Foraging Walks Calendar

_DSC9378 (1)During the walks, which last around three hours, we will be identifying, picking and eating a number of delicious edibles that present themselves along the way.  There will be discussion about seasonal eating and the nutritional values and medicinal use of plants.  We will also look at the conservation of species and their habitats, what to take and what to leave.  And of course there’s use and storage of wild food, recipes and lots, lots more. Some walks take place in Bristol or the surrounding area and others happen further afield;  Bath, Clevedon, The New Forest or South Wales.

To arrange a walk near where you live, for a private group, be it a stag or hen do, corporate away day or if you have any ideas for a foraging related event,  please contact me directly.  I have previously taught chefs, schools, college groups and regularly give talks about wild food.  

Note: £5 early bird discount for all walks and vouchers purchased before 31st December (pay £30 instead of £35)

Christmas gift vouchers

 

Spring foraging walks

Blaise Estate, Bristol – Sunday 5th February, Sunday 26th February, 5th March. 10.30am-1.30pm

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some seasonal recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and also to sample my tasty, home made cordial made from wild ingredients. Plants we can expect to see include Nettles, Wild Garlic, Ground Elder, Meadowsweet and Hawthorn

February 5th Course £30 – 13 spaces left 

February 26th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

March 5th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Valentine’s Day foraging walk **

Brandon Hill Park, Bristol – Tuesday 14th February, 5pm-7.00pm

Discover aphrodisiac potions, heart tonics and wild cocktails to get your valentines evening off to a flying start. There’ll be a few nibbles to enjoy along the way and soft drinks for anyone driving!

February 14th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Mother’s Day foraging walk**

Blaise Estate, Bristol – Sunday 26th March, 10.30am-1.30pm

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some seasonal recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and also to sample my tasty, home made cordial made from wild ingredients. Plants we can expect to see include Nettles, Wild Garlic, Ground Elder, Meadowsweet and Hawthorn

March 26th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Brean Down coastal walks

North East Somerset, Brean Down – Sunday 9th and Sunday 30th April. 10.30am-1.30pm

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some seasonal recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and also to sample my tasty, home made cordial made from wild ingredients. Plants we can expect to see include Wild Mint, Aromatic Alexanders, Sorrel and Pennywort. This location also has stunning views across the Severn Estuary.

April 9th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

April 30th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Residential foraging weekend

Monkton Wyld Court, Friday April 21st – Sunday 23rd.

Step back in time as we spend the weekend foraging, feasting and quaffing fine wild cocktails in the exquisite surroundings of the quintessentially English country house at Monkton Wyld Court. 

Together we will explore nearby coastal habitats abundant with seasonal wild vegetables. Back at base we will adventure around the grounds and beyond picking numerous wild shoots, leaves and flowers and transforming them into food and drinks. 

Come away with a renewed sense of wonder and a heightened appreciation of the edible and drinkable landscape.

The price for the weekend is £280 per person. This includes accommodation as well as meals and drinks made from wild and home grown ingredients, plus morning and afternoon forays on Saturday and Sunday.  Discover where to look for seasonal wild plants and how to use them to create scrumptious meals and delicious drinks.  Co-hosting this weekend will be wild booze extraordinaire, author and teacher  Andy Hamilton.

Anyone booking this year will receive two free foraging walk vouchers, worth £70.

Booking is through Monkton Wyld Court: http://monktonwyldcourt.co.uk/

Bristol park walk

Blaise Estate – Sunday 28th May. 10.30am-1.30pm

On this wild food walk you will learn about all sorts of delicious edibles growing in the park. There will be discussion about the medicinal uses of plants, plus about how to turn your foraged ingredients into a tasty meal or three. During the walk there’ll be a chance to sample all sorts of tasty bits I’ve made from wild ingredients- chutneys, vinegars, syrups, fermented leaves, plus my wild garlic soup…or wild garlic frittatets…or something else I make on a whim the night before. I’ll also provide some refreshing cordial made from wild flowers. We’ll be concentrating on the carrot family with many delicious edibles, as well as some deadly members!

Bring a friend, a camera and a sense of adventure.

May 28th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Coastal/Estuary walk

Clevedon –  Sunday 11th June, Sunday 9th July, Sunday 23rd July, Sunday 6th August. 10.30am-1.30pm

On these walks we will discover and eat some of the delicious edible plants growing in coastal and salt marsh habitats, which shaped the lives of our hunter-gatherer forefathers and the menus of many a gourmet chef today! 
Some plants I have previously found on these walks are: Sea Asters, Sea Arrow Grass, Sea Radish, Scurvy Grass, Sea Spinach, Rock Samphire and Black Mustard.

On our walk you can sample some of my tasty chutneys, vinegars, syrups etc, all made from wild ingredients.

June 11th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

July 9th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

July 23rd Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

August 6th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Bristol park walks

Brandon Hill Park – Bristol – Sunday 3rd September. 10.30am-1.30pm, Blaise Estate – Bristol – Sunday 24th September. 10.30am-1.30pm

On these wild food walks you will learn about all sorts of delicious  edibles growing in the park.  We will look at fruit which can be foraged later in the season and put to good use in the kitchen. There will also be discussion about the medicinal uses of plants, many of which can be used to help build resistance to colds and flu during the Winter months.  Bring a friend, a camera and a sense of adventure.  On our walk you can sample some of my tasty chutneys, vinegars, syrups etc, all made from wild ingredients. 

September 3rd Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

September 24th Course £30 – 15 spaces left 

Mushroom walks

The New Forest – Saturday 30th October, Sunday 1st October, Saturday 14th October, Sunday 15th October. 11am-2pm

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of fungi, preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals.  

September 30th Course £30-

October 1st Course £30-

October 14th Course £30-

October 15th Course £30 –

Bristol – Saturday 29th October, Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th November 10.30am-2pm

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of fungi, preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals.

October 29th Course £30 –

November 5th Course £30 –

November 11th Course £30 –

November 12th Course £30 –

November 18th Course £30 –

November 25th Course £30 –

Previous walks:

Bath Forest of the Imagination

Henrietta Park, Bath. Saturday 4th June, 3.00-5pm

Discover edible salads and wild herbs growing in this tranquil green space near the heart of the city of Bath.

Bristol Food Connections/Walk Fest walk

The Dingle, Blaise Estate, Bristol – Bristol. Sunday 1st May, 11.00-1.00pm 

Walking in picturesque surroundings, discover numerous tasty wild plants growing in our urban green spaces. During the walk we’ll discuss how to create delicious meals from wild ingredients you’ve foraged, plus we’ll look at plant families, habitats and lots more. There’ll also be a chance to sample some of my homemade pickles, fermented wild leaves and Elderberry cordial.

Bristol Food Connections/Walk Fest walk

Brandon Hill Park, Bristol. Saturday 7th May, 11.00-1.00pm 

Exploring one of Bristol’s great treasures and a haven for wildlife, discover numerous tasty wild plants growing in our urban green spaces. Learn about plant families, the hidden habitats of Brandon Hill Park and discover its edible secrets. During the walk I will talk about how you can create delicious meals from wild ingredients that you forage. There’ll also be a chance to sample some of my homemade pickles, fermented wild leaves and Elderberry cordial.

 

Spring salads walks

Blaise Estate, Bristol – Saturday 12th, Saturday 26th March. 10.30am-1.30pm

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some seasonal recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and also to sample my tasty, home made cordial made from wild ingredients. Plants we can expect to see include Nettles, Wild Garlic, Ground Elder, Meadowsweet and Hawthorn

 

Spring salads walks

North East Somerset, Brean Down – Saturday 9th and Sunday 24th April. 10.30am-1.30pm

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some seasonal recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and also to sample my tasty, home made cordial made from wild ingredients. Plants we can expect to see include Wild Mint, Aromatic Alexanders, Sorrel and Pennywort. This location also has stunning views across the Severn Estuary.

Wild Food Feast

The Community Farm, Chew Magna – Saturday 30th May. 10.00am …this is a Chelsea Fringe in Bristol event

Join us for a day of foraging at The Community Farm, in Somerset. During the morning we will explore the hedgerows and wild areas of the farm as well as the banks of Chew Valley Lake.  You will forage your own tasty salad leaves and seeds, learning about what’s in season and good to eat right now.  Our chef will then show you how to transform your foraged ingredients into a delicious meal, cooked on site at the farm.  It doesn’t matter whether you have experience of foraging or you are completely new to the subject, you’re sure to find this an enjoyable and interesting day – bring a camera, some comfortable footwear and a friend.  £50 per person

Hedgerow and woodland walk

Somerset – Sunday 15th May. 10.30am 

On this walk we will look at some favourite edible plants which grow along the wayside in an idyllic rural spot near Bath.  We will discuss plants that are in season now, their medicinal uses and some recipes with which to impress your friends and family.  As well as trying some of the plants we find,  you will have a chance to sample some of my tasty chutneys, vinegars and syrups, all made from wild ingredients.

Bristol park walk

Blaise Estate – Sunday 29th May. 10.30am

On this wild food walk you will learn about all sorts of delicious edibles growing in the park. There will be discussion about the medicinal uses of plants, plus about how to turn your foraged ingredients into a tasty meal or three. During the walk there’ll be a chance to sample all sorts of tasty bits I’ve made from wild ingredients- chutneys, vinegars, syrups, fermented leaves, plus my wild garlic soup…or wild garlic frittatets…or something else I make on a whim the night before. I’ll also provide some refreshing cordial made from wild flowers. We’ll be concentrating on the carrot family with many delicious edibles, as well as some deadly members!
Bring a friend, a camera and a sense of adventure.

May 29th Course £30

Foraging Walk & Harty Supper

Foraging walk in Clevedon, followed by supper at Hart’s Bakery, Bristol – Saturday 11th June…this is a Chelsea Fringe in Bristol event  

Walk: 10.30am-1.30pm, Clevedon 
Meal 7.30pm, Hart’s Bakery, Bristol

Join me for a morning of coastal foraging along The Poet’s Walk, Clevedon. Discover and forage delicious, seasonal wild herbs and coastal vegetables. In the evening, relax and enjoy a vegetarian feast prepared by the Harty Suppers team – expect fresh, wild ingredients and wonderfully new flavours!

June 11th Course £65 – postponed

*Note: The price includes both the foraging walk and evening meal- following our walk you will have the afternoon to yourself.  We will  meet again around 6.45pm at Harts Bakery.

I will email all the information you need once you have booked. This will include: what to bring, what to wear and exactly when and where to meet.

Coastal/Estuary walk

Clevedon –  Saturday 18th June, Sunday 19th June, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Sunday 31st July. Sunday 14th August. 10.30am

On these walks we will discover and eat some of the delicious edible plants growing in coastal and salt marsh habitats, which shaped the lives of our hunter-gatherer forefathers and the menus of many a gourmet chef today! 
Some plants I have previously found on these walks are: Sea Asters, Sea Arrow Grass, Sea Radish, Scurvy Grass, Sea Spinach, Rock Samphire and Black Mustard.
On our walk you can sample some of my tasty chutneys, vinegars, syrups etc, all made from wild ingredients.

June 18th Course £35

June 19th Course £35

July 10th Course £35

July 31st Course £35

August 14th Course £35

Where the wild things are

Children’s foraging walk

Blaise Estate – Bristol – Friday 12th, Friday 19th August. 10.30am

Learning in the fresh air; have fun picking lots of different leaves, flowers and seeds, all of which you can eat! Discover things you never knew about the plants growing right under your nose – in the park. With a super forager’s quiz and a chance to taste the things I make from the things I find – like my yummy syrups and cordials.

This foraging walk will last around one and a half hours. Although aimed at children these walks will have lots of interesting information for adults too.

Price: £10 per adult and £10 per child

Grown ups welcome but must be accompanied by a child!

 

Bristol park walks

Brandon Hill Park – Bristol – Saturday 3rd September. 10.30am Blaise Estate – Bristol – Sunday 18th September. 10.30am

On these wild food walks you will learn about all sorts of delicious  edibles growing in the park.  We will look at fruit which can be foraged later in the season and put to good use in the kitchen. There will also be discussion about the medicinal uses of plants, many of which can be used to help build resistance to colds and flu during the Winter months.  Bring a friend, a camera and a sense of adventure.  On our walk you can sample some of my tasty chutneys, vinegars, syrups etc, all made from wild ingredients. 

Mushroom walks

The New Forest – Saturday 1st October, Sunday 2nd October, Saturday 15th October, Sunday 16th October. Walks start at 10.30 am

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of fungi, preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals.  

October 15th Course £35 –

October 16th Course £35-

Mushroom walks, Bristol

Bristol – Sunday 6th November, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. Walks start at 10.30 am and end around 2pm

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of fungi, preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals.

November 6th Course £35 – SOLD OUT

November 13th Course £35 – SOLD OUT

November 19th Course £35 – SOLD OUT

November 20th Course £35 – SOLD OUT

November 26th Course £35 – SOLD OUT

November 27th Course £35 – SOLD OUT 

 

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Foraging walks in the Bristol and Bath area, The West Country, Wales, The New Forest and across Britain