A weekend of adventure & entertainment

Unfortunately and with great sadness we have to announce we have taken the decision to cancel this years Big Shakeout in September. We had plans to grow the festival considerably this year making it highly sustainable for future years. However the gods simply haven’t been on our side this year making the financial risk too great for us. We had hoped to use neighboring fields which would have allowed us to increase the capacity and invest into badly needed infrastructure requirements that would have allowed the festival to take place pretty much what ever the weather. Despite holding off for as long as we could, unfortunately permissions for the land and the associated licenses have not yet been resolved forcing us to cancel our plans this year.

Rest assured we are full steam ahead planning for the Big Shakeout 2015 and as soon as we have more news on dates, prices and tickets sales you’ll be the first to know.


The Big Shakeout festival is the ideal basecamp for a weekend of adventure in the Peak District. The format is simple, be active during the day and be entertained in the evening. If you have a taste for adventure, want to be inspired and try something new the Big Shakeout is for you.


There will be free activities onsite that will appeal to families, but if you want more thrills sign up for a School of Adventure course with a qualified instructor. With an emphasis on taster sessions we will give you a set of core skills to take away.


We will give you somewhere to stay, feed you, and entertain you. The Thornbridge Outdoors campground is a beautiful, atmospheric and secluded location to set up camp for the weekend. In the evenings hang up your rucksack and enjoy hearty cooked food, great beer, live music, lectures, fun and games.


The Peak District is known for its world class rock climbing, challenging mountain biking, beautiful caves and fine walking terrain all within a 20 minute radius from Thornbridge Outdoors, adventure for all levels of skill and experience.

Big Shakeout Gallery

A selection of images from 2013

NEWS: 29 05 2014

Live Music 2014

Get ready for the music

NEWS: 23 05 2014

Site Activities

This year's Big Shakeout is bigger than ever, with more going on day and night!

NEWS: 02 05 2014

Mountain Bike Skills Area

Thornbridge's mountain bike skills park

NEWS: 02 05 2014

New BikeFest

Celebrate cycling in the Peak District

NEWS: 08 04 2014

Climbing Courses

Climbing is central to the Big Shakeout and this year we have put together a broad range of courses for you.

NEWS: 02 04 2014