FAQs

When is The Bushcraft Show?

27th - 29th May 2023. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. End of May Bank Holiday.

Where is the show this year?

Stanford Hall, Stanford Rd, Lutterworth, LE17 6DH

What are the opening times of the event?

Weekend Ticket holders can arrive from 12 noon on Friday 26th May 2023 and are expected to leave the showground by Monday 29th May 18:00 hrs. The show open times are as follows: Saturday 27th May 2023: 09:00 – 17:30 (18:00 – 23:00 Evening Entertainment) Sunday 28thth May 2023: 09:00 – 17:30 (18:00 – 23:00 Evening Entertainment) Monday 29th May 2023: 09:00 – 17:30 Day ticket holders who have not purchased Evening Pass tickets must depart the site by 18:00 hours on Saturday 27th May 2023 and Sunday 28th May 2023 failing which you will be required to purchase an Evening Pass wristband. An Evening Pass wristband allows to stay for night entertainment and camp over until 10:00 the following morning. Day Ticket holders must depart by 17:30 hours on Monday 29th May 2023 please. Please note that wristbands (Weekend Ticket/Day Ticket/Evening Entertainment Pass/Trader Pass) must be worn at all times and be clearly visible. Our friendly team of staff, volunteers and security staff reserve the right to ask you to show your wristband at any time. If you have lost it, you will be asked to produce ID and proof of purchase to enable us to check our ticket database before a replacement is issued. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you kindly for your help in making this one of the friendliest, safest and most secure family events you that you will ever experience!

Are there Toilets?

There are toilet facilities located around the venue. Please refer to the Site Map for location.

Can we have a fire?

Yes. Small ground fires are allowed in the Wild Camping Zone only. All other camping zones have a strict raised fire pit/barbeque policy not to burn the grass. Campfire guidance: 1) That you have ready, the means to extinguish the flames –e.g. a full water container or a personal fire extinguisher. 2) That the fire is sited as far away from your tent/vehicle as is possible. 3) Before retiring for the night, please ensure that your fire is burnt-out and that it is in a safe condition. 4) On the evening prior to your departure, extinguish the ash and thoroughly water the fire pit. 5) As you break camp, please check that the ashes are completely cold and then remove them. Now thoroughly irrigate the fire pit before repatriating the ground and carefully treading it back into place. Next, re-water the whole area and you will have done your best to adhere to our #1 policy ‘Leave no trace’. Thank you. This is crucially important to us and to the site owners.

Are dogs allowed on the site?

Oh yes! This is a family event so Fido (and other pets) are welcome to join in the fun. Dogs should remain on a lead at all times in the showground and camping areas. We request that all dog poo is collected and disposed of in the bins provided. The show organisers reserve the right to request that any unruly dogs are removed from the show.

Do you have facilities for the disabled?

Yes, there are disabled toilets at the show. Please refer to the Site Plan. Exhibitors are encouraged to ensure that their displays are accessible to all.

What do we do with rubbish?

There is a designated refuse disposal point for exhibitors and weekend visitors and there will be bins located around the site for general litter. These are cleared regularly throughout the weekend by our amazing team of volunteers. Please do what you can to reduce waste. Please do not bring single use plastic drinks bottles with you and think carefully about what packaging you bring with you. We are trying really hard to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Are there recycling facilities?

Yes, all waste is to go into the bins/ skips provided. We pay for the waste to be recycled upon arrival at the waste recycling centre. Stanford Hall has a seven acre community farm onsite which will use the cardboard, food and decomposable paper waste generated from the show to grow organic food and used on the farm.

Are there catering facilities onsite?

Yes, we have a number of catering options available throughout the weekend offering a variety of meals, snacks and drinks. There are a number of local stores & supermarkets in the local vicinity (Rugby &amp Lutterworth – both approximately 10 minutes drive away should you wish to buy and cook your own food.

Can we bring alcohol?

You are welcome to bring your own alcohol, we ask that you drink responsibly so as not to disturb the peace and tranquility of the venue and spoil the enjoyment of others. Care should be exercised around fires and when using knives, axes and craft tools when you have been drinking alcohol.

Can we buy alcohol at the show?

There is a main bar and a speciality cocktail tree house bar in the show arena where you can buy a variety of drinks.

Is there any cover for us to sit under and socialise?

There will be an outdoor, covered stage for the formal talks & presentations during the day and this is where the evening entertainment will take place. There is also a communal campfire in the Social Area. Should you seek refuge from the August sun (or rain!), the perimeter of the main arena is surrounded by mature woodland which will provide plenty of shade.

Is camping included in the ticket price?

The price of your ticket includes the option to camp in our huge expanse of stunning of stunning, mixed woodland. Specifically this means camping in a hammock, bivvie or a small (maximum 2 person) tent. In order to protect and preserve the ecological balance of these beautiful woods, please be aware that no vehicles are allowed to enter the woodland. Should you wish to erect a larger tent and be able to have your vehicle parked on your camp pitch, then please explore camping options on the website. This year, all weekend ticket holders are welcome to arrive no earlier than noon on Friday 26th May 2023. There is the evening pass option for day ticket holders if you wish to camp for one night as a taster session. Should you wish to stay for the weekend, or part thereof, you can buy a weekend ticket. This will give you the flexibility to come and go at any point over the weekend and to relax and enjoy the exclusive benefits and entertainment available only to weekend ticket holders.

Can I set up a hammock or tarp?

Yes, there is a truly vast area of woodland surrounding the showground that will facilitate all kinds of hammock and tarp configurations for individuals, or group set-ups. We ask that you respect the trees that you use for attachment points – and do please remember to remove all paracord.

Is there accommodation available at, or near the show for those who can’t or do not wish to camp?

There is pleanty of hotels to chose from located in Lutterworth and Rugby. There is also B&B accommodation available in the local area.

Can I bring a caravan, camper van or vehicle with a roof tent?

Yes. There is a designated area suitable for caravans , motorhomes & other types of camping vehicles. Please tell us your requirements at the time of booking either online or over the phone as spaces are going to be limited.

Is there electrical hook-up?

There is no electric hook-up on the main campsites. However, for those staying in the caravan/motorhome park onsite, 16amp electrical hook-up is available.

Do we need to bring firewood, can we collect it, or can we buy it?

Deadwood can be collected from the woodland floor, however, what may appear to be a pile of dead branches ‘waiting’ to be burnt is likely to be a habitat pile so please do not take from such piles and be considerate when collecting deadwood as this a managed woodland. Whereas there is plenty of windfall/cut branches, visitors are also urged not to forage what is clearly old/decaying forest floor wood which provides home & shelter to a myriad of insects and animals thus providing a vital cog in the eco system. Buckets of firewood weill be availiable to purchase from the Information tent. A small deposit will be taken to ensure buckets are returned for other visitors.

Is there mobile phone reception and Wifi on site?

There is excellent mobile reception across the site with such providers as Vodaphone and EE. This however is dependent on your service provider as providers such a Three, giffgaff struggle. We have always experienced good signal whilst visiting the site but you may experience limited reception in some areas.

Can we hire a canoe?

Yes. Richard Harpham and his crew @ Canoe Trail will have canoes, Kayaks, SUP’s & zorbs available for hire throughout the duration of the show. Please see website for details & bookings.

Can you fish on the lake?

Not this year I’m afraid.

Can you book the Specialist Instruction sessions on arrival?

Yes. You can book Specialist Instruction classes on arrival and during the show (please come to the Bushcraft Magazine/Information Point) but advanced booking is strongly advised as there are limited spaces available and the sessions always book up very quickly indeed.

What security arrangements are there at the event?

There are venue staff, show staff, a huge team of volunteers, event organisers and security staff at the venue at all times of the day and night. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure their own personal safety and that their property is safe and secure. The organisers accept no responsibility for theft, damage or personal injury.

Will there be First Aid cover at the event?

There is a First Aid centre where there are qualified Paramedics and First Aiders on hand during the show opening hours. There is also a designated helicopter landing area for the Air Ambulance. Please familiarise yourself with the location. Staff have radios to arrange any assistance that may be needed out of these times.

Is the event suitable for families?

Yes, there are a host of activities that cater for all ages and interests including adventurous and craft based activities for children.

Is there a crèche for small children?

Sorry, there is not a crèche for small children. There are activities for children from the age of 5 years upwards. The timetable shows the age range each activity caters for. Some activities are suitable for children younger than 5, if accompanied by an adult.

Can we bring musical instruments?

Yes, there is no problem with bringing musical instruments, all we would ask is that you are considerate of those around you, particularly at night when sound travels and young children may be sleeping.

Can children carry and use knives at the show?

In line with the law*, anyone carrying a knife should have a purpose for doing so. The use of knives at the event by children is at the parent’s discretion and safe use and supervision is expected. There is a daily free Knife Use and Safety Workshop, which we strongly advise all children who are planning to use knives attend to learn, or refresh good knife safety skills. Knives will not be sold to children, or anyone under the age of 18. *“It is an offence for any person, without lawful authority or good reason, to have with him in a public place, any article which has a blade or is sharply pointed except for a folding pocket-knife which has a cutting edge to its blade not exceeding 3 inches.” [CJA 1988 section 139(1)] The phrase “good reason” is intended to allow for “common sense” possession of knives, so that it is legal to carry a knife if there is a bona fide reason to do so.

Are the activities included in the price?

The majority of activities and demonstrations are included in the ticket price, including the evening entertainment for weekend visitors. Some activities carry a charge, which requires specialist equipment or materials. Specialist Instruction sessions are in-depth session lasting around 1-2hrs that need to be pre-booked and paid for on our website. Some sessions/ activities may be restricted to one free go per person. Additional go’s may be purchased.

Will traders be taking cards, or do I need to bring cash and where is the nearest cash machine?

Some traders will have the facility to take card payment, others may not so you are advised to bring cash with you. The Information Point will accept cards for purchases as will the entry ticket desks. There are cash points and cash-back facilities in the local villages of Rugby and Lutterworth. The Bushcraft Magazine stand/Information Point may (depending on availability) be able to offer FREE cashback (up to £50) with any purchase no matter how small.

Does the bar accept credit cards?

Yes, like most traders, the bar now accepts cash and card payments.

When will I receive my ticket(s)?

If you booked your ticket online, you should have received your e-ticket by email within 24 hours. If it is not visible in your inbox, please check your spam folder before emailing info@bushcraftmagazine.com and we shall be happy to resend this to you. For tickets purchased over the phone you should receive these within 7 days, please email info@bushcraftmagazine.com or call 0330 043 1907 if this is not the case – again, we shall be delighted to assist you. Sunday Closed Monday 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Tuesday Closed Wednesday 1:00 PM–6:00 PM Thursday Closed Friday 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Saturday Closed

What if I forget to bring my tickets to the show?

Should you forget to bring your tickets to the show, you will need to purchase a new ticket to gain access to the show. The show organisers accept no responsibility for tickets lost in the mail. Please ensure that you have a printed copy of your ticket(s) and some form of personal identification (for each ticket holder) for presentation upon arrival.

If I couldn't make it to the show this year could I get my tickets refunded?

We allow you to transfer your ticket to the following year only once per ticket, you would need to get in contact with our customer services, please email info@bushcraftmagazine.com. Like many other festivals your ticket is non-refundable. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Why should I bring my child to The Bushcraft Show?

Childs ticket are for children aged 7-14 years. Children aged 0 - 6 go free. All children upto and including 14 years old qualify for free camping options. All children must be with an accompanying gaurdian holding an adult ticket. Children are elidgable to attend all paid and free kids activities at the show.

What is an Evening Pass?

Evening Passes are ideal for those attending for the day and want to experience the evening entertainment and camp in the woods or open field camping for one night. This is fantastic for those who cannot attend the whole weekend or just want to experience a wildcamping taster in a safe and secure enviroment with camp fire and bushcraft allowed. Availiable as optional extras for the Saturday and Sunday day ticket options. Choose between the wild camping and family camping evening pass options. Day ticket holders who have not purchased Evening Pass tickets must depart the site by 17:30 hours on Friday 29th July 2022 and Saturday 30th July 2022 failing which you will be required to purchase an Evening Pass wristband. An Evening Pass wristband allows to stay for night entertainment and camp over until 10:00 hrs the following morning.

What is included in the Glamping option?

- 3 nights 26th - 29th May 2023 - Exclusive amenaties - Exclusive glamping zone next to the lake - Exclusive glamping parking - Bottle of bubbly - Goodie bag - Free Drinks tokens (selected stalls*) - Early booking essential. Limited availiability - Weekend ticket holders only - Dogs allowed must be on lead - Raised fires only - Please note: Pillows, bedding and electricity are NOT provided.

Does kids get front row seating?

Yes, all children aged up to 14 years have front row priority floor seating for all main stage talks/presentations free of charge not to miss a moment.

How far is the walk to the toilets?

2 min at most for all field camping and Glamping zones. The Disabled zone will be adjacent to the main arena entrance making it more accessable. From the Woodland camping allocate 4 min to cross the field camping zone. The caravan site is equiped with a waste disposal where you can empty your facilities.

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Attending Workshops?

Please note that you will need an entry ticket to The Bushcraft Show 2023 valid on the day of your class.

Do you have a quite area?

Yes, please ask for the designated quiete area at the information tent. This will be a 6M bell tent with bean bags to relax and gather your thoughts away from the crowds.

Don't get locked out! What time can I arrive and leave?

We have 24hr security stationed on all entrance/exit gates throughout the event. Gates are strictly locked between 20:00 - 09:00 hrs. You will NOT be able to gain access to any of the camping zones until the show opens 09:00 hrs. We strictly prohibit the movment of vehicles on the family camping zone due to risk of life between these hours.

Drinking water?

There are stand pipes providing fresh drinking water in the Wild Camping, Family Camping and Main Arena zones.

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