Survival Wisdom practice what they preach as wet weather hits Port Eliot Festival

31st July, 2017
Getting wet and muddy at a festival is a given, right?

Last week 15,000 people visited the Port Eliot estate, in St. Germans, Cornwall for the annual Port Eliot Festival, which was hit with torrential wind and rain for the duration of the extended weekend.

Survival Wisdom, a survival training company based at Mount Edgcumbe gave bespoke masterclasses to festivalgoers, in conditions where staying warm and dry was imperative.

Managing Director Richard Pyshorn, said: “We’ve never experienced weather like it here at Port Eliot. It’s allowed us to demonstrate the importance of surviving and camping in difficult conditions.

“We’ve had lots of fun showing everyone how they can use the natural resources of the land to their advantage and the weather has just made it even more memorable.

"People really loved the axe carving and spoon making workshops, the public loved this activity.

“Especially Dave Pledger they loved his skill, patience and manner with all of the public who booked on the workshop. 

He added: “One family spent nearly the whole weekend carving, the mother who really didn’t want to do it found the sessions completely addictive and satisfying.”

“The organisers have done an amazing job again.”

There were opportunities to get hands-on with outdoor survival skills, including fire making, something made all the more challenging with the constant rain.

For the more imaginative attendees, there were talks on, ‘How to survive a zombie apocalypse’, aimed at looking at what is actually needed to survive.

Although in plenty of supply from the skies over the weekend, festivalgoers were shown how to make water safe to drink, a crucial skill in the survival arsenal.

Food was aplenty at Port Eliot, but could you survive on just a box of your favourite cereal? Survival Wisdom gave classes on the ancient art of spoon carving, whilst also giving talks on expeditions and survival essentials to pack in your bag.

With many choosing to camp in tents and tepees at Port Eliot, Survival Wisdom demonstrated how it was possible to stay warm and dry without one, giving shelter building classes. Families were able to create their own ‘Hobbit House’ using materials from the woodland.

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