As well as operating our National Award Winning courses, Woodland Ways operates the Completely Unique Woodland Ways World of Bushcraft Shop in Bedford. With UK courses and expeditions spanning the globe the historical research required, skills training, travel research and equipment choice has always been vital in being able to operate at such a level, and now all this information is available to you.
Until now there has been no-where available in the UK where in one place you can go and research a particular fire lighting technique, speak to someone who has lived with a massai tribe, test a woods mans axe before buying, source a specialist piece of kit from Sweden or discuss with experienced instructors the pro's and con's of all things outdoors... until now.
Open 7 days a week, a physical place where anyone young and old can visit, research, discuss and purchase all things relating to Bushcraft & Survival. Each day the centre is manned by very experienced staff and there is a very regular instructors presence, we hold regular workshop activities including basketry and friction fire lighting for you to have a go at. Our workshop timetable is available below.
Each Wednesday we operate a bookable 2 hour workshop for you to learn a particular skill, there are also regular 3 hour instructor led workshop or presentations at a weekend, as well as evening workshops. We hold regular children's workshops during the school holidays.
|Wednesday 20th August||Tool use and maintenance||All|
|Wednesday 27th August||Carving a Spoon||All||Here|
|Wednesday 3rd September||Carving a Swedish Kuksa||All||Here|
|Wednesday 10th September||Understanding Axes||All||Here|
|Wednesday 17th September||Game preparation - Wood Pigeon & Rabbit||All||Here|
|Wednesday 24th September||Friction fire lighting - The Bow Drill||All||Here|
|Wednesday 1st October||Making a round basket||All||Here|
|Wednesday 15th October||Carving a Swedish Kuksa||All||Here|
|Wednesday 22nd October||The basics of net making||All||Here|
|Wednesday 29th October||Carving a spoon||All||Here|
Our workshop space is also available for anyone to use free of charge for you to demonstrate your skills such as artists workshops, carving, countryside and crafts.
If you’re aggressively commercial we may charge you but on the whole the space is yours to use if it fits in with our ethos!
Our opening hours are usually 09:30 – 16:30 seven days a week, there are rare occasions where we need to close if the centre has been privately booked out. Find the dates we are closed below:
WE ARE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES
|11th-13th August, please note we are moving the shop from upstairs to downstairs. Our phones will still be staffed and online orders are completed as usual but if you were planning a visit you will not see the centre in its full glory! Stock is still available to buy... we just may take a little while to find it!
December: Closed Xmas Day and Boxing Day.
|January: Closed New Years Day.|
Chandlery Buildings at Priory Marina
01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 days)
07843 064114 (Out of hours)
There is convenient parking both immediately outside aswell as in the neighbouring Priory Country Park.
- As you leave Barkers Lane (the yellow road on the map) into the entrance to Priory Country Park, before you enter the park gates there is a turning on your right to head towards the Premier Inn Hotel.
- Take this turning and keeping right you will drive past the hotel on your left.
- The entry gates to the Marina are straight in front of you, drive through these gates and park up on your left, we are through the double doors and up the stairs.