Outdoor Activities / Elcombe Copse is a peaceful playground and it’s yours to use for quiet times, fun times, exercise and wellbeing. We have a few suggestions too…


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BUSHCRAFT

Following many happy childhood days spent in the woods making bows and arrows, sword fghting with bracken and building the best camps ever, Pete Zambuni spent 10 years in the British Army where his love of the outdoors continued. From this, his passion for history led him to re-enactment and learning historical skills, some of which are useful! He is never happier than when he is explaining some historical snippet to willing listeners or cooking over an open fire in the woods.

Build a Shelter & Make Fire
Primitive Weapon Making
Spoon Carving & Campfire Cooking

These activities can be team based, for individuals or family groups and are a great way to learn practical skills, gain confidence whilst outdoors and enjoy time in the wild.

£30 per person

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OUTDOOR YOGA

Our resident yogi Amy Taylor will lead a fun packed session of outdoor yoga designed to suit the experience level of your group. These sessions can take place in the wide open spaces of Elcombe Copse or in the Field Shelter depending on the weather.

Amy completed her 200 hr YTT at Kranti Yoga in Goa, India in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Amy has since also qualified as a pre and post natal yoga teacher, Ballet Barre, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage.

Amy’s approach to classes is fun and challenging, often focusing on specific muscle groups to guide students through a safe and well rounded practice, including relaxation and meditation.

£12 per person

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WOODLAND FORAGING

Joe O'Leary has been a soldier, carpenter, furniture maker, café owner and wilderness survival instructor but the one thing that has remained constant throughout his life is his passion for the great outdoors and an overwhelming desire to learn everything there is to know about self-reliance in the wilds.

If you love the idea of dipping into nature's larder then this is the activity for you. We'll take you on a gentle 2 hour walk through Elcombe Copse to introduce you to the plentiful fora to be found there. We'll gather some and leave others alone but by the end of the walk you will have learned about what's tasty, what's edible, what's not good to eat, what can be made into tea, string, glue, soap, insect repellent and a whole host of traditional food and medicinal uses for the plant life of the British countryside.

£28 p/p

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VIKING FIELD GAMES

A brilliant way to enjoy some fun time in the outdoors, viking field games include archery with authentic long bows and horse bows, spear throwing, axe throwing, sword fighting and sling shots. All of these are overseen by Pete, our resident viking and weapons expert.

Train like a Viking (Archery, Javelin and Axe Throwing)
Archery & Crossbow Activities (Target and Field)
Catapult & Air Rife Shooting (Target and Field)

These activities are generally 90 minutes but can be combined for a longer session. They can be competition based with a prize for the winning team, tailored for individuals or family groups and are a great way to learn practical and historical sporting skills.

£30 per person