Survival expert offering fun sessions at Daventry Country Park

Graham Swain running a survival skills session
Graham Swain running a survival skills session

Children can learn survival and outdoor skills from a former Royal Marine during new sessions being held at Daventry Country Park.

The Mini-Adventure activity from 10.30am to midday on Wednesday, May 27, is aimed at children aged five to 11 and will include fun lessons in shelter building and fire lighting at a cost of £2 a child.

Organised by Daventry District Council, the session will be taken by Bear Wilderness & Survival, a new company set up by Graham Swain.

Graham is also running two parent and child courses at the park, on May 31 and June 28. The special day-long sessions cost £100 per pair and include shelter building, fire lighting, lessons in the safe use of knives, axes, saws, fires and survival kits and fishing skills, including how to prepare and cook your catch.

A former Royal Marine, 38-year-old Graham has also worked in the London Fire Brigade Fire Rescue Unit, taken part in anti-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean, and spent three years in Afghanistan working as a close protection officer.

He said: “My main interest was in survival skills and techniques so when I returned from Afghanistan I wanted to put that into practice.

“The aim is to get children away from the PlayStation and into the outdoors, to learn the sorts of skills they won’t learn at school. Things like fire lighting, shelter building, cooking, team building and many other activities to get children outdoors and burning off energy. Children love the sessions and we get great feedback.”

Duston-based Graham has taken his sessions to schools across Northamptonshire, including Falconer’s Hill School in Daventry. He also runs a series of extremely popular after-school clubs and will be returning to Daventry Country Park during the summer holidays to host further sessions.

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We are always looking for new, affordable activities to help parents keep children entertained during the school holidays. The outdoor skill sessions look fantastic and promise to be extremely popular and spaces are limited, so I would urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Spaces on the Mini-Adventure on Wednesday May 27 are limited and booking is recommended. Please phone Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the activities and are advised to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

To book onto either the May 31 or June 28 course, contact Graham at Bear Wilderness & Survival on 07970 545526 or email info@bearwilderness-survival.co.uk. Visit www.bearwilderness-survival.co.uk for more information.