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Woodland Ways Weekend

Derbyshire, Oxfordshire, Scotland

  • Overnight survival courses ideal for beginners
  • A weekend learning all the key survival skills
  • Discover all that Mother Nature can give us
  • A variety of landscapes & environments to explore

What's Included

  • Allow spending a whole weekend at the venue from Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning
  • All food and instruction is provided
  • All instructors are fully qualified in survival, wildlife and first aid techniques
  • The courses are operated in partnership with the Woodland Trust who receive £1 from every booking
  • Courses can be adapted for vegetarians
  • No previous experience is required

What Can I Expect

Light the campfire and toast the marshmallows for this fun and friendly Woodland Ways bushcraft and survival weekend trip. Get ready for a thrilling two-night adventure teaching key survival skills, allowing you to learn how to make the most of your open-air, under the stars environment in an engaging, exciting, hands-on manner.

The Woodland Ways experience focuses on basic bushcraft and survival techniques which can be adapted to a range of outdoor situations. Running from Friday night through to Sunday morning, this weekend foray into the wilderness allows you to develop practical skills such as fire-lighting, food preparation, shelter building and natural navigation over your two nights in the woods.

While you won't be expected to survive solely off the land, you'll certainly be learning about and lending a hand cooking healthy and sustaining meals using typical woodland fare such as pheasant, rabbit and trout. Foraged fruits, vegetables and mushrooms may also make appearances, depending on the time of year. Plant and tree identification is also a key component of your woodland bushcraft course, so there's no risk of accidentally eating the wrong plant.

What's more, the survival session shows you ways to master useful everyday skills like knot work, water filtration and purification (as well as the initial collection!) and understanding the best uses for different knives and tools a well as some more unusual skills such as traps and snare laying. The course is fairly flexible and adapts to suit seasons and conditions - meaning you could take home some extra skills such as star navigation if you have clear skies at night. This leafy lesson really does cover all aspects of bushcraft and survival in woodland wilderness!

Perfect for Bear Grylls wannabes, this sensational course offers you the chance to do something completely different with your weekend. No prior experience is needed, so whether you're a novice naturalist or an experienced camping enthusiast, this activity offers something new. A Woodland Ways bushcraft and survival expedition that makes an interesting and unusual gift experience for men or women seeking a little excitement and a touch of the intriguing unknown as you go into the wild.


  • Courses run throughout the year with sessions available on selected weekends each month (excluding November/December)
  • Maximum group size is 16 with a minimum of three instructors providing tuition


  • Haddon Hall Estate in Derbyshire
  • Appleton in Oxfordshire
  • East Lothian in Scotland
  • All venues contain a wide variety of different landscapes and environments to explore and enjoy

Suitable For

  • Minimum age is 18 however youngsters aged from 16 can attend if accompanied by a participating adult
  • You are advised to wear suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear which is warm, waterproof and provides ankle support
  • You will need to provide some basic equipment including sleeping bag, roll mat, drinking water bottle, knife, fork spoon, bowl and mug, torch, personal hygiene kit, first aid kid, waterproofs, snacks and a rucksack - a full kit list will be provided when booking
  • You will need to be prepared to travel on foot over rough terrain


  • This activity is not suitable for spectators
  • Local pubs and nearby accommodation can be recommended although you are expected to stay in your own shelter during the course