I've just returned from running a private Family Bushcraft course at our new bushcraft course venue in East Sussex.
Adults and youngsters worked together on various aspects of bushcraft. Photo: Paul Kirtley.
We had an enjoyable, if busy, 4 days in the woods with a great group of people. Activities over the long-weekend included campcraft, fire-lighting, the safe use of saws and bushcraft knives, carving, small game preparation and lots of outdoor cooking.
Legs of lamb roasting over the fire. These were delicious. Photo: Paul Kirtley.
Meals included ponassed salmon, leg of lamb roasted over the fire and an excellent rabbit stew. There were also some very good bannocks produced to accompany Sunday's cooked breakfast.
A young man very pleased with his bannock-making efforts. Photo: Paul Kirtley
All of the meals were readily consumed. The combination of fresh air and activity gave everyone a hearty appetite. There were certainly a large number of calories burned off during friction firelighting, with an impressive amount of effort and determination being shown.
Bow-drill friction fire-lighting. Photo: Paul Kirtley.
Bow-drill success! Photo: Paul Kirtley.
It wasn't all frantic activity though, with everyone able to relax a little before leaving the woods again. Whittling and carving proved a popular and therapeutic activity with some interesting objects being produced.
Carving and whittling under the parachute. Photo: Paul Kirtley
For the final evening meal we prepared rabbits for the pot and a delicious stew was cooked. It helped that there was a chef amongst the participants! We picked up some great tips that we'll certainly apply on other Frontier Bushcraft courses.
Billy cans of rabbit stew cooking over the fire. Photo: Paul Kirtley.
There was an excellent campfire atmosphere from start to finish but no more so than on the final evening when, as we tucked into bananas and chocolate cooked on embers, there were some impromtu theatre turns, many of which were truly hilarious.
We love running this type of private family bushcraft course. They are a lot of fun for all involved. Please see our Private and Bespoke
page for more details.
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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog
as well as for various publications including Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine.