Hatfield House Game Fair - Canoe Trail's Adventure Village

Canoe Trail will be running the Kids Zone ‘Adventure Village’ with a wide range of demonstrations, outdoor activities and great family activities to entertain children and young people. Canoe Trail is an award winning family run business led by husband and wife team Richard Harpham and Ashley Kenlock. Rich is a professional adventurer with over 10,000 miles of human powered adventure on the clock and the former editor of the Bushcraft Magazine. Canoe Trail’s canoe and camp activities was voted Top 52 Things to do in. the world by Lonely Planet and Top 3 UK places to stand up paddle board by Red Bull Magazine.

Canoe Trail will be providing a wide range of adventure activities throughout the duration of the show including:

  • Kayak ergo machines ‘top gear’ style paddle challenge (free to charge)
  • Night Line and slack line challenge course £5 per person
  • Camp fire bake off (free of charge)
  • Animal encounters with zoo keeper and animal trainer Grace Dickinson £5 per person lasting 40 minutes
  • Face painting charged at £2 per person
  • Tipi tent village
  • Military Land Rover display (free of charge)
  • Fire lighting with fire steels (free of charge)
  • Marshmallow smores round the campfire £1 per person)
  • Team Challenges in groups which will last in 30 minute sessions – free of charge
    • tallest tower
    • stretcher race with melon
    • burn the string
  • Bushcraft activities charged at £5 person
    • carving workshop
    • friction fire lighting
    • camp craft
  • Win a brand new canoe competition with a brand new Silverbirch 15ft canoe


The Canoe Trail team are no strangers to running youth programmes and are approved providers for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, YMCA, Princes Trust and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) through schools. Their Adventure School is an innovative programme delivering coaching in outdoor activities, fun and learning life skills as well.  Adventure School was originally funded by Sport England under their innovation funds and is delivered in schools, youth organisations and community settings to help give young people a love of the outdoors as well as learn new skills.

 Sir Ran Fiennes (World’s Greatest Living Explorer offered these words…

"Adventure School is a fantastic programme for young people offering a blend of outdoor activities and all important life skills. I have long maintained on my expeditions that selecting people with the right personal attributes is the key to success as you can teach and train the technical aspects.  I am convinced that Adventure School will provide many young people with the foundation and grounding in life skills such as team work, leadership, problem solving and decision making to give them the best start in life. It will change lives and help prepare them for future challenges. Happy adventuring.”

Each activity will be available on a first come,  first served basis.


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Animal Encounters

Grace has spent her entire working life as an animal trainer and keeper and has worked on many films and TV programmes behind the scenes. Her sessions are designed to educate by stealth, highlight conservation issues and of course be fun. Children and adults will get to meet a small selection of animals.

There will be 3 animal encounters sessions each day at 11 am, 1pm and 3pm with Grace Dickinson which will be cost at £5p.p.

Campfire Bake off

Join the Canoe Trail team to polish your camp fire cooking skills with some bake off type challenges using our Dutch ovens and reflector ovens. Sessions will last 30- 45 mins and participants will get to eat their work!  Free of charge