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Wilderness Cookery



Cookery in any form is a great skill to master and even more so in a woodland over an open fire. Join the Tamarack Team in this epic culinary journey where you will learn many skills, recipes and hints & tips to make that camping experience even more enjoyable.


- Starting and managing fire for cooking

- Camp kitchen and hygiene, preparation and storage of food stuffs

- Cooking without pots or utensils including ponassing and planking

- Varied game preparation, including humane dispatch, skinning and butchery

- Fish preparation, including humane dispatch and filleting

- Preserving meat with smoke

- Foods for backpacking and micro cooking

- Baking breads and Bannocks

- Dutch oven and other cast iron cookery

- Wild food salads and teas

- Cooking with stoves including Woodgas, Ethanol and Propane

- Crumbles and sweet treats

- And much, much more...

Brief Itinerary

After meeting at Tamarack Outdoors, we will load our vehicles and equipment and drive 30 minutes to the woodland. From here we will walk 500m from the vehicles into the wood and pitch camp. This will be our base for the duration of the course. After camp orientation and introductions, we will have some hearty soup and chat around the fire.

The course starts proper on the Friday and will end around 16:00 on the Sunday. We will then break camp and head back to Tamarack Outdoors if we need to.

Dates & Booking Details
Site & Equipment

Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August 2020

Meet at 16:00 on the Thursday, the course finishes at around 16:00 on the Sunday.

Cost: £150 per person

Price includes all food, cooking equipment and utensils.

Additional Information

Course Size: 12

There is a minimum age limit of 18 for this course.

NOTE: All game is pre-dispatched before preparation. Where possible all food used is locally sourced from Lancashire.

For more information on this event or to be added to the reserve list, contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or via email at [email protected]


Meet at Tamarack Outdoors at 18:30 on the Thursday, the course will finish at 16:00 on the Sunday.

Directions from the South

- From M6 North bound take junction 32 M55 signposted Fleetwood, Preston North.

- Follow signs for A6 Preston and Garstang.

- At roundabout take the third exit signposted A6 Garstang.

- After 5.5 miles turn right on the B6430, sign posted Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Follow signs for Ray Lane and the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- Pass Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Turn right onto Calder House Lane, sign posted Ray Lane Industrial Estate.

- Stay on Calder House Lane, after several bends this turns into Bruna Hill, then into Ray Lane.

- Follow Ray Lane over humped back bridge and under railway bridge.

- Pass under railway bridge and turn immediately left passing the Kenlis Arms on the right.

- Head for signs for the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- On entering the estate, straight in front you, you will find Tamarack Outdoors.

Directions from the North

 - From M6 South bound take Junction 33, signposted A6 Garstang and Fleetwood.

- At the roundabout take first exit, signposted Garstang, Blackpool and Fleetwood.

- After 7.8 miles turn left onto Cock Robin Lane, signed Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club

- At the end of Cock Robin Lane turn left onto B6430.

- All other directions as from the South.


Overview of the Site

Our site is at 300 meters elevation and you will be working in the shade of the trees, because of this it can feel cool/cold even in the summer months. So please dress warmly, but have the option to layer down if we have fair weather and the woodland is warm. The site is in the North West of England, it often rains. Always use the layering system that is normally used in mountain areas.

Long trousers to be worn at all times, no shorts. There are Ticks on site (as with most such areas over the country) and many activities on the course involve kneeling, sitting and walking through brash. You will be fully briefed on arrival regarding best practise to avoid ticks but long trousers will greatly reduce Tick issues.

The food you bring can be anything from fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, wet or dry packet food. Pay particular attention on how you carry, store and preserve your food when packing, travelling and staying on site. A small coolbox is good for this.

Recommended Course Kit List

The following is a recommended kit list for the course.

The Rucksack

To help you organise and keep kit manageable on route to the site we recommend you use a rucksack or large holdall for the bulk of your equipment.

Camping Equipment

- Tent, tarp or hammock - 2-3 man tents are advisable, or tarps measuring 4x4 meters approx

- Sleeping Bag - the woods are shaded so pack warm

- Sleeping Mat

- Medication (if applicable)

- Wash kit and towel

- Toilet roll and hand sanitizer

- Insect Repellant

- Gas / Ethanol Stove - fires only allowed in designated areas

- Spare fuel for stove

- Pots/Pans

- Cutlery/Utensils

- Lighter

- Knife - Mora style preferable, click to see example

- Head Torch

- Spare batteries

- Water bottle

- Food and snacks for the full course

- Hat / Gloves / Buff (a pair of work gloves can be useful)

- Clothing for the course

- Spare clothing - optional, for travelling home

- Insulated jacket or warm mid layer

- Waterproof clothing

- Walking boots or wellies or similar

- Notebook and pencil

- Camera

Q: When I arrive at Tamarack, what happens to my vehicle ?

If you have a 4x4 this is an advantage to get within 500 meters of the site. If not, there will be some car sharing to get to site and change over of equipment into other vehicles. If a non 4x4 needs to go to site, the vehicle will be parked in the nearby farmyard which is secure. Some vehicles will remain at Tamarack and parked adjacent to the shop, where there is CCTV in operation and the estate is locked at night.

Q: Do I need to be fit ?

You need to be of fair fitness, the hardest part of the course is the walk to and from the vehicles.

Q: What do I need to bring ?

You will need a stove (gas, woodgas or ethanol) and cooking pots (this is not essential, but is advisable if you want to fully wild camp and cook for yourself). Tent, tarp or similar shelter. Sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Waterproof and warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf along with walking boots or similar. Toiletries including wash kit, toilet roll and towel. Head torch, note book, pencil, foam pad to sit on, mosquito repellant. Camera and binoculars (not essential but useful). Spare clothing to change into once you get back to the car on the Sunday afternoon.

Our site is at 300m above sea level and is in a shaded part of the woodland, because of this it can get cool even in the summer months, so please dress warm.

All this must fit inside a rucksack or grip, remember you will have to carry all your equipment into the woodland.

A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Site & Equipment tab above.

Q: Do I get a discount on any equipment I need for the course ?

Yes, all course participants get a 10% discount on all products purchased at Tamarack for the course.

Q: What meals are provided ?

Soup and bread will be available on Thursday night, then all meals are provided as part of the course, until close of play on Sunday. Students are welcome to bring their own food if preferred.

Q: I am Vegan/ Vegetarian is this course for me ?

With prior notice we can accommodate for the Vegan/Vegetarian diet but the course itinerary and food stays the same.

Q: What if the weather is bad ?

Don't worry about this, the course goes ahead whatever the weather - unless high winds are forecast.

Q: I can't make the Friday, but can I come on the Saturday ?

Sorry, full attendance of the course is necessary, even if you have been on another course previously.

Q: Can I bring along alcohol ?

Alcohol and any recreational drugs are not allowed on site for the duration of the course. Anyone found using either, will be removed from the course immediately. However, this does not include any student who is on medication.

Q: Can I bring food and cook over the fire ?

No problem with this as long it does not effect the flow of the course.

Q: Can I bring my dog ?

Sorry, no dogs or pets allowed on site.

Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident ?

All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site. If a student needs to go to hospital, this is a 25 minute drive from site. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.

Q: What about insurance ?

Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have there own travel insurance.

Q: What are the toilet facilities like ?

You will have to wash in a bowl or Billy can and go to the toilet in a hole/latrine in the ground, in a discreet area on site which will have been pre-prepared.

Q: How do I get rid of my rubbish ?

That's easy, you brought it in, so you take it out.

Q: What happens now that I have booked and paid for a course?

After you have booked and paid to attend one of our courses you will find all the information you will need within the FAQ or the relevant course page you have booked on. Here you will find dates, timings, meeting point, what kit and food provision you need etc.

One Day Courses - If you have booked on a one day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone one to two weeks prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.

Multiple Day Courses  - If you have booked on a multiple day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone  two months then again one month  prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.


Q: If I have booked and paid for a course and I need to cancel, do I get my money back ?

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