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October 2019


Introduction to Foraging Course

Explore the bounty of the countryside with this fascinating Introduction to Foraging Course. You’ll gather and prepare your own wild ingredients, gaining knowledge, skills and experience from expert forager and landscape ecologist, Adrian Boots. Skills • How to forage sustainably within the law and with good practice • How to safely collect prepare and cook common seasonal wild foods • How to identify common seasonal edible and non-edible plants and fungi, and the habitats in which to find them The…

Course date: 17th October 2019

Price per person: £140

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pig Butchery Course

Pig Butchery Course

Whether you’re interested in raising your own pigs (as we do at Vale House), or just a keen cook looking to acquire new skills and learn more about how your meat comes to the table, this fascinating Pig Butchery Course covers everything from pig husbandry to smoking, curing, sausage making and more. Skills • Confidence in butchering a whole pig • Cooking different cuts of pork • Curing and smoking • Health and hygiene awareness • Knife skills • Looking…

Course date: 26th October 2019

Price per person: £195

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Smoking and Curing Masterclass with Steve Lamb

Taught by smoking and preserving expert Steven Lamb, of River Cottage, this Smoking and Curing Masterclass will equip you with all the skills you need to create delicious cured and smoked meat and fish in your own kitchen. These traditional methods not only preserve fresh ingredients but take them to a whole new level of incredible flavour. Skills • Basic Butchery • Hot Smoking • Cold Smoking • Dry Curing • Brining • Hot & cold smoked fish • Bacon…

Course date: 27th October 2019

Price per person: £195

One Day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


November 2019


Edible Gifts Course

The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit – join us for a lovely cosy day in the Vale House Kitchen classroom, making delicious seasonal delights for your friends and family. On this Edible Gifts Course you'll go home with some fabulous ready-made gifts and plenty of recipe ideas and inspiration! Skills • Baking biscuits and pies • Bottling and storing liqueurs • Packaging gifts • Potting preserves and safe storage • Preparing ingredients • Selecting and safe use…

Course date: 9th November 2019

Price per person: £150

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bread Making Course

Introduction to Bread Making Course

A one-day Introduction to Bread Making Course designed to introduce you to a wide range of delicious British and Continental breads and doughs, and give you the confidence to make them regularly at home. Baking your own bread might seem intimidating to many home cooks, but we aim to completely demystify the process and show you just how easy and rewarding it can be. Skills • English Bloomer • Focaccia/Ciabatta • Pain Paysanne • Pain Viennoise • Soda Bread •…

Course date: 10th November 2019

Price per person: £160

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Driven Game Shooting

Our Driven Game Shooting days, hosted by Shellard’s Shoot (winners of The Shooting Times ‘Best Small Shoot’ in 2013) are designed to give you a full game shooting experience, with a 100-120 bird driven day in the beautiful Somerset countryside. The day starts with a warm welcome, a few breakfast bites and a full briefing. Each of the 9 guns will get to shoot on a 100-120 bird driven day, with elevenses out in the field and lunch at the…

Course date: 16th November 2019

Price per person: £600

one day - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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