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Feral Fathers, Savage Sons 2023

A wild woodland weekend for dads and sons

Mentored by Chris PackeMentor summary: Wild guide
Organisation links:
Chris Packe
Location address: Scaynes Hill, RH17 7NP
Chosen age group:

For ages: 8 - 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £250Concession £50
Next date: Friday 9th Jun,

A SUMMARY

***3 PLACES REMAINING*** This is a single event that runs over one whole weekend, from 5pm Friday 9 June to 4pm Sunday 11 June 2023. Make a den with your dad. Sleep in the den with your dad... Make fire. Make a fire outside your den. Use sharp knives next to the fire outside your den. Hunt your dad in the night. Make traps. Get messy. Play games. All of it, with your dad (or uncle, godfather etc). This weekend packs in everything dads and sons really want to do with each other, but often don't get the chance or the excuse. In a beautiful piece of woodland and in a lively village atmosphere, we blend bushcraft, survival and the art of mucking around into a thread of activities that are very achievable and a lot of fun. As a big manly tribe, we shall cook and eat together, make friends, learn skills, tell fireside stories and have rip-roaring adventures together, just like dads and sons have for thousands of years. PRICING: Children must be accompanied by an adult male gua...

Chris Packe·Wild guide
I am a Feral Father with a Dangerous Daughter and a Savage Son. I have also been a bushcraft instructor since 2015 (for 15 years I was an investment banker in London), and I am also a qualified mountain leader. One of my favourite things to do is to get groups of fathers and their children out together for exuberant weekends. I am also engaged in mentoring in various ways, as well as coaching and guiding, both adults and children. I have convened a consistent men's fire circle in the woods since 2015, I own a woodland where I carry out small scale forestry / conservation projects, and I'm also involved in performing sketch comedy. I have done writing, cartooning... even rap songs. I have taken myself out on a great deal of mountain, woodland and river adventures - love it. I simply love getting families out into nature, helping them equip themselves for their own adventures and realise / remember what fun there is to be had together outdoors.

Some testimonials

Plenty of feedback from years of Feral Fathers weekends... take your pick! My daughter and I had a magical time creating lifetime memories and bonding on a level I am not sure it is really possible to do in our everyday lives. It feels like we were away for a week, it was quite strange re-entering civilisation. You strike a wonderful balance between creating a hugely exciting and mind broadening experience for the children (and Dads) whilst also giving them an education on some genuine life skills. Never again will I tell Ellie to be careful with a sharp knife in the kitchen! David, 2022 There are now furious debates in my house between my children as to who gets to go next year! Deri, 2022 My son asked me on the first evening when we were going to bed - "Can we do this again next year?" - we had only been there 4 hours. And on the Sunday evening he was wolf howling in his sleep. It was one of the best times he's ever had, and talks about it often, many months later - highly recomme...

Learning aims

One aim is for families to learn that, with minimal instruction, they can create a fun, simple and comfortable experience for themselves hanging out in nature. From thereon, it's a possibility anytime.

Strengths to develop

This is an exuberant, hands-on weekend in the outdoors: making imaginative dens and properly sleeping in them, fire craft, knives and tools, physical games, and generally doing Dangerous Stuff.

What's provided

Drinks

Meals

Equipment

Safety

Enhanced DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Where
we'll be

Wapsbourne Wood, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7NP

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £250Ticket description: Fathers pay £250 Sons pay £50 each Please select all attendees at checkout and then tick the 'Concession' box next to each son's name.
Ticket: Concession £50

Pricing information

Cancellation

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.


This tends to be a very popular event which books up early. Other inquirers are then kept on a wait list. However, cancellations cause problems, because people generally book their summer activities early, and if participants drop out, the place cannot usually not be filled. Therefore, no refunds can be offered for cancellations after January 31st, unless the place is successfully filled, in which case there will be a refund of the price minus £50. If a participant has to cancel and is not able to get a refund, then I will offer a 25% discount for a return booking the next year.


Cancellation


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