This is a family orientated course aimed to immerse individuals more into the outdoors and wonderful world of bushcraft.
During your stay with us you will spend just over 24 hours learning a range of skills which will enhance your experience outdoors without the need for you to bring big and bulky equipment.
During the first day you will learn of safe use of cutting tools and we will touch upon the legalities and what tools we feel are useful in our environment for what we're doing. Armed with this knowledge you will be shown how to carve useful objects both for cooking with and for shelter construction which then you will replicate for later use. You will then be shown how to site and pitch your shelter using knots which we will teach on our introduction workshops as you will be spending the night under a tarp. For each activity we will show you how to select appropriate materials for both carving projects and firecraft, and later on how to make fire using modern and more primitive techniques (for example with flint and steel) and how to manage these fires sustainably and safely with considerations for cooking and warmth.
A simple bbq lunch with refreshments will be provided on the first day, and in the evening you will be shown how to prepare a hearty game meal- typically pigeon breasts still on feather (other options available by request so let us know your requirements) for your dinner.
In the evening there will be plenty of opportunities to tweak shelters to your liking, as well as have time to finish off any carving projects. There will also be the opportunity for families to play games once it gets dark (we have a great game we play which really heightens one's senses and takes you back to our hunter gatherer instincts), and if the sky allows, we will look at some useful ways of navigating using celestial means.
The next morning you will learn how to make your own bread on the open fire and then we will talk about how to safely purify water safe to drink, showing you a few methods which have proven to work effectively. You will then take apart your shelters and you will have the opportunity to grab a shower before leaving at noon.
This course in designed to be engaging yet fun and with an emphasis on getting hands on from families where prior experience is not necessary. There is a lower age limit for children which is 8 years however considerations can be made in certain circumstances.
The course is held in our small woodland at the back of the award winning campsite where we run many of our workshops and events, and as such full use of the facilities onsite are at your disposal (hot showers/toilets with disabled access). The wood is closed off to the public and campers as it's deemed as a teaching area.
£180 for one adult and one child
£350 family of four based on 2 adults and 2 children (additional child £80, additional adult £140)
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