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Our Survival Weekend is perfect for adventurous beginners and those with some experience. Learn a comprehensive set of woodland survival skills from one of our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors. We will give you an exciting experience of self-reliance within a framework of safety. Sign up and find out why this is one of our most rewarding Survival courses! Have a look at testimonials about this course and watch our Survival Weekend Video made by the BBC:
Take a step closer to real survival with our Survival Weekend course. *It is more challenging than our Bushcraft Weekend (see our FAQ for a comparison of the courses) in that you have only basic provisions (flour, oil), game (for example rabbit, pigeons, fish carcasses may be provided depending on availability) and wild plants to sustain you. You will sleep in natural shelters, purify the water that you drink and cook the food you forage using bushcraft cooking methods. In addition, the course covers knife and saw use, primitive firelighting methods such as sparking and fire by friction. We will alsodemonstrate trapping methods.
Please note, you will not be thrown in the deep end and left to survive - you will be given guidance, support and instruction in all the methods throughout.
Overnight stay: Required - sleeping in natural shelters only - unless you need additional food for health reasons you are requested not to bring any.
"Excellent all round, really nice approachable tutors, covered loads and had a good chance of trying everything hands on" - R. Hazeldean
"Leon was very welcoming on our arrival. He put students at ease with his delightful manner and was always friendly, patient and available to students through out the course. He gave due consideration to all abilities/experience of the students. All information was delivered in a way that was professional and clear. All subjects were covered in the appropriate depth, topics were fully explained and backed up with an obvious wealth of knowledge and experience. I loved the game preparation, fire lighting technique sessions and the fact that we were given time to practice some of the skills we had learnt in useful way. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn basic skills of bushcraft. It has certainly given me an appetite to learn more and to try and hone skills learnt during the weekend. I had one of the most inspiring and enjoyable weekends of my life" - D.Stewart
"Leon was very patient (!), clear, knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. He was always ready to answer questions or give extra support when it was needed! He was great at adapting his teaching style depending on the skills (or lack of them) in the people he was teaching content. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wasn't bored for a second (which is quite a feat when spending a whole weekend in a cold,damp woodland in Feb!). The programme was full enough for there always to be something new to do, whilst giving you enough time on each task to really get a feel for it. Leon's laid back approach and flexible attitude meant you cold easily spend more time on a task if you were particularly interested in something (e.g. spoon carving!). I thoroughly enjoyed it - a great experience which I'm so glad I did. It was fantastic on a freezing weekend in Feb, so it must be totally amazing the rest of the year! The bannoch was a revelation, so delicious (or were we just starving?!). The spoon carving, fire lighting, foraging for water, were all great experiences. The rabbit skinning was good but quite gruesome (but if you're on a survival weekend, what can you expect?!). A fantastic way to spend a weekend, you'll come back exhausted, and probably ravenously, but feeling like you've been away for a month, are completely relaxed and have forgotten all about your day-to-day worries. I couldn't recommend it more." - S. Campbell
"Great weekend! I found this course very interesting due to Leon's vast knowledge on all aspects of the outdoors. If you like life's comforts then this may not be the course for you! but if you want to be exposed to the reality of surviving without life's comforts, then this is a great place to start. excelent location, highly skilled tutors and "real" living of the land, brilliant.... oh and i picked up some great skills along the way. skills that i will never forget" - S. Joslin.
"Wide range of items covered and each item could easily take up a day or more to learn, but Leon manages to show the basics on each. Almost a sampler so you could fine tune a particular item on another of the courses" - L. Joslin
"A super couple of days providing a real insight to the bushcraft and survival activities - something of an eye opener to the world of nature around us" - A. Kelly
You may also be interested in our Survival Day if you want an easier introduction to some of these skills.
* price includes food