On a warm summer day what could be better than taking a wander through the Kent County Showground, woodland. The beautiful Murrain Woods is a delightful part of the Kent County Show with a number of attractions bringing the area to life. Why not take a 15 minute break from the hustle and bustle and stroll through the Woodland walk.
The Kent Showground is one of the only Showgrounds in the Country which has a woodland area on site. Murrain Wood is one of the most beautiful areas at the Show, allowing visitors to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the shade created by the stunning mature trees which include oak, ash and beech trees. Visit an array of trade stands, sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake in the coffee shop or enjoy watching the rural craft demonstrators at work.
Traditional woodland crafts including trug making, wattle hurdle making, stick making and woodland sculpture offer visitors the opportunity to talk to the people still practising these ancient crafts. Our chainsaw carver will spend the three days of the Kent County Show carving numerous creative pieces. Local to Kent, his family have been involved with the Show for over 50 years. All our craft demonstrators will be happy to talk you through their skill so feel free to ask questions.
During the visit to the woodland area, visitors were able to meet our stunning working horses. These strong but beautiful animals are still used commercially today . An environmentally sensitive management technique, the art of horse drawn timber extraction offers woodland managers a viable low-impact alternative in situations where the use of machines may either be inappropriate or uneconomic. During the Show our horses will be providing demonstrations of this traditional craft.
Recreational Activities and Forestry Schools
The use of woodlands for recreational activities is on the rise. Visit the Kent Scouts and Girlguiding Kent stands to see how these successful youth organisations use the outside in their programmes. Have a go at archery or try your hand at rifle shooting or take part in one of the activities run by one of our local Forestry Schools.
Back by popular demand is the climbing wall, this is a wonderful activity to take part in. The lovely setting in the woodland takes you high in to the canopy where you are able to experience the majestic woodland from a different perspective.
Badger Bush Craft
Why not learn survival skills Bear Grylls style at these Bush Craft demonstrations, learn knife sharpening, knot tying, catapult making, cordage and weaving, foraging and spoon making.