Bushcraft for Homeschoolers

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Events at Sherwood Pines - Bushcraft Camp

A monthly, term-time club for home-schooling families. Our home-ed sessions take place at our secluded bushcraft camp in a quiet corner of Sherwood Pines. Each session you will have the chance to try different bushcraft activities including fire lighting, shelter building, tool use, whittling and natural crafts. 

Booking and payment in advance are essential.

Full details of each event are listed below. For more information, please contact our Customer Relations Team by email at customerrelations@forestryengland.uk  or by phone 0300 068 0400.

If an event is showing as sold out, please contact the event leader Karina Thornton at karina.thornton@forestryengland.uk to be added to a waiting list. 

Event DateEvent Details
Tuesday 21 November 2023Leather work this week. Make your own leather draw-string pouch and finish it off with the elder beads you made last time.
Tuesday 19 December 2023Christmas party! We will be getting festive this month and making some wooden decorations to take home.
Tuesday 16th January 2024Fire lighting and willow weaving. Keep yourselves warm around our campfire as we practise our fire lighting skills. Create sparks using fire-steels and have go at lighting natural tinders. Learn how to split wood safely and then cook a snack over the fire. Spend time in the afternoon weaving your own willow birdfeeder to take home.
February 2024No session – half term holiday
Tuesday 19th March 2024

Whittling. Learn to use a saw and knife safely. Make your own wooden mallet and then use it to split wood to make your own wooden project – you can make a coat hook, butter spreader or even a xylophone!

Tuesday 16th April 2024
Woodland art. Find out about the work of some famous land artists and create your own nature inspired art. Learn how to make your own recycled paper.
Tuesday 21st May 2024Pressing and printing. Use saws and drills to make your own flower press.  Learn how to identify trees from their leaves and use them to create your own botanical prints on fabric and paper
Tuesday 18th June 2024Pond dipping. Discover the minibeasts living beneath the water. We’ll learn about adaptation, life cycles and food chains
Tuesday 16th July 2024Bark weaving. Learn to use a bark peeling spud to strip bark from coppiced willow and chestnut. Learn how to work with this amazing material to create a small pouch and a sheath for a pair of scissors
August 2024No session – summer holidays
Tuesday 17th September 2024Shelter building. Find out how to build a strong, warm and waterproof survival shelter. Learn how to tell the difference between pine, fir and spruce trees on a tree ID walk
Tuesday 15th October 2024
Learn about the fascinating world of fungi on this fungi ID walk. We’ll also make soap from conkers and make your own broomstick
Tuesday 19th November 2024With the days becoming shorter and the leaves losing all their leaves, we’ll have a go at identifying trees from their buds. To brighten up our dark nights, we’ll create some lanterns using the flowers we pressed in May
Tuesday 17th December 2024

Christmas party! We will be getting festive this month and making some natural decorations to take home