PREVIEW: Woodland and Walking Festival will celebrate Yorkshire's great outdoors on the Swinton Estate

YORKSHIRE countryside lovers are being invited to celebrate the great outdoors with family activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to stone carving and willow weaving at the Woodland and Walking Festival on the Swinton Estate.

Woodland and Walking Festival at the Swinton Estate on September 7 and 8
Woodland and Walking Festival at the Swinton Estate on September 7 and 8

The two day fun packed event, also including yoga, falconry displays, craft sessions, all day BBQ and live music, starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac, Masham, near Ripon, on the weekend of September 7 and 8, from 10am to 4.30pm.

BOOK NOW: Entry is just £10 per car - with additional charges for guided sessions - and advance booking is strongly recommended. For full details and to guarantee your place visit

Walkers are then free to roam on the estate trails, with or without a guide, with activities running all day in the woodland and also at the Bivouac Café and ArtisOn craft tent.

"From a Woodland School and yoga in the woods, to orienteering and foraging courses around the Druid’s Temple – there will be a variety of woodland activities and countryside crafts for all ages, along with guided walks," said a spokesperson.

"You can learn how to carve stone and weave willow in the craft tent.

"The day is for anyone who has a love of the outdoors and wants to take to the hills on the Swinton Estate on a guided walk or spend time in the Druid’s Plantation taking part in the wide range of woodland activities.

"Have a go at a Potter's Wheel and Stone Carving or create Woodland-Inspired Flameless Tealight Lanterns in the ArtisOn tent. Or creating landscape art in the steps of Andy Goldsworthy."

Children can enjoy supervised play and exploration in the woodland around Druid's Temple

Activities taking place over the two days include:

Walking and hiking - including a 15 mile all day guided hike, that takes in the huge expanse of the Swinton Estate moorland and views over the reservoirs.

Woodland School - children enjoy supervised play and exploration in the woodland around Druid's Temple.

Orienteering - master the art of navigation without a phone.

Forest Bathing to help soak up the forest atmosphere with exercises and activities

Woodland Yoga - peaceful space in the Druid's Woodland to heighten your senses and invigorate.

Foraging – join Chris Bax to see what wealth of food there is that's growing all around us.

Forest Bathing - soak up the atmosphere with a series of exercises and activities to help you be more mindful of the forest.

Falconry Displays - flying displays from the Swinton Birds of Prey team.

Mountain Biking - spin around our 8km mountain bike tracks.

Swinton Bivouac's Cafe Bistro - all-day BBQ and live music.

Craft Activities – let the creativity flow with crafts for children.

Wildwatch Activities - supporters of the festival, with displays and activities based on the Wildwatch survey.

Willow Weaving Taster - try your hand at some small-scale willow weaving, making willow flowers, deer decorations and plant supports.

For more information and to book, visit


Twitter: @thebivouac


Address: Swinton Estate, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4JZ

Tel: 01765 535020

Café Tel: 01765 535033