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Wild Cooking – SOLD OUT!

September 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

campfire cooking course in north wales

Do you want to take your outdoor cookery skills to a whole new level? We will guide you through a banquet of mouth-watering recipes all of which can be cooked easily outdoors over the campfire.

This one day course looks at a range of inspiring foods that you’ll be able to recreate for yourself. We will learn to prepare and cook; snacks, salads, starters, savoury meals and sweet desserts. All this will take place against the backdrop of our bushcraft basecamp in the beautiful National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate with ancient woodland and open parkland.

Due to popular demand this course is now SOLD OUT but we will be running another date in Spring 2020. Stay tuned for more details, or drop us a line if you’re interested ot know more.

This course is perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoor life, whether it’s camping with the family or your own wild camping trips in the woods. This course would also suit Outdoor Activity Leaders and Teachers who are looking for fresh ideas for cooking outdoors with their groups.

Discover the secrets of Dutch Oven cooking; these backwoods ovens enable you to cook up a huge range of tasty dishes outdoors. We will also take you on a foraging walk for spring greens which can be added to salads, dressings and other healthy dishes.

campfire cooking course in north wales

“Dutch oven cooking is about cooking in beautiful places, creating meals with wonderful people, and sharing the warmth of the soft, dying embers as they signal the end of the day.” Kate Rowinski, author of The Wilderness Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking

• Gain confidence in cooking up a variety of foods on the campfire

• Bake fresh bread in a dutch oven

• Learn about the different cooking areas of the fire

• Discover how to manage your fire for quick boils or slow cooks

• Cook up delicious hot desserts like bread & butter pudding

• Find dry firewood in the forest for cooking even when it’s been raining

• Quick & easy alternatives to roasting marshmallows that kids will love

• Cook fish without any pots or pans – no washing up required!

• Cook food in leaves rather than tin foil – nature has the answer.

• Gluten & dairy free recipe options explored


This course is aimed at adult learners but we do have a few places available for children aged 11+ who would like to attend with an accompanying adult. The day runs from 10am until 4pm and costs £55 per adult. Tickets for accompanied children are just £25. Refreshments are also provided and we’ll be sharing out the food we cook together throughtout the day.

About the Tutors

bushcraft skills in north walesJames Kendall is Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester and Forest School Leader. He has been working in woodlands for over 10 years now. He recently 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.

lea kendall - counsellor and life coach

Lea Kendall is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Lea is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner. As an Integrative Counsellor Lea takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She takes a holistic view of each individual, taking into account their emotional and mental well-being as well as their physical health.

“I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment.”

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 – perfect for a stroll, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

outdoor activities at chirk castle

Venue Facilities

Whilst your enjoying this course, perhaps other members of the family could take advantage of the many things Chirk Castle has to offer…

♦ Over 700 years of history, including the imposing medieval castle

♦ The Courtyard tea-room serves a seasonal menu, cream teas, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks

♦ The gift shop has a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas

♦ Dogs welcome on the estate on a lead, assistance dogs only please in the formal gardens

Seperate charges apply to non-members for entry to the castle and gardens. You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.


Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone James, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.




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