The Dingly Dell.
Sounds pretty magical doesn’t it? For a weekend, this little corner of Lulworth Estate was our base camp, and we can happily report that magical it definitely was.
Winding your way through a forest glade filled with storytellers, un-nature trails, butterflies and bug rangers, folk found themselves triumphantly reaching our stable door which sat idyllically perched on a hill overlooking festival frivolities.
This was Camp Bestival. And this year, the Fore/Adventure tribe were there with Project Wild Thing showing both small and big humans what we do best with our bushcraft, beachschool and foraging workshops.
The saws, palm drills, knives and potato peelers (along with some beady eyes) were out in force and with some green hazel wood we collected from over the hill earlier in the week, a creative storm was sawn and whittled up. From belts to bracelets, walking sticks to wind chimes, the visitors to the Fore/Adventure Camp Bestival HQ were only limited by their imagination- and it turns out kids think pretty big!
In between the carving and creativity there was a definite sea-smelling whiff pouring out of our wooden weekend home and it was down to Dan, as ever, as he hosted seaweed and seashore foraging lectures! Lured by metre long laminaria digitata and the formidable gut weed aka ulva intestinalis (as well as an opportunity to eat) Dan gave away the secrets as to how we can get food for free, forage wherever we live, and connect with what is outside our door as well as what we put on our plates… a gaggle of little foraging workshop attendees were later found in the Dingly Dell eating nettles and showing their friends how to too.
The Fore/Adventure team, along with some converted Camp Bestival goers, think the outdoors is called great for a reason. When you use your eyes, hands and tastebuds to see, feel and have a nibble on what it has to offer, you’ll be leap frogging country styles to get in it.
We are lucky enough to have an idyllic spot right on the beach in beautiful studland where we 'whittle' away the hours on our bushcraft workshops and run seashore foraging tours from the kayaks or on dry land. No adventure is too small for us- we just believe that being outdoors and connecting people to nature should be one of our 5 a day and we would love to share it with you!