As we wound our way down the country lanes to what felt like the middle of nowhere in our family car I couldn't help but feel excited for what the day would bring. We were promised a fun filled packed day with lots of outdoor demonstrations and our day with The Bushcraft Company did not disappoint.
Walking down the stone covered paths it is easy for your mind to conjure up pan piped music similar to that you’d hear in Peter Pan’s Indians settlement. For nestled amongst the trees are tents that for the summer are home to several teachers who know a lot about bushcraft.
Fire Workshop & Wilderness Cookery
We’d arrived in time for lighting fires and our instructor who reminded my husband of Bear Grylls sounded enthusiastic about showing us the variety of ways it is possible to make fires. We then split into smaller tribes and had a chance to practice what we had just seen. We collected lots of sticks and bark to put into the fire and Kerry from Blissful Domestication was keen to have a go at starting our fire with a magnifying glass. Alas despite there being an initial spark it did not burst into flame. My husband tried to help her too but it just wouldn't roar into action. Meanwhile a fire appeared behind us and we all threw the sticks into it including my daughter under supervision.
When the fire was roaring we were provided with burgers to cook which were cooked to perfection. The staff had also cooked potato chips on site and had lettuce, cheese and baps to accompany our burgers. They also had, water, juice and tea available to tuck into.
Camouflage and Concealment
After creating clay models that dried quickly in the sun. It was time for a crash course in concealment. The instructor made marks on my husband’s face with face paint which made me think of a parrot and our eldest daughter was happy to paint an instructors face as well as mine too!
They then played games in the woods, running and hiding behind the trees. My husband was fantastic as he ran around the area with our daughter and burned off a lot of energy.
Wild Food Workshop
After a little run around we all sat down around a camp fire and an instructor passed around some animal hides. We were asked to guess which hide once belonged to which animal and we managed to get them all right. Then we were off again being introduced to animal traps and reminded that if we do go on to attempt making these to dismantle them before returning home.
Camp Craft and Survival Bracelets
Once back at the tents we were then taught how to create little bracelets and got to toast marshmallows on the fire. We were also treated to some lovely marshmallow and rice cereal cake that they’d made.
We had a fantastic day out in the woods and our eldest sailed through her nap. The staff were incredibly passionate, informative and enthusiastic about bushcraft and weren't afraid to tell us if they did not know the answer either.
Disclosure: We were kindly given a free day out with The Bushcraft Company in exchange for a review. All words and pictures included in this post are my own.