Bushcraft Containers


18-22 April 2021
The Lakes
Containers from: bark, plant-fibres, willow, bone
6-10 Places

Immerse yourself in making a selection of beautiful, practical containers. On this four day course you will be focusing on ‘bushcraft’ containers with specific traditional uses.  Our projects have been inspired by anthropological finds and archaeological discoveries as well as skills learnt from other crafts-people both locally and further afield. It will be a calm and creative course with a small group of like-minded people, in a peaceful young woodland in the stunning Lake District National Park.






Immerse yourself in making a selection of beautiful, practical containers. On this four day course you will be focusing on ‘bushcraft’ containers with specific traditional uses.  Our projects have been inspired by anthropological finds and archaeological discoveries as well as skills learnt from other crafts-people both locally and further afield. It will be a calm and creative course with a small group of like-minded people, in a peaceful young woodland in the stunning Lake District National Park.

We will be working entirely with natural materials using traditional techniques, although we do have modern tools available to borrow. We will be covering the harvesting, preparation and working of each material to ensure a thorough knowledge for you to build on after the course. We will also teach a number of associated skills required to complete these projects – from the preparation of root bindings and  natural cordage to natural glues. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. We will guide you through the learning process at every stage and there will be plenty of time to complete and refine projects in the evenings around the campfire.

All of the containers you make will have a traditional use steeped in history such as willow crab-pots or birch bark containers for boiling water. There will be numerous smaller projects over the four days to ensure you return home with a collection of functional natural containers that you have made yourself. Most importantly you will gain a working knowledge of the techniques needed to enable you to continue to practice and make more items using your new skills.

  • Days: Sun PM – Thurs PM (4 Nights)
  • Location: Lake District, England
  • Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
  • Activity: Containers from: bark, plant-fibres, willow, bone
  • Group Size: 6-10
  • Physical Rating: Easy
  • Date: 18-22 April 2021
  • Venue: Lyth Valley, The Lakes



  • Peeling bark
  • Bark containers
  • Flat woven baskets
  • Rush work
  • Willow crab-pot
  • Flat weaving
  • Coiled basketry
  • Bone containers
  • Sami needle case
  • Simple leatherwork
  • Natural glue
  • Natural cordage


  • This course is fully catered throughout.
  • It includes camping fees and any specialist equipment.
  • We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.

General Information

We will aim to cover the following –

Please click on the + symbols opposite to read about what you will learn each day.

On this course you will be wild camping, either in your own tent or under a tarp. For this course you will be based at a beautiful young 13 acre private woodland within the National Park. There is parking available on site. Once at base camp, you will erect your tent or sleeping system and join the main fire. Please note, whilst there are many mature trees, including ancient oaks on site, the majority of the trees are not yet suitable for hammocks.

A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided at the beginning and end of the course at a specified time for those arriving by train. For this course, this will be at Oxenholme station.

This course is fully catered and all meals will be provided whilst camping in the woods, from a light supper on the first night to lunch on the final day. (1 x Supper, 3 x Evening meal, 4 x Cold Lunch and 4 x Breakfast)

Pescatarian / Vegetarians are well catered for, but can Vegans and those with serious food intolerances (like celiac’s disease) please contact us to discuss your requirements, as you may be asked to bring some specialist food to supplement your diet.

Mains water is provided in clean jerry cans and are always available.

4 day workshop (arrive 19.30 on Sun and depart 16.00 on Thurs)

Minimum Age:
16, but under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Personal Insurance:
Whilst not essential, it is recommended that you have simple adventure travel insurance to cover yourself and your possessions whilst on this trip.


Sensible outdoor clothing is essential for all of our courses.

We recommend that you bring:

  • A hat
  • A waterproof and windproof Jacket
  • Wool jumper or fleece top
  • Several long and short-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Cargo/combat trousers are ideal; as they are strong, light and fast drying (do not bring denim jeans).
  • Sturdy hiking boots are a must, as some of the terrain is steep and rocky.
  • We also recommend that you bring a pair of old trainers for the evenings
  • And spare changes of clothes stored in a plastic bag to keep them dry.

Equipment checklist:

  • Small day-sack
  • Sleeping bag, preferably 3 season
  • Self-inflating or closed-cell foam sleeping mat
  • Tent, or fly-sheet & bivy-bag
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Small first aid kit, including plasters, blister kit, tweezers, foot powder and any personal medication
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Good insect repellent
  • Wash kit and towel, preferably containing biodegradable soap
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Mug, bowl & plate
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pencils
  • Ziploc bags

For weeklong courses you will also require:

  • 10 meters of parachute cord, swimming costume and large towel

Optional extras:

  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Spending money: 

It is not unusual for students to get together for a well-earned pint at the end of a course.


It is not uncommon for a sudden change of environment to start an unexpected period.

Please note:

Please bring your favourite knife and saw if you have one.

Course Travel & Delays:

How to get there: A link to detailed set of arrival instructions will be included within the automatic email response when you place your booking using our on-line booking system. The Virgin West Coast rail line means we can be reached by rail from London Euston in 3 hours on any day of the week. We run courses from three venues in the UK – so please ensure that you have received and printed the correct arrival information!

Very Important – Do not book any trains, transport or other accommodation until given the go-ahead by Wild Human, as the course needs a minimum number of participants in order to run.

Delays and Late arrivals:
Late arrivals will have to make their own way to the course venue. Wild Human will not be responsible for any costs incurred by late arrivals or late returns that are outside of our control.

Do I need prior experience? 

Not at all. If you enjoy being outdoors and are keen to learn – we will welcome your company. Although previous camping experience can be an advantage on the overnight courses, it is not essential. Some of our more advanced courses do have pre-requisites; please see course details.

Can I attend on my own? 

Yes! Our bushcraft courses are aimed at private individuals who have a passion to learn. Although some people attend in pairs or small groups, the vast majority of our groups are made up of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What about bad weather? 

Courses will run in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Bad weather makes learning the skills more challenging and harder to master, but you will be rewarded with a higher level of ability and a greater sense of achievement. The unpredictable weather in Britain makes it one of the best training grounds in which to learn bushcraft. On this course should the weather become too extreme we have the use of a workshop space with a wood-burning stove.

Sanitation & Hygiene –

Courses are run from an woodland base camp, this means that our toilet facilities are screened, composting latrines. We have used a sawdust composting system on this site for the past 8 years and find it to be an environmentally friendly and hygienic set-up. Good hygiene is an essential part of wilderness living and at the start of the course you will be given clear instruction about latrines and base camp life, and a few simple protocols for everyone in camp.

Terms & Conditions –

Before placing a booking, please take a moment to observe our UK terms & conditions of booking, particularly for our cancellation policy. We also highly recommend that you seek insurance against the unfortunate event that you should need to cancel your place unexpectedly – missed course bookings are not transferable.

I would like to cancel my course? 

If, for any reason you wish to cancel your course, please refer to our Terms & Conditions. You will not be offered a refund for any money for late cancellation, neither will you be offered a transferral of your money to another course. Please seek appropriate insurance against late cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances!

Can I attend from continental Europe and beyond? 

Many people travel from outside of the UK to attend our courses; often from continental Europe, but also from further afield such as New Zealand and the USA. Providing you have a good grasp of the English language, can understand this website and feel that you will understand detailed verbal information and instruction there is no problem for you to join us for a course. Please be aware that the Lake district can be much colder and wetter during the summer than many continental countries and so please take our kit list very seriously.Many airlines fly into Manchester airport, where you can board a train to Oxenholme (Please note that some journeys to Oxenholme may require you to change trains at Preston, although many are direct to Oxenholme). This journey usually takes around 2 hrs depending on connections. A standard saver return costs approximately £ 35.00, although with a bit of forward planning, you can purchase single tickets each way for as little as £8.50 each way.

Newcastle airport is also an option, and being a smaller airport is in some ways more convenient. If you decided to opt for Newcastle airport you need to take the Metro to Newcastle Central Station, cost £ 2.40. From Newcastle Central Station take the train to Carlisle, where you change for Oxenholme, where we will collect you. This journey usually takes about three and a half-hours and a standard saver return costs approximately £ 35.00.

Where can I stay before / after my course? If you are interested in spending some time enjoying the stunning scenery of the Lake District, either before or after your course, you can contact Windermere Tourist Information via their website

Course arrival / departure times? 

For almost all our courses we meet at 19:30 hrs on the evening of the course start date (19:00 hrs if you are arriving by train) and you will ready to depart 16:00 hrs on the last day of the course (17:00 hrs at the train station). However, specific course times, arrival details and equipment lists are contained in the email that you will receive automatically once you place your on-line booking.

What happens upon arrival? 

Our bushcraft courses usually start in the evening. For this course you will be based at a beautiful young 13 acre woodland within the Lake District National Park. There is parking available on site. Once at base camp, you will erect your tent or sleeping system and join the main fire. Please note, whilst there are many mature trees, including ancient oaks on site, the majority of the trees are not yet suitable for hammocks. After a brew, some bread and soup, and safety briefings, you will be introduced to each other, the Wild Human team and to the course. You will also be shown the camp set-up and simple protocols will be explained. You will spend the evening having a chat around the fire and teaching will begin the following morning.

What will I be eating? 

All meals are cooked on site. Food preparation and cooking will be a joint effort, involving both students and staff. All of our full time staff hold ‘food handling and hygiene’ certificates. All our courses and expeditions are fully catered, however you may be required to cook for yourself or in groups on occasion, forming part of the educational aspects of the course (please see individual course page for further information). A typical days food would be: Breakfast – tinned fruit and various cereal options; Lunch – bread rolls, a selection of fillings (e.g. cheese, ham, tuna), a healthy salad, fruit and snacks; Evening meal – Rice dishes with Thai, Indian & Chinese style curries; or pasta with Italian style, tomatoes based, sauces. Course participants are usually pleasantly surprised by the high standard of the food and meals we provide, however please remember that this is an expedition style base camp and therefore has inherent limitations with regards to producing meals to cater for individual tastes. Whilst we are proud of the tasty, nutritious meals we produce with basic amenities, but our focus is to educate, not to compete with restaurants. As a group you will be in charge of keeping the fire going and a  brew pot on the go, so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. There will always be a biscuit box available. The food provided will be more than adequate, but feel free to bring extra provisions if you wish.

We are happy to cater for medical intolerance’s, allergies and for vegetarian diets, but please let us know when you place your booking. However, we do not cater for preferences or mild intolerance’s. If you have a dietary intolerance of any kind then you are kindly asked to bring your own snacks, gluten free bread, and any other specifics you may feel necessary. If you are in doubt then do contact us to discuss options. If you have very specific requirements or very serious allergies then you may be asked to bring your own food and cooking equipment so please inquire about this before booking on-line.

Are the courses tough? 

Our bushcraft courses should be viewed as being a wilderness education experience and not as an ordinary holiday. They are educational courses, but just as importantly, they are a ‘hands on’ experience and at times can be quite challenging. Due to the nature of the location and the course content, you may be expected to take short hikes over uneven terrain, therefore a good level of fitness is required – on occasion you will be wet, muddy, tired, too hot, too cold, frustrated and exhilarated!

Where will I park my car and will my stuff be safe? At this site you will never be too far from your car. It is private land, with no access to the general public. There are gated parking facilities provided on site, and whilst we cannot make absolute guarantees, there have never been any incidents of theft within the grounds. We would recommend that you keep any valuable personal belongings in your day sack. You will not be required to walk more than 250m to the camping area.

Is it safe? 

“Adventure is a romantic name for trouble…” At Wild Human the opposite is true, as you will get the opportunity to learn wilderness living skills in a safe and controlled environment, where making mistakes will not put you in danger. However you must come in the knowledge that no outdoor activity is entirely without risk, as you may be using sharp tools or walking across uneven terrain. Accidents can happen. We advise you take out adequate adventure travel insurance for the duration of your course or expedition – here is a link to one bushcraft specific insurance company – Sports Cover Direct. The biggest risk to your welfare is from ticks, which are now in woodlands all over the country, but through good bite avoidance measures they should not present any problems – you will be well briefed at the start of each course.


Alcohol is strictly forbidden on all our courses, due to the obvious health and safety risks. Alcohol and cutting tools don’t mix! On some of the foraging courses we bend the rules a little. 


Axes must not be used at any time, unless the individual student can prove competence and has permission from the Wild Human instructor leading the course.


Pets are not permitted on any of our courses – sorry!

Mobile Phones? 

Mobile phones are permitted, but please use them very quietly & discreetly, i.e. not around the campfire as many people come on our courses to ‘get away from it all’! Please bear in mind that you may not get a signal at our sites. EE receives the best reception. We do not provide facilities for charging phones but there are many external battery packs on the market.

1 review for Bushcraft Containers

  1. duncan.gray519 (verified owner)

    Excellent course. Top quality instruction and materials. Great venue and good food. My first time trying the skills we learnt and surprised myself with what I could do. Now I’m hooked on weaving which Ive wanted to try for years. I felt that I totally “got it” with the weaving, made sense to me. Good to meet the other interesting course students, one of whom gave us a demonstration of wool spinning. Travelled home happy on the train with my crab pot and containers. Impressed others with what I brought home and can see that I could now make the birch bark containers for presents.

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