Survival seminars, woodland workshops, bushcraft basics – term time is around the corner and we're talking 'back to school' of the campsite kind! How about a little extra learning from these 15 spectacular UK campsites...
Cumbria: Gill Head Farm
Surrey: Surrey Hills Yurts
Kent: Badgells Wood
With just a short section of road leading you into vast Badgells Wood, this off-grid, semi-wild campsite is one for those looking to take a wheelbarrow into the wilderness and feel thoroughly cut off from the outside world. Bushcraft courses are excellently but irregularly run, so enquire for exact dates and details.
North Yorkshire: Baby Moon Glamping
Gwynedd: Bryn y Gwin Farm
East Sussex: The Original Hut Company
This romantic shepherd's hut retreat less than a mile from Bodiam castle run foraging courses through the autumn in conjunction with the chief sourcer of a nearby Michelin Starred restaurant, The Curlew. Take to the woods for fungi and fruit before roasting it all over campfires. No set dates, enquire for further info.
Hampshire: Abbotstone Wood
Glamorgan: Cwm Tawel Yurts
Devon: Middle Ruckham Farm
Surrey: Big Hat Bushcamp
The brainchild of former British Army captain, Ian Brember, Big Hat Bushcamp offers family-orientated woodland bushcraft at a secluded lakeside location, with an array of bespoke courses (ranging from three hours to full weekends) on offer. Very few sites can compare to their level of insight and experience.
Norfolk: Hidden Meadows Glamping
Cumbria: Long Valley Yurts
Shropshire: Underhill Farm
Part campsite part community project, Underhill Farm Campsite don't just run bushcraft workshops but can also turn their hand at almost any other trade, from wool spinning and carpentry to pottery and willow weaving. Campers can pitch their own tent or stay in one of the rustic onsite yurts available during summer.
Carmarthenshire: The Ceridwen Centre
To call The Ceridwen Centre a campsite is like saying Da Vinci was a bit handy with a paintbrush. This purpose-built hillside hideaway is as seamless at hosting workshops, retreats, and weddings as it is at hosting a glamping getaway and, with autumn the prime time for foraging, there's no better time to visit.
Hampshire: Adhurst Yurts
There's no set timetable to the bushcraft courses at this secluded yurt site, so it's best to register your interest far in advance. If guests have asked for a workshop others at the site are informed, in case they'd like to join in but, with just four yurts in total, it remains a thoroughly exclusive and informative experience.
By James Warner Smith