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Fire Lighting Bushcraft Weekend

Fire Lighting Bushcraft Weekend


Course Location: Oxfordshire or Derbyshire

Course Time: 13.00 Fri - 12.00 Sun

Course Duration: 3 days

Course size: 10 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

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Fire Lighting Bushcraft Weekend

Through this weekend you will have the rare opportunity to work in small groups with us on this most important topic, not only understanding its importance to our species, but also discovering a whole myriad of methods for creating it focusing on historical and primitive methods.

On the Friday afternoon after setting up your own sleeping system we will begin exploring the various tinders that are available to you in the British Woodland and spend some time collecting tinder and kindling materials.  Once back at the camp we will take you through the whole fire building process including safety, 100% success, and environmental factors.

Once the fire is established we will have a look at different fire lays and their application and we will use the fire to make char cloth as well as other charred tinders.
In the evening you will be taken on a journey with an introductory talk on the importance of fire to us as a species, you will discover all of the theories of exactly how far back our association with fire began, how it became the focal point for a home, how our bodies changed as a result, how it influenced modern and ancient human behaviour... even down to the influence on the domestication of wildlife. 

Following breakfast on Saturday we will take an in depth look at  flint and steel and the ancient method of using iron pyrites and flint.  As these methods only create embers we will have plenty of practice in blowing tinder bundles into life.

The Saturday afternoon is filled with a firebow masterclass; and in depth look at the technique with plenty of hands on practice. There will then be the opportunity to source the materials to fashion you own set to take home.

On the Saturday evening and continuing on the Sunday morning you will also explore  the hand drill and be tutored in its application.

The course will finish by looking at the correct way to extinguish and clear away your fire, making sure it is completely out and that we leave no trace.

Please note this is a self-catering course and no food is included, you will need to bring food and all cooking equipment with you for the duration of the weekend. Please bring food that is quick and easy to prepare to avoid eating into the course time. Hot and cold drinking water will be constantly available.

Basic eco-toilet facilities are available on site.


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  • Derbyshire


  • Oxfordshire


    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

    Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.