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Learn the art of survival - The pilgrim's way

Fire lighting with Black Wolf

Attraction offers corporate team building with a medieval twist

Think you could have coped with a long medieval pilgrimage? Well now you can find out with The Canterbury Tales.  
The award-winning visitor attraction has introduced corporate team-building packages offering delegates the chance to learn some of the skills they would have needed to survive.  
The Canterbury Tales, which last year completed a £20,000 refurbishment, has teamed up with Kent-based specialists Black Wolf Survival & Bushcraft to offer a fun day for groups which includes a Canterbury Tales tour, archery and bushcraft. Delegates will learn about the people who took a pilgrimage to Canterbury and the traditional skills they would have used.

The day begins with fire-lighting challenges ranging from modern bushcraft techniques to primitive flint and steel and fire by friction. Once the fire is set, delegates can put their archery skills to the test with some expert training. The team-building day finishes with a visit to The Canterbury Tales, including mead sampling.

Delegates will step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval England as they embark on the journey from London to Canterbury, with five of Chaucer’s best-loved stories brought vividly to life in a stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th-century England.

What the delegates say:
Martyn Young, Procurement Director at Canterbury-based energy consultancy ZTP, said the activities helped his organisation achieve its goal of providing a fun day where staff from two offices who had never met could relax and interact.

“The setting was superb and the archery was a particular highlight as it meant we could compete with each other. Most of us had never held a professional bow before but the instruction was clear and we definitely improved as the training progressed,” he said.

“The fire-lighting worked well, despite the rainy weather. Everyone got really involved and all produced results in at least one of the various methods we tried. We all enjoyed the tour of the Tales too. It was very good value and not having to travel out of the city was a big plus. I can’t think of anyone else in the city centre running this type of event.”

The Canterbury Tales’ corporate activity package costs £45 per head for a half day (including refreshments).

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