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Final celebration on 1 April

Max Woosey, ‘The Boy in the Tent’ who has raised thousands of pounds by spending the last 3 years sleeping in a tent in his back garden will camp out for the final time.

Broomhill Estate is hosting Max’s Final Camp Out Festival. The day-long mini-festival will kick off at midday on Saturday 1 April in and around the sculpture garden and boutique art hotel near Barnstaple in North Devon, UK. 

Broomhill is planning an epic day to remember to celebrate Max’s achievement with an amazing showcase of music and the magic of Hollywood. 

Max says, ‘It was amazing that so many people got in touch from all over the UK wanting to mark my three-year anniversary of camping out, but I wanted to stay close to home and celebrate with friends and family nearby. Broomhill is a brilliant place for the celebration. We are going to camp out in the grounds amongst the sculptures and have a big party. There’s going to be bands and live music, fireworks and food, special guests, axe-throwing, and really cool movie memorabilia! It’s going to be epic! Thank you to Broomhill for doing this.’ 

Music-wise; there will be a main stage, an acoustic stage and an after-party, all courtesy of buzzy indie label Frictionless Music. The main stage will be headlined by Declan Welsh and The Decadent West, and also Fizzy Blood. DWDW is a 4-piece band from Glasgow with a focus on intelligent, relatable lyrics, catchy hooks and an electric live show. DWDW has already released four EPs and one album to critical acclaim, receiving a Scottish Album of the Year Award nomination for their debut ‘Cheaply Bought Expensively Sold,’ as well as a BBC Introducing Track of the Week. 

Movie-wise, festival-goers will be able to experience an amazing exhibition of never-before-seen authentic movie memorabilia. The exhibition is a collaboration between Broomhill Estate and Propstore. With offices in London and Los Angeles and over 25,000 combined square feet of archived props and costumes, Propstore is the busiest and most trusted authority in the hobby of collecting movie memorabilia.

The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature a classic ‘Alien v Predator’ showdown with life-size versions of a 2-metre Predator facing-off against a 3.5-metre Alien Queen! There will also be a special guest appearance from actor Ian Whyte for autographs and pictures with him and the Hollywood props. Ian is a Welsh actor, stuntman and former professional basketball player. At 7 ft 1 in tall, Ian is well known for roles that require a towering physical presence. Ian has played the Predator numerous times as well as the Last Engineer in Prometheus, several roles in Game of Thrones including The Mountain, Gregor Clegane, the giant Wun Wun and a White Walker, as well as numerous roles in the Star Wars franchise and other films.

The exhibition will feature iconic movie props such as the original ‘Jumanji’ board, the original Kurgan hero sword from ‘Highlander’ (there can be only one, and it will be at the festival), the bar of soap from ‘Fight Club’, Achilles’ (Brad Pitt’s) sword and shield from ‘Troy’, the Comedian’s costume from ‘Watchmen’, Alice’s hero costume from ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ and many more legendary items. Cosplay welcome!

Max’s Final Camp Out Festival is a day festival with specialist festival food, drink and activities including axe-throwing, a silent disco in the woods, a party bus, fireworks, fancy dress, kids yoga, reptile handling and a chili eating competition to boot! The festival is family-friendly with activities for all ages. Festival-goers can return home at the end of day, or they can experience what Max has done for three straight years and camp out in their tents alongside Max. 

Tickets to Max’s Final Festival Camp Out are on sale from 1 March. Any profits from the day will be given to Max’s ongoing fundraising campaign for North Devon Hospice and individuals are encouraged to donate directly to Max’s JustGiving campaign.

Max began his adventure on 29 March 2020, aged 10, and has now spent over 1,000 days camping out and has raised over £700K for the North Devon Hospice - his original target was £100! In the last three years, he has received the Pride of Britain, Spirit of Adventure award and the Bear Grylls Chief Scout Unsung Hero award, both in 2021. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in May 2022 and has recently given a TEDx talk. 

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