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Seasonal family bushcraft workshops

New for 2024 season, bring your parents along to these seasonal family bushcraft workshops with local expert Joe Peartree.

  • Booking essential

From wood carving, fire lighting skills, animal tracking to foraging and den building, the sessions will vary according to the season. Suitable for age 7 + through to teens and adults! All adults and children attending will need to purchase a ticket. **The price of the workshop is £15, however the price to pay here includes your entry (NT members free) AND boat fare which will allow you to pass through visitor reception quickly on the day. For any visitors already staying on the island and wishing to attend the event (e.g camping guests), please contact the Brownsea Island office at for additional information before booking.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Adult, NT member, bushcraft & boat fare£28.50
Adult Adult non member, bushcraft/boat/entry£38.50
Child Child, NT member, bushcraft & boat fare£21.75
Child Child non member, bushcraft/boat/entry£26.75

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Suitable for children

Meeting point

Upon arrival, please check with the visitor welcome staff where to meet your guide.

What to bring and wear

Wear sturdy outdoor footwear and clothing paying attention to recent and up to date weather forecasts.


Please be aware that different activities will be available at different times of years (no ignition in the summer due to high fire risk). Tickets are for any adults and children attending the event and include boat fare and entry fee. If some of your family or party visiting Brownsea that day will not be attending the bushcraft, they will need to pay for entry and boat fare upon arrival. Please make sure you choose the correct ticket. For those attending the morning session, please ensure you arrive at Poole Quay in time for the first ferry crossing at 10am. There will be seats reserved for you, please head towards the sign for bushcraft and queue there. You will meet your guide near visitor reception upon arrival on the island, please ask the staff for the meeting point. For those attending the afternoon session, please ensure you are on the island in good time and allow 30 minutes to head to the meeting place. Please ask a member of staff upon arrival. We recommend that layers are worn in colder months, arms and legs are always covered at all times and waterproofs .

Contact info

National Trust Central Box Office

Upcoming events


Supper and Safari 

Every Thursday through June, meet some of Brownsea's more elusive wildlife. The National Trust have teamed up with the Dorset Wildlife Trust to guide you on an exciting nocturnal adventure.

Event summary

20 Jun to 27 Jun 2024
18:00 to 22:30
+ 1 other date or time

Summer Solstice Yoga 

Celebrate the summer solstice with an evening of yoga and meditation with Sonja Lockyer.

Event summary

21 Jun 2024
18:00 to 22:00

Early morning yoga and breakfast 

Back by popular demand, an opportunity to get away from it all if just for a moment. Now offering exclusive discount, book three sessions and get your fourth free!

Event summary

26 Jun to 25 Sep 2024
08:00 to 10:00
+ 9 other dates or times

Brownsea historical guided walk with cream tea in Brownsea Castle 

Listen to fascinating tales of Brownsea's past on this guided walk that takes in the island and the castle grounds. Enjoy exclusive access into the castle for a cream tea before heading back on the last boat of the day.

Event summary

16 Jul to 15 Oct 2024
13:30 to 17:00
+ 4 other dates or times