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Family Bushcraft: Shelter Building

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

£10 ‚Äď £55
bushcraft shelter building course in north wales

A whole day of shelter building skills for parents and children. Show me a kid that doesn’t love building dens out in the woods? It’s an essential part of any wild childhood and this course will take your shared love of den building further than before as you learn new skills including; advanced shelter building, crafting natural cordage, essential survival knots and more.

Whether you dream of taking your family on overnight wild camping trips, want to build the perfect bird hide in your own patch of woodland, or simply have a fun and rewarding day out in the woods together, then this workshop is perfect. Warning; you may get addicted to building shelters ūüėČ

family bushcraft course - shelter building

We believe that today’s children need to see that the outdoors is not a scary, uninviting place but a place that they can (with the right skills) make a perefecly warm and dry home away from home, enjoying everything nature has to offer. Our goal is for all children to get the chance to develop a love of nature and the outdoors, and building awesome dens is a way to do just that. We also want to develpo kids that are able to manage their own risk, be responsible for their own safety and have an awareness of their impact on the environment.

This one-day course is designed for an adult to accompany their child(ren) whilst you learn together. It’s perfect for parents or grandparents wanting introduce their kids to the secrets of building dens, wild camping and the joys of bushcraft. Whether you’re planning a family camping trip or simply want to gain confidence in shelter building skills then this course is for you.

All this will take place against the backdrop of the National Trust’s beautiful¬†Chirk Castle estate with ancient woodland, deer parkland and footpath network.

We will be covering a whole host of skills and activities over the session:

  • Craft your perfect woodland getaway, using all natural materials
  • Make strong natural cordage from nettles and bramble
  • Choose the best camp site; increase your awareness of hazards, habitats and weather
  • Learn how to craft a safe structure even when you have no string!
  • Find, identify and gather a range of natural building materials, right from the forest
  • Sharp tool skills; safe techniques for axe, knife and saw
  • Learn a range of useful survival knots for shelter building
  • Learn to rig up tarps, bashas, hammocks and other wilderness shelter kit
  • Dare you take the ‘Rain Proof Challenge’ with your finished shelter?
  • Leave no trace of your campsite in the wilderness
  • Understand the law relating to building shelters and wild camping

If it’s raining, no problem. We have our bushcraft basecamp shelter over the campfire to keep us warm and dry when needed, and we will of course be building amazing sheters that keep the worst of the weather out. ¬†All the above skills will be presented in a fun and engaging way that will appeal to both adults and children. You’ll go away feeling confident and with the right skills to be able to have wilderness adventures of your own with your kids.

The course costs £55 for an adult and child. Additional children can join you for an extra £10 each. Activities are suitable for children aged 7 years and over. The day begins at 10am and finishes as 4pm. You can get your tickets at the bottom of this event page.

family bushcraft course north wales den building

Please bring a packed lunch on the day but hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. You can warm up some lunch on our basecamp fire too if you like. Please also bring suitable clothing and footwear for the outdoors as we’ll out in the estate parkland all day.

About the Tutor

James is a Bushcraft Instructor and Forest School Leader. He has been working in environmental conservation over over 10 years now. He received the Bushcraft Competency Certifiate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of study. He was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community owned woodland in Wales, overseeing management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales.

family bushcraft - shelter building skills - north wales

About the Venue

Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland for you to explore, with wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.

Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, easily accessible off the A5, close to the tourist destination of Llangollen.

The award-winning gardens at Chirk cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground ‚Äď perfect for a stroll, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

outdoor activities at chirk castle

You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.


Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone James, 07876 794 098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.



August 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£10 ‚Äď £55
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF
Wrexham, Wrexham LL14 5AF United Kingdom
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