The festival takes the themes and ideas explored by its authors and transforms them into a real-life, hands-on experience of the natural world.

Boldshaves Garden provides sanctuary for an extraordinary array of plants, animals and insects. Located in a beautiful corner of the Weald of Kent, it is a haven for any nature-lover. Spilling out into the surrounding woodland and farmland, the possibilities for exploration, discovery and enchantment are endless.

Jul
15
Sat
Badger Bushcraft
Jul 15 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop by his stall to find out more.  This event is sponsored by Highfield School.

Gardening Q&A
Jul 15 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Gardening Q&A @ The Yurt

Drop-in gardeners surgery where you will be able to come and ask all sorts of gardening related queries to our team of experienced gardeners.

Jul
16
Sun
Nature Trails
Jul 16 all-day
Nature Trails @ Boldshaves

Please feel free to enjoy the woods, garden and fields surrounding Boldshaves.  All trails begin from below The Weald Den.  Just follow the markers or feel free to ramble at your will.

Badger Bushcraft
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend – drop by his stall to find out more.  This event is sponsored by Highfield School.

Mark Cocker – Moth Trapping, Wildlife Safari
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mark Cocker – Moth Trapping, Wildlife Safari @ The Yurt

Join Mark Cocker, the celebrated author, naturalist and environmental tutor, on a wildlife safari exploring the gardens at Boldshaves. The focus of this event will be on bumblebees and moths, two of the most important indicators of a healthy environment. Weather dependent, Mark will be showing and identifying moths from a moth trap he will have laid overnight.

Spaces are limited for this event. Advance booking is strongly encouraged.

Richard Osmond – Useful Verses
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Richard Osmond - Useful Verses @ The Yurt

Richard Osmond’s brilliant debut poetry collection, Useful Verses, follows in the tradition of the best nature writing, being as much about the human world as the natural, the present as the past: Osmond, a professional forager, has a deep knowledge of flora and fauna as they appear in both natural and human history, as they are depicted in both folklore and herbal – but he views them through a wholly contemporary lens. Doing so, Osmond offers an arresting and new perspective, and makes that hidden world that lives and breathes beside us vividly part of our own.