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Friction firemaking and Campfire making – Family Fun Outdoors event

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

£10 – £45
Kettle hanging above campfire made with friction firemaking

Learn the ancient skill of making fire easily and safely and leave with the blissful confidence firemaking brings.

Friction firemaking with bow drill, flint and steel

In the morning session we will work with a bow drill and flint and steel to make fire by friction. Find out why this ancient practice is an important skill even in the modern day.

Make the perfect campfire

For the afternoon session, we’ll build a campfire! Learn how to make the perfect campfire depending on your needs — from warming yourself to preparing a drink to cooking food.

In both sessions, you’ll

  • forage for fire materials
  • learn which types of fuel are best
  • how to deal with wet and windy conditions
  • control fire safely
  • learn how to Leave No Trace

We don’t just use our eyes and ears to learn the ancient skills or to experience the landscape, we immerse ourself in it and discover through tasting, feeling and smelling too – if you can. By enlisting all the power of your senses, you learn deeply and gain a profound connection with nature, the history of human fire making and thus your entire world.

What should I bring?

  • Comfortable, warm layers of clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy or wet
  • Waterproofs (optional)
  • Lunch and drinks


We are based on the 1300 acre Bamff Estate, by Alyth in beautiful Perthshire. During and after your session, discover wild beaver dams, otters, roe deer and red squirrels.

By the end of the afternoon session you may hear the owls hooting and maybe even see the beavers!

Suitable ages?

Ideal for children 7 and up, though younger children are welcome (parents/guardians may need to give additional help)


Single ticket: £18/person per session or £30/person for full day
Family ticket: £25/session or £45/day (2 adults, with our without children)

Related events

This session is part of our Family Fun Outdoors event, taking place from 14-18 February 2018.

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February 17
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
£10 – £45
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Malcolm Handoll


Five Senses
Bamff House
Alyth, Perthshire PH11 8LF United Kingdom
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