Do you want to get back to nature? Learn about how to survive in your natural surroundings? Then a bushcraft activity is for you. Sessions involve exploring our natural environment, looking at survival skills. There are opportunites to create shelters, make fires 'for a purpose' and join in campsite cooking. Under supervision, they can work with a range of different tools to whittle and work with wood. There are opportunites to spend a night under the stars bivvying out or in one of our tipees.

Although it can be done as a stand-alone activity, cooking on a camp fire is a brilliant enhancement to a canoe journey. There are a variety of wonderful places to head to where we can load up the boats, paddle off to a lunch spot and then build and light a fire. As well as being highly educational, who wouldn't enjoy toasting marshmallows, cooking and eating pancakes, or using a storm kettle to brew up hot chocalate before completing the journey?


This provides a fantastic opportunity to look at safe and responsible fire lighting and how to 'leave no trace' after we have used a particular site. We can look at different trees around and which of the fallen twigs and branches are the best wood for our fire. This can be a perfect introduction to using the natural environment responsibly, to learn about a variety of survival skills, and can also be a great addition for those students who have already gained some experience of this environment through the Forest Schools programme.


As with our other activities, bushcraft can be booked by private Adult or Family Groups. Prices start at £195 for two people with each additional person (up to a maximum group size of 10) adding £15 to the cost. Contact us for available dates.

Bushcraft is an integral part of most of our Schools and Youth courses at Arete. Example 5 day catered residetial from £235 per pupil.

Combined with a canoe journey, bushcraft could well be integrated into either the multi-activity or water-based Gold DofE Residentials or young persons' Summer Camps.


    Crystal Paton Outdoor Instructor