Bear Grylls’ incredible Gone Wild Festival is the ultimate family adventure – HELLO! | Dauktion







Hannah Hargrave




If you’re looking for a fun, alternative adventure in Britain with your family, then you’ve come to the right place Gone Wild Festival.

Set in the sprawling and scenic grounds of Powderham Castle in Exeter, the four-day extravaganza took place over the August Bank Holiday nothing short of incredible.

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After the festival’s founders paid £350 for a family of four and made the most of the limited kids free option, Bear Grylls and Oliver Mason have lived up to their promise of offering families an affordable option to vacation together.

The festival took place in the grounds of Powderham Castle in Exeter

My kids got to experience everything from rock climbing, rappelling, tree climbing and commando survival skills to science shows, raft building, silent discos, caving and more.

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What is included in the Gone Wild Festival ticket price?

In addition to the activities – almost all of which are included in your ticket price, as is the camping – there are a number of musical performers with adults and children dancing the night away to artists such as Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Script, Ministry of Sound and Reef.

There was also musical entertainment on tap

Speak with HELLO! At the festival – only in its second year – Bear explained: “I think there was a gap for a safe, fun, adventure-based family celebration. So many festivals fall into a category where they’re supposed to be safe places, but in the end they’re an unsafe, safe place.

“This is the safe, unsafe place. They can do all these activities like ax throwing and anything that looks incredibly dangerous and exciting and puts a smile on kids faces, but in a safe way.”

Gone Wild Festival is an alternative and affordable holiday

Bear added that the cost of living is rising and many families are facing a cash crisis. Adventure doesn’t have to come from an expensive vacation abroad.

“It’s getting harder and harder to vacation abroad and I’ve learned throughout my life that you don’t have to travel to the ends of the world to have an adventure. Adventure is a state of mind. When you’re with the people you really love and you’re doing things that are challenging but fun, you win.”

Children and adults could experience a variety of activities that are included in the price

And we were sure of winning. My two children, seven and nine, couldn’t have been more entertained, as were their friends who were riding – and they even got to meet their idol, the bear!

Not only that, but with a fabulous food and drink selection, music, gym classes, river activities and green spaces, adults could be as active or relaxed as they wanted.

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Guest speakers including legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes drew crowds, as did Mr. Motivator for a morning of fitness.

Bear hopes Gone Wild will bring families together for an alternative vacation

WimHoff’s ice bath workshop was a huge success and don’t even get me started on Andy and the Odd Socks and the Red Devils Display.

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Of course, the bright sunshine made the experience even more magical, but come rain or shine, I believe this festival is only going to get bigger and better – if that’s even possible.

Bringing families and loved ones together

“The goal is to bring a family together and give them experiences that are hard to come by in everyday life,” Bear added.

And as for his favorite activity from the very long list? He said: “It’s the things that bring moms, dads and kids together like the Commando Gone Wild Challenge that you do with your family.

Bear with his fans at the festival

“You end up muddy, wet, covered in paint but feeling like a million bucks with your Gone Wild medallion around your neck and a sense of accomplishment like no other.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedicated team behind it.

“A big part of Gone Wild supports the veteran community,” said Bear, who pointed out the many charities involved with the festival, including Royal Marines Charity, REORG, Rock 2 Recovery and RV One.

Tickets for the Gone Wild Festival 2023 are already on sale

“It’s because of a great team. Oli Mason left the Marines and we said, ‘Let’s do this full time’. He put together a team and let me tell you that things like this don’t happen by accident, or certainly by accident. All credit goes to him and his team and volunteers for creating this wonderful space.”

During the closing night, festival director Oliver took to the stage to announce that tickets for Gone Wild Festival 2023 are now on sale and that some have already been sold before the 2022 event was over!

Gone Wild Festival tickets 2023 are now on sale here!

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