Wild foraging, medicine making, survival crafts, courses, talks & events throughout the year.
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Winner of 2 Best Of Awards

Best Food Foraging Education Provider - UK South

Best in category Forager's Retreat 

AI Excellence Award
Acquisition International Award of Business Excellence 







The Wild Side of Life is an ethical business.
Through our work we have proudly supported:

The Childline Ball, London
BBC Children in Need, Carfest South, Hampshire
Toolbuzz Travelling Museum Project, Wiltshire
Bath & North-East Somerset (B&NES) Carers Centre
Festival of Learning, Bath
SCAN - Swindon Climate Action Network
The Chiltern Society
Richard Jeffries Museum, Swindon

Whether you are looking to learn new life skills or just to have some fun, we have activities to suit people of all ages and can deliver a unique memorable experience for team building days and stag and hen parties too. The Wild Side of Life's foraging courses are recommended by BBC Countryfile Magazine (UK Top 10 Foraging Courses).
  • Gourmet mushroom courses
  • Wild food foraging
  • Herbal medicine workshops
  • The award winning Devon Forager's Retreat
  • Family bushcraft weekends
  • Greenwood crafts and Coracle Building (subject to seasonal availability)
  • Primitive metalsmithing
  • Skills for self-reliance
  • Team building, stag & hen days and more!
Fred Gillam is also available for booking as a speaker at your conference or event. With an extensive repertoire of talks or something designed just for you. See our Lectures & Talks section.


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Our caring, experienced instructors will make your learning experience as rich and fun as possible and it is our mission to make sure that you enjoy your time with us.  Visit our site often for updates, and check out the blog and courses too or sign up for our mailing list to receive our occasional (around twice yearly) newletter with recipes, what to forage, and details of our events and courses!





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