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The Complete Game Experience

We’re hosting ‘The Complete Game Experience’ bringing you a unique opportunity to spend two full days with two of the South West’s most inspiring Gamesmen, Tim Maddams and Frank Shellard.
Tim is a chef, food writer and cookery teacher with a love of the Great British countryside and wild food. He has worked under such culinary luminaries as Fergus Henderson, Marco Pierre White and Mark Hix. Tim has just written and published the River Cottage Game Handbook and whose knowledge of game is second to none.
Frank Shellard owns and runs Manor Farm Estate, and is a qualified CPSA instructor. This is a family run shoot in Wellow just south of Bath. Locally known as “Shellards Shoot” it won The Shooting Times best small shoot in 2013.

Day 1

You’ll start the day with a warm welcome at Shellards Shoot, a few breakfast bites and given a full briefing for the day.
Each of the 8 participants will get to shoot on a 100-bird driven day, with lunch included.
Afterwards you’ll be treated to a magnificent game dinner (with wine) cooked by Tim Maddams, hosted in the Vale House Kitchen cellar. A night’s accommodation will be provided at the Carpenter’s Arms in Stanton Wick.


✹ Shooting Instruction
✹ Shooting Safety
✹ Shooting Etiquette
✹ Countryside Code

Day 2

You’ll spend the day taking part in a game butchery and cookery course hosted by Tim Maddams at Vale House Kitchen. He’ll show you just how to bring out the best in game, with a series of practical preparation and creative cookery tasks. You’ll be shown a modern approach to game cookery as well as the more traditional style, starting with the whole animal and ending with a delicious three-course meal. “The trouble with game”, remarks Tim, “is that it’s often a case of feast or famine and it’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut with the cookery”. This course will give you the confidence to put game back on the menu in your own kitchen.
Lunch is included.


✹ Plucking
✹ Skinning
✹ Gutting
✹ Hanging
✹ Boning
✹ Butchery
✹ Slow cooking
✹ Fast cooking and smoking.

The course cost £1200 per person inclusive of all food and drink, and a night’s accommodation at the Carpenter’s Arms in Stanton. We will pick you up from the Carpenter’s Arms on the morning of 19th and return you there after your game dinner at Vale House. You’ll be picked up again on Sunday morning to be taken to Vale House Kitchen for your day with Tim Maddams.


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29th October 2016 @ 10:00 am
30th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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“One of the best experiences I’ve had in years!”

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“An exceptional experience. Educational, brilliant teaching, and amazing surroundings. I'd recommend it most highly”

Course Member - Two day shooting course