Body and Face painting

During one of our outdoor events the children attending enjoyed body and face painting with the artistic application of special water-based cosmetic “paints”.

For many years Body and Face painting has been a popular activity for entertainment at fairs, festivals, open-air markets and other locations that attract children and adolescents such as our Pop up Campsite when we also hold private parties and events. Many teenagers and adults enjoy being painted for events, such as sports events or charity fund raisers. On the Saturday before Halloween and as part of cosplay practice, face painting is also enjoyed by many people who dress up as zombies to dance as part of the worldwide “Thrill the World” event.

It is a reasonable assumption that humans have painted their faces and bodies since the very beginning and for many reasons including hunting and body adornment. Neanderthals had the tools and skills for face painting; although no longer considered a direct ancestor of homo sapiens, they lived alongside them in some areas. After the fall of the French aristocracy the practice died out in Western culture and re-entered popular culture during the hippie movement of the late nineteen sixties, when it was common for flowers or peace symbols at anti-war demonstrations to be painted on the women’s cheeks as decorations.

During your stay at Pop Up Campsite or as part of your outdoor event we can organise a person to paint designs on your guests faces.

There are many local attractions and activities suitable for all ages at our Pop Up by the River, Pop-up Brighton and Pop-up in the woods campsites including Bushcraft skills, hiring canoe, kayak and paddle boards, ambling along the bidal path and local pubs such as the Fountain Inn at Ashurst.

We also cater for special occasions such as weddings and can cater for all of your needs on the day through to the evening entertainment. We have plenty of beautiful outdoor space for all of your guests to enjoy a memorable experience.

Axe and Paddle Bushcraft courses

Enjoy one-to-one or group Axe and Paddle Bushcraft courses and workshops available for one day or the whole weekend at Pop-Up by the River campsite in Steyning.

Axe and Paddle Bushcraft have now started Kid’s Bushcraft Hazel Bow and Arrow making courses on the river campsite for the affordable cost of £10.00 per child.

Generally, there are Bushcraft courses that will suit everybody’s ability and teacher Steve is avid about wilderness Bushcraft and is experienced at teaching people from the age of five years old upwards having taught many festival goers and individuals on various campsites throughout Sussex.

Axe and Paddle Bushcraft provide family entertainment with educational and fun opportunities to take away new skills from your stay at Pop-Up by the River campsite at New Wharf Farm, Horsebridge Common. Experienced and friendly teacher Steve is happy to run an Axe and Paddle Bushcraft course or workshop from your campsite including axe throwing contest (16+), bow and arrow making, spoon carving and flint or friction fire lighting, hunting, rabbit skinning and cooking over your fire pit.

The traditional bush craft adventurous experience of canoeing on the River Adur will give each and every one of you a new outlook and will be reminiscent of artist, author, conservationist, film maker and naturalist William Clifford Mason (Bill Mason) who received a Best Specialised Film BAFTA award for the short film with humorous geographical insights ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes’ (1970) with music by Robert Fleming and Bruce Mackay.

Please support our Axe and Paddle Bushcraft Crowdfunder Project to run workshops with schools and youth groups http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yes-please-to-dirty-knees/

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Family Holidays & Pop Up Campsites

The school holidays are weeks away and many UK based families holidays are being planned to  pop up camping sites. The tents vary in sizes and start from a bell tent starter up to a hotel package, which includes luxuries such as bedding, airbeds, and low-level lighting and electricity points. Additionally, we provide Glamping options such as our new Shepherds Hut (image above) There is also toilets and showers and use of hair dryers and hair straighteners, so a home from home really. The sites are located in some of the most beautiful locations in Sussex and close to suitable activities for family days out. So enjoy a wonderful summer holiday in great surroundings.

Knockhatch Adventure Park situated close to Pop-up Campsites

Knockhatch is set in eighty acres of lush countryside and offers a fantastic choice of East Sussex Adventure Park Experiences for families including a boating lake where you can a row boats and have a picnic whilst enjoying the various water loving animals, picnic areas throughout the park, go karts, mini quads, paddling pool, a Falconry Centre with a variety of amazing Birds of Prey, a petting farm including the Wallaby Walkthrough, Farm Animal Keeper Experiences, a large indoor play centre, outdoor adventure playgrounds, the fantastic Wave Runner waterslide, Quadapillar ride and Tommy Tractor Play Barn.

Knockhatch Adventure Park is situated close to our Pop-up Campsites off the A22, about 9 miles north of Eastbourne and to the west of Hailsham, East Sussex and there are always special events taking place such as the Knockhatch Easter Eggstravaganza with Easter Egg Hunts and Fun over the Easter weekend 3rd – 6th April 2015 and Father’s Day celebrations in June.

Additionally, the Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre is located very close to Knockhatch Adventure Park and offers skiing and snowboarding fun and action for all abilities, Ringo Run, lessons, open practice, toboggan parties and more. They have an impressive 110m dry ski slope covered with the renowned artificial surface with a cushioned backing called “Powderpac”.

To find out more visit knockhatch.com