Family bushcraft activities

Wild North Discovery

Bushcrafts, wild food foraging, birdwatching, wildlife, nature and ancient craft skills in North East England and the North West Highlands of Scotland


Basic Willow Baskets

An Introduction to willow basket weavinga simple willow basket

Willow can be used to make a range of useful objects from a simple basket to a fish trap or even a chair. This short introduction to working with willow will give you some of the basic principles that you can then try out at home. You’ll leave with a shallow basket and hopefully the urge to do some more!

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: 55 for two people (27.50 each); 15 per additional group member.
Individual one-to-one booking available at 55.

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and make your payment by cheque or click on the button below to pay online. Download booking form

Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum 10. Participants should be 16 or over.

The activity leader is qualified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and woodland skills for nearly thirty years. He is DBS cleared.

Location: North Pennines - Weardale, Harehope, Hamsterley Forest, Northumberland, Kielder

Booking options

Willow basket with handle

Willow can be used to make a range of useful objects from a simple basket to a fish trap or even a chair. This introduction to willow basketry will give you the basic skills to produce a useful basket. Depending upon how quickly you pick up the skills you may have time to put a handle on your basket during the day if not you’ll leave with everything you need to finish off your basket complete with handle if you haven’t quite been able to finish it.

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Cost: 110 for two people, 25 per additional group member. Individual one- to-one booking available at 110.

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and make your payment by cheque or click on the button below to pay online. Download booking form

Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum 10. Participants should be 16 or over. Bring a packed lunch. All activity leaders are CRB checked.

The activity leader is qualified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and woodland skills for nearly thirty years. He is DBS cleared.

Location: North Pennines - Weardale, Harehope, Hamsterley Forest, Northumberland, Kielder

Booking options


Gift Vouchers

The ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher open for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.