One man shelter with campfire Making feathersticks Willow baskets in action during a wild food & foraging day A home from home Wild food walk on the Sunday morning Shelter in the woods Firelighting with birch bark and sparks Fire! Father and son bow drill Birch bark makes excellent tinder Feathersticks Life in a lean-to shelter Campfire billycan Lightweight tarp set up in the hazel coppice Bark shelter in the woods Ponassed fish cooking by the campfire Chicken of the woods Foraging wild garlic mustard Gathering fir needles for wild tea on our Bushcraft course Maintaining a sharp edge Using stinging nettle stalk fibres as strong cord A one person A-frame shelter Survival trapping demonstration

Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Weekend

"As I wipe my bloody hands on a patch of grass, I reflect on how dull, by comparison, a spa weekend would have been. Who wants a pedicure when you can flense a rabbit, instead?"
Caitlin Moran, The Times

This course aims to introduce you to wilderness survival skills and bushcraft techniques. We cram as much quality instruction and outdoor experience as we possibly can into your two days out in the woods.  By Saturday night you'll be sleeping in your own leaf litter shelter, warmed by a fire you've lit yourself (not a match or lighter in sight) eating a meal you’ve prepared and cooked over the campfire.

You might even be carving something useful or making string from plant fibres by the light of the fire.  If you like the idea of travelling light in the great outdoors and making the most of any natural resource you may find or feel that a grounding in survival and wilderness living would be the best way to be equipped for travel through wild places, then read on...

Over this weekend you will receive instruction and practical experience in:

  • A strategy for survival
  • Being prepared – choosing and packing sensible survival equipment
  • Building survival shelters
  • Lighting fires in all weathers using survival and improvised equipment
  • Safety with back country cutting tools
  • Wild plant identification for food and medicine
  • Natural bindings and cordage
  • Cooking over a campfire with minimal or improvised equipment
  • Finding water and making it safe to drink
  • Survival trapping, theory only
  • Preparing and cooking wild game
  • Efficient use and correct maintenance of cutting tools

Come prepared to be showered with invaluable information, introduced to some life saving skills, work hard and have a lot of fun at the same time.

The course assembles Friday evening for an initial safety brief at 7pm and finishes at approximately 3pm on the Sunday.  This weekend course is fully catered.

Are you looking for a survival & bushcraft challenge instead? Check out the longer more challenging Living Wild 4 day course and if you’re after an advanced version there’s the legendary Hunter Gatherer Challenge.


Wilderness Survival & Bushcraft Weekend

Survival Bushcraft Weekend

2 days

25-Jun-2021 to 27-Jun-2021

Start 19.00

Finish 15.00


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