WALK & TALK: SALTASH
Jul
23
to Oct 5

WALK & TALK: SALTASH

A walking group for all ages

Walks every Monday in Saltash and surrounding area.

A great way to meet new people, explore your area, and improve your health – and it’s free!
Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for the weather! It is essential that you wear appropriate footwear, bring a drink and snack for the rest stop.

Some walks use short train or bus journeys to reach suitable walkroutes and may stop for lunch along the route. Please check the description and bring monies and rail/bus passes if you have them in preparation for this.

For more information please contact the Tamar Valley AONB info@tamarvalley.org.uk or call 01822 835030.

The group is supported by the Tamar Valley AONB, and the programme and more information is available on their website: http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/events/walkandtalk/

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WALK & TALK: TAMAR VALLEY
Jul
25
to Oct 3

WALK & TALK: TAMAR VALLEY

A walking group for all ages


Walks every Wednesday in the Tamar Valley A great way to meet new people, explore your area, and improve your health – and it’s free!

Please wear comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear, and be prepared for the weather! Bring a drink and snack for the rest stop.

Some walks use short train or bus journeys to reach suitable walk routes. Please check the description and bring change and rail/bus passes if you have them.

Once a month each walk is a Walk & Talk Plus (W&T+) which is longer and a little more energetic!

For more information please contact Maggie Yarland on 01822 832364.
http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/events/walkandtalk/

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Regional Indian cookery course
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Regional Indian cookery course

Indian food is arguably the most popular cuisine in the UK and this course will teach you how to create authentic and restaurant-style dishes that capture the varied styles of Indian cookery.  The hands-on day looks at spices and other key ingredients through a selection of recipes including "curries", dals, breads and rice dishes.  You will leave with a set of notes and the confidence and knowledge to make delicious Indian food from scratch.

A typical day involves....

Introduction to regional Indian food culture

Exploring spices

  Break

Making Jalfrezi and a traditional Indian dessert for lunch

  Lunch

Creating an Indian banquet with dishes from numerous regions

  Break

Making Indian breads

Sampling your creations

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person (including VAT)

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 Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest

Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin and Music Fest, in association with Country Life Brewery & Atlantic Spirit of Abbotsham.

A fun-filled weekend of live music; great food; locally produced Real Ales, Cider and an exciting Gin Bar, supplied by the renowned Country Life Brewery and Atlantic Spirit. 

You will also be able to enjoy a delicious range of fine English wines, supplied by Torview Wines of Sheepwash & Ten Acres Vineyard of Winkleigh.

Want to try something different? Monarch Liqueurs of Launceston will be joining us. They offer a superb range of quality liqueurs using locally sourced ingredients in which 'the smooth, luxurious flavours are guaranteed to excite the palate of any discerning lover of quality liqueurs'. 

There will be a bus service running from Bideford Quay to Torrington and then on to Rosemoor and will cost £3 return pre-booked on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Bus Timetable –  Hills Coaches

£3 per-person return Friday and Saturday

Journey one - pick up times:
Bideford Quay: 6.30pm
Torrington (Lidl): 6.50pm
Torrington (opposite Church): 6.55pm
Arrive at RHS Garden Rosemoor: 7pm
 
Journey two - pick up times
Bideford Quay: 7.30pm
Torrington (Lidl): 7.50pm
Torrington (opposite Church): 7.55pm
Arrive at RHS Garden Rosemoor: 8pm
 
Return Journey
Leaving Rosemoor at 11pm and 12am
Maximum capacity per journey 55 persons

Live music from 8pm–11.00pm on Friday and Saturday night, and on Sunday between 12noon & 2.30pm

Friday night line up:
Off the Wagon
Zamaba
Big Al and The Wild Strawberries

Saturday night line up:
Lara Conley
Arslan Muzika
Gypfunk
The Dambuskers

Feeling peckish - a delicious hog roast will be available from 7.30pm on the terrace on Friday and Saturday. Our award-winning restaurant will be open as normal for a wide variety of beverages and food to enjoy. 

Sunday is family fun day:
While you sip on a drink from one of our bars, listening to some chill-out Sunday tunes provided by local band Westerly 5 or 6, between 12noon & 2.30pm, your children can get their faces painted for free, and have a go on one of our giant games.

From 3pm we would like to invite you to join us for RHS Garden Rosemoor's first family fun afternoon quiz, with Hopps and Chapple from `The Voice' North Devon's only truly local radio station, with a lovely prize for the winning team.

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 Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin & Music Fest

Rosemoor Real Ale, Gin and Music Fest, in association with Country Life Brewery & Atlantic Spirit of Abbotsham.

A fun-filled weekend of live music; great food; locally produced Real Ales, Cider and an exciting Gin Bar, supplied by the renowned Country Life Brewery and Atlantic Spirit. 

You are also able to enjoy a delicious range of fine English wines, supplied by Ten Acres Vineyard of Winkleigh.

There will be a bus service running from Bideford Quay to Torrington and then on to Rosemoor and will cost £3 return pre-booked on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Bus Timetable –  Hills Coaches

£3 per-person return Friday and Saturday

Journey one - pick up times:
Bideford Quay: 6.30pm
Torrington (Lidl): 6.50pm
Torrington (opposite Church): 6.55pm
Arrive at RHS Garden Rosemoor: 7pm
 
Journey two - pick up times
Bideford Quay: 7.30pm
Torrington (Lidl): 7.50pm
Torrington (opposite Church): 7.55pm
Arrive at RHS Garden Rosemoor: 8pm
 
Return Journey
Leaving Rosemoor at 11pm and 12am
Maximum capacity per journey 55 persons

Live music from 7pm–11.30pm on Friday and Saturday night, and on Sunday between 12noon & 2.30pm

Friday night line up:
Off the Wagon
Zamaba
Big Al and The Wild Strawberries

Saturday night line up:
Lara Conley
Arslan Muzika
Gypfunk
The Dambuskers

Feeling peckish - a delicious hog roast will be available from 7.30pm on the terrace on Friday and Saturday. Our award-winning restaurant will be open as normal for a wide variety of beverages and food to enjoy. 

Sunday is family fun day:
While you sip on a drink from one of our bars, listening to some chill-out Sunday tunes provided by local band Westerly 5 or 6, between 12noon & 2.30pm, your children can get their faces painted for free, and have a go on one of our giant games.

From 3pm we would like to invite you to join us for RHS Garden Rosemoor's first family fun afternoon quiz, with Hopps and Chapple from `The Voice' North Devon's only truly local radio station, with a lovely prize for the winning team.

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Manage your accounts in Excel
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Manage your accounts in Excel

The course will cover the following:

This one-day course is for those who need to keep simple farm accounts in order to provide HMRC with proof of the profit or loss from their smallholding. The aim is to improve the accuracy of your book-keeping, reduce the time you spend on paperwork and minimise your accountants' fees by providing them with accurate and summarised figures. You will be provided with a ready-made template of worksheets including Cash Book, automated Bank Reconciliation, automatic calculation of VAT, summarised Income/Expenditure by category and opening/closing stock valuations. The day will be split between learning how to use the spreadsheet to manage monthly, quarterly and year-end activities and examining the techniques and formulas used. At the end of the day you will be confident in managing your financial records and able to modify the spreadsheet to suit your personal needs and preferences.

Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £60 (£80 for Non-members)
Tutor: Andrew Hubbard

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Taste & techniques
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Taste & techniques

The secret to great cooking is understanding your ingredients and the key techniques to combine them to produce perfectly balanced flavours and textures.  This course will help you to develop that understanding so that you can create delightful food, from snacks to dinner parties, using your own intuition and taste - rather than slavishly following recipes.

This workshop will teach you a key selection of the techniques, vital skills and essential recipes to make you a confident, more successful and faster cook.  You will leave with a developed understanding of why you are cooking a particular way, including learning how to cook perfect steaks, elegant French-style sweet tarts and perfect sauces.  We will also practice food presentation throughout the day so that your dishes look as good as they taste.

Dishes prepared on the day typically include steak with a balsamic pan juice, lamb tagine, harissa, frangipane tarts and eggs Benedict).  
 

Typical day structure:

    Understanding your sense of taste and flavour combinations

    Knife skills

     Break 

    Make stock and lamb tagine

    Design and make dressings

    Prepare lunch

     Lunch

    Pastry making

    Sauces (velouté, beurre blanc, harissa, reductions, and Hollandaise)

      Break

    Finishing dishes and sampling

You will make your own lunch using some of the skills you have learned during the morning you will leave with a folder of notes and recipes and any delicacies you have created.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person

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RHS Garden Rosemoor - Autumn Free Day
Oct
2
10:00 AM10:00

RHS Garden Rosemoor - Autumn Free Day

Take this opportunity to visit RHS Garden Rosemoor's inspirational 65-acre gardens for free. Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the garden in the autumn as the leaves start turning golden and autumn-flowering crocus' start to appear.

Please note: tickets are free but need to be booked online in advance.

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Bath & West Dairy Show
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Bath & West Dairy Show

This one day event has become one of the most important dates in the dairy farmer’s calendar, combining a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of top quality dairy cattle.

The show attracts over 300 trade-stands from businesses both national and international, and with over 300 cattle competing, the UK’s Largest Dairy Show is an essential date in the dairy industry calendar!

Continuing to provide visitors with a complete “one stop shop” event at which to meet the milk buyers, feed suppliers, AI companies and consultants, plus showcasing an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment.

The event is also an excellent and profitable networking opportunity, while topical seminars and guest speakers provide plenty of food for thought and discussion throughout the day.

Dairy cattle are at the heart of the show with 300+ entries representing the six main breeds, plus classes for calves and Junior Showmanship to encourage the exhibitors of the future.

The classes reach an exciting climax at the end of the day with each breed champion judged by a panel of five experts who mark the entrants out of ten, with all competitors hoping for the elusive 50 out of 50.

The Dairy Show is registered with Dairy Pro.

Current members and those who join at the event will get their attendance registered on their personal development record and receive 2 Dairy Pro points.

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Game & seasonal inspiration
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Game & seasonal inspiration

One of the challenges and joys of cooking is embracing the changes of the season and making the most of seasonal ingredients, and between September and February this means game.  This course gives you the opportunity explore ways to prepare and cook various types of game in different ways and also brings in other seasonal ingredients to create accompaniments and desserts.  In addition, we will use wild foods when available and even do a quick bit of foraging if the opportunity is there.

Each course will be different but you will typically prepare partridge, pigeon, pheasant, venison and rabbit and incorporate them in to dishes such as roasts, braises, risottos, salads and pasta sauces.

You will leave with a fresh set of ideas to help you cook more seasonally, a broader repertoire of dishes, plus a folder of notes and recipes and any delicacies you have created.

The course is an intimate event, with a maximum of six people, and is held in our dedicated "cookery barn", a beautiful stone building across the yard from our bed and breakfast.  Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person

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 Apple Festival
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Apple Festival

A great day out for all the family - with fantastic apple displays, tastings, planting & cultivation tips and talks, children’s activities and trails, plus stalls selling fruit, cider and apple juice - truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Rosemoor’s Apple Festival is organised in conjunction with Orchards Live, Thornhayes Nursery and the RHS South West Area Fruit Group who will endeavour to identify your unknown apple varieties (please bring at least two apples from each variety you would like to identify and no more than three different varieties per person).

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An Introduction to Sheep Keeping
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Sheep Keeping

A beginner's guide to sheep keeping including, current regulations, choosing a breed, feeding, annual management, handling, health problems - touches on lambing but this is covered in greater depth in our Lambing course

(courses run from 10:00am – 5:00pm)   
(£65/person or £125 for a couple booking together, incl. VAT)

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An Introduction to Keeping Sheep
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Keeping Sheep

Who is this course designed for?
Anyone with an interest in keeping sheep who wants to know how to get started - either with your first few animals or before you buy. Opportunity for plenty of questions

The course will cover the following:
Regulations
: What you need to know/have - Holding number/CPH, Flock number, Ear tagging - EID, movement licences, Transport certificate / transport regulations, Standstill periods, Movement / medicine books, Public liability insurance, Fallen stock, Annual Inventory / Cross Compliance, British Wool Marketing Board
                        
Choosing the right breed for you: Size, need (meat, wool, milk, lawnmowers), market, pedigree, ‘look’, land capacity; Buying stock - private, market, society sales, contact breed societies etc. What to look for when buying / what to avoid

The Shepherd’s year: Daily/weekly routine, Weaning, Tupping, Caring for the in-lamb ewe, Lambing, Caring for lambs, Shearing

Managing the land for sheep: Fencing, Grazing - rotation, grass height, Housing / shelters, Handling facilities / equipment / set up, Caring for your sheep, Routine / most likely husbandry tasks, Feeding sheep - winter forage, coarse rations, Common problems…

Meet the sheep (practical sessions): Equipment, Signs of good / poor health, Foot trimming, Dagging, Worming, Ear tagging, Injecting, loading sheep
            
Summary: Last questions

Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £60 (£80 for Non-members)
Tutor: Gillian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & practical handling
Course materials: Summary handouts & leaflets to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, dagging shears & foot trimmers if you have them & want to get hands on...

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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 Woodfest - A Festival of Trees and Wood
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Woodfest - A Festival of Trees and Wood

See artisans at work on traditional crafts, including wood turning, carving and whittling, basket weaving and spinning. Sponsored by STIHL.

Activities include:

  • Woodcrafts market in the Garden Room, with stalls showcasing everything wood

  • Tree climbing demonstrations - see the Rosemoor Arborists in action as they effortlessly climb the oak tree by the lake at 11.30am. With advice and equipment displays. (Sat & Sun only)

  • See artisans at work on traditional crafts such as wood turning, whittling, carving, basket weaving and spinning (Garden Room, 10am - 4pm)

  • Tree planting demonstration (2pm)

  • RHS advice on tree selection and planting (talk at 2.30pm)

  • Willow wand and star making

  • Kids can learn more about trees at RHS Garden Rosemoor with STIHL’s Lumber Jack tree trail through the garden

  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations - see wonderful wood sculptures appear before your eyes. Continuous demonstrations throughout the day in the Stream Field.

  • STIHL experts will be providing onsite product demonstrations

  • Guided walk of the Lower Woodland (2.45pm)

Don't forget to visit the Plant Centre for a full range of ornamental trees, advice and planting tips.

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Vegetarian cookery
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Vegetarian cookery

Whether you are vegetarian for ethical reasons, as a healthier choice or purely as a preference, the biggest challenge is creating tasty, satisfying and nutritious dishes.  I regularly create whole menus for events that are not just vegetarian but largely vegan and nobody ever finishes the meal feeling that meat was missing.  Through this course I share the secrets to developing a broad variety of full flavoured dishes without resorting to lots of diary products or processed ingredients.

You will leave with a set of adaptable recipes for savoury and sweet dishes plus knowledge of the techniques to get the best from your ingredients.  We also cover the fundamentals of nutrition when following a vegetarian diet.

Typical day structure:

    Veg - Discussion of types, cooking principles, key ingredients and nutrition
    Make vegan Pavlova and filling

       Break

    Create aubergine tagine, tabouleh and harissa for lunch

       Lunch

    Vegetarian panna cotta

    Make a selection of Indian and Thai dishes

       Break

    Make a selection of British and Mediterranean dishes

    Sample your creations

Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included. You will leave with a folder of notes and recipes.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person

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Small scale apple pressing: making juice and cider
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Small scale apple pressing: making juice and cider

The course will cover the following:

An introductory course covering the basics of pressing apples into juice, pasteurising the juice and also setting up for making farmhouse cider in a kitchen situation.

The skills and knowledge could be used for the basis of larger scale production.

Have fun pressing your own juice to take home and I am sure we could taste some cider from last year!

Cost: £50 (£70 for Non-members)
Tutor: Colin Jarvis
What you need to bring: notebook, wellies, overalls and outdoor clothes. Bring a packed lunch (tea & coffee provided). Bring 2 or 3 empty 500ml beer bottles that had a metal crown cap.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Tractor Maintenance
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tractor Maintenance

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone with an interest in owning & performing basic maintenance of simple tractors. It goes into detail of how various parts work and what to look for when fault finding and basic servicing of these machines.

The course will cover the following:

  • Models we work on could be various David Browns, Ford and Case
  • Diesel engine basics, how they work and what to look for when they don’t
  • Diesel fuel systems, how to service, bleeding and filters.
  • Electrical systems, how they work and basic fault finding.
  • Steering, power steering, ball joints and lubrication.
  • Transmissions and Clutches.
  • Hydraulics, connectors & how it works. Three point linkage. Draft & Position controls
  • Wheels, Tyres. Drawbar and load hitching points
  • Service routine, Oil change, Filter change; air filter, fuel filter, brake & clutch adjustment.
  • Oil and grease points. Lighting. 7 pin trailer connector.
  • Some of the terms used such as Category 1 & 2 linkage will be explained.

Venue: Northlew EX20 3PS
Cost: £55 (£75 for Non-members)
Tutor: Ian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & practical hands-on
Course materials: Summary handouts to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notebook

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Tractor Maintenance
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tractor Maintenance

A course for beginners, covering basic maintenance of simple tractors and the most common farm machinery - bring your overalls and prepare to get stuck in! Just in time for hay making…

(courses run from 10:00am – 5:00pm)   
(£65/person or £125 for a couple booking together, incl. VAT)

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Chainsaw Competence
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Chainsaw Competence

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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 Autumn Antiques Fair
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Autumn Antiques Fair

Devon County Antiques Fairs are organising another of their popular events here at RHS Garden Rosemoor with a number of carefully selected stallholders from across the South West and beyond. Visitors will find a wide variety of antiques and collectables to suit all tastes and pockets. A wonderful opportunity to pick up something unique.

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Fish Cookery
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Fish Cookery

A lot of cooks worry about cooking fish and feel that they don't get the best out of it.  This course will teach you all of the secrets to preparing great fish dishes.

Typical day structure:

    Sourcing fish sustainably and seasonally - discussion

    Recognising fresh fish

    Preparing raw fish – gutting, filleting, portioning etc

       Break

    Cooking methods - frying, grilling, baking, smoking

    Prepare lunch using fish from the morning

       Lunch

    Sauces and dressings - make different styles and pair with fish

       Break

    Other seafood - prepare and cook shellfish, squid etc.

The species of fish and shellfish handled during the course will vary by season but will typically include bass or bream, flat fish, mussels, mackerel, trout and one or two more unusual species. You will alsoget to try all of the fish during the day, including the preparation of your own fishy lunch.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person (including VAT)

 

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An Introduction to Keeping Pigs
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Keeping Pigs

Beginners guide to choosing, handling, feeding, housing, managing and transporting pigs. Will also cover current regulations, sending your pigs off for meat and breeding - pigs of various ages on view

(courses run from 10:00am – 5:00pm)   
(£65/person or £125 for a couple booking together, incl. VAT)

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Introduction to Setting up and Running Holiday Accommodation
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to Setting up and Running Holiday Accommodation

A general introduction into running holiday accommodation. How to turn that spare room into a profitable bed and breakfast, and maximise bookings for your holiday lets. Elaine has years of experience and will share her knowledge into running a successful business.

The course will cover rules, regulations, legislation and also great ideas; how to make the best of what you’ve got! A comprehensive information folder/workbook will be provided.

Venue: Holsworthy EX22
Cost: £50 (£70 for Non-members)
Tutor: Elaine Wishart
Provided: Tea, Coffee, light lunch included
What you need to bring: enthusiasm and plenty of questions.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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 Room on the Broom
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Room on the Broom

Find fun for the whole family with this interactive workshop at RHS Garden Rosemoor. The hour-long activity will include a showing of the Room on the Broom short film and interactive pumpkin carving sessions with our loveable Halloween characters. The session is aimed at children aged five years and over however if you feel your under-fives would enjoy it, please book a child's ticket to take part. Halloween fancy dress optional.

Event times

11am - 12noon
1pm - 2pm
3pm - 4pm

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The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt
Oct
27
to Nov 4

The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt

Head to Hestercombe this half term and take part in The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt.

Willow the Witch is preparing a special magical potion. The most important ingredient is a slice of a golden pumpkin but they are very rare and difficult to find. However, there is rumoured to be one within the gardens at Hestercombe. It’s your job to hunt high and low – up in the woods and down by the lake – and see if you can find the pumpkin and help Willow complete her potion. Before you begin your search, head to Willow’s home to create your own magic wand to help you on your quest. Along the way you will find the other six ingredients for the potion plus a couple of spells to keep trolls and naughty pixies away. If you succeed on your mission and find the golden pumpkin, you will receive a delicious chocolate pumpkin.

Trail: £2 per child I Normal admission applies.

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eat festival - Burnham-on-Sea
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

eat festival - Burnham-on-Sea

Held twice a year in the cheery  seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea. We use five streets and five indoor venues to host the event. We have street entertainment and buskers dotted throughout the site. We typically have around 140 traders. The Hawksmoor Cookery School is in The Ritz Social Club and the Retreat Demo Stage is in the Baptist Church. 

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Indian cookery
Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Indian cookery

Indian food is arguably the most popular cuisine in the UK and this course will teach you how to create authentic and restaurant-style dishes that capture the varied styles of Indian cookery.  The hands-on day looks at spices and other key ingredients through a selection of recipes including "curries", dals, breads and rice dishes.  You will leave with a set of notes and the confidence and knowledge to make delicious Indian food from scratch.

A typical day involves....

Introduction to regional Indian food culture

Exploring spices

  Break

Making Jalfrezi and a traditional Indian dessert for lunch

  Lunch

Creating an Indian banquet with dishes from numerous regions

  Break

Making Indian breads

Sampling your creations

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person (including VAT)

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Living with Livestock - an introduction to sheep, pigs and cattle
Nov
3
9:30 AM09:30

Living with Livestock - an introduction to sheep, pigs and cattle

Who is this course designed for?

Are you thinking about taking on some livestock for the first time? Are you uncertain which animal or breed is for you? Do you want to move beyond books and dreams and spend a day with experienced livestock keepers who can give you an insight that will help you make some initial decisions? Are you wavering between taking on a house cow, calves for beef or a small suckler herd? Fancy having some weaners to provide you with amazing pork and bacon or a few ewes to graze your land or produce fabulous lamb? If so, this might just be one of the best days you've spent in a while.

The course will cover the following:

Having livestock is a big responsibility and ensuring sound animal welfare is a must for all smallholders. This course gives you the opportunity to consider what it really means to have sheep, pigs and cows. You will get to grips with the pleasures and pains of all three species, so that you end the day with a clearer idea of what animal and breed might best suit you and your land.

  • Introductions: what are your livestock ambitions?
  • The legal bits and associated paperwork for sheep, pigs and cattle and prepping for the abattoir
  • Sheep walk and talk: the shepherd’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and lambing
  • Grab a cuppa
  • Pig walk and talk: the pigkeeper’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and farrowing
  • Lunch
  • Cattle walk and talk: the cattlekeeper’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and calving
  • Q+A for any questions that still need an answer

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

 

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Taste & techniques
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Taste & techniques

The secret to great cooking is understanding your ingredients and the key techniques to combine them to produce perfectly balanced flavours and textures.  This course will help you to develop that understanding so that you can create delightful food, from snacks to dinner parties, using your own intuition and taste - rather than slavishly following recipes.

This workshop will teach you a key selection of the techniques, vital skills and essential recipes to make you a confident, more successful and faster cook.  You will leave with a developed understanding of why you are cooking a particular way, including learning how to cook perfect steaks, elegant French-style sweet tarts and perfect sauces.  We will also practice food presentation throughout the day so that your dishes look as good as they taste.

Dishes prepared on the day typically include steak with a balsamic pan juice, lamb tagine, harissa, frangipane tarts and eggs Benedict).  

Typical day structure:

    Understanding your sense of taste and flavour combinations

    Knife skills

     Break 

    Make stock and lamb tagine

    Design and make dressings

    Prepare lunch

     Lunch

    Pastry making

    Sauces (velouté, beurre blanc, harissa, reductions, and Hollandaise)

      Break

    Finishing dishes and sampling

You will make your own lunch using some of the skills you have learned during the morning you will leave with a folder of notes and recipes and any delicacies you have created.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person

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Game & seasonal inspiration
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Game & seasonal inspiration

One of the challenges and joys of cooking is embracing the changes of the season and making the most of seasonal ingredients, and between September and February this means game.  This course gives you the opportunity explore ways to prepare and cook various types of game in different ways and also brings in other seasonal ingredients to create accompaniments and desserts.  In addition, we will use wild foods when available and even do a quick bit of foraging if the opportunity is there.

Each course will be different but you will typically prepare partridge, pigeon, pheasant, venison and rabbit and incorporate them in to dishes such as roasts, braises, risottos, salads and pasta sauces.

You will leave with a fresh set of ideas to help you cook more seasonally, a broader repertoire of dishes, plus a folder of notes and recipes and any delicacies you have created.

The course is an intimate event, with a maximum of six people, and is held in our dedicated "cookery barn", a beautiful stone building across the yard from our bed and breakfast.  Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person

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Christmas Market
Nov
16
to Nov 18

Christmas Market

Come and explore our annual Christmas market in the heart of Somerset, featuring over 60 festive stalls bursting with beautiful gifts, delicious treats and unusual hand-crafted items.

A huge Christmas tree brimming with baubles will provide the backdrop for choirs performing carols in the Courtyard and we’ll have entertainment to keep the little ones busy (weekend only).

In the Stables Café and Bampfylde Hall, we will be selling festive food and drink – wonderfully crumbly mince pies, indulgent Yule log and mugs of creamy hot chocolate.

Now open early on Saturday & Sunday!

Opening times
Friday 16th 10am – 5pm
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th 9am – 5pm

Advance online tickets: £3
On-the-door: £3.50

Children (15 and under) are free.

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 Rosemoor 'Glow' Garden Illuminations
Nov
16
to Jan 5

Rosemoor 'Glow' Garden Illuminations

Based in and around Rosemoor’s Winter Garden, Stream Field and Long Borders, come and enjoy the magical illumination of the garden. With remarkable, hi-tech colour changing lights illuminating the garden in the depths of winter, it will make an amazing show to delight visitors.

Rosemoor’s award-winning Garden Kitchen restaurant will be open late with a special family-friendly hot menu, as well as the Shepherds Rest serving hot drinks and snacks. The Gift Shop is the place to go for exquisite and unusual Christmas gifts. Last entry to the Garden and Gift Shop, plus last food service all at 7.30pm.

Due to popular demand it is highly advisable to book your table for an evening meal to avoid disappointment. Book your evening meal in the Garden Kitchen online or call 01805 626810.

Event times

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 3pm–8pm. Lights switched on at 4pm. Last entry to the Garden and Gift Shop, plus last food service all at 7.30pm.

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Chainsaw Competence
Nov
19
to Nov 20

Chainsaw Competence

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Fish Cookery
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Fish Cookery

A lot of cooks worry about cooking fish and feel that they don't get the best out of it.  This course will teach you all of the secrets to preparing great fish dishes.

Typical day structure:

    Sourcing fish sustainably and seasonally - discussion

    Recognising fresh fish

    Preparing raw fish – gutting, filleting, portioning etc

       Break

    Cooking methods - frying, grilling, baking, smoking

    Prepare lunch using fish from the morning

       Lunch

    Sauces and dressings - make different styles and pair with fish

       Break

    Other seafood - prepare and cook shellfish, squid etc.

The species of fish and shellfish handled during the course will vary by season but will typically include bass or bream, flat fish, mussels, mackerel, trout and one or two more unusual species. You will alsoget to try all of the fish during the day, including the preparation of your own fishy lunch.

One day course (10am - 5pm) including lunch

Price - £125 per person (including VAT)

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Christmas Food and Craft Fair
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Christmas Food and Craft Fair

Join us for a magical fair full of temptation and delights at RHS Garden Rosemoor. This is a special place to come and buy those unique and wonderful gifts from a mixture of craft and food stalls in the Garden Room. Make the most of your day as you amble around our beautiful gardens. Stay on a bit later and experience the true magic of our Glow illuminations (Thurs - Sat only, until 5 January) and enjoy a meal in our award-winning Garden Kitchen restaurant - evening restaurant booking advisable (Friday and Saturday only). A full day of magical Christmas fun for everyone.

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Chainsaw Competence
Dec
10
to Dec 11

Chainsaw Competence

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Magic of Christmas
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Magic of Christmas

Enjoy the Magic of Christmas at RHS Garden Rosemoor and make sure you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to buy those last minute Christmas gifts and decorations. There will be a selection of fantastic Christmas goods to suit all tastes and pockets provided by a variety of independent local artisans and craft stalls (if you are interested in trading at this year's event, please contact the Rosemoor team).

On Saturday 15 December, you will be able to enjoy the true magic of Christmas with our Glow Illuminations light up from 4pm. You'll also be able to savour a simple supper in our award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant (booking advisable).

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Introduction to Permaculture
Jan
18
to Jan 20

Introduction to Permaculture

The course will cover the following:

Our introduction course goes beyond the garden and offers the opportunity to share knowledge on social permaculture. This gives you an holistic experience showing how the basic theory and the practical application of permaculture can be used in your personal life, at home, in your community and for wellbeing. We have created a third day especially to cover the social aspect, using our valuable experiences and interaction with nature to inspire us.

Permaculture is a natural design science mimicking the patterns of nature. It can be used to help build regenerative and resilient landscapes and communities. It is a solutions based, systems thinking design process. The aim is to bring together a set of specific elements which, when designed in the right way, can help create sustainable economic and ecological systems.

This 3 day intensive will introduce you to the basic ethics and principles of permaculture and systems thinking, introducing you to a variety of innovative tools. No knowledge of permaculture is necessary in order to attend this course.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Introduction to Permaculture
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Introduction to Permaculture

The course will cover the following:

Our introduction course goes beyond the garden and offers the opportunity to share knowledge on social permaculture. This gives you an holistic experience showing how the basic theory and the practical application of permaculture can be used in your personal life, at home, in your community and for wellbeing. We have created a third day especially to cover the social aspect, using our valuable experiences and interaction with nature to inspire us.

Permaculture is a natural design science mimicking the patterns of nature. It can be used to help build regenerative and resilient landscapes and communities. It is a solutions based, systems thinking design process. The aim is to bring together a set of specific elements which, when designed in the right way, can help create sustainable economic and ecological systems.

This 3 day intensive will introduce you to the basic ethics and principles of permaculture and systems thinking, introducing you to a variety of innovative tools. No knowledge of permaculture is necessary in order to attend this course.

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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 Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair

This popular one day Plant Fair has grown in size and interest since it was first held at RHS Garden Rosemoor over a decade ago. There will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. Many of these nurseries are not generally open to the public. A must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors.
 

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RHS Rosemoor -  Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

RHS Rosemoor - Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair

This popular one day Plant Fair has grown in size and interest since it was first held at RHS Garden Rosemoor over a decade ago. There will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries for sale under the Plant Heritage banner. Many of these nurseries are not generally open to the public. A must for all keen gardeners and plant collectors.

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Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

he Wessex Heavy Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre

Gillingham and Shaftesbury (Turnpike) Showground

Featuring the West of England

In Hand & Harness Championships

drawing the best horses from qualifying shows across the West

Kindly sponsored by Wadworth Brewery

 

* In Hand, Harness, Ladies Cart, Ridden and Young Handler classes *

* Retrained racehorse and falconry display *

* Vintage vehicles and stationary engines *

* Trade stands and craft stalls *

* Pudding Competition *

* Children's activities *

* Fun dog show *

* Waggon rides *

* Refreshments *

* Licenced bar *

* Farriery *

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eat festival - Weston-super-Mare
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

eat festival - Weston-super-Mare

It is in the heart of the town centre and adjacent to The Sovereign Centre it is all level access. We will have entertainment throughout the site, including Punch & Judy, balloon modeller, face painter, livestock and some tractors. There will be over 75 primary producers with us - and lots to tempt every appetite. There are also incentives for cyclists to ride in to the festival, thanks to our friends at TravelWest. Park your bike up in the centre of the square and get a free bike-check from Weston Bicyle Works and a saddle mac. 

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