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Mud and Guts Workshop

Wed 19-Fri 21 Aug 2020

Session one: 10am-12pm   Session two: 1pm-4pm

Child £25, Child £35 Session one for 5 to 7 year olds
Session two for 8 to 11 year olds
Grounds admission does not apply to child participants
Grounds admission applies to adults

To book please call our Box Office tel: 01296 820414.


Join us for this fun outdoor adventure workshop in the magnificent woods at Waddesdon. Full of activities from den building and animal tracking to safely lighting and cooking over a fire.

Mud & Guts are an outdoor adventure company for children. Based in Wiltshire they have been teaching children to build shelters, light fires and not get lost in the woods for eight years. Now they are being let loose in the woods of Waddesdon.

Where to meet
Please meet at the Welcome Pavilion in or visitor car park for 9.45am, ready to board the first bus to the grounds.
The sessions will start at the North Fountain.

There will be two workshops available:

Suitable for age  5-7 years, £25 per child
Running time: 10am-12pm

For younger roamers activities will include den building and animal tracking as well as lots of games, and of course, filling your pockets with collectables such as the roundest pebble, tickliest feather, stickiest stick and slimiest slug.

Suitable for age 8-12 years, £35 per child
Running time: 1pm-4pm

Each workshop will have a heady mix of games and bushcraft learning, with an emphasis on a specific activity each day:

19 Aug – Knife skills & whittling  – you’ll be shown how to use knives responsibly and effectively. Participants will need to bring their own knives.

20 Aug – Dens & Shelters – children will be taught various den building types and techniques.

21 Aug – Fire lighting & Cooking – children will be shown how to light and manage a fire and cook campfire twists.

Important information:

What to wear?

  • layers please. This helps to regulate your body temperature, therefore meaning you are more comfortable and will get more from the day
  • top half: t-shirt, long sleeve sweatshirt/hoody and waterproof coat
  • bottom half:  loose trouers, tracksuit bottoms/leggings/combat trousers
  • footwear: trainers, preferably old ones that you don’t mind getting muddy and possibly wet

What to bring? – in a backpack please

  • spare pair of socks and trainers
  • long sleeved top
  • cap/hat and sunscreen
  • plastic bag to keep wet clothes in
  • 1 litre water bottle

Due to the nature of this beautiful isle, some days and activities may have to be altered to accommodate the weather. However please rest assured that all alternative plans will be of a similar nature and carried out in the same spirit as the original days advertised. If a workshop is affected by adverse weather that could impact upon the children’s safety and wellbeing the session will be postponed or cancelled.