Cornbury Park is located near the Cotswold town of Charlbury in Oxfordshire. This idyllic estate was formerly used as a hunting lodge and boasts the largest privately owned ancient woodland in the country. The site features a stunning deer park, beautiful lakes, crashed plane and ancient oak trees to climb. This is was the perfect setting for the Year 5 and Year 6 children to spend two days and one night camping and to learn many different bushcraft skills.
When the group arrived at Cornbury Park they were given a survival lecture and taught how to light and maintain a fire. With the fires that they had made, all the children cooked their own lamb kebabs for lunch, which were delicious!
In the afternoon, the children were shown how to fillet a whole salmon at a wild food workshop. Some brave (or mad) Year 6 children even had a go at eating the fish eyes. Well done to Riley Weston (Year 6, Gwyn) who managed to chew them completely and swallow it with a smile on his face!
Whilst the evening meals were cooking over the fires the group set about building temporary shelters, so that anyone that wanted to could sleep out under the stars. Everybody learnt how to insulate their shelters and how to make them safe to sleep in. After some toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, everybody got in to their newly built, warm beds.
The next morning after a hearty breakfast of bacon, hash browns and eggs, we cleared our camp and sadly made our way back to school.
An exhausting but enjoyable 24 hours was had by all. Roll on next year!