Coast & Country Events

Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Adult Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: March 17-18, April 7-8, September 15-16 and September 22-23

This intense 24-hour survival experience teaches life-saving skills and attitudes such as resourceful and calm under pressure. Students have no tent and limited food and water rations, with participants expected to source food and water from streams and pools. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.” Participants must be physically fit and active.

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.



Bear Grylls Survival Academy: Family Survival Course

Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Course dates: April 21-22, May 5-6, June 9-10, June 23-24, July 14-15, August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19 and August 25-26

Designed to inspire fathers, sons, mothers and daughters, the 24-hour outdoor adventure is delivered by a range of instructors, handpicked by Bear Grylls, teaching a range of techniques. The Cowdray Estate was chosen as a location for its varied terrain, including dense woodland, a long stretch of the Rover Rother, lakes and steep difficult ground. Bear says, “I am super excited our Survival Academy is running at Cowdray. The courses on the estate are designed to be both challenging and empowering. They require courage, determination, positivity and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

Visit beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or cowdray.co.uk.



Spring Forage, Cook and Eat Day

Iden, near Rye

Sunday April 29, 10am-4pm

£95

Discover wild herbs, greens and flowers and how to use them on this full-day course. After an introduction to responsible foraging with wild tea and cake, participants will  take a relaxed countryside foraging walk and discuss how to identify wild edibles. The foraged finds will be used to create a two-course lunch together, served with a refreshing glass of fizz with a wild twist. Course leader and forager Sarah Watson has taught at a field study centre, worked as a sustainable business adviser, co-founded the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and set up cookery courses at Sussex Coast College before launching her own business, Wild Feast.

Visit wildfeast.co.uk.



Manors, Meanders and Majesty

Alfriston Clergy House, The Tye, Alfriston

Wednesday May 2, 10.30am-12.30pm

Normal admission charges apply. Booking essential

The Clergy House’s nature expert leads an exploration of the locality of the medieval thatched Wealden hall-house, which is set within the South Downs and the Cuckmere Valley.

Phone 01323 871961 or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/alfriston-clergy-house/.



Wonderful Wild Greens Workshop

Iden, near Rye

Saturday May 12, 10am-2pm

£75

At this forage and cook workshop, participants forage for nettles and other abundant  spring wild greens, using them to make fresh pesto and other goodies to take home, followed by a light lunch. Participants will get tips on identifying these useful plants, and how to tell them apart from less edible lookalikes. Course leader and forager Sarah Watson has taught at a field study centre, worked as a sustainable business adviser, co-founded the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and set up cookery courses at Sussex Coast College before launching her own business, Wild Feast.

Visit wildfeast.co.uk.



The Bodgers’ Ball

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday May 12-13, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

Members of the Association of Polelathe Turners & Greenwood Workers (APT), in conjunction with the museum team, hold a weekend of greenwood working displays, demonstrations and competitions. There will be opportunities to try using a polelathe and shave horse and to explore the museum’s working woodyard, see the timber crane in action, watch tyring, view the steam-powered racksaw bench and experience a charcoal burn in full smoke. Heavy horses will be hauling timber if the weather permits. Head to the Downland Gridshell building and delve into its artefact store and discover collections covering Building Parts, Methods & Materials, Building Trade Tools & Equipment, Agriculture, Land Management, Transport & Wheeled Vehicles, Rural Trades & Crafts, plus Domestic & Lifestyle.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Museum at Night

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Friday-Saturday May 18-19, 8.45pm-11pm

£25/pre-booking required. Not for u16s

Try an out-of-the-ordinary experience as you are guided by lamplight to different spaces around the museum to hear a series of short night-time stories. Some will be amusing, some mysterious and some downright odd. Some are definitely not the stuff to ensure sweet dreams. Each story has a historical root, as truth is far stranger than fiction. At the end of the evening, participants are invited gather around an open fire for a spiced warm drink, plus a biscuit.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



Spring Forage, Cook and Eat Day

Iden, near Rye

Sunday May 20, 10am-4pm

£95

Discover wild herbs, greens and flowers and how to use them on this full-day course. After an introduction to responsible foraging with wild tea and cake, participants will  take a relaxed countryside foraging walk and discuss how to identify wild edibles. The foraged finds will be used to create a two-course lunch together, served with a refreshing glass of fizz with a wild twist. Course leader and forager Sarah Watson has taught at a field study centre, worked as a sustainable business adviser, co-founded the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival and set up cookery courses at Sussex Coast College before launching her own business, Wild Feast.

Visit wildfeast.co.uk.



An Evening with Adam Henson

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Thursday June 7, 7.30pm

Tickets £19.50 and £22.50/FWT £17.50 and £20.50

Farmer Adam Henson, presenter of BBC TV’s Countryfile, shares stories about his farming life, his TV career and the running of the Cotswold Farm Park. Adam, the author of four books, will also share this thoughts on British agriculture and take questions from the audience. There will be a book signing after the show.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



Morris Day of Dance

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Sunday June 10, 10.30am-6pm

Admission charges apply

This is a day that celebrates this traditional form of English folk dance, its music and song. A whole host of sides will perform at the museum to show the wide range of dances and music in the Morris tradition, and prove that it doesn’t just involve bells and handkerchiefs! Taking part are Knockhundred Shuttles, Sompting Village Morris, with Morris Minors, Fleur de Lys Morris Dancers, Minden Rose, Deorfrith Morris, Victory Morris and TRADS with Gail Duff. There will also be displays of maypole and country dancing, and the chance to join in.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit wealddown.co.uk.



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