We’ll start the week with a code of Chivalry and pick noble house names, before starting our first skill test - making a length of rope; vital for tasks like shelter building, or making medieval catapults. That should leave just enough time to learn about fire and have a go.
Day 2 will see us embark on our first foray into learning the skills of medieval weaponry - archery. Now an immensely popular sport the world over, archery traces its roots back in history. Did you know there are still English bylaws dating back to the 1300s ‘requiring all males over the age of 14 to practice their longbow archery for 2 hours a day’.
Day 3 we’ll start to learn about how to process wood for our banquet at the end of the week. This introduces the use of simple tools, wood splitters and saws, how to use them safely and effectively. If we’ve any time left we can start to learn about medieval catapults by making mini versions and testing them.
Day 4 jousting contest. Starting with some practice then on to the contest - noble house against noble house in a points contest against targets rather than each other!
If there’s any time left in the day we’ll make something using our skills with tools.
Day 5 medieval banquet, fire challenge and ballistas (medieval catapults). A flat out day, can your noble house build a fire and keep it lit long enough to toast marshmallows and cook popcorn. We’ll also make ballistas and test them.
Julie Browne: Owner & founder of Dragon Adventures Ltd.
Julie has a number of years experience as a multi activity outdoor instructor delivering activities such as axe throwing, archery and bushcraft. She has worked with children and adults from diverse backgrounds including working with those with additional support needs. Julie’s passion lies with wood and tool use.
Julie is an Associate Professional in Outdoor Learning (APOL), Archery GB instructor and European Ropes Course Association instructor. She also runs a first aid training business.
Julie works alongside two qualified instructors. Ben, who is passionate about archery and Lynne, who is a master chief when it comes to bushcraft food.
- Dress for an adventurous day outdoors, regardless of the weather.
- Depending on the weather shorts are acceptable
- Lots of layers.
- Sun cream, hat, gloves
- Boots or wellingtons.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Spare clothing in a bag
- Water bottle
- No ‘best’ clothing it will get dirty.