Open Day 2019

Thanks to everyone who came to the open day and made it into such a great event.  We’re working on plans for next year and will put them on the website as soon as they’re together.

Saturday 31st August 2019 10am – 5pm

We’re celebrating 10 years of living, working and playing in the woods by having an open day, full of entertainment and information about our woodland life.

We will have food and drink, made using great locally produced ingredients, cooked over Devon’s finest charcoal.  Sweet treats, alcoholic, soft and hot drinks will  also be available.

The day will feature some of the amazing people who have been part of making Bulworthy Project what it is today.

Bulworthy Project’s Open Day will run from 10am to 5pm. Throughout the day there will be medieval shenanigans and demonstrations of pole lathe work, basketmaking, spoon carving, bow making, chainsaw carving. You can have a go at stone painting, archery or swordfighting.

Our blacksmithing friends at Longdog Smithy have to get to a wedding later in the day, so there here from 10:00 – 12:00 doing a demonstration before they go.

At 11:00 North Devon Permaculture will be leading a foraging walk around the woods, identifying edible plants.

We’ll be serving lunch from 12:00 – 14:00. (drinks and sweet treats available all day)

At 14:00 there’s a guided walk with Pete, talking about what we do in the woods at Bulworthy Project, how we manage our land, the habitats that we are working to preserve and enhance and general woodland stuff.

At 16:00 We’ll give an explanation of the basic principals of and issues around charcoal production before lighting of the kiln.


Medieval shenanigans with Bowlore.  Two members of Bowlore came on a bow making course at the time of our first ever café evening.  Since then, they’ve been back to demonstrate and display their medieval weaponry and fighting skills at more café evenings. They put on a fantastic show which is informative and interactive as well as entertaining.
Bowlore in full medieval dress fighting with medieval weapons

A chainsaw carving exhibition and demonstration by Dan Cordell.  Dan carved the green man face for the front of our cabin.  He’s an immensely skilled carver and has been all over the world competing in chainsaw carving competitions.
Chainsaw carving by Daniel Cordell

A bow making demonstration by Matthew Yung who teaches bow making at Bulworthy Project.  His easy going nature and enthusiasm for the subject make him the perfect person to teach this ancient craft.

Blackdown Hills Hedge Association we met these guys when we first moved into the woods and they’ve supported Bulworthy Project from the start.  We’ve been demonstrating charcoal making at their Skills of the Hills hedge event for a number of years, so it’s great to be hosting them at ours.

North Devon Permaculture are an integral part of our barbecue café evenings and run an off-grid project and social enterprise of their own. They’ll be leading a guided walk to talk about foraging and to show what edible plants you can find in the woods.


James Dyson who we first met when trying to learn how to make charcoal when we had just bought our woods and were still living in Bristol, will be demonstrating his skills at basket making.

Longdog Smithy will be putting on a blacksmithing demonstration. They will only be attending in the morning as they have a wedding to go to in the afternoon, so get here early if you’d like to see them.  They have run have-a-go blacksmithing sessions here, guided us through making a billhook and helped out in uncountable ways.

Our friends at Elder Farm will have a stall.  As well as running a herb farm and herbalist business, they have been known to find the time to entertain folk at our events with a bit of juggling and poi.
Elder Farm Herb Farm

Paul South who we met at a charcoal demonstration at Skills of the Hills hedge event years ago will be whittling and carving wood into beautiful (and sometimes useful) objects.

Chris Silverwood who we met at Blackdown Hills Hedge Association Hedge Event will be demonstrating his skills at spoon carving.

Admission is free, but parking is limited, so please car share where possible and if you have a big car and a small car, we’d be really grateful if you could come in the small car.

Sorry, but due to ground nesting dogs birds and other environmental considerations, no dogs are permitted at our events.


We’ll be updating this page as we get closer to the day, so do check back or follow us on Facebook to see the updates.

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Bulworthy Project hold a gold award from Devon Wildlife Trust for working to benefit Devon’s wildlife and natural environment

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Bulworthy Project is a member of the North Devon Biosphere’s Investing in Nature scheme
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Bulworthy Project is part of the Low-Impact Network

Bulworthy Project holds a gold Green Tourism award