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Shelter Building Parties

We start with a brief safety talk, before we head over into an area of fir trees where there are plenty of logs and branches to build with. I will explain to the group how we are going to go about this: giving some insights into why we build shelters, and what qualities they need to provide for us. The intention is to teach your group how to build a shelter to help you in a real-life survival situation: but done in a relaxed way. Team building skills form an integral part of this activity and I encourage this as much as possible, with each team building their own shelter. There is time at the end to check out how good the shelters are, take photos etc. (This activity proves very popular with supporting parents and even grandparents too!)

This activity suits ages 6+.

Time span: 1 -1.5 hours, depending on what you wish.

Group size: up to 20 children. (With 1 adult for every 5 children.)

£160 for a 1 hour activity: (this would have time to focus on 1-2 topics e.g. shelter building (main activity - 40 mins) and a look at Nature's 1st Aid Kit, or a scavanger hunt or signs of Wendover's wildlife - 10mins. Remaining time is taken up with moving to the area, giving instructions for the activity and group administration.)

£230 for a 1.5 hour activity
(this would include a shelter building session - 45mins, a fire lighting demo and flint tools - 30 mins. Remaining time is taken up with moving to the area, giving instructions for the activity and group administration.)

Groups over 20 in number can be booked by arrangement (to a maximum of 25). Please Note: there is an additional charge of £8 per extra child, per hour of activity.

Sessions generally last for 1 to 1.5 hours, but I am always happy to put together a longer activity to suit your requirements: this is your day, I will work with you to make it really special. Please contact me if you have a query.

Shelter Building Party - Fun for all the family - Wendover October 2008

Shelter Building Birthday party, Wendover Woods. Fun for all the family
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Sessions Times are available as follows: -

  • Weekdays - After School: 4pm till before last light (BST only)
  • Saturdays:10am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm (BST only);
    10am, 12pm and 2.30pm (Winter only)
  • Sundays: Afternoons 1.00pm and 3.30pm (BST only),
    12pm and 2.30pm (Winter only)


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