'Adventure camp' offers playtime for grownups

Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:15pm EDT
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By Matilda Egere-Cooper

LONDON (Reuters) - Mud, music and mayhem is the epitome of the British festival - but throw in sword fighting, raft building and rabbit skinning and you've got an event that bills itself as Britain's first adventure-style camp for adults.

The first annual Questival, held over a weekend earlier this month, drew 500 attendees to an idyllic forest in Kent.

More than 700 people registered for the adults-only event, according to organisers. Tickets started at 126 pounds ($198) for weekend camping, entertainment and more than 80 adventure activities to choose from. Those included artistry, sports, expeditions, music and entertainment, science and engineering and wilderness skills.

Organisers believe Questival could become a regular alternative to the music-based events during the festival season while giving adults a chance to be kids again.

“What we've got is loads of 30-year-olds, full-grown people running around in camouflage paint, trying to find each other and do all these silly things,” said co-founder Lee Denny, 27.

“We've just wanted to do more exciting, awesome adventure stuff but not sacrificing the coolness of going to a music festival and having a massive party at the end of the night.”

“We kind of figured that kids get to do adventures all of the time,” added co-founder Julia Lowe, 30. “But adults don't.”

Taking cues from scouting in the 1950s, the festival hired actors and actresses dressed as patrol leaders who assigned campers to an animal-themed group on arrival.   Continued...

Revelers attend the first annual Questival in Kent June 2015.  REUTERS/Matilda Egere-Cooper