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.
|Saturday 12th March||Coil basketry workshop||All||Here|
|Wednesday 23rd March||Friction fire lighting - The bow drill||All||Here|
|Wednesday 30th March||Map and compass basics||All||Here|
|Wednesday 6th April||Arrow making||All||Here|
|Wednesday 20th April||Cordage making workshop||All||Here|
|Wednesday 27th April||Making a round basket||All||Here|
|Wednesday 4th May||Game preparation - Wood pigeon & Rabbit||All||Here|
|Wednesday 11th May||Tool use and maintenance||All||Here|
|Wednesday 18th May||Carving a spoon||All||Here|
|Wednesday 25th May||Carving a Swedish Kuksa||All||Here|
|Wednesday 1st June||Coil basketry workshop||All||Here|
|Wednesday 8th June||Arrow making||All||Here|
|Saturday 10th June||Friction fire lighting - The bow drill||All||Here|
|Wednesday 15th June||Making a round basket||All||Here|
|Wednesday 22nd June||Game preparation - Wood pigeon & Rabbit||All||Here|
|Wednesday 29th June||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
|December: Closed Xmas Day and Boxing Day.
|January: Closed New Years Day.|
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 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.