Go Wild in the Woods


A bushcraft summer holiday club running from 6th – 10th August for 9 – 13 year olds.

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Go Wild in the Woods: a bushcraft summer holiday club

  • Our bushcraft summer club will run from Monday 6th August until Friday 10th August 2018, from 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • All sessions are led by by qualified museum educators, supervised by Adrian Matthews (our bushcraft expert)
  • Please arrive for 10.30am where you will be met at the ticket office and taken to the area for that day’s activities. Areas for activities will vary each day so please arrive in good time.
  • Sessions are suitable for those aged between 9 and 13 years

What is involved?

We will be running separate units of content each day and we anticipate helping you build new bushcraft skills in an on-going manner throughout the week. Content will include the following:

  • Making shelters using natural and man made materials
  • Making useful gadgets
  • Learning useful knots
  • Recognising useful plants
  • Learning different ways to create and maintain fire
  • Water collection & purification. How to collect water in the wild
  • Have a go at archery. Make a survival bow and learn how to use it.
  • and more…

This is a great opportunity for children to spend time in the outdoors, learn more about the natural world and the plants, animals and birds at COAM. We will be facilitating an informal atmosphere and want all children to enjoy a relaxed and fun approach to learning. We anticipate building skills and knowledge gradually and may adapt the content if particular areas of expertise emerge.

Supervision and support during each session

All sessions will be led by our bushcraft expert and Outdoor Learning Officer, Adrian Matthews. Adrian will be supported by additional session leaders and Museum volunteers. This summer club is offered on the understanding that adults complete the required parental consent forms before their child is able to attend. No child will be allowed to join the group if the paperwork has not been completed appropriately. We have planned a high adult to child ratio to ensure that activities, which hold small amounts of risk, can be enjoyed safely; we want to ensure opportunities for maximum fun whilst ensuring maximum safety.

Important information

Clothing: It is essential that all attendees cover their legs and arms completely (due to the risk of tick bites). Please also dress for the weather.
Footwear: Please wear socks that cover your ankles and sensible, hard wearing footwear.

We will be focusing upon water collection and water purification and will be introducing you to simple foraging techniques and how to spot signs of animal tracks: please make us aware of any issues and allergies which may impact on your enjoyment of and engagement with these activities.

Your child will need to bring their own packed lunch and drink bottle.


£150 per child for the week. Places are limited to 10.