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Wild Night Out 2019 - Wrap Up

Wild Night Out

Thank you to all those that took part in Wild Night Out 2019. We have collected just some of the phenomenal photos from the event (see below), and simply can’t stop looking at them. There are too many to credit individually, but please do let us know if you’d like us to take any down, and we’ll be happy to oblige.

It was a fantastic year for Wild Night Out, with the launch of our new Wild Night Out Camp-outs across the country, each with their own inspirational adventure speakers and walk leaders to bring the surroundings to life for all who took part.

We were also thrilled to see so many stories come in from all over the UK, with tales of watching the sun go down over the Arrochar Alps; a breezy camp at 916m up Loch Cluanie; a wild camp in wedding gear; a foggy summit of Snowdon at 3.20am... and, A LOT of s’mores and toasted marshmallows!

Reporting in from the Treyarnon Bay Camp-out, Claire Harrison tells of a crowd gathering to listen to Sasha Dench’s amazing tales of adventure in the Russian Arctic, flying over 10 countries from Russia to the UK by paramotor. Sacha’s talk was followed by music from Cornish favourite Arthur Connington, after which there was still just enough daylight to enjoy some cave exploring and a nearby swimmable rockpool before marvelling at a beautiful Cornish sunset.

Grace Bovis was our woman-on-the-ground at Wild Night Out on the South Downs with Holly Budge, where the group hiked across the South Downs Way to their campsite at Holden Farm, before settingle down to hear Holly’s stories of being first women to sky dive Everest, her summit of Everest, and riding horses across Mongolia in a 1000 km race. It sounds like great chats were had around the campfire, and everyone enjoyed watching the children dance to music as the sun began to set. In the morning, there was even a birdwatching masterclass!

From the Wild Night Out Camp-out in the New Forest, storyteller Julian Burnell shares how Neil Frogitt talked about travelling by SUP from Bristol to London, before leading a circular walk through a beautiful mix of New Forest landscape, past ancient silver birches and fallow deer, and making their way back to the campsite for stories as the darkness gathered. Tales of murder and witchcraft around the campfire rounded off the evening.

Finally, from the Wild Night Out Camp-out at Holmbury Hill in Surrey, presenter, naturalist, adventurer, explorer Dwayne Fields tells how the group he was with (roughly half of whom hadn’t camped before) set off at 4am for a 2km trek through the beautiful Hurtwood Forest to watch the sun rise.

We are so excited for Wild Night Out 2020, and all the outdoors adventures it will bring. We hope you will join us!