Bushcrafts Survival Skills
Weekend Courses in 2019
survival essentials: 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
- different ways of building a shelter from natural materials
- useful knots and a range of tarp shelter set ups
a fire several different ways in difficult conditions
- fire by friction using a bow drill
- how to manage a fire and cook
- wild food foraging and wild medicines
During the bushcraft weekend you'll use your knife and other tools to make some very useful items, developing your tool use skills. You'll sleep in
your shelter, get your fire going again in the morning and cook your
breakfast on it.
- how to ensure you have a supply of safe
Four bushcraft weekend courses are available in 2019 for public booking at Hamsterley Forest in partnership with the Forestry Commission:
Bushcraft weekend dates
March 30th and 31st 2019
July 13th and 14th 2019
and 20th 2019
You can also book privately for dates that suit you better. More information on private bookings.
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, nuts and wild
mushrooms varying with the season
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
lighting - the basics
Fire is one
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
You'll cook your evening meal on the camp fire
- You’ll find
out about collecting, preparing and using a wide
range of tinders to get the flame going
Please note you will sleep
overnight in the tarp shelter you make.
learn the ultimate in fire lighting techniques, fire
by friction, using a bow drill
learn ways of lighting fire in wet conditions
learn how to build the flame up into a fire you can
learn how to manage the fire from start to finish to
minimise impact on the surroundings.
often say food tastes better cooked outdoors over an
- You’ll set
up a camp fire for cooking
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 tool use
You'll learn how to sharpen knives and axes and undertake a number of
useful projects that will develop your skills.
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 the two day course including
Ring or email to book
a weekend that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
then fill in and return the booking form (by
email or post) and click on
below to pay online.
Download booking form
Participants should be 18 or over. Bring a packed lunch for
Saturday and Sunday. Price doesn't include food ingredients which you
will need to bring yourself.
The bushcraft weekend activity
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.
ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher
for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.