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Hands on Bushcraft – Wilderness Bushcraft and Survival school.
We offer a fantastic selection of bushcraft and survival courses alongside traditional woodland skill courses. Hands on Bushcraft and our team of expert instructors pride ourselves on providing high quality professional courses and are passionate about taking you to the next level of your bushcraft training.
Our courses run from our woodland based in Wiltshire and are jammed packed full of quality tuition, equipment and skills. As one of a handful of full time bushcraft schools in the uk, we offer day, weekend and weeklong bushcraft courses covering a whole range of survival skills and can also tailor a bespoke course just for you.
Experience nature first hand on our courses and learn a variety of wilderness survival skills including, how to light a fire by rubbing two sticks together, build a weatherproof shelter out of leaves and sleep out in it under the stars and learn how to prepare wild game such as pigeon, rabbit and deer and cook it up over the oak embers of your fire! To experience this and more, get in touch now to book a course and join us around our camp fire.
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“I had a good time reconnecting with some green woodworking. I feel inspired to make some more spoons and have bought myself a crook knife”
“We just wanted to write and say how fantastic we thought today was. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much! Both Ellie and you were great ”
- Katie & Sam
“Friendly, Informative and a nice site, Adam and Ellie know their stuff”
“Tutor was excellent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun”
- Kelly and Chris
“Very good lunch, nice pace and good content”
“Thanks for a superb course, I think you could tell how well we all enjoyed the day
“It was a really good day for me. I learn’t a lot. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere”.
“Thanks for a great day, I can’t wait to show all my friends my new skills”
“Hi Adam and Ellie, Thank you for a fantastic day. We both thoroughly enjoyed weaving our baskets, even if mine is a little wonky (or how you put it hand made).
- Joanna and Richard
“Freindly and relaxed learning environment”.
- Steve,Lyn & Lili
“Adam and Ellie have a true passion for bushcraft, thanks for a brilliant course, oh and the pigeon was fantastic too.
“I never new that there was so many edible plants in such a small area, Adam explained their different uses and was very open with his knowledge
“Wow what a fantastic course, I really enjoyed myself. Thanks.
“The children were thrilled”
“A day spent in the woods, learning new skills, fantastic!”.
“Can’t wait to get out again and pratice my newly learn’t skills”.
“Really enjoyable and informative, great value for money and lunch included! Highly recommended and we will be back again
- Andy and Lorraine
“Excellent veggie lunch! Friendly atmosphere, course tutor really knows his stuff
“Great course and Lunch”
“I like this kind of thing”
“I had an excellent time on the course from start to finish. It was a shame to leave and could have happily stayed for the week! Thank you both for a truly wonderful experience”
“Learnt lots, would like to learn more. Great environment and excellent teachers”
“Interesting and fun, especially liked the relaxed pace and comfortable atmosphere”
“Just wanted to say what an excellent time we all had and all thouroughly enjoyed all aspects of it. I have already been reccomending your services to family and friends, and I’m sure us chaps shall be back spring time next year to try another of your courses!”
“Interesting and informative, will try some of the ingredients again. Enjoyed the pigeon prep as well”
“Excellent day out, well organised, extremely well explained and very enjoyable. I’ll never look at the countryside the same again”
- Simon and Naomi
“Excellent fun, lots of ‘hands on’ and a really good knowledge base, Thanks.
- Grant and Jenny
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Hands on bushcraft butchery day, there are not many people who do this in the UK and I was pleased that the tuition was excellent, facilities good and plenty of hands on butchery to really master the techniques”.
“Just wanted to say thanks Adam and Ellie for a great day today. I will be recommending your courses far and wide – I thoroughly enjoyed it!”.
“Fantastic Experience – I’d highly recommend this to anyone who’s keen for an outdoor experience. Our guides Adam and Ellie were extremely knowledgable, patient and most importantly a lot of fun to be around. Overall it was a brilliant trip and I’ve got a lot great memories from it”.
- Adam C
“Fantastic Stag Weekend, I organised a stag weekend in the ‘wild’ for a small group of us and I can say that it thoroughly hit the mark. Adam and Ellie were great guides and hosts, joining in with banter and also leaving us to ourselves with just the right balance. We learned to strip down a pigeon and a rabbit with our bare hands, build fire from scratch, and spent a night under the stars in our self-constructed woodland castle. Passing a bottle round the fire and feeling unjustifiably proud of our newfound man-skills was the perfect alternative stag do. Full marks all round – I would thoroughly recommend this to other like-minded groups”.
- Duncan L
“Just spent a fantastic day with Adam and Ellie on one of their courses at Swindon. Both of us really enjoyed the day and learn lots of new skills. There was areally friendly and helpful atmosphere and lots of real hands on experiences with shelter building, fire lighting, food preparation and more. We would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who enjoys the outdoors – well run and very helpful and friendly”.
“I was a bit dubious to start with, but can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of the day. Built a shelter from branches and leaves, lit a fire using flint and steel, prepared a pigeon with our bare hands, carved spoons from hazel logs. Really great fun, rewarding and strangely very relaxing – a great way to get away from it all for a day. Would love to do more!”
“Great communication by by Adam and Elly. The travel instructions where perfect. The hospitality was great. Warmly welcomed and given a clear run through of the days activities. It became very clear that Adam and Elly are very passionate about providing a professional service. Their knowledge is fantastic, and they know how to look after their clients. The day began with a really interesting forage. It was really great looking at loads of plants & berries finding out about healing properties, etc and learning so much about trees wood and the natural world around. Eventually we went back to base camp which was fantastic. We prepared pigeon and all the berries and fungi. Wow. What a feast.!
A great day out, but weekends are also available. A must for anyone who wants to learn about real food, and so much more. thanks for a great day. Check out the website for loads more details. I loved it”.
“Great Fun Day , very informative and the pigeon lunch was fantastic. Give it a go, still smelling of smoke after lighting fires with a couple of sticks ;-)) , great present . Thank you”.
“I had a wonderful day with Hands On Bushcraft that I will remember always. A very well-paced course with excellent instruction, motivation and encouragement by the leaders. I learnt how to prepare pigeon and the meal prepared with it was amazing. Still smiling. Can’t wait to put my skills into practice. Thank you very much.”
“A friend and I signed up to the “Essential Bushcraft Weekend” and what a weekend it was! Shelter building, fire lighting, wild game preparation and a host of other bushcraft skills. Adam, Ellie and Stuart were fantastic hosts and found the right balance between tuition and letting you find out for yourself. I hope to return for another course with Hands on Bushcraft in the future.”
“What can I say!? I had a fantastic weekend with my friends, doing what I don’t do enough of – bushcrafting. Adam, Ellie and Stewart were fantastic hosts, with a plethora of knowledge that was easily absorbed. This was my second visit to Hands On Bushcraft, this time bringing my friends along. The instructor team catered for all our varying experience and we all took away some great skills. Highly recommended!!”
- Dave J