wild school programme 2021

10 August and 26 October

10am - 4pm Dartington Estate

£30 (8-12 years) 




Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. David Polis

A school like no other.

A school for 8-12 year old wild boys and girls who love days of challenges, skills and adventures.

For kids who love messing about in the woods with sticks, streams, mud, fires and a pinch of danger!

Each day will include various activities, drawing upon bushcraft, fieldcraft and nature awareness and include shelter-building, firecraft, campfire cookery, woodcraft, making traditional weapons, natural cordage and weaving, natural remedies, potions and lotions, wildlife identification, tracking & stealth.

The programme will be adapted to suit the age / skills / experience and interests of the group plus the level of challenge adapted so that those who have previously attended can develop and enhance their skills.

Event Leaders: Columb Thompson and/or Tom Wigston 

Columb joined WildWise in 2018 as one of our Seasonal Assistants and has since progressed to become one of our key leaders. Through his work he shares his love of the outdoors and wild places with a wide spectrum of people from youngsters to adults. From a child he has always enjoyed sleeping under the stars and cooking over the fire and he now finds himself in a position to help others to have this experience. His desire is to open that door to others, to adventure to marvel and to share skills and learn together.

 Tom Wigston has spent over 25 years working in the outdoor and environmental education sector, enabling people of all ages to access the benefits that experiences in nature have to offer. Tom first trained as an Environmental Educator in North America and developed his skills as a facilitator and trainer through working for organisations back in the UK. Tom spent several years in a senior role with the Devon County Council Outdoor Service developing outdoor programmes, managing outdoor centres, and delivering training. He is a qualified teacher, Forest School leader and Bushcraft Instructor and carries several other outdoor leadership qualifications and accreditation. Tom has recently completed a master’s degree in education, pursuing his keen interest in the academic and philosophical exploration of outdoor learning and human-environment relationships.


The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds or transfers if you are unable to attend.

Please see our terms & conditions for further information.

How to book

1. Email us here: please provide your contact details and how you would like to pay i.e. BACS or card
2. By phone: call 01803 868269 (message service when office unattended)
3. Online booking via Eventbrite: instant booking with immediate confirmation (recommended for late bookings). Eventbrite booking fees apply. Coming soon. Click on you preferred date below to book. 

 August 10; October 26 (half term) full - please email to join cancellations/waiting list

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