Woodland Explorer Residential (3 Day)

THREE unforgettable days for 8-16 year olds. Live wild in the woods sleeping in your own self built a shelter from sticks and tarps. The days will be an inspiring mix of bushcraft, whittling, fire lighting, natural arts and crafts, animal tracking, woodland games, storytelling, adventure and sleeping out under the stars.

Sat- Mon course = 8-14 year olds

Tues - Thurs course = 10-16 year olds

Timings: The course runs between 9.30am on Day One to 4pm on Day Three including 2 nights accommodation in shelters built by the Woodland Explorers!

The areas of activities covered include:

Fire Lighting: We will learn a range of different fire lighting techniques - without matches! This will include friction fire lighting with a bow drill, fire steels and maybe even using the sun if we’re lucky with the weather! We will experiment with a variety of natural tinders. Participants will learn about the safe use of fire and good fire camp craft.

Green wood carving: We will work on a mix of projects and be led by the participants. Projects may include mallets, bows and arrows, butter knives, walking sticks, tent pegs.

Shelter Building: Learn various different shelter designs and techniques. You'd better make it good because you will be sleeping in it for the whole course!

Tracking: Learning the basics of tracking animals. We will learn to identify prints, droppings and other signs such as hair, teeth marks, burrows of the common animals found in our woodlands.

Nature Awareness: Deepen connections with nature using awareness games, barefoot walking and good old chilling out leaning against a tree.

Arts and Crafts: A variety of projects including natural cordage, willow weaving and charcoal drawing.

Nature ID: With the aim of being able to identify a broad range of trees and plants found in British woodland along with their uses and folklore.

Campfire Cooking: Over the week we will make lots of different campfire treats to keep us sustained!

Games and storytelling: Lots of games to support everything we’re learning and just to have fun and a run-around. Storytelling around the campfire.

VENUE: Common Wood, Windermere. Grid Reference: SD 418 992

The wood is part of The National Trust St Catherine’s Estate and lies 1km north north east from Windermere station. Full details of drop and pick up points will be sent out in the week prior to the course.

This course is fully catered however please bring a packed lunch for day one.

Children will be guaranteed to leave with a smile on their face and a smell of wood smoke in their hair.

Shared experiences with new friends

Run by experienced tutors from Woodmatters in Partnership with The National Trust


"Thank you so much for giving our children the most fantastic four days. They loved every minute of it and are very proud of the things they made. They learned all sorts of things without it feeling like learning. One tells me he is now much better at being still and tuning in. The other keeps talking about how much he enjoyed it and how he wants to do it again. This is very unusual for him as he normally just wants to do his own thing in the holidays."

"I think you have put together a wonderful experience which would appeal to lots of children but particularly those who don't get on with the traditional outdoor pursuits. It was great to see what they had been doing and how they had become a friendly tribe with the other children. Many many thanks for giving them such a great experience."

P5280853Dsc 0169 600x399BarefootP5301026P5301021P5291007P5290999P5290977P5290965P5280910P5290919P5280895P5280876P5280847P5280839Dsc07572 640x480Dsc07563 640x480Dsc 0316 600x399Dsc 0164 640x425Dsc 0132 640x425Dsc 0130 1024x680Dsc 0099 640x425

I just wanted to let you know how much Steve and I and the children enjoyed our two days in the woods with you. It was all and more than we hoped for and full credit to you both for having such a fantastic concept and creating it so beautifully. I wandered to walk this morning by the riverside looking at the trees and trying to see if I could recognise them - I'm certainly more aware but still have some way to go but hank you for what you did manage to teach me! Once again - thanks you so very very much!