Food & Fire

campfire & griddle with pizzas cooking on it

Food & Fire, Ascot, Friday 9th February 10am-4pm, £45

This event is suitable for Forest School Leaders, Outdoor Learning Leaders, bushcraft folk or interested campers or anyone who wishes to improve their skills with fire and cooking over a campfire.

Come and join us for:

– Welcome and introduction to the course with refreshments.
– Practise how to lay a fire for different weather; ground conditions and purposes.
– Find out which wood to choose for your needs.
– Practise lighting a fire with a bow drill, flint and steel and WW2 techniques.
– Cook using a variety of methods on a Swedish skillet; a Dutch oven; a Polish Skillet and how to make dandelion and cowboy coffee.
– Drinks and biscuits are included but lunch is not, please bring your own. You will have the opportunity to try what we cook. Depending on your appetite this may or may not fill you up!

E-book and certificate of attendance is included.
Please let us know if you have any allergies, we will advise you if this event and the food is suitable for you.

Flame Academy: Family Firelighting

roaring fire with a Muddy Faces logo

One day workshop – £65 for two adults and up to 3 children (if you have more than that in your family then give us a call!)

Spend the day in the woods with the Go Wild team learning all about how to safely site, light and manage fire.

The ideal opportunity to discover ways of involving children in the fire lighting process.

Of course, there will be food! We will provide you with a warm soup at lunchtime and there will be campfire nibbles and hot drinks available throughout the d.ay.

This course is for families of all ages, although be aware that it is a long day in the woods and we will be outside for the whole day. If you’re not sure then get in touch!

Photo credit: Muddy Faces – one of our fire boxes

Fire & Food

– Forage and learn to use tinder found in springtime.

– Learn to light fires in the wet and different fire lays for inclement weather and different purposes (cooking / bad weather / safe fires to avoid forest fires in dry weather).

– Learn to light fire using friction techniques (bow drill, neolithic flint and steel, WW2 techniques, flint and steel).

– Spring recipes for wilderness cooking that can be done in a typical 2 hour outdoor learning session or for a campfire meal.

– Cook using a dutch oven; Polish Kotlich and Swedish skillet.

– Create wild teas and make dandelion coffee over the campfire.

– All participants will receive an ebook and a CPD Certificate.

May Day Outdoor Fair

We will have a stall at Highworth May Day Fair (near Swindon, SN6) on Saturday 5th May in the Market Square.

We will have free outdoor activities, and help and advice on completing Outdoor Learning or Forest School Training or wanting to join sessions.

The event will have a traditional Wiltshire ‘Green Man’ where you can take a piece of greenery for luck the whole year round; outdoor drummers; pipes; a traditional May Pole; clog dancers; races, fancy dress; outdoor circus acts; community cider; outdoor stalls and farm animals.

Wilderness and Adventure in the Early Years

clump of dandelion flowers

This course will introduce you to the idea of how we can ignite children’s natural desire to become explorers, adventurers and inventors. We want them to see and experience the world through every sense.

  • Consider in more depth (drawing on research) why we need to re-focus on nature.
  • We will look into how we can live more in the moment.
  • Develop collections of fascinations.
  • Cherish the questions the children ask and use these as a starting point.
  • Find out about settings that already take this approach to learning.
  • Understand what high quality provision looks like for understanding the world and look into resourcing and books.
  • Explore how young children have a role to play in sustainable development.
  • Practical ideas to implement into your practice.

9-9:30- An introduction to Wilderness and Adventure
9:30- Embracing the elements of the seasons
10:30- Break
10.45-12:00- Using the outdoors to promote a love for Literacy
1:00- Mystical Maths Outdoors
2:00- 3:00- Deepening the love for adventure and exploring through Bushcaft

This course is perfect for those wanting to implement more nature based learning in their setting.

Time will be spent working outdoors throughout the day.

Advanced Sharp Tools workshop with Dave Watson

Challenge yourself to think in new ways around tool use; discover useful principles that will liberate you from fears of getting it wrong and take you to a new level of mastery.

Gain confidence in a small, supportive group with one of the founding members of IOL’s Bushcraft Professional Practice Group.

Enjoy a day of evaluating sharp tools, discover new techniques and learn to read the wood. Use different tools and consider exciting new ways of working with your client group. Take time to make treasures that will impress your friends!

This training is suitable for all practitioners interested in developing their tool skills for working with children and young people – Early Years practitioners, teachers, youth workers, Forest School leaders, Scout leaders, Bushcraft and Outdoor Instructors.

Cost: £140 incl VAT.

Bushcraft Show 2019

‘A jam-packed three-day event filled with amazing bushcraft activities that will take you, your friends and family on a bushcraft and survival adventure that you’ll never forget.

Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, you can try your hand at woodland crafts, fire-lighting, shelter building, tracking, foraging, woodland game and so much more. ‘


Wilderness Gathering

A Festival of Bushcraft & Music, Wild Camping & Open Fires

‘What’s the gathering about?

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then we have the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy four days of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere.’