FENLAND BUSHCRAFT

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Intro to Bushcraft

If you are new to all this then look no further than this very popular workshop.

This will give you an opportunity to try something exciting and fun.

On this 4 hour workshop from 10.00am - 14.00pm you will touch upon the basic core skills which will help you feel more confident to go out and about with provisions for a short while. You will learn about the basic tools and how to safely and efficiently use them, how to put up a basic shelter with a few knots and equipment you've made during the workshop,

and you will get your own fire going at the end of the day in the woods.

This is suitable for people of most ages and abilities, but we request a minimum age of 5 years for participants.

Adult £20                Child £10

Course Dates 2020

Saturday 28th March               Thursday 16th April               Saturday 09th May               Saturday 23rd May

Saturday 27th June                       Saturday 18th July                 Saturday 01st August

This price applies only to campers at The Secret Garden please see https://www.fenlandbushcraft.co.uk/intro-to-bushcraft if you're not staying on site.

 

 

Intermediate Skills

 

This is targeted to those who have already attended our Intro to Bushcraft workshop and to

those who want to develop their skills and knowledge further.

 

During this 4 hour workshop from 14.30am - 18.30pm  we will delve into more depth with knots, alternative shelters, more primitive ways of getting your fires going and making tinder, along with the construction of tools to take home with you.

We will also look at basic tool maintenance as this is an often overlooked and fundamental skill

which you will benefit from knowing.

Adult £20                Child £10

Course Dates 2020

Thursday 16th April               Saturday 09th May               Saturday 23rd May

   Saturday 27th June               Saturday 18th July                 Saturday 01st August


This price applies only to campers at The Secret Garden Touring Park, please see https://www.fenlandbushcraft.co.uk/intermediate-skills if you're not staying on site.

Tripod Seats and Bum Mats

In this workshop you will make yourself a comfortable woodland stool and mat to rest your derriere on, which of course you will be able to take home or use on your next outing into the wilderness. We will utilise most of the materials from nature.

For many of us, a simple tripod to keep us in a raised upright position and away from the ground makes all the difference in comfort, and having a small roll mat should you wish to sit on or use for keeping your personal belongings clean and easily accessible is also a handy item to have.

All materials and tools are provided for this workshop, just be sure to bring a packed lunch and a mug or full bottle/flask

This workshop is aimed for people over the age of 13 and participants will be shown the different techniques to safely create their wares using the tools required for this, mainly a folding saw with a little bit of knife work.


Adult £40                Under 16's £35

(under 16's to be accompanied by an adult)

Course Dates 2020

Monday 20th July                 Monday 03rd August

Natural Cordage and Hooters

 

In this workshop we will look at ways in which to create your very own natural cordage. We will harvest some raw materials and process them down to create a length of string, as well as learn how to join pieces together to make your string longer. Afterwards we will learn how to make a fun project our Hooter (whistle) which also will be made from natural materials, wood in this instance. A Hooter attached to a length of string can be a lot of fun but also serves well as an

emergency signalling device.

​All materials and tools are provided for this workshop, just be sure to bring a packed lunch and a mug or full bottle/flask.

This workshop is aimed for people over the age of 13 and participants will be shown the different techniques to safely create their wares using the tools required for this.

Adult £40                Under 16's £35

(under 16's to be accompanied by an adult)

Course Dates 2020

Tuesday 21st July                 Tuesday 04th August

Netting for Noobies

 

In this workshop we will show you how to create a basic netted tote bag using just a few materials. Your finished bag can be used for all manner of things, and best of all, it will be completely unique and made by you, with a little help from us. A tote bag can come in really handy as they take little room in your pocket or bag. You can use it to carry medium sized items and we really find them useful for storing fresh fruit hung on the branches of trees.

All materials and tools are provided for this workshop, just be sure to bring a packed lunch and a mug or full bottle/flask.

This workshop is aimed for people over the age of 13 and participants will be shown the different techniques to safely create their wares using the tools required for this

Adult £40                Under 16's £35

(under 16's to be accompanied by an adult)

Course Dates 2020

Wednesday 22nd July                 Wednesday 05th August

Primitive Awareness Experience with Paul Smith

This year we are delighted to have working with us the highly knowledgeable and talented Paul Smith. Paul specialises in Primitive Crafts and he will guide you with some truly fascinating and practical crafts. 

 

Throughout this 5 day immersive course you will learn many things and craft exquisite accoutrements to take away and have greater knowledge for future use. We will delve into crafting bark containers,  tanning for skin pouches, friction fire lighting, trap and shelter construction, primitive cooking and food preparation, primitive weapons, and more! The course will provide you with a huge appreciation of Primitive Technology and is designed for people with little to no prior experience. 

What to expect... upon arrival on Monday at 1100hrs you will be greeted and taken to our Headquarters where you will spend the majority of your time with us. Over a brew and a packed lunch we will have introductions and brief you on health and safety and the campsite rules. Afterwards you will be shown where you can pitch up your shelters for the next few days (this can be a tarp or small tent). Once settled in and your accommodations are set up, Paul will give you a brief insight into how he became involved with Primitive Technology. We will then embark on the first activity of the course, and at 1800hrs we will be looking to wind down and prepare dinner (included each night) before relaxing after a hard but enjoyable day. In the evenings there will be the opportunity to finish off projects and reflect upon the course content by the fireside which we always encourage. 

Each morning which follows, we will have a debrief at 0900hrs under our canopy which will allow you and fellow participants the opportunity to carry out any personal admin at the well equipped campsite beforehand. You will be required to cater breakfasts and lunches on your own (breakfast to be done before the debrief and we will stop for lunch at around 1200hrs for up to an hour each day), but a fruit selection and refreshments will be available throughout the duration of the course and the campsite shop sell the essentials, and local amenities are quickly accessible via car should you need something, but please do this when not in session. On the last evening we will have some games (weather permitting) which will fit in nicely to the course contents. You and your fellow participants will pack up early before setting off on your journey's home as the course will sadly come to an end at midday on the last day.

This course is for anyone over the age of 14yrs but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. A full itinery and kit list will be sent out to you upon booking. Remember, other than providing breakfast and lunch all other expenses are covered including use of tools and materials.

Adult £260                Under 18's £230

(under 18's to be accompanied by an adult)

Course runs from Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May

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