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 Wild Night Out on the South Downs with Holly Budge

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For one night - and day - each year, we are encouraging you to get outdoors with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Join world record adventurer and conservationist Holly Budge for a ‘Wild Night Out on the South Downs’. The day will kick off at midday with an optional walk from Alresford to the idyllic campsite setting at Holden Farm Camping in Cheriton (approx. 5 miles). And when darkness falls, the fun can continue with a night out under the stars, with storytellers sharing their tales of adventure round the campfire amongst the strumming of guitar strings.

Activities will include toasting marshmallows and bird spotting in the glorious rolling hills of the South Downs. All you need to bring is a tent, food and refreshments. There are fantastic facilities onsite including hot showers, toilets and a washing up area.

I feel passionate about inspiring others to daydream, meander, run, climb and jump into their own adventures in the great outdoors. I love hiking and camping on the South Downs, this was my training ground for climbing Everest, running up the hills with a weighted pack. It is so important in the crazy busy world we live in to take time out to relax, breathe and simply be in nature. This event will raise funds for my charity ‘How Many Elephants’, which is about preserving, appreciating and celebrating wildlife and nature.
— Holly Budge

OVERVIEW

  • Date: June 29th 2019. Arrive 4pm onwards

  • Venue: Holden Farm, Cheriton, Nr Alresford. Hampshire, SO24 0NX

  • Tickets: £10 adult. £25 family

  • *You will need to present your Virgin Money Giving receipt as your ticket on arrival*

  • 100% of the proceeds will go to How Many Elephants.

THE PLAN

Saturday 29th June

  • 1 pm – Meet at White Space Alresford for optional 5 mike walk to Holden Farm  (with optional pit stop pint at the Tichborne Arms)

  • 4pm onwards/ Arrive Holden Farm to pitch tent and relax

  • 5pm – Treasure hunt for our younger explorers

  • 6pm – Gather round campfire

  • 6.30pm – Stories round the camp fire

  • 8pm onwards – Guitar strumming, marshmallow roasting, star gazing

Sunday 30th June

  • 9.30am – Bird spotting

  • Before midday – Pack down tents and optional walk back to Alresford

A ROUGH GUIDE

We want this to be a Wild Night Out.  There will only be tents in the field. We will follow the etiquette of Wild Camping:

  • LEAVE NO TRACE – leave the area in the same condition as it was discovered

  • FEED/WATER YOURSELF – there will be no food or drinks for sale onsite (there is a water tap)

  • WHEN NATURE CALLS – there will be a portaloo on site (we are not that wild) – and the main campsite facilities are a 10 min walk away.

This weekend is your weekend but please respect the great outdoors.

  • Dogs are welcome but please clear up after your dog.

  • Alcohol is welcome but please be responsible – sheep graze this field.

  • As we are all too familiar with the good ol’ British weather, please do come prepared! Pack your toasty warm down jacket or a few blankets! A cold camping trip is a miserable one…