Woodland Play Centre
Woodland Play Centre
Professional Training

Here at the Woodland Play Centre we realise the need for passing down our knowledge and skills to future generations of woodland lovers. We want to ensure that our love for woodlands is sustainable and widely available to as many people as possible. We run courses for teachers, playworkers, nursery and preschool staff where we link the hands on, practical skills to the theory.

We also run training courses in partnership with hand picked organisations that complement our ethos, such as bushcraft skills for anyone wanting to learn or simply give their well honed skills a boost.

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Bushcraft Courses for Outdoor Professionals

A selection of popular Bushcraft courses are provided in partnership with, and delivered by George Yeomans a qualified Bushcraft Instructor, Outdoor Education Teacher and Forest School Leader, assisted by his wife Maggie from Mountain & Bushcraft Ways www.guidingonskye.co.uk

They have been designed for outdoor professionals such as countryside rangers, outdoor instructors, playworkers, forest school practitioners, teachers, scouts and D of E award leaders. They are hands-on, practical and very enjoyable courses for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge of Bushcraft, or is looking for an introduction to the subject.


Mountain  & Bushcraft Ways
Introductory Bushcraft Course

IOL Member rate           £275.00
Non IOL Member rate   £295.00

A three day course covering the training syllabus for the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate, plus additional non-syllabus activities. Free tools/materials and handouts included in course fee. George Yeomans is an approved Institute for Outdoor Learning Trainer and Assessor for this course.

For full details see website
Contact: gyeomans2@aol.com  
01478 650380

Course dates:
Course outline Introductory Bushcraft Course


Fire by Friction Workshop

A one day workshop. The skill of making fire by friction is one of the oldest methods that directly links' us to our earliest ancestors. This day is devoted to using the bow-drill method of friction fire lighting. We will discuss the best woods to use, techniques and tips including group bow drill and having learnt some basic knife skills, participants can have a go at making a bow drill set to take away at the end of the day.

Course dates: TBC
Course outline
Fire by Friction


The Bushcraft courses are available throughout the year as day courses, weekend courses or full three day camping courses.

Bushcraft courses are also available as privately booked course. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Learning the Curriculum Outdoors


Playing with the Elements

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Continual Professional Development (CPD) Training for Educational Sector Professionals

These training days will be tailored to your needs and requirements. They can be used as INSET days, during the school term or during weekends.

The training days are available as a full day or an overnight. These are great for bringing your team together, working in unison, but most of all having a great time, playing, whilst experiencing first hand what it actually means to learn outside the classroom and rekindle your sense of adventure.

We have a variety of short courses that can be tailored to your group or organisation, they are generally half a day each or can be combined with others for a full day or weekend workshops.

Short Courses & Workshops

Time: Each short course / workshop is 3 hours long. They can be tailored to individual requirements.

Cost: Each short course costs £40 per head

Discounts available for group bookings

Number of people:
Courses require a minimum of 10 people. Book 4 short courses and receive a 20% discount. 


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Playing with the Elements

‘Playing with the Elements’ is an exciting playwork training course for anyone who wants to enable and facilitate high quality outdoor play for children. It is a recognised and endorsed level 3 training course certified by Playwork Partnerships and endorsed by SkillsActive. It is a 30 hour course that can be held either as day or twilight sessions.

The course themes include introducing the elements, earth, fire, water, air, and finally mixing the elements.

The course is designed for playworkers and those that work with children aged 4 to 16.

Course outline Playing with the Elements
Time: 30 hours = 6 sessions
Cost: £350 pp

Discounts available for group bookings

Number of people:
A minimum of 6 people attending to run.

Woodland Play Centre
Woodland Play Centre