Bushcraft and Woodland courses with Stuart Lawrence and dads

Bushcraft and Woodland courses with Stuart Lawrence - and Dads and lads

This course is designed to strengthen your mental endurance and to give you the basics of camp management, hunting, preparing animals for eating, fire starting. It is an intensive course even though it is basic - you will be put through a real life scenario as if you were in that situation. Even though these are basic bushcraft courses they are designed to simulate real-life situations, to teach you the methods of creating your own equipment from your surroundings or to teach you to apply basic techniques to any given scenario.

Cost £100 per day for an adult, children £75 per day for a day's tuition from 10am to 4pm. These courses run all year round preferably on a Sunday but midweek can be arranged. Please contact Stuart via email or mobile for course details and timings.


10-10.30 am - Rules for the day, health and safety, knife safety.

10.30-12.30 Shelter building - A frame, lean to, cordage making

12.30 - 1.00 Lunch

1.00 - 2.30 Fire-building - by friction, bow drill and hand drill.

Swedish Torch - basic torch making

2.30 - 3.00 Break and Questions

3.00 - 3.30 Basic hunting - snares and basic traps

3.30 - 4.00 Basic Tree Recognition

4.00 Review of the Day and Closure


This course is designed specifically for fathers and sons to enhance pair-bonding, build on the strengths of each individual and to be an introduction into the world of bushcraft.

Inspired by programmes on TV, or after a camping expedition in the garden - it is only by experiencing this world yourself that you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of nature. You will be tutored in how to live comfortably and above all how to respect the forest. This is a hands on course where you are taught knife usage and safety, shelter building, how to make your own tools and utensils. In the evening chill out and enjoy food round the campfire.

knife usage/law

shelter building

camp fire cooking


fire lighting

tree and plant identification

Dads and Lads course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, running from first weekend in April to last weekend in September, weather permitting due to Health and Safety regulations. Cancellations are permitted and can be at the last minute. Courses can be rebooked or your money back - Stuart has the last say as to whether the course runs or not.

CORPORATE WEEKENDS are also run in a similar way to the Dads and Lads course - a weekend to bring out strengths, develop leadership skills and promote team building. These courses run all year round preferably Friday, Saturday or Sunday but midweek can be arranged. Bring your own lunch. Please contact Stuart by email or telephone. Maximum number of participants is 20 and a minimum of 5.

What's included in the price?

You will learn the health and safety first before we do any bushcraft work. Children's bushcraft birthday parties from 35 pound per child maximum booking - 6. I MAY BE ABLE TO ADD SOME BIRDS OF PREY TO THAT.

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Half day course in firelighting methods. What I thought I knew was nothing to what I was taught. You have heard of Bear Grylls well Stuart is just as good in my opinion! Time and moeny well spent.

Joe Hogg - 1 year ago


Half days's specialist course in tracking, firelighting and advanced shelter building. Already had a basic knowledge but this took me beyond that and taught me a lot that I did not know. Stuart is patient and does not hurry you. Well worth the money. Highly recommended.

Olivia Farrell - 1 year ago


I did a one to one session with Stuart and was a bit apprehensive being a complete novice but I did not have to worry as Stuart is a very pleasant, easygoing and attentive tutor and is an excellent teacher. Under his direction I happily came away having learned how to start a fire using 3 different methods, I made a basic lean-to shelter and also learned some forraging techniques. Book a course with Stuart as he makes it a very individual experience and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Highly recommended.

steve dale - 1 year ago


Customer Testimonial

My son is very interested in bush-craft and survival so we asked Stuart to come along and teach us some practical skills such as making shelters, basic knife work, making fire naturally and animal tracking. Stuart obviously knows his stuff and was a good, patient but demanding teacher (no bad thing for a youngster IMO). My son's comment on the day "it was interesting and fun and I learnt a lot of things". We'll be doing more "dads and lads" stuff with Stuart next year. Dave (49 ¾) and Elliot (9 ¾)

daivd hope - 1 year ago


Brilliant day out was had by all! Daughter aka Feral loved the whole thing (me too) especially the fire lighting! I've now been given a wish list, and she's already raided my stuff to make up a survival kit. "Incase of the end of th

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