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Ever wondered how you would survive out in the wilderness?


Survive and thrive! Our exciting Bushcraft sessions and challenges are geared to help you get back to basics whilst also enjoying the natural environment. Using our own woodland site on the Isle of Purbeck near Corfe Castle and Swanage, the sessions are great fun, giving you an opportunity to ‘play’ outside.

Half Day Bushcraft Experience

For over 20 years, scientists have been studying the reduction of stress levels in individuals who spend time in the woods, the Japanese proved that even the smallest exposure can ‘soothe the soul’ (they call this Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing). So ‘soothe your soul’ with our fabulous Bushcraft half day experience and try your hand at fire lighting, shelter building, carving, axe throwing, primitive weaponry, foraging, woodland games and many more. We look forward to seeing you in the woods!

Survival 101 (1 Day 09:00am – 17:00pm)

This activity day is great for everyone and anyone at any age level and provides a starting platform on your journey in to wilderness living skills and bushcraft. With an insight in to natural and manmade shelters to keep you out of the elements, preparation of game and practicals in how to start your very own fire using natural and manmade materials. You’ll learn how to craft using a knife, how to forage for wild edibles and even how to make and set traps and snares. This course provides a fun, relaxed environment in which to build on the skills already acquired or if you are new to the subject, gives you the chance to get a taste of bushcraft.

Family Bonding (1 Day 09:00am – 17:00pm)

This 1 day course is designed to bring families close together through outdoor games, tasks and goals. As well as being educational and fun, families have the chance to enjoy eachother’s company in an outdoor environment, learn new skills, explore the wilderness, laugh and bond together. Our goal is to help you and your family build memories that you can cherish for years to come. We can also offer this course to accommodate for an overnighter upon request.

Fire Lighting Workshop (1 day 09:00am – 17:00pm)

Ever wondered if you can start a fire rubbing sticks together? Watched Cast Away and wondered how he did it? Well now is your chance to find out! This 1 day course is designed to give you the information and knowledge of how to start a fire come rain or shine. You’ll learn about the different materials you can use from the local environment as well as what manmade materials can aid in fire lighting, the safety aspects of fire and the numerous benefits of its uses. Needless to say, marshmallows play a big part in the day and you’ll even come home with your very own bow drill set for fire by friction!

Team Building (1.5 days 09:00am – Mid-day the next day)

Teams and groups are put through a school of tuition by the on site instructor/s for the first half of the day. After learning about the principals of survival, teams are dispatched to put their news skills to the test by setting up camp. Preparing their own food, building their own shelter, filtering and purifying their own water and starting their own fires. Teams must complete the tasks successfully in order to survive the night ahead. Equipment will be scattered around the site and teams must scavenge what they can find to improve their chances of survival until the following day. The winning group will be selected by the lead instructor on the day. The losers however, will partake in a bush tucker trial-like forfeit which will remain a secret until the day so to not spoil the surprise of what may be in store.

Survival Weekend (Friday 7pm – Sunday Mid-day)

This weekend activity course is one of our most popular courses and we attribute this to the timeframe our customers get to learn their new skills and put them to the test. You’ll get the chance to occupy your own constructed shelter for night or use one of our hammocks, cook up freshly prepared game, learn all about fire and it’s uses, tool safety, foraging, play games and even have the chance to come away with your own bow drill set for fire by friction. We provide a fun, relaxed environment suitable for all ages, families, individuals and groups with the instructors on hand to offer assistance and guidance throughout.

Bespoke Courses (timeframe upon request and priced accordingly)

Any aspect of Bushcraft, survival or wilderness living skills can be catered for and we have the ability to adapt to specific requirements upon request. Ranging from axe workshops, foraging, wilderness cooking, camp craftwork, carving, traps and snares, primitive weaponry, woodland games, stag do’s and hen parties and many more!

FAQs - The Essentials


Is any previous experience necessary?

No, the instructors are on hand to offer assistance and guidance throughout.

What is the minimum group size?

The minimum group size is 4, although we will always group smaller parties together if at all possible to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the bushcraft activities.

What is the minimum age?

This depends on the session you select – please ask

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable outdoor clothing to help you get back to basics whilst also enjoying the natural environment



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Review Entries



Amazing fire by friction course

Starting a fire with nothing but wood and friction has always been a big one on my bucket list. I've seen it on lots of TV programs but have never made the leap to have a go at it myself until I recently booked myself and my eldest son in with Cumulus for a fire by friction course. Our instructor Ian was brilliant, he taught me everything I needed to know, was very patient with my questions and I had a fire going within an hour which felt like a huge achievement! The course was in a perfect location in a secluded Forrest with great views. My Son also had a great time and couldn't have been happier when the instructor warmed up some hot chocolate and marsh mellows on the fire. We will be definitely taking part in some more of the Cumuls Bushcraft courses.



Stag Bushcraft

We met Russ and Ritchie the dog in the afternoon who led us down the the secluded forest location where we made camp for the evening. Russ was very knowledgable and taught us how to make a fire and gave us a tour of the site. He explaining and taught various survival skills which was great.



Great Day Out!!

Fantastic day out learning lots of new skills whilst having fun and spending time with the family. Beautiful and relaxing setting for a great day out whatever the weather. Learning about camp structures, how to fillet a fish, how to start a camp fire and foraging for safe foods to eat, whilst drinking plenty of tea and coffee :)



Definitely Recommended

I booked a day of activities with Cumulus for a Stag Weekend. I asked for a morning of bushcraft with an emphasis on foraging and then an afternoon coasteering session and Cumulus did not disappoint. We were collected from our accommodation and driven over to Corfe for a really interesting morning, foraging for useful plants and herbs before building campfires and cooking lunch. Our guide Paul was first class. Very knowledgeable and a nice bloke too. Coasteering was as good as we expected from a pro outfit like Cumulus. Everyone really enjoyed the session, Tommo and Simon were great guides and the scenery around Dancing Ledge was extra special. All in all a very well run, well priced and professional outfit for a stag weekend or any sort of activity day.
July 2016 B Gibson



Great nights camping with my daughter!

Great nights camping with my daughter. Learnt how to start a fire with flint and put up a hammock! Great site and woodland as well.
Good work Cumulus!!

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