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

Bushcrafts cooking fireBushcrafts survival day

Shelter, fire, food and water: An introduction to some of the basics for survival

Shelter is essential in cold and wet conditions. You’ll learn how to build an emergency, one-person, temporary shelter using the natural materials you find around you.

Fire lighting is a key survival skill: it warms us, it dries us, it makes water safe to drink, it cooks our food, it lifts morale.
  • You’ll learn several different ways to light a fire
  • You’ll find out about a wide range of tinders and learn how to build the flame up into a fire you can cook over
  • You’ll learn how to manage the fire from start to finish to minimise impact on the surroundings
Cooking: you’ll find out how to cook on a camp fire, including making supports and hangers to hold cooking pots over the fire and we'll look at sources of wild food.

Water: ground water is rarely safe to drink in Britain; we’ll look at some ways of collecting and preparing water to make it safe to drink.

Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you.

You can also do this as a half day session and choose the activities you'd like to be included. Please get in touch to discuss content.

: 7 hours (or 3.5 hours for half day option)

Cost: Prices from 32 each for a group of 10, 60 per person for first two people plus 25 per additional group member. Individual one-to-one booking available at 120. (Half day option is 60 for two people and 15 per additional person).

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and click on the button below to pay online.

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

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 over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.

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

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