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SWINTON BIVOUAC

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019

10:00am – 4:30pm

From Woodland School and Yoga in the woods, to Orienteering and Foraging Courses around the Druid’s Temple, to learning to Stone Carve and Weave Willow in the craft tent – this is a day out that offers a variety of woodland activities and countryside crafts for all ages along with guided walks around the Swinton Estate.

The day starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac, from where walkers are free to roam on the Estate Trails (with or without a guide), with activities running all day in the woodland and also at the Bivouac café and ArtisOn craft tent.

Entry: £10/car

Additional charges apply to guided sessions, advance booking strongly recommended.

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  • Walking and Hiking

    There are paths throughout the Druid's Plantation and around the Druid's Temple, with beautiful views across to the surrounding Swinton Estate moorland, reservoirs and countryside. You are welcome to explore these at any time during your day.

    Recommended longer walks and hikes from Swinton Bivouac are:
    The 5 Mile circular walk that takes in the Druid's Temple and ruins of Lobley Hall with sections following the River Burn and Sole Beck and some steep valley climbs.
    Printed maps available, or download the iFootpath app available for Android and iOS
    You can also walk to the Swinton Country Club and Spa, through the 200 acres of beautiful and historic Parkland, where you can treat yourself to lunch or Terrace Teatime at The Terrace before heading back through the Parkland to Swinton Bivouac. A 6 mile there and back walk
    Parkland access £5/person. Printed maps available, or download the iFootpath app

    There is also the 15 mile all day guided hike that takes in the huge expanse of the Swinton Estate moorland and views of the reservoirs, with lunch at the Bothy and a visit to the Leeds Pals memorial along the way.
    Guided walk with an Estate Ranger £5/person, please bring your own picnic.
    This is a challenging walk and only suitable for adults with the appropriate level of fitness.
    Saturday 7th September departing at 10.30am.
    Sunday 8th September departing at 10.30am.

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  • Woodland School

    With Morning and afternoon sessions each day, children can enjoy an hour of supervised play and exploration in the woodland around the Druid's Temple, learning some countryside skills along the way

    Suitable for ages 5-11 years
    £5/child

    Saturday 7th September - 11am & 2.30pm
    Sunday 8th September - 11am & 2.30pm

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  • Orienteering

    Run by Mountain Leader and Orienteering Instructor, Graeme Tiffany, this is a 1.5 hour orienteering session in and around the Druid's Plantation. The focus is on mastering the art of navigation without a phone - getting back to basics with the use of a compass and map, and understanding the lie of the land. Ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy independent walking away from a screen!

    £5/person - any under 18yrs to be accompanied by an adult

    Sunday 8th September - 11am, 1pm & 3pm

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  • Woodland Yoga

    Spending time in the forest can heighten your senses and invigorate you - so practising yoga in the woodland can deliver both of these. Situated in the peaceful space, our half hour yoga sessions are run by Sarah Sutton and are designed to introduce you to the concept of outdoor yoga and give you some time out from your busy day.

    Rugs and ground mats supplied, please wear warm clothing and footwear.
    £5/person

    Saturday 7th September - 1.15pm & 3.15pm
    Sunday 8th September - 1.15pm & 3.15pm

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  • Foraging

    Chris Bax has been foraging on the Swinton Estate for many years and knows some of the very best spots for edible treasure. Join him for a 45 minute walk in the woodland and see what a wealth of food there is that is growing all around us.

    £5/person

    Saturday 7th September - 11am & 1.30pm

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  • Forest Bathing

    Forest Bathing is not a swimming experience!! A loose translation of the Japanese "Shinrin-yoku", it means soaking up the atmosphere of the forest. Commonplace in Japan as a cornerstone of preventative health care and healing, this concept has now reached the UK and Faith Douglas is one of the earliest adopters.

    During the course of an hour's session in a peaceful glade within the woodland, Faith will take you through a series of exercises and activities to help you be more mindful of the forest surrounding you as you connect with nature. This will help reduce stress, balance your mood and improve your sense of wellness.

    £5/person

    Saturday 7th September - 12pm & 2pm
    Sunday 8th September - 12pm & 2pm

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  • Falconry Displays

    The Swinton Birds of Prey team will be attending the Walking and Woodland Festival and there will be flying displays twice a day at the Swinton Bivouac Café Bistro.

    Watch the gracefulness and precision of these amazing birds as they fly with exhilarating speed. Birds on display will be a selection from hawks, owls, eagles and falcons at the aviary.

    Saturday 7th September - 11am & 1.30pm
    Sunday 8th September - 11am & 1.30pm

  • Mountain Biking

    For those seeking some thrills and spills, a spin around our 8km mountain bike track will be just the ticket! For the weekend of the Walking Festival the challenging red and black routes will be open, with jumps, bumps, and steep downhill sections. There are also the more moderate blue sections, which are suitable for beginners and families, but please be mindful for the walkers who will also be on these routes.

    Bike hire available at Swinton Bivouac.

  • Swinton Bivouac's Café Bistro

    There's an all-day BBQ and live music at Swinton Bivouac over the festival weekend. Situated just a short walk from the Druid's Plantation, this is a convenient spot to recharge the batteries, rest your legs and enjoy the view.

  • Craft Activities

    Let the creativity flow with craft activities for children in the Long Barn, located next to the Cafe Bistro.

    Saturday 7th September - 12.15pm until 2.15pm
    Sunday 8th September - 12.15pm until 2.15pm

  • Wildwatch Activities

    The Nidderdale AONB are supporters of the festival and will be attending over the weekend with displays and activities based on the Wildwatch survey that has been taking place on the Swinton Estate for several years. The project combines the power of citizen science, a dynamic partnership approach and the latest research to gather information on wildlife, reconnect communities to their local natural heritage and pioneer a new way of delivering conservation action.

  • Have a Go at a Potter's Wheel

    If you've always wanted to get your hands on some clay and throw a pot on a potter’s wheel, now's your chance. From 11am till 4pm you can have a go at throwing a bowl on the ArtisOn potter's wheel. Using air-drying clay, for £5 a go, with a little guidance you can get your hands dirty and see how you throw. This activity is a drop in, no pre-booking required but it's first come first served.

    Duration: 1 pot per person. Maximum number: One at a time.

    £5/person

    Saturday 7th September - 11.00am until 4.00pm
    Sunday 8th September - 11.00am until 4.00pm

  • Have a Go at Stone Carving

    Watch one of ArtisOn's stone carving addicts at work and if you like, pick up a mallet and chisel yourself and have a go at the timeless craft of stone carving. With a little bit of guidance, you can get a taste of traditional stone carving with one of ArtisOn's stone carving addicts. Drop by and have a bash - first come first served.

    Maximum number: 2 at a time.

    Free

    Saturday 7th September - 11.00am until 4.00pm
    Sunday 8th September - 11.00am until 4.00pm

  • Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Deer Decorations

    Join ArtisOn willow sculptor Jess Wilkinson and try your hand at some small-scale willow weaving. Create a 2D woodland deer from natural willow for hanging indoors or out.

    Duration: 1.5 hours. Maximum number: 5.

    £15/person - Age group 16+, 12+ may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday 7th September - 10.30am

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  • Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Flowers

    Join ArtisOn willow sculptor Jess Wilkinson and try your hand at some small-scale willow weaving. Use traditional basket weaving techniques to create gorgeous willow daisies - natural willow decorations to take home for your garden or patio.

    Duration: 1.5 hours. Maximum number: 5.

    £15/person - Age group 16+, 12+ may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday 7th September - 12.30pm

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  • Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Plant Supports

    Join ArtisOn willow tutor Jess Wilkinson and try your hand at some small-scale willow weaving. You will make a traditional small-scale plant support to take home for for your garden or patio. This willow wigwam design makes an ideal sturdy support for a planter or small border and is a lovely decoration too.

    Duration: 1.5 hours. Maximum number: 5.

    £15/person - Age group 16+, 12+ may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday 7th September - 3.00pm

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  • Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns

    Join ArtisOn's Sue Palin and make a pair of fabric or paper covered lanterns inspired by the woodland around you. Choose from natural fabric or paper, woodland and nature-inspired designs or embellish with dried leaves or flowers. Make a lantern to celebrate the outdoors and get a taste of how drum lampshades are made into the bargain...

    Duration: 1.5 hours. Maximum number: 4.

    £15/person - Age group 16+, 12+ may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday 7th September - 10.30am, 12.30pm & 3.00pm
    Sunday 8th September - 10.30am, 12.30pm & 3.00pm

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  • Creating Landscape Art – In the Steps of Andy Goldsworthy

    Take inspiration from leading landscape artists like Andy Goldsworthy for this creative outdoor session. Join local artist, and ArtisOn tutor, Ian Scott Massie, to make your own mini-sculptures in and from the landscape. Capture the results on your phone or digital camera. Working with materials drawn from the forest and moorland around Swinton Bivouac, you will plan a piece of art and select appropriate natural materials to create temporary or permanent sculptures in the landscape itself. Have fun learning simple and effective techniques and engage with the landscape in a new and exciting way.

    Please bring a smartphone or digital camera, secateurs, gardening gloves and a sturdy foraging bag. Wear whatever seems appropriate for the weather on the day.

    Duration: 2.5 hours. Maximum number: 12.

    £20/person - Age group 16+

    Saturday 7th September - 2.00pm
    Sunday 8th September - 2.00pm

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  • Programme and Bookings

    All walking and woodland activities start at the meeting point at Druid's Temple, the Artison craft events are running at the Bivouac Café and also at the Café are the falconry displays and the free for all events that run all day such as the craft activities, Wildwatch display and live music. Only in extreme weather conditions will the decision to cancel the event be taken, reluctantly. If in doubt, please check the website on the day. Please note that much of the terrain is rough ground and that many of the events are held in the outdoors. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. In terms of accessibility please advise in advance of what your particular requirements are and we will do our best to accommodate them.

    Saturday 7th September

    10:00 Festival day starts
    10:30 Guided Walk with Estate Ranger (15 miles)
    10:30 Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Deer Decorations (1.5 hours)
    10:30 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    11:00 Foraging with Chris Bax (45 minutes)
    11:00 Woodland School with Tracy (1 hour)
    11:00 Falconry Display at the Café Bistro (30 minutes)
    11:00 - 16:00 Have a Go at a Potter's Wheel (drop in throughout the day)
    11:00 - 16:00 Have a Go at Stone Carving (drop in throughout the day)
    12:00 Forest Bathing with Faith Douglas (1 hour)
    12:30 Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Flowers (1.5 hours)
    12:30 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    13:15 Woodland Yoga with Sarah Sutton (30 minutes)
    13:30 Foraging with Chris Bax (45 minutes)
    13:30 Falconry at the Café Bistro (30 minutes)
    14:00 Forest Bathing with Faith Douglas (1 hour)
    14:00 Creating Landscape Art – In the Steps of Andy Goldsworthy (2.5 hours)
    14:30 Woodland School with Tracy (1 hour)
    15:00 Willow Weaving Taster - Willow Plant Supports (1.5 hours)
    15:00 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    15:15 woodland Yoga with Sarah Sutton (30 minutes)
    16:00 Festival end of the day

    Sunday 8th September

    10:00 Festival day starts
    10:30 Guided Walk with Estate Ranger (15 miles)
    10:30 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    11:00 - 16:00 Have a Go at a Potter's Wheel (drop in throughout the day)
    11:00 - 16:00 Have a Go at Stone Carving (drop in throughout the day)
    11:00 Orienteering with Graeme Tiffany (1.5 hours)
    11:00 Woodland School with Tracy (1 hour)
    11:00 Falconry Display at the Café Bistro (30 minutes)
    12:00 Forest Bathing with Faith Douglas (1 hour)
    12:30 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    13:00 Orienteering with Graeme Tiffany (1.5 hours)
    13:15 Woodland Yoga with Sarah Sutton (30 minutes)
    13:30 Falconry Display at the Café Bistro (30 minutes)
    14:00 Forest Bathing with Faith Douglas (1 hour)
    14:00 Creating Landscape Art – In the Steps of Andy Goldsworthy (2.5 hours)
    14:30 Woodland School with Tracy (1 hour)
    15:00 Orienteering with Graeme Tiffany (1.5 hours)
    15:00 Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns (1.5 hours)
    15:15 Woodland Yoga with Sarah Sutton (30 minutes)
    16:00 Festival end of day

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