Family Bushcraft & Survival Weekend

Why not bring your young adventurers into the woods for the weekend and give them the chance to learn new skills, develop confidence and learn about the natural world around them?  You can share in the challenge of mastering fire, make your own shelter and then relax in front of your fire together when the day is done.
This two day two night course is for family groups or children accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

Family Bushcraft & Survival Weekend Overview

The content of this course is similar to our adult Bushcraft & Survival Weekend course, but tailored to a younger audience with additional elements about animal tracks and signs to help develop an enthusiasm and understanding of British wildlife. 

Activities are designed for all the family to get involved in their own way, and all family members are welcome, there is no minimum or maximum age!

"Fantastic! Both the older children and younger children were engaged. Loved the hands on approach and how the children were allowed to do things by themselves. I’m sure they will enjoy walks in the park a lot more now!"

"It’s brilliant how much you can learn over the course of a few days. Graham was very generous with his vast knowledge."

"Thank you, I really enjoyed the experience! Amazing how far you can feel from your daily responsibilities when in the woods learning new skills!"
Course content: 
Course content can vary depending on the season, and natural resources available but includes:
  • Safe knife use*
  • Knife maintenance*
  • Siting your fire
  • Tinder choice and preparation
  • Kindling and main fuel selection
  • 3 techniques for fire lighting including fire from spark.
  • Fire from one match, every time.
  • Fire lays and Fire management
  • Leaving no trace
  • Useful Plants and Trees
  • Finding water & water purification
  • Build Natural and man-made shelters
  • Camp craft
  • Introduction to animals, tracks and signs. 
  • Animal print hunt - including print casting  
* indicates optional at parental discretion for ages 11 and over

Conducted from an expedition-style teaching environment in a beautiful mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with an eco-friendly composting toilet.  The camp fire is under cover, and acts as a communal area with a hot kettle constantly on the fire, coffee, tea, biscuit tin and squash available all day.

Course venue

Bayford, Hertfordshire

Our Woodland camp is based in beautiful ancient broadleaf woodland of 45 acres and is the venue for our weekend courses and many of our day workshops. Part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, the Bayford location is close to rail and road connections, (only half an hour from the M25, and near the A10) but entirely secluded, uninterrupted by public footpaths and secure with no public access. 

Rich in traditional timber species such as Oak, Ash and Hornbeam, there is also a significant understorey of Birch, Hazel coppice, and plenty of wildlife who share the site including Badger and Deer.

Next dates available

Fri 20th-Sun 22nd April 2018 
Fri 13th-Sun 15th July 2018
Fri 19th-Sun 21st October 2018


£245 for 1 adult and 1 child
£295 for 1 adult and 2 children
£345 for a family of four

Please get in touch for other family group prices, we cater for all group types and sizes.

Arrival is 1900 on Friday evening giving you time to settle in, set up camp. On Saturday and Sunday your instruction will start at 9am learning and practicing a range of skills all day Saturday, and until 1600 on Sunday.
Booking your place

Booking couldn't be simpler or safer, simply click the Buy Now button to pay via PayPal, or with a credit or debit card.  Please enter your chosen course date in the references field and you will receive an email confirming your booking, along with site directions and joining instructions.

1 Adult and 1 child - £245
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1 Adult and 2 children - £295
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Family of four - £345
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