Christmas Gift Ideas for UK Outdoor Enthusiasts

Foraging, bushcraft, survival and navigation course vouchers for Xmas 2019

Buying a gift for somebody who loves nature, muddy trails and The Great Outdoors is always tricky. Chances are that they already have the equipment and clothing they need for doing what they want to do – what the bl**dy hell do you buy that you know that they will LOVE and remember for years to come?

Each and every year we sell dozens of places for the following year as personalised gift vouchers. These are places on our incredibly popular public foraging, bushcraft, survival, navigation or other outdoor skills courses.

Places for individual courses can be purchased for individuals, couples or groups – or you can buy a voucher for the year and let the recipient choose the date from our listed 2020 dates. You can see the full 2020 Course Calendar here, or the dates for each course on the pages linked below.

Bushcraft and Survival Courses

Below are some of our public 2020 bushcraft, survival and wilderness skills courses. Each course is run in private woodland or forests in North Wales and led by experienced and qualified instructors.
Building on the work we do with military, SAR, emergency service and industry clients in wilderness and expedition skills training – these are training courses for people who live, work or play in the Great Outdoors.

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Bushcraft Basics Course

This is a one-day course covering the essential skills of bushcraft, set in a private Welsh woodland and led by experienced instructors.

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Survival Basics Course

A one-day survival skills course in North Wales on the borders of Snowdonia National Park and Clwydian Range AONB, led by instructors from SAR backgrounds.

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Woodmaster Course

A four-day certificated bushcraft and woodland wilderness skills course for more experienced and confident outdoorspeople.

I have just returned from a weekend bushcraft course with Richard (Hagrid) and Kevin. I confess that when I was travelling from Essex in to Wales, I didn’t know what to expect but also didn’t have high hopes. How wrong was I!!

The entire weekend was incredible, the knowledge that was shared has blown my mind and given me a thirst for more.

Building my own shelter, sleeping out in the middle of no where and enjoying the company of some fantastic people! I genuinely couldn’t think of a better way to spend your time.

I got home and have bought a bush craft knife, some tarp and have booked a weekend in the diary to take my family out to enjoy some real camping!!

You guys are awesome and I am definitely going to be booking something again!

Field and Woodland Foraging Courses

Our foraging and wild food courses continue to be our most popular, and we have a range of courses from entry-level to training for instructors and leaders. Each course is led by experienced professional foragers and take place in locations that show off the very best ‘free’ food in North Wales.

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Foraging and Wild Food Course

Explore over two dozen edible species of plants, trees and fungi with an experienced professional forager in the North Wales countryside.

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Inland Foraging Basics

The inland foraging course for instructors, leaders and serious foragers. Certificated (Level One EST Framework) course run in a private woodland.

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Inland Foraging Practitioner

A 3-day intensive exploration of all aspects of foraging and wild food, aimed at foragers who want to push their knowledge and learning further. An EST Framework certificated course.

Attended the L1 Coastal Foraging Course on Anglesey and thoroughly enjoyed my day. Rich was engaging and knowledgeable in all areas of the outdoors. I would recommend these days to anyone. Perfect as a gift for that hard to buy for family member!

Coastal and Beach Foraging Courses

Considering that we live on a rocky island surrounded by stunning shores and extensive beaches – we really do not take advantage of the wild edibles that can be found on nearly every stretch of UK coastline. Our coastal foraging courses partner our inland courses and focus on the species available on the coast of North Wales and Snowdonia.

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Coastal Foraging Walk

For this short introductory course we find our way down to the water’s edge on a secluded beach near Porthmadog to see what edible species of seaweed, molluscs, crustaceans and other wild edibles we can find.

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Coastal Foraging Basics

Certificated (Level One EST Framework) coastal and seashore foraging course for those who want to take things more seriously.

We loved this course and had a fantastic day! The day was very well structured, we learnt so much and we will be returning next year! A big thank you to Richard – we look forward to seeing you again next year

Navigation Courses

With Original Outdoors you can learn to navigate from scratch, develop your existing skills or even learn to navigate from the clues and signs in the landscape and nature around you. The main navigation courses are certificated under the EST Framework.

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Basic Land Navigation Course

A two-day navigation course that starts with the basics and builds up to cover all of the essential skills of map and compass navigation.

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Mountain (Intermediate) Navigation Course

The second level of our EST Framework certificated navigation courses – a slightly more intensive two-day course held in Snowdonia.

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Natural Navigation Course

A different kind of navigation course – learn to navigate by using the natural signs around you such as trees, the movement of the sun and other hidden clues.

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Contour Map Workshop

A one-day navigation workshop that focuses entirely on contour lines and uses maps that ONLY feature contours.

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Night Navigation Workshop

A navigation skills workshop that takes place after dark and looks at the skills of navigating in poor or zero visibility.

Buying a voucher – how it works

  1. For each course there is a dropdown menu – in there you can select the option for a ‘Gift Voucher’.
  2. You can choose to purchase multiple vouchers or just one place, and the progress onto the checkout page and securely pay using one of the options there.
  3. Once you order has been received we will contact you (using the email address from your order) and ask you if you want to write a personalised message on the voucher.
  4. We will then create the personalised voucher (as an A4 PDF) and email it to you.
  5. Once the person receiving the voucher as a gift has opened/received it they can come to this website to choose a course date from the listed 2020 dates, and they will have until the end of February 2020 to let us know which course date they would like to attend.
  6. If they do not get in touch before the end of February 2020 then the voucher can still be redeemed – but we cannot guarantee that they will be able to attend their chosen course date.
  7. Full terms and conditions can be found HERE.

If you have any questions at all about this process, or have a special request, the please do not hesitate to get in touch using one of the methods on this page.

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