All our courses start at 10am unless specified otherwise. Please ensure you are punctual and arrive at 9.45am.
Courses finish at 6pm but can run on until 7pm at the very latest.
Overnight courses are 24 hours in the woods and run from 10am-10am.
We are based just outside the village of Barcombe near Lewes in Sussex where almost all our courses take place. Full details of our location will be disclosed upon booking.
The nearest train station is Lewes, which has a regular service from London Victoria. You can get a Taxi from Lewes station which should take 10 minutes to get to us for larger groups a minibus can be booked through Barry on 01273 813401. If coming by car, we have plenty of space for parking.
If you have booked an overnight course, you will have to construct your own group shelter to sleep in as part of the hunter-gatherer experience. We do provide tarps for shelters in the event of unpleasant weather and if you wish you can bring your own tent- but expect a bit of ribbing!
Kit you must bring…
Overnight courses are fully catered for: lunch, supper and breakfast the next morning. We are often asked if it is appropriate to bring your own alcoholic beverages on overnighters: Yes, this is acceptable in the evenings once all activities for the day have finished and you’re sat around the campfire, however we do ask that you do not over-indulge and act responsibly. All overnighters have 1 or 2 instructors present at all times.
All our courses take place in a large covered off-grid shelter, so unless there is a severe weather warning in place then all courses go ahead. We are British afterall – whats a little rain?! We always have a fire on the go and the kettle is always singing.
All our courses take place in the woods, which can get a bit muddy if theres been a lot of rain- adequate footwear is recommended: walking boots/timberlands etc. Trainers and flip flops best left at home! Warm clothes and waterproofs best to have with you just in case, especially if doing an overnight course.
HGC does provide you with all the necessary tools you will need throughout the course which are used under strict supervision. You are welcome to bring your own knife which will be your responsibility provided you can demonstrate to us that you can use it safely. Axes, machetes or saws best left at home.
We have some excellent campsites nearby all allowing campfires (we are based just outside the village of Barcombe near Lewes. Here are our recommendations all about 10-15 mins away from us :
Due to the nature of our courses, they are not really suitable for Vegetarians as many courses involve butchery and consumption of wild meat- having said that, this is the closest you can come to being a vegetarian and all our meat is wild and either shot by us or a local estate. So far we have converted a number of vegetarians…
Private courses can be arranged that are meat-free and just focus on plants, we do catch fish from our lake which are eaten on courses.
Please ensure that you have a good breakfast on the morning of the course, as you will be preparing everything from start to finish on the day and hunter-gatherers do not have regular meal times! You are welcome to bring along a few snacks if you wish.
We do have a very comfortable composting loo on site, lovingly referred to as the ‘throne’.
All instructors are first aid trained, CRB checked and are food health and hygiene certified.
Dogs or pets are NOT permitted on any of our courses.