2017 Activity Schedule

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All through the year there are opportunities for you to come and enjoy a day or more learning Bushcraft, Forest School and Pioneering skills in our privately owned and specially designed 20 acre woodland near Tarvin in Cheshire.

We are located at Broomheath Plantation, Broomheath Lane, Stapleford, CH3 8HE. Some Sat Navs miss by quite away and take you to Broomheath Lane, Tarvin on the other side of the A51. The best route is found by Using Google Maps where there is a place marker right on our gate.

Children's Survival School details click here. To book click here.

Woodentots! will be meeting every morning. For details click here.

Family Fun Day for details click here. To book click here.

Everybody succeeds in Bushcraft every day.

There are no right answers and the more effort you put in, the better the results you take away. Great fun for everybody!

What is Bushcraft?

Simply it is the understanding and use of the natural world to do more than exist or survive. The skills are useful in survival situations but are in reality a trip back to prehistory when there was only rudimentary technology. It is considered a bit of a lazy skill in that if you find yourself sweating and expending energy you are probably doing it wrong. Bushcraft is thoughtful and reflective in learning how to use tools and processes that are considered a little risky in the modern world but without which we would not be modern people. We teach our attendees safe use of fixed blade knives, bow saws, bill hooks and axes. Why? How else is the foraged wood going to be turned into fire? How else are the poles going to be cut and sized for shelter building? The physical tool skills are sensitively taught so that they are accessible to attendees of all ages and abilities. The key to learning these skills is that it is fun and the group shares in everyone's success. These skills will augment, and in some cases improve on, those taught in Forest School, seen on TV or gleaned from around the web.

Camp craft and Pioneering.

Once the tool skills are entrenched, we move on to camp craft and pioneering. We build shelters, benches, beds, kitchen furniture and then make some smaller useful utensils like pot hangers and tongs. This is then followed by campfire cooking with bread made from scratch in Dutch ovens and soups and stews produced using plants from around us and produce from our local farm shop. It's not unusual to light a fire in a hole and bury a joint of meat to cook over a long period.

What can I expect?

The Children's Survival School and Family Fun Days are designed to stand alone for session attendees or to run one after another, getting progressively more advanced, for those who attend multiple sessions.

Bladed tools: Learn the correct tools for a job and how to use them safely and look after them. UK knife law is taught.

Tree identification and uses: Will it burn? Is it strong for building? Can I make useful gadgets from it?

Fire: Learn various ignition methods, the best routine for preparation, what sort of fire to make when, leave no trace and how to make sure it is put out properly.

The Bow Drill: Myth busting and proving how easy it really is. Select the right wood to make the parts, make the parts, make the set, learn to use the set.

Shelter: After oxygen, the most important thing to find or make. Quick builds, mobile kits through to permanent camps.

Water: After shelter, the next most important thing to find, make safe and consume. It's everywhere and knowing how to collect it is important.

Natural Navigation: Learn how to use basic methods to find your way around during the day. We will walk out onto the Baker Way and navigate using natural methods.

Cordage: Learn knots and lashings first then make your own string and rope.

Open fire cooking: Expand on fire to cook. Starting with bread making and bread and soup meal through to complicated menus.

Camp craft: Bring it all together to make a wild camp and spend the day and perhaps a night in it.

Natural Art: Sometimes you just need to relax and make stuff that looks nice.

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Children's Survival School.

On school holiday weekdays, for unaccompanied children aged from 8 to 14, we have courses and workshops which calmly and thoughtfully teach all the skills required to live in the wild, using proper tools for the job. All fires are lit using traditional methods. Attendees take responsibility for creating a camp, maintaining the camp and improving it all the time with builds and makes. If your child enjoys Forest School or is a fan of the TV and WWW based Survival shows and videos we believe they will love this. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. Packed lunches are required for all full days. Find our adult code of conduct here, our children's code of conduct here, our anti bullying policy here and our complaints procedure here. We reasonably expect you to have read these before requesting a booking. Sessions must be paid for 1 week before attending either by internet banking or by visiting the site office and using cash or card.

A course booking request from can be found here.

A single session costs £17.50 and all day costs £30.00

AM session 09:00 - 12:00. PM session 13:00 - 16:00. All day 09:00 - 16:00 bring a packed lunch.

Available dates for booking

Feb half term: Feb 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Spring break: Apr 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

May half term: May 30, 31, Jun 1, 2

Summer holiday: Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, Sep 1

Oct half term: Oct 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 3

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Family Fun Day.

On school holiday weekdays and weekends, for families, we show how to make a day out in local forests or your family camping trips a little more immersive and interactive without the need for modern, expensive equipment. Improvise shelters that will work for weeks at a time, cook good food simply over open fires rather than relying on gas and gadgets and spend time making things together to forge strong memories of your family time together. Return to a simpler way of life that is fun and often intriguing and surround yourself with stuff you have made. Sessions must be paid for 1 week before attending either by internet banking or by visiting the site office and using cash or card.

An acceptable family booking comprises 2 related adults and up to 3 related children. Adult friends or child friends are not acceptable and will contravene our insurance policy so please don't ask us to bend this rule. Civil partnerships are acceptable as are fostered, adopted or step children. Booking is essential please click here to request a booking.

A single session costs £20.00 and two sessions on one day costs £35.00

AM session 09:00 - 12:00. PM session 13:00 - 16:00. All day 09:00 - 16:00 bring a packed lunch

Available dates for booking

Feb half term: Feb 18, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Spring break: Apr 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13

May half term: May 30, 31, Jun 1, 2

Summer holiday: Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, Sep 1

Oct half term: Oct 28, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 3

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Woodentots! will be running every term time weekday for 1 hour parent and pre-school / toddler sessions, 0930 until 1030. Either join your little ones or sit back with other mums watching your children with our rangers whilst enjoying tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

The programme is a 36 session rotation each half term so if you attend the same day every week there will be no repetition. If you change days weekly there might be one or two repeats but we aim to avoid that.

Woodentots!: £5.00 per child, £2.50 for siblings, Babes in arms and adults are free. Turn up and pay to play, no registration required although half termly registration gives a 1 session discount. Payment can be by cash or card.

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Adult courses.

These sessions come together as 10 modules which form the basis of the a longer course which exceeds the requirements of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Bushcraft Competency Certificate. Booking is essential by clicking here to email us.

Adult course: £35.00 per session.

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