Foraging and Cooking Outdoors

WildWoodlands Foraging and Cooking Outdoors Weekend

This course is ideal for those who are new to outdoor cooking using wild game or for those who would like to develop their existing skills even further.

We will spend time foraging an learning about edible pants and tree’s, and how they can be utilized in cooking outdoors.

All courses vary depending on the season but below is a typical example of the format of our WildWoodlands Foraging and Cooking Outdoors:

  • Course Location: Cornwall
  • Course Time: 19:00 Friday – 12:00 Sunday
  • Course Duration: 3
  • Course Age: 14+ but under 18’s need to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Course size: 10
  • Meals: Catered
  • Call Us: 07817 801618

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Everyone arrives at the designated meeting point for 7.00pm where we have introductions followed by a safety briefing. We then have a short walk from the car park into the woodland.

During the walk we will point out the location of fresh drinking water, washing area and composting toilet.

Once we arrive at the base camp area, we will take the opportunity to outline the course structure, introduce you to the camp equipment, allowing you to settle into the woodland environment and then you will have time to prepare your sleeping arrangements. You will need to provide your own tent or hammock/tarp.

Next we then move on to preparing the evening meal. Dinner is provided and usually consists of game bird either pigeon or pheasant.


The morning begins with a brief history and demonstration of making damper bread around the fire; we will discuss cooking techniques and various ingredients that can be used.

After breakfast the instructor will take you through tool usage and safe cutting techniques when using knives and saws, as you will be using these throughout the weekend to complete a range of everyday woodland tasks.

Following on from this we will look at how we can use the natural resources around us to aid us in cooking on or over the campfire.

Lunch involves learning how to prepare and cook trout over the open fire, this is one of the easiest but tasty methods.

After lunch we will move onto fire lighting demonstrations and discussion on using manmade and natural tinder’s including fire by friction. We will look at the best woods and fire lays to use, then you will have time to practise your self’s.

The evening is then underway with another game preparation session, this time it could be either rabbit, squirrel or deer. Whilst this is cooking, we take look at some plants fibres and cordage making techniques and how this can help us when cooking outdoors.


Sunday begins with breakfast, we will then take another look at knife, saws and axes, how to sharpen them, and the legal aspects of carrying and using edged tools.

After a short break we spend the rest of our time foraging in and around the woodland learning about edible, medicinal and poisonous plant identification, tree identification and tree use.

At 12:00 noon the course ends and its time to depart.

Our courses are designed to be a fun experience and at no point during the course will you be expected to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Our helpful and friendly instructors are always on hand with help, advice, and assistance.