weekend survival skills: shelter, fire, food and water
weekend allows more time to practice skills and look in more depth than
the one day course. It is aimed at beginners and those with
knowledge wanting to improve their skills. During the bushcraft weekend
you’ll learn the key skills
to survive: different ways of building a shelter from natural
materials, useful knots and a range of tarp shelter set ups, how
a fire several different ways in difficult conditions, fire by friction
using a bow drill, how to manage a fire and cook
on it, wild food foraging, wild medicines and how to ensure you have a
supply of safe
During the weekend you'll use your knife and other tools to make some
very useful items, developing your tool use skills.
can stay overnight and sleep in your shelter by arrangement and an
additional payment (see below). You will then get your fire going again
in the morning and cook your breakfast on it. It doesn't have to be
a weekend you can also book two consecutive days during the week.
You can book the bushcraft weekend privately, continue below, or you can join one of these publicly available bushcraft weekends at Hamsterley Forest in partnership with the Forestry Commission:
March 17th and
June 16th and 17th 2018
and 9th 2018
and 16th 2018
essential; it protects us from the weather, keeps
us warm and dry and is psychologically important for morale.
learn how to make a one person emergency shelter
using the materials found around you
learn how to make a lean-to cold weather shelter that
maximises the benefit you get from the warmth of your fire.
- You'll learn a range of knots and put up a
of the oldest skills known to mankind; it
is thought that our evolution as an intelligent, dominant species was
greatly by our ability to cook raw food. Firecraft is a central
it warms us, it dries us, it makes water safe to drink, it cooks our
learn several different ways to generate a flame
without using matches including with flint and steel
learn the ultimate in fire lighting techniques, fire
by friction, using a bow drill
- You’ll find
out about collecting, preparing and using a wide
range of tinders to get the flame going
learn how to build the flame up into a fire you can
learn ways of lighting fire in wet conditions
learn how to manage the fire from start to finish to
minimise impact on the surroundings.
and tool use
You'll learn how to sharpen knives and axes and undertake a number of
useful projects that will develop your skills.
By arrangement and for an additional fee you can sleep in your shelter.
Please ask for details and discuss with us before paying.
for wild food and medicines
plenty of food growing wild around us. 7,000 years
ago, our ancestors started growing their own food but before that we
wild animals and picked wild plants to eat. It was really important to
what was edible and what was poisonous; it could be a matter of life or
This is an
introductory activity to a very big subject we’ll
get you off on the right foot. We’ll be out in the field looking at
identification, discussing preparation and some tasting.
protein sources (not for the squeamish and we won’t
make you try them!)
- A selection
of edible leaves, flowers, roots, berries, seeds
and nuts found locally
often say food tastes better cooked outdoors over an
- You’ll set
up a camp fire for cooking, without using
discover how to use the different areas of the fire
for different cooking techniques
- You’ll cook
bread cakes, smoke fish, make soup and do a bit
of barbecuing and baking as well as have a brew up. We’ll add a few
wild ingredients as available.
and treating water
water found in Britain is rarely
safe to drink.
Duration: 2 days
learn a number of different ways to collect water and
process it for safe use.
Cost: £100 per person for two people, £40 per additional
group member. Individual
one-to-one booking available at £200.
Accommodation not included;
see booking information.
Ring or email to book
a weekend that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email email@example.com
then fill in and return the booking form (by
email or post) and click on
below to pay online.
Download booking form
Minimum group size two; maximum 12.
Participants should be 16 or over. Bring a packed lunch on
Saturday. Price doesn't include food ingredients which you will need to bring yourself.
The bushcraft weekend
leader is qualified through the Institute for
to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and
woodland skills for over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.
North Pennines - Harehope or Hamsterley Forest, Weardale or Kielder
ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher
for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.