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The World of Bushcraft Centre - Woodland Ways
Woodland Ways World of Bushcraft Shop


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 6th July Cordage making workshop All Here
Saturday 9th July Tool use and maintenance  All Here
Wednesday 13th July Understanding axes worskshop All Here
Wednesday 20th July Carving a Swedish Kuksa All Here
Wednesday 27th July Map and compass basics All Here
Wednesday 3rd August Carving a spoon All Here
Wednesday 10th August Carving a Swedish Kuksa All Here
Wednesday 17th August Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop All Here
Wednesday 31st August Game preparation workshop All Here
Wednesday 7th September Making a simple round basket All Here
Wednesday 14th September Understanding axes workshop All Here
Wednesday 21st September Tool use and maintenance  All Here
Wednesday 28th September Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop All Here
Wednesday 5th October Map and compass basics All Here
Wednesday 12th October The basics of net making All Here
Wednesday 19th October Cordage making workshop All Here
Wednesday 26th October Arrow making workshop All Here

These 2 - 3 hour workshops start at just £30 per person.

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!


Opening Hours

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:

December: Closed Xmas Day and Boxing Day.
January: Closed New Years Day.


Location- we are situated by the waters edge within Priory Marina.
The World Of Bushcraft Centre
Priory Marina
Barkers Lane
MK41 9DJ

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.
We can be a little tricky to find! So we suggest you follow these directions.
  • 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 keep the hotel on your right.
  • Go past the hotel and then subsequently the Beefeater pub, as the lane bends to the right you will go through the marina gates and we are right in front of you, just look for the deer.
We recommend you do not use sat nav as this can sometimes take you to the opposite side of the river and you will not reach us!


Or you can simply buy from our vast range of bushcraft equipment online here from our main Woodland Ways Website.  We also provide range of bushcraft courses and expeditions.


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"A great day of escaping from the usual and a great sense of achievement - especially starting a fire without matches or a lighter!! I never felt pressured into doing anything and always felt as if the instructors were only too willing to make our day as enjoyable as possible. The Instructors ..."

– Jon Sheaf

"A great weekend, vastly knowledgable instructors who were able to get the message across in an entertaining but thorough manner. Good spread of subjects and fantastic instructors who ooze knowledge and enthusiasm, what more could you ask for."

– Jon

"Hey all Just a quick thanks to the 'Woodlands ways crew' for a fantastic weekend felling trees etc, I'd learnt more in the first 2 hrs than I had in the previous thirty years...Jason and Dan really know their stuff! "

– Jason Plume

"One of the most enjoyable weekends spent in the woods. A big Thanks to Martyn and Ruth for their knowledge and for putting up with the jokes! I feel that everybody should at sometime in their life experience this weekend, just to see how much fun it can be! "

– Neil Toon

"WOODLAND WOOOOOOOWWWWW! you guys are amazing..i just got home from your intro wkd!!!! massive thanks to Martin, Adam, Nick and Matt for opening up the natural world in so many ways!! I feel so inspired and its just given me the thirst for more big time....Cant wait to see you again :)"

– Natalie

"Hi Jason- What can I say, we both had an amazing time on your family bushcraft course. It was great fun. I'm so glad we slept in the shelter. Superb instructors, always willing to answer questions and offer help. We will definitely be back, well worth the money."

– Jon & Zak

"I'd like to pass on my thanks and praise for the course and your instructors. It was one of the best experiences of my life and hopefully the start of many more. I had a life changing five days - too many good aspects to mention and can't wait to do more. Brilliant course."

Alex Spiers
  • Best Bushcraft Course Award For Families 2009
    Best Bushcraft Course Award 2009
  • Best Bushcraft School Award 2011
    Best Bushcraft Instructor Award 2011
    Best Bushcraft Course Award 2011 - woodland Ways Survival and Bushcraft Weekend
  • Finalist Best Bushcraft Retailer Online Award 2011
    Finalist Best Bushcraft Instructor Award 2011
    Finalist Best Bushcraft Online Content Award 2011

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