heard of this one. We were just at our first festival with the kids last weekend – Just So. They loved it and so definitely looking for more to add to next summer’s calendar.

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    Nicolette Lafonseca

    August 22, 2018

    This sounds fab I want to hit 3 festivals next year I have WOMAD and Just So on the list so far

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    Cath - BattleMum

    August 22, 2018

    I absolutely love the sound of this festival. There’s nothing better than getting kids outdoors and it sounds like they’ve hot plenty to keep them occupied with!

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    Lilinha

    August 22, 2018

    What a fantastic range of activities. I don’t even know what little man would like the most, probably making fire or creating mocktails.

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    Lynne Harper

    August 23, 2018

    Mocktails, building fires and delicious food now thats my kind of day. What a fantastic day out you guys have had and lovely pictures as well x

  14. Reply

    Beth @ BethinaBox.com

    August 23, 2018

    Oh my wow!!! This looks amazing. I have never heard of it before now. 🙂

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    Fashion and Style Police

    August 23, 2018

    Good to know the kids had a lovely time. It looks like it was a lot of fun.

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    Mellissa Williams

    August 23, 2018

    This sounds like such a fun day, so many different activities to do! Looks like they had a fab time

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    August 23, 2018

    Aww. It looks like a fun day. I am sure the kids enjoy the adventure!

  18. Reply

    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    August 23, 2018

    A wonderful hands one event for the children, my kids would love this

  19. Reply

    Jenni

    August 23, 2018

    This place looks amazing! Will have a look at it in a couple of years for Lucas

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    Anosa

    August 24, 2018

    What a lovely family festival, love the idea of being given different activities to do.

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    Rachael

    August 24, 2018

    Oh my goodness, what a perfect family festival, I absolutely LOVE the sound of this, it’s right up my street and I wish there was something like this near me.

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    Emily Leary

    August 25, 2018

    This looks so special! I would love to do this with the kids – it makes my heart happy to see them getting hands-on like this. Beautiful pictures, too.

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    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    August 26, 2018

    Wow, this sounds amazing – love the range of activities and getting better accquainted with nature. I’d be biting my nails watching the wood chopping!! Ha ha. What a brilliant family day out.

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    Zena's Suitcase

    August 28, 2018

    I love this family festival. Your gang really got stuck in didn’t they? I think it’s so important to make sure there are activities about nature for kids

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Are we nearly there yet? is a new online blog run by me, Kara Guppy, and is named as such thanks to my daughter Eliza who always asks that very question when we are less than 5 minutes up the road heading off on our adventures. You may know me from my other family blog chelseamamma.co.uk