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Bushcraft Cumulus Outdoors


Ever wondered how you would survive out in the wilderness?


Survive and thrive! Our exciting Bushcraft sessions in Dorset are geared to help you get back to basics whilst enjoying the natural environment. Using our own woodland site near Swanage as a base, you’ll learn a range of survival skills in a fun and educational environment. Our expert instructor, Ian will ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience and come away with a new found love of the great outdoors. Bushcraft courses can be enjoyed as part of a school residential trip or as a standalone activity – ideal for youth groups, team building days or stag & hen dos.

Here we list the full range of our sessions on offer at Cumulus Outdoors. If you have something specific in mind, please get in touch with our friendly team. They will help you craft a bespoke programme that is suited to the needs of your group.

Bushcraft & Survival Skills Courses

Basic Half Day Session

Ever thought about how you would survive in the outdoors on your own? Join us for a half day introductory session and learn all how to build a protective shelter, make fire and forage for food. Over the course of the three hour session you’ll get to grips with a range of new skills. We have two different sessions on offer; choose from fire-lighting and shelter building or foraging and cooking. A minimum of 4 people.

Morning or afternoon sessions are available.

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

A bushcraft activity day is great fun for all ages and abilities. You’ll learn how to utilise natural and manmade shelters to keep you out of the elements and the best way to prepare game.  Our experienced team will help you start your very own fire using natural and manmade materials. You’ll also 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.

Bespoke Bushcraft Sessions 

We also offer a choice of full day or overnight advanced survival courses that include axe-throwing, shelter building, team building and lots more…

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 each other’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.

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/

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. Water proofs and beanie or t-shirts and light clothing with sunscreen. Wellingtons, walking boots or trainers again depending on the weather. If you are unsure just give us a call or drop an email.



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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!!



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.

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