Excellence in Woodland

21-23 August 2020
at Springwood DE73 8BJ

High quality workshops to inspire Outdoor Professionals.
This weekend event brings some of the best/most experienced deliverers of woodland based crafts in the UK to provide you with some valuable short training and guidance.

Workshops List

  • Swallow Baskets – Ben Mayo – £18
  • Hand Drill – Pete Morton – £14
  • Whittling Techniques – Bushscouts – £10
  • Science Through Bushcraft – Rupert Loch – £12
  • Axe workshop – Paul Adamson – £15
  • Knots and Tarps – Bushscouts – £12
  • String and Cordage – Tara Crank – £12
  • Versatile Bramble/Elder/Willow etc – Pete Morton – £12
  • Bow Drill variations – Howard Morris – £12
  • Bushcraft Gadgets – £10
  • Spoon Carving – Paul Adamson – £12
  • Tree ID (Friday evening) – Free


Additional events

For those coming for the whole weekend, there will be a free late evening Tree ID walk at dusk.

On a Saturday evening there will be a Tomahawk Competition hosted by the Bushscouts. entry fee £4.


£40 daytime per person or £35 for IOL members / £30 Bushcraft PPG members
£68 weekend per person or £55 for IOL members / £45 Bushcraft PPG members


(Workshops are an additional charge of £10-£15 each)
Camp in the woodlands or field or hire out a yurt/tepee.
Supported by the Institute for Outdoor Learning Bushcraft PPG, Field Studies Professional Practice Group (IOL)
Sponsored by Muddy Faces Ltd.

07736 225035

Thank you for a fantastic weekend. First time camping at a Bushcraft event and we loved it! The tutors were all very well organized, friendly and supportive. Excellent prices and a good range of activities. Wonderful people attending, all with stories to tell. Very well ran and organized by Dave and Tara, professional yet good sense of humour. We will take what we`ve learned and apply into our own practice.


I have very much enjoyed the weekend spent in the company of friendly, like minded folk. Every session inspired me and all the lead practitioners gave me take home skills and knowledge that I can instantly apply in my school setting. Most importantly I leave the weekend with renewed enthusiasm for all things outdoors, this will undoubtedly help me in life and in learning!
Many thanks Dave, a brilliant weekend

Kathy (Friend)

Fantastic weekend. Subject knowledge was superb. Timing of sessions spot on.
Thank you

Tony (Bushscouts)

Great weekend, relaxed, professional and fun. Outstanding quality workshops. We look forward to returning next year.
Thanks Dave

Duncan Coleman (Staffs Wildlife Trust)

Brilliant weekend, thank you so much! Excellent weekend all round. Great selection of workshops and outstanding instructors. We will be back next year.


Excellence in Woodland says it all! Every workshop was instructive and enjoyable and the level was just right for me. There was good repetition of workshops so I could do all the ones I wanted. It was amazing to have such a good weekend available within budget- excellent value. Thank you!

Bethan Painter

Fabulous weekend, thank you. Lots of workshops to choose from- some which introduced me to new ideas, some consolidating other skills. As always, the course instructors were excellent- we were learning from the best. Cant wait for the next Excellence in Woodland!

Mel Grenfell – Wildly Curious

It has been a pleasure to spend a few days in the company of some truly inspirational and passionate people. Their enthusiasm for sharing skills and knowledge has been refreshing and although I came to play in the trees and be outdoors I am leaving the weekend with some ideas and thoughts about how some of the things I have learned could be used within an NHS Mental Health service, as well as a hope to develop the skills for myself. Well organized and thought out and a real sense of an inclusive ethos. Thank you!!

No name given

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the weekend as I had not heard of either the event or Woodland Survival Crafts before, however, I was completely blown away by the quality of the workshops. The instructors were nothing short of excellent, not only did they take things down to an elementary level so everyone could be on the same page, but they also were able to stretch the activities up with the prior knowledge of the attendees. There is not a single workshop where I did not learn at least three new things that would have taken me several days of experimentation and research to learn independently. The instructors also made sure to use the limited time wisely with a good balance of practical activity and instruction so as to prepare us for further learning and development outside of the weekend.

The site really enhanced the weekend and the atmosphere and welcome I received not only from yourselves but other attendees was great. I look forward to next year and I have already recommended the event to several of my colleagues.”

Bracken Vryssen

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