Bushcraft Skills Course

Suitable for: Families, Individuals

Previous Experience Required: None

Duration: Weekend – Fri, Sat Sun

Dates: Please check availability below.


This course will introduce participants to the world of Bushcraft.

The course will show you how to safely set up camps in the wilderness and introduce you to safe sharp tool handling, basic carving techniques, fire-lighting, fire-lays and fire-maintenance, water-purification, use of stoves, shelter arrangements and use of other basic bushcraft equipment. The use of woodland resources such as wild-plants and trees will also be on the itinerary. Advice and guidance will be offered regarding kit (before you spend a fortune on rubbish!!)

More advanced sessions could include hygienic game prep and basic back-woods cooking. 

This is an ideal fundamental course for those who would like to experience Bushcraft skills first hand and receive tuition from one of the country’s leading Bushcraft instructors.

Even if you already have some experience of Bushcraft we will develop your skills to advanced levels and show you an easier or more efficient way of doing things.

The course takes place in the wonderful medieval hunting Forest (Hatfield Forest) owned by the National Trust.


The Course will run from Friday 6:00 pm to Sunday 3:30 pm

The courses are self catering .

Please bring food and a stove.

Drinking water will be provided.

The course is held in the woods, so please bring suitable warm clothing for the season.

Please bring a shelter (small tent, bivi, hammock/tarp) but you will be able to try out additional equipment throughout the weekend.

You must bring a sleeping bag.

You are welcome to bring your own knife, but you are obliged to attend our safety brief.

The course will start at 6pm on a Friday and finish at 3pm on Sunday. You will be sent the meeting point details on receipt of your final payment.

Step One – Book the Course

Bushcraft Skills Course

    A. Contact details

  • Please fill out this form in full and press submit at the end
  • You must be over 18 to book a course
  • B. Booking details

  • Sorry that there are no dates available. You have registered an interest for next year.
    We will let you know as soon as next year's dates are published.

  • The age limit for our courses is 6 years old or over (accompanied). Please contact us if you would like to discuss this. We may have other suitable courses. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a person over 18 on the course.
  • C. Emergency Details

  • Please complete as fully as possible. The details will not be shared unless in the unlikely event of an emergency during the course.
  • Please state below if you or any others in your party (if applicable and if known) suffer with Asthma, Allergies, Heart condition, Diabetes, Mobility issues, current injuries, other previous injury or health or mental health issues that may affect the conduct of the course. Please note: This may not prohibit them or you from taking part.
  • D. Declaration & Agreement

  • I declare that I, and the members of my group, am medically fit to undertake this course.

    I also agree and recognise that, as with any outdoor activity, there is an element of personal risk associated with the activity provided by Woodlife or Woodlife Trails as the courses take place in the outdoors. By its nature it is never free from hazard.

    While all reasonable precautions are taken to minimise the risk, I accept that accidents including serious injury can occur without Woodlife Trails or Woodlife being at fault and to that extent my taking part in a Woodlife Trails or Woodlife course is at my own risk.
  • I have read and agree with Woodlife Trails' Terms & Conditions



Step Two – Pay the Deposit or Full Amount

You must pay the deposit online now. This will guarantee you a place subject to the Terms and Conditions. Your booking may be cancelled if we do not receive payment.

We will confirm receipt by email and inform you of the balance (if applicable) which must be paid at least 1o days prior to the course.

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