Bear Grylls Is Bringing A New Festival to Exeter next Summer!

At last, we have some good news – At Exploring Exeter HQ we are very excited to learn that next August bank holiday weekend, we can join Bear Grylls at his all-new Gone Wild Festival! He is hosting (in person, I might add) a new, action-packed family festival in one of the most magical places in Exeter, Powderham Castle.

Having explored the world and fostered a love of outdoor activities, Bear has co-designed a festival to give those with a thirst for excitement the ultimate family adventure. The festival schedule is packed with a range of fun activities, including kayaking on the Exe Estuary, Be Military Fit family group workouts, a purpose built obstacle course, abseiling and climbing. Expert instructors from the Bear Grylls Survival Academy will teach children and adults essential survival skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and campfire cooking.


Being a music lover, I am VERY excited that the music stages will be headlined by a brilliant line up, including Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight and the Ministry of Sound Orchestra. 


As the sun goes down over the castle, festival goers will be able to eat delicious locally sourced food from some of the finest chefs and street food vendors from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Then they can dance the night away to live music and DJs, laugh with well-known comedians, and share stories around the campfire. 


“After a difficult year for so many people around the world, Gone Wild is the perfect event for families to experience adventures together at the stunning Powderham Castle, in Devon. I can’t wait to join everyone for a weekend of fun, great activities and making memories together. This is going to be so good!”  Bear Grylls


Activities over the four day festival will include;

 Live music and stand-up comedy
 Talks from special guests from the world of adventure and exploration, including Bear 
 Stand Up Paddleboarding on Powderham Lake
 Open water group swimming in the Exe Estuary
 Raft building and sailing on Powderham Lake
 Outdoor fitness with Be Military Fit
 5km and 10km morning runs around Powderham Estate
 Kids 1 mile fun run
 Specially designed adventure obstacle course
 Tranquil yoga sessions
 Climbing and abseiling
 Target archery
 Battle archery games
 Knife and axe throwing
 Fire lighting
 Camp fire cooking
 Water filtering
 Trap setting
 Shelter building

The RMA – Royal Marines Charity is the exclusive charitable partner of Gone Wild Festival with Bear Grylls. 10% of all proceeds from general admission tickets go directly to the charity to support serving and former Royal Marines and their families. The charity exists to help the entire Royal Marines family and are strong believers in once a Marine, always a Marine. They offer a range of services from financial assistance to advice on finding a second, meaningful career and anything in between. 


“As an honorary Lt Col in the Royal Marines I see this as such an amazing veteran led project that can inspire so many families in the UK who enjoy the link to the armed forces. This is why I’m so excited to support Gone Wild” – Bear Grylls 


Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 16th October 2020 (that’s today people) you can get yours here:


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