woodworking courses

Cherry Wood was founded and built using traditional green woodworking techniques. We will continue to offer guests the option to try out woodworking courses during their stay.

 

Woodcarving Workshop

Learn the ancient art of woodcarving in this fun and informative two hour workshop led by experienced woodcarver William Barsley. Set in our beautiful workshop nestled in the woods, Will will guide you through the fundamentals of carving. You will walk away with your very own carved coaster to proudly show your friends and family. For ages 14+

1 to 1 session = £70pp*

2 person private workshop – £40pp*

Group workshop – (4 – 7 people) – £30pp* 

* Discount – Workshop participants staying at Campwell are eligible for a £5 discount.

Email info@williambarsley.com for more information

 

Woodland Walkshop

Reconnect with nature on another level by spending time with a true man of the woods. The long-standing resident coppice manager, Kirby, will take you on a tour of Cherry Wood and the coppice where you can work hazel into all sorts of products and pick his brains about woodland life. Depending on your interests, he can give you insights on the wildlife, tree psychology, coppicing, foraging, woodland crafts and stories from the woods. 

2+ people, £15pp for 2 hrs

 

Spatula / Spoon Carving Workshop

Over the 2 hour workshop, Harry Samuel (ex Cherry Wood apprentice) will teach you the basics of carving green wood. You will start with a spatula blank and using only a straight knife you will learn the safe and efficient way of using an edge tool to create a beautiful, functional and ergonomic product. The skills gained within this session will allow you to go on and carve a plethora of utensil goodness. 

Spoon carving day course: Over the day, Harry will teach you the basics of carving green wood. You will start the day with a spoon blank and using only a straight knife and a hook knife you will learn the safe and efficient way of using these tools. And, before lunch you will have carved a spoon

Spatula 2 hr workshop – £40pp (need a minimum of 4)

Spoon, Day course – £100pp (need a minimum of 4)

forage to fork

Reconnect with our ancestral roots and learn how to how to gather in the wild. Forage in the woods with our local expert Leah to discover how we used to live through the seasons from the land. Enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking with fire and eating outside. It always tastes better.

Forage to fork

An introduction to foraging with lunch – learn the essential principles when identifying wild foods. Taking you on a 2 hour walk into our private woodland, experienced forager Leah will introduce you to different edible and poisonous plants, flowers, fruits and mushrooms. Then head back to our outdoor kitchen where you will be met by Elise with a wild cocktail and a chance to explore ways of using those freshly foraged ingredients, tasting along the way.

£65pp (minimum of 4 people) Inclusive of a light lunch.

Email Elise if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Foraging walk

Introduction to foraging – learn some basic but crucial principles when identifying wild foods. Taking you on a 2.5hr walk into our private woodland, experienced forager Leah Apostolou will introduce you to different edible and poisonous plants, flowers, fruits and mushrooms.

(2.5 hrs) – £25pp (Minimum of £60 to run a session)

Email Leah of EcoWild if you have any questions or enquiries

yoga

If you’re looking for a unique, peaceful and natural space to enjoy this ancient practise, then yoga at Cherry Wood is your answer. Our secluded Cob Roundhouse is big enough for larger groups and can be warmed easily (even in the coldest months) with its wood burning stove.

Our local yoga friend, Jess, can take individual, couples or group classes with a wide range of abilities and preferences. She has a friendly, gentle approach whilst being able to test the more able bodies, should they desire it. Come and join us for yoga in the woods.

£30 for a 1-2-1, £30 for a couple, groups 2+ are £5pp ontop of the £30

Message her directly to book this in – jessicalauratill@yahoo.co.uk

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Drop us a message if you are interested in hosting your own yoga retreats here

Wildwoods Workshops

Join the Wildwoods girls, Kate and Jen, for some wild times in the woods. They are experienced and super passionate about giving people magical and empowering times out in nature. They can cater for couples, larger groups, forest school sessions for kids or something for the whole family.

Fire school – learn how to make a build a fire and light it with fire steels, boil a kelly kettle, make foraged herbal teas, whittle sticks and cook damper bread over your fires. £25pp for a min of 2 people.

They also offer den building sessions, bushcraft, foraging, smelting, whittling and much more, so get in touch to create your bespoke wild experience. Prices may vary depending on what you request.

Contact: contact@wildwoodswiltshire.com

the lake

A short walk down the side of our beautiful valley, you can get to a beautiful secret lake (pictured below). It’s setting is a lush green oasis of native and exotic plants planted in Victorian times. The large rhodedendrons are particularly stunning in full bloom. If you bring a crabline, you might get lucky and catch some American-signal crayfish too. A small amount of meat but great fun.

It has often been used for wild swimming and canoeing, but please note, you will be doing this at your own risk as there are no lifeguards around. The River Avon is also nearby and ideal for wild swimming or paddleboarding. Batheaston has an access point from the park (and parking) opposite the George & Dragon pub.

massage

Does your body feel like it needs a helping hand in order to unwind? Our yoga guru, Jess, is also an experienced masseuse and has a number of massage options available. Please drop her a message (jessicalauratill@yahoo.co.uk) to book her in during your stay and see her website here

60 mins – £75

90 mins – £80

fitness

For some, a wild workout will be the best way to release those endorphins and feel more human again. We have linked up with our local fitness experts – Arron Collins-Thomas and Francisco Mora of Rustiq. They are willing to lead workouts for all fitness needs. From a holistic Qi Gong class to outdoor circuits sessions, just get in touch by emailing info@rustiqfitness.com  

archery

Archery in the woods reawakens the hunter gatherer in all of us. Learn this ancient sport under the guidance of experienced and qualified instructors from Original Wild. For groups of 8+

They can also offer a number of other activities for groups, to fill a day if you desire it. For smaller groups, they offer paddleboard and kayak tours along the rivers of Bath.

paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a favourite amongst the team at Cherry Wood. Bring your own or hire a board from Batheaston and paddle at the lake here or meander down the River Avon.

Paddleboard/ SUP hire is available from the Rolling Mill cafe and bar in Batheaston, in Bath with Original Wild or we can offer taster sessions here at the lake for groups of 8+. Get in touch with office@originalwild.com with your enquiries

walks

Walking is another simple pleasure that will bring a feeling of adventure to your day. Around the Cherry Wood there are endless public footpaths through valley and beyond. Discover the secret lake, hike the hills or walk to the local pub in Marshfield.

Walking around Bath can provide some spectacular views of our nearby City. Consider doing some of the Bath Skyline walk or find an OS map. Walking near the River Avon is also popular and easily accessed from Batheaston.

city of Bath

The City of Bath is world famous for good reason. Should you fancy leaving the calm oasis of the woods, there is lots to see and do in this beautiful World Heritage Site. Just 5 miles away.

national trust

If you take an interest in National Trust properties, the area has lots of them.

Dyrham Park – Ancient deer park, 17th-century house and garden

Lacock village – Country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

Prior Park – Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath

Bath Skyline walk – Wide open space overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath

 

 

catherine wheel

The Catherine Wheel is a 17th century country pub in the historic conservation village of Marshfield, just 35 minutes walk or a short drive from the Cherry Wood.

Serves up great food, real ales and much more.

gather

Gather is a great little eatery on Batheaston high street. Predominantly organic cafe and bar. They sell homemade and freshly prepared meals in a relaxing environment. Closed in evenings and on Saturday, Sunday and Mondays!