Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices

Wilderness Survival - Essential Bushcraft Skills

An introduction to the basics for survival with top northern bushcraft teacher, Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery, with over 30years bushcraft experience: shelter, fire, food and water.

You’ll learn how to build an emergency shelter using the natural materials you find around you. You’ll learn a range of fire lighting techniques including fire in difficult conditions and find out how to cook on a camp fire, including making supports, hangers to hold cooking pots and useful utensils. You’ll discover some of the wild food available. Ground water is rarely safe to drink in Britain so we’ll look at some ways of collecting water and making it safe to drink. 

The activity leader, Bruce Ferguson, is qualified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and teaching woodland skills for over 30 years. 

Booking essential through Wild North Discovery: Tel 01388 529154 or

Event details

When is the event?

Sunday 4 November 2018

What time is it on?


Who is this for?

16+ (Parental consent required for under 18s)

How much?

50 per person

Where to meet?

Kielder Castle Information Centre

What to wear?

Waterproof clothing and stout footwear

Do I need to book?

Booking is essential through Wild North Discovery (see above)

Dogs Allowed:



OS Grid ref: NY632936
Postcode: NE48 1ER

Get directions


North Forest District

Useful sites

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.