Next month's Peak-based Big Shakeout 2012 bonanza is bubbling away on the stove with loads to do and see...
Posted: 13 September 2012
The guys at Alpkit tell us that their 2012 Big Shakeout event is bubbling away nicely and set to come to a satisfying boil over the weekend of 12-14 October in the southern Peak District.
If you've not come across the Big Shakeout before, it's a weekend of camping and outdoor entertainment mixed up with a big mix of outdoor courses and events that give you the chance to maybe try stuff you've not done before or improve your skills in areas where you're keen to improve all of it mixed in with a big dose of fun.
You don't even have to take advantage of the School of Adventure multiple opportunities, you can always just rock up, camp and enjoy the evening festival feel with live music throughout and the odd eating opportunity then do your own thing during the day. So what's not to like?
As far as the School of Adventure goes - no, not Jack Black or even Jack Osborne for that matter - there's loads to choose from including some of the big hits from last year. That means mountain biking courses with the likes of legendary Calderdale beard-man, Ed Oxley or Campbell Coaching, bike photography with Benji Haworth and lots of climbing and bouldering opportunities.
If you're feeling a little less hands-on, check out the free workshops on site including bushcraft skills, kids arts and crafts, circus skills, archery and much more.
Other stuff we just happened to register includes Pieminister pies, which will all be served with mash, gravy and peas, River Legacy hot foods and snacks into the night and hot organic porridge. Oh and 'beer', we spotted that word too. Oddly enough.
The weekend ticket includes a Saturday night pie-based meal, which should lay a good foundation for the free music and the Adventurerists with their yurt-based maps, film and lecture programme.
If all that seems a bit much to take in, head over to www.alpkit.com/bigshakeout/news for all the latest. It's worth noting that the cut-off point for the School of Adventure is tomorrow, so if you want to take part in a course, get registered now. And we'll see ya there.
Oh, and to whet your appetite, here's a video from last year's event.