Wild Night Out on the South Downs
Posted: 21st June 2018
Fewer people, especially young people and children, are getting outside and visiting the countryside and green spaces on offer in Britain. Only a third of children in Britain spent more than an hour a day outdoors, and more than a third of children have never been camping.
In an age where more people are becoming inactive and technology is a central part of life from an early age (children spend an average of 6 hours a day in front of a screen), it is more important than ever to get outside.
Wild Night Out on the South Downs has been organised by Holly Budge, adventurer, conservationist and Everest Summiteer, to encourage everyone – families, first timers, seasoned explorers – to enjoy a night (and day) of wild adventure on Saturday 30th June 2018 on the South Downs at Holden Farm, Cheriton on the South Downs Way near Alresford, Hampshire.
As well as the camping experience the event will also include music under the stars, lessons in bushcraft, bird watching and local conservation from Butterfly Conservation.
Activities at the campground will include stories round the campfire with several informal short talks including a talk about ‘Everest and Elephants’ by Holly. All of the proceeds from the event will be going to ‘How Many Elephants’ conservation charity, that works to create awareness of the declining numbers of elephants killed by poachers for the ivory trade. If current levels of poaching continue, in just seven years there will be no elephants left in the wild.
Holly is committed to encouraging children, and young people especially, to ditch the screen and experience real life, fresh air and adventure in a spectacular setting, and she commented:
“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.”
Research from Natural England shows that one in nine children in England have not been to a natural environment in the past 12 months. Fresh air has incredible health benefits and can help reset the body clock to sleep better as well as provide a great source of exercise.
Wild Night Out is the brainchild of Belinda Kirk, founder of Explorers Connect and one of the leaders of the Adventure Revolution. Belinda and the Explorers Connect community understand firsthand the impact that adventure can have on people's lives.
On Saturday afternoon there will also be an optional 5 mile walk with Holly from Alresford (meet at White Space Alresford) to Holden Farm and back again the following morning.
For those wishing to take part in Wild Night Out on the South Downs, they will have to bring their own tent, chair (optional!), food & drink. The facilities onsite include hot showers, toilets and washing up facilities.
For further information and to book visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/wildnightout2018
Ticket price: Adult: £10 Family: £25 (two adults, two children under 15)
100% of the proceeds will go to How Many Elephants.