CHILDREN can live in the wild, cook over open fires and sleep under canvas this summer in a unique opportunity at Blenheim Palace.

Outdoor activity organiser The Bushcraft Company has joined forces with Blenheim Estate to hold three to five-day residential camps over the summer and autumn school terms.

Held in safari-style tented camps, deep within the woods of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the nature days feature activities including fire-lighting, shelter-building and orienteering.

Evenings are spent enjoying bush tucker feasts, playing football and rounders, and roasting marshmallows over the campfire.

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The Bushcraft Company will run an open day at Blenheim next month and returns for 'Camp Wilderness', a series of three to five-day camping experiences in the summer holidays.

Chris Heatley, the company's operations manager, said: “We believe going to summer camp is a rite of passage for every child and that’s why we make sure ours is extra special. Camp Wilderness is the perfect place to make great friends and long-lasting memories.”

Blenheim Estate's rural manager, Rachel Brodie, said: “We’re committed to raising countryside awareness through education and sharing the diversity and natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with others is one of our 10 goals."