Bear Grylls is stepping out of the wilderness and into an all-new comfort zone.
The master survivalist leads TV shows like “Man vs. Wild” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” Over the years, he’s become a staple figure in outdoor adventure and conservation efforts.
Bear Grylls and the Gone Wild Festival
Recently, he posted on Instagram about the Gone Wild Festival that happened this weekend. Grylls also gave a huge shoutout to everyone involved in the massive festival.
“What a weekend! Thank you to all of you that joined us at the first ever @gonewildfestival! … So many incredible adventures, bands, explorers, and inspirational people, (and a special shout out to our team that got onto it so fast when a few of the more adventurous activities got booked out super early. So many volunteers and serving and former & @royalmarines, led RMR Maj Oli Mason, went the extra mile to increase capacity within the covid regulations, so thank you!) My highlights have been the crazy bikes, circus skills, the penny farthings with @neillaughton, the airsoft with @bigphilcampion, our @bemilitaryfit world record, the kids Commando School & @beargryllssurvivalacademy…” he wrote on Instagram.
Grylls also shared several amazing pictures of the festival for those who missed it. One of which is the survivalist adorably posing around a group of young kids. He also has a photo of himself eating a plate of some kind of bug while onlookers watch. Several of the other pictures feature Grylls talking to a crowd or posing with different entertainers.
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The festival went on from August 26-29. It featured performances from Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Ministry of Sound Classical, Melanie G, and several others. Also, several inspiring people took the stage like Nicola Adams, Steve Backshall, and Andrew Cotton. People attending could take part in epic activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, climbing, open water swimming, knife throwing, and several other activities.
Additionally, the festival is claiming to have broken a world record as well. Alongside Be Military Fit, the Bear Grylls festival also made an attempt to have the most people squat jumping for 60 seconds at one time. The organization shared a video of the epic attempt at the world record and wrote, “This morning BMF attempted to break a WORLD RECORD during our workout with @beargrylls and @nicolaadams with the most people continuously squat jumping for 60 seconds! Do you think we managed it?!”
According to BBC, the Bear Grylls-led festival has also been criticized by many people who attended the event at Powderham Castle. Families later complained that several of the activities were completely booked when they got there. Others also noted that there weren’t any hygiene facilities, hand washing stations in the bathrooms, or any COVD-19 check-in spots.
Gone Wild said in a statement that there is an “extremely high demand for some activities” and also apologized that many “may not be able to do all of their first choice activities.”
The festival has 17 activities requiring a previous booking but there were 60 other walk-up activities to do. The event was following all COVID-19 guidelines as well.