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Stone Age residential

24hours – 3 days


 

Why not bring your group to us to be fully immersed, just like our Stone Age ancestors, for an overnight stay in our beautiful woodlands.

Your group can even build their own Mesolithic shelters to sleep out under the stars in for the ultimate in wild adventures, (although we do have tents too for a modern fusion!)

Spend the day learning Stone Age skills and crafts and as the sun sets light up the woodlands with primitive lamps and torches. See the woodlands through the eyes of our ancestors, forage for snacks, craft and cook on an open fire and enjoy the serenity and sounds of the forest.

We will deliver our unique interactive timeline and show and tell, passing around the furs, clothes, stone and bone tools, bark baskets and more for your group to thoroughly explore. We even have a real mammoth tooth to pass around.

Enjoy time observing nature and absorbing the woodlands as you learn the many skills it has to offer. But don’t worry, it’s not all back to the stone age, we won’t make you eat bugs for your dinner (well, only if you want to!) enjoy our delicious food cooked freshly every day, share stories and drink hot chocolate around the campfire, maybe even toast a few marshmallows (I’m sure caveman would have if only they’d have known!)

We can offer 24hour – 5 day camps.

Go on. Go wild! Costs are as follows:

  • 24hr - £45 per head  (depart at 11am on 2nd day)
  • 2 full days and 1 night - £55 per head  (depart after 3pm the 2nd day) 3 days and 2 nights - £90  (depart at 11am on the 3rd day)
  • 4 days and 3 nights - £135  (depart at 11am on the 4th day)
  • 5 days and 4 nights - £155   (depart at 11am on the 4th day)  We can offer extended days and departure times at an additional rate. Please inquire for more details.

All food is included, but please bring a packed lunch on the first day.

 

Children and staff can spend the night in our tents, or for the ultimate in wilderness adventures, they can sleep out in shelters that they have made enjoying the stars in the evening and the morning bird chorus. Both options are possible.

We have 4 composting toilets, an indoor teaching space and a kitchen set up where we provide wholesome, delicious and nutritious meals.

You can choose 3 activities per full day and 1 night activity per overnight stay. 

Day activities

  • Primitive pot making – Using clay to make small primitive pots experimenting with natural materials and paints to decorate them
  • Cave art – Create a small piece of cave art to take away. Make your paint brushes and paints from all that nature has to offer
  • Stone tool making – Using slate and sandstone create an arrow head or spear head to take aways.
  • Atal atal making – Learn how our ancestors would have made these primitive throwing spears and spend some time getting in some target practice.
  • Fire lighting – Challenge yourselves learning the primitive way of lighting fire.
  • Natural shelter making - Making a natural water proof shelter using sticks and debris the way of our Mesolithic ancestors
  • Foraging - Discover natures larder making teas and enjoying tasty snacks
  • Cooking bread - Experiment with different natural ingredients to create flat breads cooked on an open fire
  • Cordage making - Use various natural fibres to create string and cords
  • Camouflage and concealment  - Compare and use natural and non-natural methods to camouflage
  • Wilderness walk - Explore the woods learning how to recognise various plants and trees and their uses
  • Game preparation - Prepare rabbits/pheasants/fish or chicken for eating

 Evening activities (1 per evening)

  • Fat lamp making - Make simple lamps from natural materials
  • Primitive torches - Make simple torches from natural materials 
  • Night  games -  Various games in the light of the moon
  • Talent show - Participants work in small tribes or as individuals to create a talent show for the rest of the camp  
  • Songs, drumming and stories  

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Testimonial


“The children remembered every part but particularly enjoyed the messy activities! They also talked a great deal about the information they were given and the opportunity to feel the real tools and furs etc.”

Tunstall school