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Fire-lighting & Survival Skills Weekend Overview

This weekend away includes:

  • Instruction by Ross Bowyer. Ross has worked with Ray Mears, Bear Grylls, James Cracknell and Ed Stafford, and has been a survival consultant for TV shows for many years. He's learned from indigenous people and as well as his skills, he has some wonderful stories which can be shared over a meal in the pub on Saturday evening. 

  • 2 nights' accommodation at Borwick Hall, a 16th Century Manor House. 

  • 1.5 days' worth of instruction and activities (full day Saturday and half day Sunday). Guests will learn more about the four survival needs, including shelter building and starting a fire with a bow drill. 

  • 4 meals (2x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 1x evening meal).

  • An event host, who will meet you when you arrive, introduce you to the other guests and ensure that the weekend goes smoothly.

Arrival on evening of Friday 24th January 2020. 

£199 per person.

Booking and More Information 

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Ross Bowyer

Ross will be teaching skills that he has learnt form a career in the outdoors, bushcraft and survival. He grew up adventuring in forests in the Caribbean before gaining an apprenticeship with Ray Mears. He has taught and learned from some of the industry's leading figures, and has worked for many years as a survival consultant for TV, including Born Survivor and The Island with Bear Grylls.

Ross will be guiding and instructing us during the weekend. He will also join us in the pub on Saturday evening where you can chat to him about some of his stories and adventures. 

Friday - 24th January 2020:
Arrive in the evening for a meet and greet. An evening meal will be provided for anyone that would like to join us. 

Saturday - 25th January 2020:

After breakfast, we will meet Ross and venture to some nearby woods to start the day's learning and practising new skills. A packed lunch will be provided. In the evening we will wander along the canal to a nearby pub for some food and a few drinks. This is a great opportunity to hear some of Ross' stories and experiences. 

Sunday - 26th January 2020:
The morning will give us some more time to learn some valuable skills from Ross, before the weekend comes to an end at lunchtime. You are welcome to join the group for a pub lunch, which should still give you plenty of time to travel home on Sunday afternoon for a well earned rest!

Food and Drink

Food for four meals is provided:

- Evening meal on Friday - typically a pasta dish followed by cake

- Breakfast on Saturday is included (selection of cereals, toasts and jams) 

- Lunch on Saturday is included (packed lunches consisting of a sandwich, snack bar, crisps, fruit and a drink)

- Evening meal on Saturday is not included (we will walk along the canal to a lovely pub, The Longlands)

- Breakfast on Sunday is included (selection of cereals, toasts and jams)

- The event will finish at lunch time on Sunday and as mentioned above you are welcome to join us for lunch. 

We have lovely accommodation at Borwick Hall, an impressive 16th Century Manor House nestled between the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Borwick Hall will be home for the weekend, both for accommodation as well as using nearby woods as our classroom during the weekend. We will occupy have our own area at the hall. You will be sharing with one or two other people, or there may be an option (depending on numbers) for a few limited sole-occupancy rooms here). There are showers, toilets, a kitchen with tables and a communal living area for socialising. Bedding and pillows are provided but please bring a towel with you.

Transport/Getting there
The weekend is based at Borwick Hall, Borwick, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 1JU.
Driving – If you are driving, the postcode is LA6 1JU, 2 miles off Junction 36 on the M6, North West England.

Train - If you are travelling by train, Lancaster Station is under 2.5 hours from London Euston (direct), 2 hours from Birmingham (direct), 2 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh (direct) and 1 hour from Manchester (direct). It is then a 15 minute taxi ride to Borwick Hall from Lancaster Station (we recommend you book a taxi in advance).

Arrival is anytime from 6pm to 10pm (please contact us in advance if you think you will be later). Most people will arrive around 8pm. 

Experience - you do not need prior experience for the weekend.

Discounts for friends
If you have any friends that you think would enjoy this trip also, please do see if they’d like to come along – the more the merrier. If you buy two or more tickets in one transaction please use code 'Friends10' at check-out to receive 10% off each ticket.




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