Fire & Water – Workshop

(5 customer reviews)


(Price Shown Per Person)

Learn how to safely make the component parts of a fire bow drill, & then learn how to use them! You’ll also learn a number of other ways to try & get a fire started.

If you can make a fire, and you can find a source of water, there’s a good chance you can purify it and hydrate yourself!

Included in the price:

•    Hot & cold water as required throughout the day

Not included in the price:

• Site entry/Parking

* This is a self catering course, but if required for an additional charge, I can provide food.



  • 10:00-10:15 – Arrival & Safety Brief
  • 10:15-11:00 – Cutting Tool Safety, Cutting Techniques
  • 11:00-12:00 – Natural Cordage
  • 12:00-12:45 – Lunch
  • 12:45-14:45 – Fire Lighting Techniques
  • 14:45-15:45 – Water Sourcing and Preparation
  • 15:45-16:00 – De-Brief
  • 16:00 – Home Time

Note: Course Timings May Change

Additional Information

Minimum Participant Age:

• 12 yrs old if accompanied by a paying adult

Included in the price:

• Hot water for making your own hot drinks

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking, or state if you wish to cater for yourself.

Kit List:

• Suitable outdoor clothing (see below)
• Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do) & mug for hot drinks
• Whistle – optional in case you get lost!
• Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
• Open mind & a willingness to learn
• A small personal First Aid Kit (Mandatory)
• Antibacterial wipes/soap/hand gel / facemask (recommended)

Not Included in the price:

• Tea\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s, Coffee\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s & personal snacks

Please complete the following online consent form:

General Consent Form

5 reviews for Fire & Water – Workshop

  1. Susan (verified owner)

    My boys (45 and 10) have just staggered in from a day in the forest learning about fire and water. They are shattered but jubilant! Had a fabulous time and learnt loads. Already talking about their next course. Great bonding experience. Thanks, Ray,

  2. Louise

    Just spent a fantastic day at Brandon Country Park, with Back to Wilderness. Went with hopeful high expectations for the Fire and Water course that were far exceeded. Learned so much about creating fires as well as wood cutting and natural cordage. Our instructor Ray, was knowledgeable and relaxed and course was brilliantly organised, but most of all amazing fun. Looking forward to our next Back to Wilderness experience.

  3. Paul N

    Last Tuesday (16Th) I attended the Fire & Water course run by Ray. My feedback is below.

    1. Booking & Joining Instructions
    The course was easy to find online and the website very straightforward to use. I had originally booked a different course but Ray was quick to explain that there were insufficient numbers. Consequently I was offered the Fire & Water course instead. Joining instructions were timely, clear and thorough.

    2. The day itself
    Ray explained his background and experience well and made it clear what we would be doing. Rather than directly telling us everything we needed to know e.g. different ways to start a fire, Ray asked us to try and work things out ourselves. Only when we had “dried up” did he tell us what we needed to know and all instructions were clear, detailed, concise and at the right pace for the group. There was plenty of hands on ((literally with the stinging nettles!) practice with excellent guidance from Ray.

    The highlight was being able to start a fire using the drill method; I have seen this done on the TV and it’s always made clear that it can be difficult and take quite a while. With Ray’s guidance all of us were successful in creating fire using this method. I was really pleased at my success and may well practice in my back garden!!

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. I will definitely be looking to book further courses. Extremely informative.

    Ten out of ten!!



  4. Rory T

    My daughter and I had a great day at High Lodge learning about fire making and water purification. Ray is very knowledgeable and great at providing an interactive day with lots of help when necessary. The highlight of the day has to be when we made fire using a bow and drill! Highly recommended!


  5. Oliver

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Fire & Water 1 Day Course at Thetford Forest with Ray. A great combination of learning and fun. Ray is very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about delivering a top-quality experience. A Highly recommended course and tutor!


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