What’s it about?
Located between Canterbury and Ashford, join us at our ancient woodland camp on the beautiful Kent Downs for this introductory 1 day bushcraft course.
We’ve put together this 1 day bushcraft course for people whose time is precious but nonetheless would like to gain a thorough grounding in the key skills of outdoor bushcraft and survival. So we’ve created a package that ensures that you leave us with simple, repeatable skills that’ll give you the confidence to broaden your horizons in the great outdoors.
What will I do on this 1 day bushcraft course?
During your time spent with us on this 1 day bushcraft fundamentals course, you will:
- Learn how to safely use a knife,
- Learn all about debris shelters and gain an understanding of the main design principles involved,
- Have plenty of practise creating a flame using matches, fire steels, fire pistons, wire wool & a battery, solar mirrors, flint & steel, chemicals,
- Make char cloth, create a tinder bundle and blow an ember into flame,
- Find, filter and purify your own water,
- Go for a woodland walk to gain an insight into some of the trees and plants around us and what they can be used for,
- Gather your own materials and light a fire following a method that will work in all weather conditions.
At the end of this 1 day bushcraft course you will have a good working knowledge of the skills needed to enjoy your time in the woods or enhance your camping or outdoor activities.
You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4
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Fantastic Mother’s Day for me enjoyable and informative, Gary and his right hand man Peter, are incredibly knowledgeable, professional, kind and willing to
answer any questions we had. We were lucky to be with such an amazing group of like minded people, a very memorable day, thank you 😊
The course was even better than we expected! we learned a lot of new things and Gary was very scientific in each explanation, his knowledge is wide and he's ready to share It with you! Have you ever asked yourself how sparks are generated when you use a flint? That's the kind of approach to things you will find in the course, not just practical skills, not just rules to follow but really how nature works and how you can use your knowledge of nature to achieve what you need.
Moreover, they were really nice and interesting people and we spent a wonderful afternoon together with the group, i think we managed to create a friendly and relaxed environment, the same familiar atmosphere of camping with friends, with very good talks and opinion exchanges. It's fresh air meeting people like them and we think what they are doing it's not only useful but important 🙂 all the courses look so interesting It will be difficult to pick the next one! We want to do all of them!
Thank you very much!
Excellent day out in the autumn. We are just getting into bushcraft and Gary was as helpful as he was knowledgable. A very relaxed teaching style and awesome camp (complete with hot smoky tea) made us feel at home immediately.
Gary's practical demonstrations and explanations led to a very rewarding day for my partner and I as we utilised our newly learnt knife skills to safely carve useful tools, split wood and create a fire from scratch using different types of tinder and ignition methods.
We had a brilliant day and have already booked more courses. We highly recommend the course and the team. Extra star would be added for Willow the dog if I could; she is obviously highly experienced at getting ear scratches and biscuits from students.
Fantastic day - time just flew past. Gary was super knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely be booking more courses. Thank you!
We've attended a few courses here before and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. We learn so much and develop new skills. I brought my son on this occasion and he loved it to. We cant recommend Gary and the team highly eenough. Will certainly look at coming next year.