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Return of the Secret Wildlife Festival 2024

Hold the front page…. Fanfare of birdsong and a flypast from a kaleidoscope of Marbled Whites

At last, The Secret Wildlife Festival returns to The Secret Campsite after a 4 year Covid related break. The Festival started in 2013 and was an annual event until the Pandemic struck and we had to cancel the 2019 event. But, it’s returning, with even more wonders from the natural world.

opening mammal traps at the secret wildlife festival
Opening the mammal traps

Now that the world has calmed down a little, we are delighted to get the Festival up and running again. So, this summer we are looking forward to welcoming children and families back to the Secret Campsite for a weekend with our favourite wildlife experts. Its a chance to immerse yourselves in the native fauna and flora that we share this beautiful part of Sussex with.

Who is running the festival?

The festival will be hosted by the inimitable Michael Blencowe and his team of wildlife experts.

Host Michael Blencowe

Expect amazing facts, unusual sightings and heaps of laughter as we spend a weekend looking, smelling, hearing, tasting and touching the natural world.

bushcraft at the secret wildlife festival
Bushcraft activities for all ages
Damsel fly at the secret wildlife festival
Pond dipping at the secret wildlife festival
Pond dipping for newts and dragonfly larvae

What will you see?

With luck, you’ll see snakes, glow worms, butterflies, hedgehogs, moths, bats, newts, and a huge array of birds. All against a backdrop of other wildlife enthusiasts.

hawk moth at the secret campsite
dissected owl pellet at the secret campsite
Contents of a Barn Owl pellet
what we saw at the secret wildlife festival

Our team of wildlife experts will lay on a wide range of activities to try and find all tese creatures. This will include:

  • Moth traps
  • Trail cameras
  • Woodland walks
  • Forest school activities
  • Mammal traps
  • Bat walks
  • Butterfly hunts
  • Dawn chorus walks
  • Secret Cinema
  • Forest school
  • Communal barbecues
  • and more…..

Better still, this year we will be joined by a team of astronomers. Derrick and Paul will be viewing the moon and stars and answering super galactic questions with their usual patience and enthusiasm. If the weather behaves we may even get to look at sun spots and sun flares on our very own local star.

the moon from the secret campsite
the moon through a telescope

We have fantastic dark skies at the campsite, which makes for an amazing star show on clear nights

On Saturday evening we fire up the campsite barbecue. It’s a popular and very sociable, bring your own supper event. Festival goers can cook with others whilst they discuss and compare the days excitement and sightings.

Although the weekend is filled with a wide range of activities and events, you don’t have to join everything. The more relaxed amongst you will pick and chose the talks, walks and activities you want to attend.

You can spend time relaxing and chatting around a campfire whilst enjoying the sites and sounds of nature.

Previous festivals

Have a look at previous festivals to see what happens over the weekend.

butterfly hunt at the secret wildlife festival
slow worms at the secret campsite

When is The Secret Wildlife Festival

This year’s festival will he held over the weekend of 28-30th June so make sure you save these dates in your diary.

How do I buy tickets?

 Sign up to our wildlife events list and be one of the first to know when tickets go on sale.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale in February. Tickets always sell out super fast. We only have 20 pitches available for the weekend and the festival is filled with a wide range of exciting activities. It’s a perfect weekend for the wildlife fans in your family. It’s also an opportunity to meet other enthusiasts as well as experts who have the time and knowledge to answer your question, however small.

What will it cost?

Tickets for this years wildlife festival include 2 nights camping and entry to all events.

Adults £104,

Children 3-16 £52,

Under 3’s £26.

All under 16’s get a free Lick -a-lix lolly on arrival. Photo ID will be required! haha

We all look forward to meeting you. That includes the Adders, Glow worms, Bats, Voles, Hedgehogs, Elephant Hawk Moths, White Admirals and even the lowly Red Kite.

adders matimng at the secret campsite