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Woodland Ways Advanced Bushcraft Weekend

Woodland Ways Advanced Bushcraft Weekend


Course Location: Oxfordshire or East Lothian - Scotland

Course Time: 19.00-12.00

Course Duration: 3 Days

Course size: 12 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

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Woodland Ways Advanced Bushcraft Weekend

This course takes a few of the subjects that we cover on our Woodland Ways Bushcraft Weekend course and goes into them in more depth and also introduces some craft activities such as carving and basketry.


After being greeted by your instruction team there is a small walk to the fixed expedition style camp where you will be welcomed to the camp and its facilities.  After a brief introduction to the tools you will be using for the weekend; knife and saw, you will then be shown how to split, shave and carve green wood and fashion some tent pegs.  At the same time you will learn how to turn a piece of wood into a functional and hopefully beautiful utensil  as you rough out the beginnings of a spoon. The instructors will then demonstrate a variety of tried and tested knots that can be used in conjunction with your tent pegs to give you a perfectly set up tarp.  All that remains to do on the Friday evening is to sit down and enjoy a tasty pheasant casserole and continue to whittle away at your spoon.


You will cook you own breakfast of a damper loaf,  bacon and traditional campfire coffee over your fire. After breakfast the Saturday morning is devoted to working as a group and building a cosy shelter built around a central fire.  As the shelter nears completion we will turn our attention  to building a cooking rig over the fire area.

After a buffet style lunch, you will be guided through the process of collecting and processing the materials to manufacture a group fire bow set. You will then use this to get your own shelter fire lit. With the shelter complete, the fire going and your cooking rig ready you are now in a position to think about your evening meal as we turn our attention to some game preparation. 

Throughout the day there will be time to add the finishing touches to the spoon that was begun the day before so that it is complete in time to use it to eat your meal.

As you meal is gently cooking over the fire there should be sufficient time to collect some seasonal  wild ingredients to take back to camp and use them to make a tasty wild tea and to add to your evening meal. Whilst out and about we will also explore the flora and fauna of the woodland from the smallest animal sign to the largest tree.

All that is left to do is to enjoy your evening meal and get a good nights sleep in your shelter.


After a quick but hearty breakfast, the task for this last morning is to make your own willow basket to take home with you. You will be guided through the whole process of making a traditional round wicker basket. As the course finishes you will be able to use you finished basket to transport your lovingly carved spoon and tent pegs away with you.


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  • 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.

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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.