PER PERSON (min 1 adult and 1 child)

24 Hours

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Course Information

A combination of survival skills and adventure tasks that will put families to the test.

"As a father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fun but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down".
Bear Grylls
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Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters alike, this 24-hour outdoor adventure has been created by Bear Grylls and his close team of experts, and is delivered by a range of hand-picked instructors not only in the South Downs on Cowdray Estate but at other locations across the UK. Each location has their own challenges of woodland, heath and water but here, In your parent and child teams, you’ll learn Bear’s famous survival techniques: how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, foraging, water purification, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings, and the best ways to use a knife for survival. On day two, you’ll put these skills into action, following Bear’s ethos of self-rescue, by crossing difficult terrain back to civilisation. It’s an opportunity to bring you and your kids together through a truly memorable and fun experience.

Here are some of the skills and activities you will learn over the 24hrs:

  • Dynamic river runs and/or lake crossings
  • Emergency shelter builds
  • Navigate harsh terrain by day and night
  • Rope skills – crossing difficult terrain
  • Survival knife skills and fire lighting using a bow and hand drill
  • Foraging for food, setting snares & traps
  • Dynamic Self Rescue Techniques
  • Tree top canopy climbing
  • Spear making & throwing
  • Stalking
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Situational Awareness

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Tyrolean Traverse


  • Each course runs from midday Saturday to midday Sunday.
  • Minimum of 1 adult and 1 child (age 8 - 17yrs) per booking
  • All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course - see our kit list for full details.
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge, beanie and certificate.
  • Continue the adventure by joining our White Water Survival Family Adventure and the Military Survival Family Adventure in challenging UK locations

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.


Purchase a gift voucher that someone can use on any BGSA course or event.

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Cowdray Park, South Downs

Though less than an hour from London by train, this landscape has plenty of difficult terrain, including rivers, lakes, steep ascents and undulating countryside.
In British winter and summer conditions alike, it will be a challenging and demanding environment in which to survive.

These items will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!


Just wow! I wanted to take part in a survival weekend for my daughters 8th birthday and this 24hr course massively exceeded my expectations! The instructors (Martin, Nicholas & Lee) were clearly enthusiastic in there chosen careers and dragged everyone on that course in to the world of survival! My daughter stated on the way home that it was the best weekend she?d ever had and I have to say I agree! Within 24hrs we've both learned extraordinary skills I?d never dreamed you could learn in that space of time! I could have done a week of it to be honest. I?d highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure and an open mind to the reality of what?s involved when it comes to surviving in unknown territory!! An experience to remember and to definitely take part in again! My eyes have been opened! Thank you!!!!