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Hundreds brave rain for Purbeck Forage Festival
HUNDREDS of people braved sporadic rain showers to visit the fourth annual RSPB Forage Festival at the weekend.
The free event, held at RSPB Arne Nature Reserve on Saturday boasted a range of stalls, demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ activities for visitors to get stuck into.
Organiser Rob Farrington told the Daily Echo: “Considering we’ve been getting rain showers every hour it has gone really well.
“We didn’t have the 2,000 people we had last year in the sun , but we’ve definitely had a few hundred.
“We’ve got the hardy guys this year – they’re all dressed up for the weather and they’ve been having a great time.”
The Forage Festival included workshops on traditional skills from Dorset’s past, and wilderness skills such as how to light a campfire without using matches.
Rob said: “One of the most popular items was a high ropes course, where people have been able to do a ‘leap of faith’. It’s quite high up and they have to jump and hope the rope holds.
“We’ve also had people enjoying archery, watching the working horse, making rope, dry-stone walling, taking part in a knife skills workshop and much more.”
There was also live acoustic music courtesy of local bands, such as Skiffle group Quinns Quinney, and stalls selling food and drink from across Dorset.
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