Emma is one of our Adventure Activities IOW Superstar Trainee Instructors. The following post was written by Emma based on some of the Bushcraft training she recently received in her instructor training.

‘Last week I took a trip down to the woods, which is not normally my hang out spot. A very different view point from my paddle board view or the Freshwater Coffee Shop where I spend most of my time!

The wood had something very different to offer, it was an education let me tell you! Without the protection of my 5mm wetsuit or my Almond Latte I was in for a bit of a forest awakening…

The forest I am referring to was Brighstone Forest, where we regularly bring groups of all types to explore some Bushcraft (Bushcraft is the term used to describe Wildness Survival skills!), normally being an assistant or a helpful hand to these groups I had never truly dived into the brushcaft world… till now!

I thought I would share the 5 things I learnt from Brushcraft training….


  1. A hashtag is more than just a way of getting likes on Instagram!

 A hashtag fire is what I found to be one of the many and easiest ways (In my opinion) to get a roaring fire, that is defiantly an Instagram worthy photo! It is literally a dose what is says on the tin, you start with a layer of larger sticks sitting next to each other all facing the same way. The next layer is the same but rotated 90degrees, just like a hashtag! Think of it like you are setting up a Jenga game. This continues with each layer being smaller size sticks until you are just putting small twigs on the top. You would then layer hay, shavings and cotton wool to finish it off. And there you have a hashtag that will keep you warm and cook your dinner!

  1. Where you lay your head is everything 

 One of the many things we covered was wild camping and how to build a shelter that you can survive the night in, and let me tell you a forest mattress is amazing! (Fun fact your body needs to maintain a core temperature of approximately 37oC (98.6oF) to stay warm). When I first started building the shelter I thought using wood on the ground of the shelter was a waste of wood and time, but when taking a break, I wriggled into my shelter and had a sit down, the damp and cold instantly started to creep up my legs. I couldn’t imagine how I would ever stay warm laying on the forest floor all night. However we then learnt that making a bed of leaves and sticks is a far more efficient and comfortable way of spending a night on the forest floor!

  1. A top tip!

There are some little things that can really help you fend for yourself if you were ever stuck out in the wild. This is one of my favourites…

Waterproof matches! These are so simple and so useful and you can make them very easily at home. All you have to do is take some normal matches and dip the top half in melted candle wax and let it set. If you were planning a little expedition into the wild this is a really easy little technique that keeps your matches dry when the skies decide open on your camp!

  1. I could have been a carpenter in another life 

An amazing thing we were taught was how to carve wood into useful objects, mine was a butter knife. Silly as it sounds it was amazing!! I have never got into an activity as much as I did making my little butter knife. My favorite part was carving detail into the handle to which I added an Aztec style. We also learnt all about the best wood to use, how and where to get it. When asked what I was doing that evening I had to stop myself from saying more carving!

  1. Know your Bear Grilles from your Ray Mears 

Knowledge is everything, there is so much to know and learn in Brushcraft. And each part of my training, whether it be knowing my Ash from a Sycamore tree or knowing how to make fresh drinking water. I feel I have just touch on the tip on the knowledge and I can and will go so much deeper. 

So, there you have it my top 5 Bushcraft Tips, it was a struggle to pick just 5. I learnt so much on my course and still have so much to learn and can’t wait to get started on furthering my journey in Bushcraft’


Adventure Activities IOW offer Bushcraft experiences for everyone. Whether you’re a family, party, stag or hen group, school group or just want to learn some nifty skills yourself. Our 2 hour introduction to Bushcraft based in Brighstone Forest teaches you a range of basic woodland survival skills from Fire making to basic tool making! 


Special thanks to Adventure Activities and Ed the Tree


Are you an Isle of Wight based AirBnB Host? Pride yourself on giving THE BEST local inside knowledge to your guests? Want to have a go at one of our awesome activities for FREE? Read on below!

We love Adventure and we know that as an AirBnB Host you’re your guests Travel Agent for the Isle of Wight, offering the best inside local tips and knowledge. We want to show you what we do so you can give your guests an unforgettable trip to the Isle of Wight. There’s no catch! We know that you are the most important people when it comes to your guests choice on what to do when on the Island!

On the weekends of the 9th/10th and 16th/17th June we are opening our doors and offering FREE Activities to AirBnB Hosts! All you have to do is call our booking office on 01983 755838 quoting ‘AirBnB’ to join one of our sessions. You can choose what you want to do from (Archery/Axe Throwing/ Mountain Boarding/ Climbing/ Kayaking & Coasteering). You may bring a plus 1 (Two people per booking Max). All our Activities are run and guided by trained professional instructors.

We will take a £5 refundable deposit per person which will be refunded on your arrival and presentation of AirBnB host status (show us your hosting dashboard on the App!).

Bookings will be taken on a First Come First Served Basis.

Please feel free to contact us on 01983 755838 or bookings@adventureactivitiesiow.co.uk if you have any questions!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Adventure Activities IOW Team


This week we held an ‘Open Day’ for local Isle of Wight tourism focussed businesses. We thought this would be a great opportunity to get some of the best local businesses to come down, see what we do and make some new friends!

We put on a selection of activities throughout the day that businesses could sign up to at both out Tapnell Farm and Freshwater Bay sites (Archery, Axe Throwing, Mountain Boarding, Kayaking & MegaSUP!). Archie (our youngest team member) was also wonderful as our very own Barista!

Sam & Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

Sam and Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes





The day was a great success, we had sign ups from over 20 island businesses ranging from local accommodation providers to cafes. Everyone had an awesome time and we’ve included a few snippets of feedback below.

Some of our lovely team!

Some of our lovely team!


Businesses before getting on the water!


We felt this was a great opportunity to get likeminded businesses together, have some fun and hopefully create some great partnerships going forward that will enable locals and visitors alike to make the most of the best IOW Experiences!


We will certainly be running an other event at some point in the future. If you would like to attend, or know someone who may, please register your interest here.

Below is a list of the great companies that came over and where you can find more about them:


Mega SUP on the Isle of Wight

Get your Christmas gifts early and SAVE!

No more novelty socks, ill-fitting jumpers or unused bath products, give the GIFT OF ADVENTURE this year!


For this weekend only, we are offering a whopping 50% OFF LAND ADVENTURE vouchers (with code LANDADVENTURE50) and 30% OFF WATER ADVENTURE vouchers (with code WATERADVENTURE30)

DON’T MISS OUT and get your Christmas shopping out the way early! 

Our Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months and are perfect for those who crave adventure and adrenaline! Or perhaps you fancy giving a friend or family member a memorable treat of trying something new!​

Choose to print the voucher out immediately or have a beautifully packaged voucher posted out to you to put underneath the tree.

The small print:
These discounts are valid on the following gift vouchers only; Archery Experience, Axe Throwing Experience, Bushcraft Experience, Climbing Experience, Mountain Boarding Experience, Coasteering Adventure, Kayaking Adventure and Paddleboarding Adventure. These discounts may not be applied to group bookings or used in conjunction with any other offer. All Adventures must be booked in advance and are subject to availbility. The code must be entered upon purchase and is not valid on pre-existing purchases. Vouchers are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred. Offer is valid until 9am 27/11/17.

The whole Adventure Activities UK team were beyond excited this morning to discover that our very own Aiden, has been shortlisted for the ‘Inspiring Educator Award’ in the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom Awards by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC). 

These awards “recognise individuals and teams of people who are committed to ensuring that young people have inspiring experiences outside the classroom” in the very shorttime that he has worked in Outdoor Education we know that there are countless examples of Aiden delivering just that to a wide range of Adventure Activities Isle of Wight’s clientelle. Whether he is working with school groups, NCS programmes, corporate groups, tourists, or on a one-to-one basis, Aiden is an outstanding Instructor and Outdoor Educator, and a pleasure to be around. He is passionate and dedicated to sharing unforgettable Adventures with everyone he is lucky enough to be working with, and his positive and happy demeanor is both infectious and inspiring to clients and colleagues.

Just to be shortlisted for this award is an honour, but we would LOVE IT if he won!

Here is where you lovely people come in… the winner will be decided by public vote. If you have had the pleasure of meeting Aiden you will know that how much he deserves this award. We would be so grateful if you would follow this link and please vote for Aiden Clark – voting closes on the 23rd October 2017.

If you want to know more about why we decided to nominate Aiden for this award, read on…

Aiden started working at Adventure Activities UK in April 2016 as an Apprentice Instructor. He was chosen from a large number of applicants for many reasons, but mainly for his enthusiasm, positive attitude and ebullient personality. Over the past year these traits have allowed him to grow into a very confident and competent outdoor educationalist.

Aiden is a skilled practitioner in many land and water based activities. He is the lead instructor in our Opportunities programme, which works with disaffected young people. Aiden’s versatility allows him to adapt his teaching style with ease between working with our NCS Residential programmes, ‘Young Adventurers’ Holiday club, school groups, additional needs groups, and also family and adult tourism bookings. Aiden has shown that he has the skills and abilities to inspire and encourage people of all ages to achieve the very best they can during their time in his sessions.

A stand out case on Aiden’s influence and positive affect is his continued work with  a child with Pathological Demand Avoidance and Sensory Processing Disorder. This child was very keen to have a go at archery and climbing, but his mother was very concerned about his ability to listen to others and follow instructions. After just one session with Aiden they were so impressed that they have been coming on a weekly basis for the past few months. The child’s mother wrote to AAUK to express her thanks to Aiden and mention how much the sessions have developed her sons cognitive abilities, confidence and social skills

A further example comes from one of the disaffected young people attending our Opportunities Programme, who felt like Aiden was more like a ‘big brother’ due to his positive and inspirational approach. This impact has been huge for the young person’s social, emotional and personal development.

At the other end of the scale, Aiden has developed and leads both the ‘welcome’ speech and final sessions with our NCS residential groups (135 teenagers). These ‘final note’ sessions may by a Mr Motivator style morning dance-workout, a wide game, or a final brief of how the week’s activities have fulfilled the NCS criteria. Aiden is always one of the staff mentioned on the feedback forms from both the staff and young people. He is said to be inspirational, caring and fun.

At the end of this summer season Aiden will be taking up his place at Brighton University to undertake a Sports Coaching Degree with the view to becoming a teacher. This will be a great loss to AAUK, but a great gain for the teaching profession and all the young people he will come in to contact with.

Throughout his short time at AAUK Aiden has had a very positive affect on the lives of a great many young people. His hard work and positive attitude combined with his outgoing personality have impacted on the social, emotional and personal development of many. We feel that he is very worthy to be nominated for the LOtC Educator Award.

We all have our fingers firmly crossed!!

Awards for Outstanding Contribution to LOtC


Its not easy to remember all of our birthdays, but some of them can be hard to forget. Let’s make this birthday a memory to remember.
Our team know how special a child’s birthday can be and important it is to ensure that they get what they are expecting, so we make sure that the adventure that they have they and their friends will remember.
Every Adventure party includes:
  • A wide choice of activities including Mountain Boarding, Archery, Climbing, Survial Skills, Zorbing*, Circus Skills, High Ropes* and more…
  • Expert instruction from our highly trained and passionate fun-structors (web guys note – I didn’t come up with that name)
  • Cafe, Restaurant and farm shop for adults to head off to ‘take some time’ for, well, you know.
  • Pre-parpred Birthday Cake and Party Food
  • Party invitation supplied for you to hand out
With all this planned and put together before you arrive and with a fixed price of £100 for a two hour adventure party not only will all the children be having a great time, but parties are fantastic value for money and stress free for parents from start to finish.

Young Adventurers

“Children are in the safest possible hands experiencing adventure, making new friends and learning new skills.”
Childrens Holiday Activities on the Isle of Wight – Ideal for active kids and also for working parents, or those who just want a bit of adult time, our holiday activity days are packed full of the best adventures the Island has to offer, from Kayaking the Caves, Surfing the Swells, Learning Bushcraft Skills or Tumbling down a hill in a Zorb. There are so many activities that they’ll want to come back for more than one day!
We have activity days across the whole Island from our activity bases you can choose your day and be sure that they will have the best day with experienced and energetic instructors who’s priorities are safety and fun. We are the only activity centre on the Island that is fully licensed and approved for all our sports and activities. Our activity sites are in Freshwater, Tapnell and Sandown.
The full day of activities costs just £30 per child and there are options of early drop offs and late pick ups if needed. You can book online, over the phone or at our booking centre – its the quickest and easiest booking for the best adventures on the Island.
Kids get a certificate of attendance and stickers when they finish their day, and they will love the further options for taking part in the sports they have enjoyed throughout the day.


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Family Kayaking Adventure

Kayaking on the Isle of Wight in Freshwater. Do you want to have fun paddling under cliffs, visiting caves and sheltered bays? Maybe, if you choose to, surfing ocean waves or riding the swells through the gaps in the cliff walls.
The aim of these two hour activities is a fun and safe introduction to kayaking in a stunning location, with family, friends or meeting new people who have a similar interest. You will be safe in the hands of the most highly skilled, experienced and well qualified kayaking guides on the Isle of Wight. You literally can’t get kayaking on the Isle of Wight like this anywhere else!
Bushcraft is something everyone can gain skills in and have fun learning. Our Isle of Wight Bushcraft introductions are run by a Bushcraft specialist who has years of experience in outdoor living and teaching bushcraft. We utalise the best locations on the Isle of Wight for our Bushcraft courses. We provide all the equipment you need, and even the food and drink for you to experiment with on the fires that you will make using traditional methods – no matches here!
This is an ideal family activity whatever the weather. You’ll build a shelter together and then learn to make fires. You can relax together enjoying some food and drink that you have made. All the time you’ll have an experienced bushcraft instructor there to show you what to do and to give you loads of advice on tips and techniques. Great fun for everyone no matter what age!
Mountain Boarding Adventures on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to have fun rushing down a hill side on a board? We’ll get you to the stage where you can take on a few jumps. Mountain Boarding is great fun and exciting to learn.
Our Mountain Boarding Adventure will introduce you to the equipment and show you the basics and much more. You’ll take on the rollers and some of the drop offs if you are feeling brave.