With the Christmas adverts already hitting our screens, and London shimmering with lights and decorations, it’s time to start planning for those all important Christmas parties!
New for 2019 is Winter Wildfire, the most magical Christmas experience in London this year. Taking place in a beautiful old Mansion in South London, the day offers a plethora of activities, fun and games including Wreath Making and Bauble Marbling, whilst the evening is devoted to partying ‘til 2am. With that festive spirit (and drinks) flowing, this is set to be the best way to welcome in the start of Advent. Welcome, to Winter Wildfire.
What is Winter Wildfire?
Much like Camp Wildfire, Winter Wildfire is all about having fun. By day: festive adventure, gift and decoration making and winter crafts. By Night: A late night party, DJs and secrets! With all the charm and character of it’s older sibling, but taking place inside a magical old mansion in South London, the days will be full of fun and games. The Patrols will make a return, with the Foxes, Badgers, Squirrels and Hawks battling it out to earn Points, it’s set to be a fantastic day. With a strict 18+ age limit, you can let your hair down and party the day (and night) away!
Guests can programme a whole afternoon of making, learning and upcycling everything they need for a handmade Christmas at this new Christmas event at Beckenham Place Mansion. They can make decorations, cards and gifts and leave with Christmas preparations “in the bag”! From Wreath Making from foraged materials, to Bauble Marbling and even Candle Making, the much loved Astronomy from CW makes an appearance. the hugely popular Sign Language class returns too in the form of a Choir, so expect to learn some Christmas Carols!
There will be a late night party, and the opening of the first advent door. With disco, 80’s, indie and funk and soul. There will also be a fully stocked bar, food vendors, games, quizzes and treasure hunts! If Camp Wildfire is anything to go by, this is going to be an absolute BALL, as the parties in the evening are what makes it such fun!
Like Camp Wildfire, Winter Wildfire will operate a tiered activity system. Split into 2 brackets (Bronze & Silver), each person can choose between 3 Silver activities and unlimited Bronze. Check out the lists below for some of the activities on offer:
• Foraged Wreath Making
• Christmas Candle Making
• Bauble Marbling
• Sign Language Choir
• Festive Apothercary
• Dr Hope’s Board Games
• Wild Swimming
• Winter Astronomy
• Christmas Card Making
• Treasure Hunt
• Late Night Parties
• Advent Secrets
• Patrol Games
Taking place in South London at Beckenham Place Mansion, a short 10 minute walk from Beckenham Junction & Beckenham Hill stations, which operate quick services to central London throughout the day. A 20 minute taxi ride to Brixton Underground station in the early hours will offer 24 hour services via the Night Tube.
I spoke with Jules, one half of the mind behind Camp Wildfire & Winter Wildfire, to find out more about this fantastic new event.
With this being the first Winter Wildfire, what was the idea behind creating this event?
The idea behind creating this event was twofold. Firstly, we are very aware of the wastage amount of plastic that gets thrown away at Christmas – we all give and receive a lot of crap! We wanted to create a day experience that would enable adults to make lots of the things they will need to prepare, using recycled, sustainable materials. (you can make gifts, decorations and wrapping paper) But, I wont deny it, its also just a great excuse to get a bit festive and have a big party (its the night before Advent you see!!) The Wildfire community never fails to amaze me; and we wanted to create a place where everyone could meet up, have fun and get silly!
How does this tie in with the usual Camp Wildfire event?
Winter Wildfire is Camp Wildfire’s festive little sister. Expect all the silliness, community and creativity of Camp, but in a beautiful, old Christmas house with all the trimmings. The format is the same – Adventure by Day, Party by night. If you have been to Camp Wildfire you will know about Patrols…and Winter Wildfire is a chance to win Patrol Points too! (if you haven’t been to Camp then its time to start getting excited!) And don’t forget….the night ends with a giant house party (in a Georgian mansion).
Tickets start at £20 for the evening (6pm – 2am) if you want to join in just the Party, or £60 if you want to enjoy the entire day and activities from 12 midday – 2am. These can be booked via the Camp Wildfire website by clicking here, but be quick as there are only 30 tickets left (at time of publishing).
I can’t wait for Winter Wildfire. After an absolutely FANTASTIC Camp Wildfire 2019 in September, it’s the perfect end-of-year treat that brings together the four patrols, leaders and Campmates. The passion, love, and close knit community is what makes these events stand out, so it’d be fantastic to see it sell out and be a full house. What an absolutey fantastic start to the Christmas period it’s going to be!
Jules & Lee would like to request that attendees bring any unwanted winter clothing that they have, so that it can be donated to Crisis, the Homeless charity, and a worthy cause. As winter sets in, and the temperatures drop, all donations will be deeply appreciated by those in need.