Loading Events

« All Events

Wild Food, Foraging & Wilderness Cookery

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

wild food foraging in north wales

Autumn in the woods is the perfect time for foraging wild foods. Join our expert guest tutor, Dave Watson from Woodland Survival Crafts as we explore the world of edible plants, fungi and wild game. “Food tastes better outdoors” is a common phrase but it tastes even better when you have gathered and prepared it yourself.

Edible wild plants and fungi are often viewed with suspicion and thought to be bitter or tasteless, only to be eaten as a last resort. But to the forager, our woodlands and hedgerows are full of tasty and filling wild food opportunities.

This one day course looks at some of the best and tastiest ways to enjoy wild food. From our basecamp set in the ancient woodland at the National Trust’s Chirk Castle we will be exploring the forest and hedges in search of “food for free.”

  • Gain confidence in identifying a variety of edible plants & fungi
  • Learn how to prepare fish and game
  • Understand the four main cooking areas of the campfire
  • Create sustaining meals using wild ingredients
  • Confidently identify, prepare and consume a wide variety of wild foods
  • See a demonstration of baking bread in a dutch oven
  • Learn how to forage with a sustainable approach to the habitat
  • Enjoy a range of wild foods freshly prepared by you and the tutors at basecamp

wild food foraging in north wales

The course costs £60 per person and is open to adult learners aged 16 years and over. The day begins at 9.30am and finishes as 4.30pm. You can get your tickets at the bottom of this event page.

About the Tutor

dave watson from woodland survival craftsDave Watson has over 30 years of bushcraft experience. He is the lead tutor at Woodland Survival Crafts. The business was established in 1995 following a 10 year career in outdoor activity centres.

Dave’s passion for ancient survival skills, or ‘bushcraft’ as it has become known, stems from his teenage years when he spent much of his time wandering around Britain in semi-wild places trying to live off the land.

Dave views the subject of bushcraft as an exciting and inspiring tool suitable for everyone, to teach life skills, environmental education, and history as well as being a perfect basis in which to impart sound spiritual lessons.

In 2007 Dave instigated the development with the Institute for Outdoor Learning of the Bushcraft & Survival Special Interest Group. This has resulted in the development of training and assessment for outdoor practitioners in the key skills to promote safe practice and understanding.

You can see Dave in action by watching our short video filmed during one of his Spring foraging courses.

James from Woodland Classroom will also be there on the day to share his knowledge of foraging and woodland wildlife. James will lead a session of dutch oven cooking, where you can bake up a fresh loaf of bread for all to enjoy.

wild food foraging course in 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 the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley 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.

Today the woodland is 70% oak trees, including some amazing and unique veteran trees many hundreds of years old. Chirk Castle is part of the Veteran Tree Initiative, helping to conserve veteran trees. Part of this is a 25 year tree planting scheme based on William Emes’s designs, where 1500 trees will be planted, replacing those trees which have been lost. The parkland today is managed by a team of just three National Trust Rangers, and a dedicated group of volunteers, who not only maintain the fences and landscape, plant and manage the trees, and protect the wildlife, but they also work with schools and local community groups to share their knowledge.
outdoor activities at chirk castle

Venue Facilities

Whilst you’re enjoying everything our course has to offer, perhaps the rest of your family can enjoy visiting the National Trust property for the day and might want to 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

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

Additional charges would apply to non National Trust members wishing to access the castle and gardens.


To read our Event Terms & Conditions including our cancellation policy – just CLICK HERE


Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF
Wrexham, Wrexham LL14 5AF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
01691 777701


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
1 Adult: Wild Food, Foraging & Wilderness Cookery 26/09/2020
Admits 1 Adult to Wild Food, Foraging & Wilderness Cookery at Chirk Castle, on 26th September 2020
£ 60.00
12 available