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Take a snooze on the wild side at RSPB Haweswater

Last modified: 12 July 2013

Feet sticking out of tent

A rare opportunity to wake up at the unique setting of RSPB Haweswater!

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This August, discover what really goes bump in the night by taking part in the RSPB’s brand new Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Haweswater.

For one night only, a ‘sleepover’ will be held at the Cumbrian site offering families the chance to camp out in the wild and unique Haweswater setting and take part in a variety of fun activities.

This ultimate summer sleepout experience, which will be held from Saturday 10 August to Sunday 11 August, will include exciting activities to uncover the site’s secret residents, an evening wildlife walk and a visit to the magnificent Golden Eagle viewing point.

Lee Schofield, Site Manager at RSPB Haweswater, said: “The RSPB is encouraging people to spend a night in nature’s home and what better way to experience it than joining the Big Wild Sleepout at Haweswater.

“Alongside taking part in all the interesting activities on offer, families will be able to cook their own meals on our barbeque grill and gather around a campfire to enjoy a sing-song, before settling down in their own tents for a good night’s sleep under the stars.

“This is a rare opportunity and there are limited places available so we encourage families to book as soon as possible. It’s a great way to get outside and take part in a community event.”

The event at Haweswater is one of a number of Big Wild Sleepouts taking place across the UK from 9 to 11 August. Around the country, people will not only be sleeping in tents, but dens made from fallen branches, ropes and sheets, while ‘Glampers’ will be halfway between camping and comfort as they bring their mattresses outside.

Richard Bashford, the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout organiser, said: “If you can’t join one of the RSPB’s organised events, then you can take part by sleeping out in your garden. Imagine if you settled down and heard an owl calling, a fox barking or peeked out of your tent and saw a bat feeding overhead. Or even, finally saw that elusive hedgehog that you’ve long suspected calls your garden home.”

To make the most of a garden sleepout, there are plenty of fun activity ideas on the RSPB website, from building dens to torch light safaris. People can also ask their friends and family to sponsor a sleepout to help the RSPB to give nature a home.

In a bid to encourage even more people to sleep out, the RSPB has joined forces with Blacks, the outdoor retailer.

Ken Reeve, CEO of Blacks, says: “Blacks is extremely proud to be part of this tremendous initiative. We are wholly supportive of any campaign that encourages more people to engage with nature and we see the Big Wild Sleepout as an ideal platform to encourage families to experience the outdoors together.”

The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s new Giving Nature a Home campaign which is aimed at inspiring everyone to provide a place for wildlife wherever they live and however big their outside space is.

The event at Haweswater will run from 3pm on Saturday 10 August until 10.30am on Sunday 11 August, when people will be invited to visit the Golden Eagle viewing point.

The cost is £15 per adult and £10 per child. Participants are asked to bring their own tents and refreshments for both Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

To book for the Haweswater Big Wild Sleepout, call Fariha Quraishi on 01524 581001 or email Payment is advance is required.

For more information and ideas on how to make the most of your Big Wild Sleepout, and for details of events near you, visit:

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