Brighton Science Festival

Firecraft: The Secrets of the Spark

Tuesday 18 February 2020

10.30am - 11.30am, 11.45am - 12.45pm, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, 2.15pm - 3.15pm, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Join educator, bushcraft instructor and entertainer Chris Packe, and go back to the birth of science, the dawn of civilisation, to explore one of the earliest technologies of them all: FIRECRAFT. It sparked off science, and is still at the centre of our lives today.

In this highly interactive and experimental 1 hour outdoor workshop we shall explore Chris’s Six Scientific Ignition Tricks – all the different methods for getting a blaze going. Yes, we shall set lots of things on fire in many different ways, all in the name of science. Ancient methods, modern methods, natural tinders, artificial tinders… but we shall not be falling for the old scientist’s trick of incinerating our own eyebrows.

Perhaps at the end you might want to accept the One Match Challenge…

A healthy interest in firecraft is inevitably entwined with a deep relationship with nature. If you want to get outdoors, get to know trees and plants, transform your average walk in the woods into an adventure, find new ways to relax, or if you just love creative, experimental science, then firecraft is for you, and this event is your launchpad.

Join us in Stanmer Park under the welcoming shelter of a big army parachute. Learn a lot, have a lot of fun, and then massively impress your friends with your amazing new skills.


10.30am – 11.30am, 11.45am – 12.45pm, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 2.15pm – 3.15pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Suitable for ages 6+. Adults are most welcome, and hugely encouraged, to join in – children learn by imitation, so joining in is the best way to encourage learning.

Come dressed appropriately for being outdoors!


TICKET:  £7 per person
Children aged 7 and under can participate free

Bookings on this firecraft event are subject to Chris Packe’s Terms and Conditions. To review these, please click here.

See my website, Insights from the Outdoors, for wider nature musings, and details of youth programmes and father/son and father/daughter events I run.

Along with Chris there will be Fergus the Forager’s Wild Food Walk, where you can explore Fergus’s Big Six essential wild food plants, and uncover the food potential of up to 25 other plants and fungi. Details here.
Put them both together for an alfresco science experience you will never forget!

TO FIND STANMER HOUSE, don’t trust the postcode!

Either put ‘Stanmer House’ into your satnav, or absorb the map below.