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Wild Food Weekend

Let us bring you back to the days where we, as humans, had to forage and source our own food! The Wild Food Weekend is all about exploring our natural surroundings for wild food provided by our very own countryside. There is a big emphasis on foraging, game preparation and using what nature can supply to feed ourselves in our natural environment.

The weekend will be led by one of our experienced instructors who will demonstrate and guide you through this informative and hands on event.  You will be getting lots of practical guidance with food collection, preparation and cooking techniques

Many people are unaware of the abundance of edible resources which surround us. This course has been designed to make you aware of some of these great edibles and to learn what to avoid!

This course is open for anyone looking to get back to nature for an enjoyable, interesting and unforgettable outdoor experience.

2021 Dates: 3rd-5th September 2021

Start: Friday 3pm – Please arrive 15-mins early to avoid a delayed start.

Finish: Sunday approx. 12pm

Location: Cotehele National Trust, Cornwall

Over the Wild food weekend we will be looking at the following

  • Making your own foraging sticks
  • How to obtain food from the wild
  • The legal aspects and Golden rules of Foraging
  • We will teach you how to prepare game in the form of (fish, bird, or mammal)
  • Food preservation
  • Bread making
  • Butchering of a deer
  • How to make your own Jerky
  • Campfire cooking techniques
  • Making teas, Alcohol infusions and Cordials

Friday evening will be spent setting up camp , covering cutting tool safety, making foraging sticks and relaxing in our beautiful woodland

On Saturday, as a group we will be foraging , collecting, preparing and cooking all of our own food for the weekend. We will cover several different methods of  campfire cooking using fire pits, a Yukon stove and roasting techniques. You will also get the chance to have a go at making your own biltong (jerky). On the final morning we will make a selection of campfire breads and experiment and sample some home made jam for breakfast.


  • Practical outdoor clothing (WATERPROOFS)
  • Walking boots or similar (Wellies will do if we are in for a wet weekend)
  • A coat (Ideally waterproof)
  • A sleeping bag and roll mat
  • Mess tins, Billy can (a plate and bowl will do)
  • Knife, fork, and spoon also a mug or cup to drink from
  • A full water bottle (for drinking)
  • A head torch and a spare set of batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • A whistle for emergencies
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Small first aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser


  • Tent
  • A notebook and pencil
  • Camera
  • Bivvy bag (sleeping bag cover)
  • Tea or coffee
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra snacks

We will supply:

  • Meals for the duration of the event
  • Tarps (for shelter)
  • Tools and equipment for sessions


Upon booking you will receive all the relevant information for your event via email. This will be to the email address provided upon booking. Please check your junk folder for this information.


Due to H&S requirements, it is essential that disclaimers are completed and returned for each participant prior to your course date. Failure to complete the required disclaimer will result in you being unable to attend the course.


Any photographs or photography taken by the instructors during the course may be used by Serious Outdoor Skills in promotional material or advertising either printed or on the internet. If you do not wish to be present in any photographs, please let your instructor know upon arrival to your event.


Meals will be provided by Serious Outdoor Skills. Please bring any extra snacks if you wish. Serious Outdoor Skills will supply a campfire kettle as well as tea, coffee, milk, and sugar. Evening meals will usually consist of either of the following:


If you have any food allergies or would prefer to self-cater for evening meals, please email info@seriousoutdoorskills.co.uk to inform us of this.

Age Restrictions

Age 16+ *Must attend with a paying adult aged 18+

PLEASE NOTE: Trips will run weather permitting. Should our event need to be postponed for any reasons out of the control of Serious Outdoor Skills, as per our T&Cs, an alternative date will be available.

Q. Can I bring my dog?

  • Unfortunately, dogs cannot attend our events.


Q. I have made a booking, but I have not received any information about my event.

  • An email containing all the course details will be sent to the email address provided upon booking. Please ensure you have entered the correct email address.
  • Please check your junk/spam folder as the email may have been sent there.
  • If you have still not received the course details, please email info@seriousoutdoorskills.co.uk


Q. I have booked a date I can no longer attend, what are my options?


Q. My event was postponed due to adverse weather, what happens now?

  • Due to the nature of our business, events may be postponed if it is deemed unsafe to run due to adverse weather. In this instance, you will be offered an alternative date to attend your event.


Q. What happens if my event is postponed because of Covid-19?

  • Option 1) You will be provided with a credit note which will be valid for 18 months.
  • Option 2) You will be offered an alternative date, providing availability.
  • Option 3) You will be provided with a refund.
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