RHS Garden Rosemoor - Rose Festival
Jul
16
to Jul 22

RHS Garden Rosemoor - Rose Festival

With two of the largest and most beautiful rose gardens in the UK, consistently voted one of the top 10 places to enjoy the sights and scents of Britain’s best-loved flower, join us in this, a month-long celebration of the rose. RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Garden Kitchen will be celebrating roses throughout the month with a delectable series of rose-inspired and rose-infused treats with their Rose themed menu. Also, why not make the most of your visit with a delicious Rose themed afternoon tea (booking essential).

  • A Rose Trail will take visitors on a historic, scented journey through the garden: from the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden, to the Long Borders and the Cottage Garden, discover stunning varieties and their fascinating stories.
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Summer Evenings at Rosemoor
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Evenings at Rosemoor

A rare opportunity for RHS members, their guests and members of the general public to enjoy RHS Garden Rosemoor’s beautiful garden on a summer’s evening. Stroll around the formal gardens listening to the subtle strains of magical live music provided by Spanish Guitarist Jules Mobley, floating out across the garden as you drink in the delicious scents on the evening air.

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Poultry Keeping for beginners
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Poultry Keeping for beginners

his is an introductory course for the beginner, covering choosing & handling birds, housing, feeding, daily care, rearing & common poultry health problems - see chicks hatching & a variety of poultry breeds - including chicken, ducks, & geese - opportunity to handle birds.

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

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Hestercombe - Summer Family Trail: Gertrude’s Garden
Jul
21
to Aug 10

Hestercombe - Summer Family Trail: Gertrude’s Garden

Over 100 years ago, it was the task of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll to fill Hestercombe’s Formal Garden with a dazzling display of plants, climbers and shrubs.

Follow in her footsteps as you work your way around this summer trail by filling your trail sheet with the flowers you find.

From lavender to irises and clematis to gladioli, you’ll discover plenty of plants to grow your own garden design with.

Head back to Hestercombe House after completing the trail and visit the Portman Room, where you can find items that once belonged to the great gardener Gertrude Jekyll herself.

Pick up a trail sheet when you arrive at the Visitor Reception.

Trail is 50p per child. Normal admission applies.

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Hestercombe - Folksy Theatre Presents ‘The Princess and the Giant’
Jul
22
5:30 PM17:30

Hestercombe - Folksy Theatre Presents ‘The Princess and the Giant’

Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s EXHAUSTED and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep – his stomps and stamps keep everyone awake ALL night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer.

Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed! Based on the Children’s book by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the show on the Orangery Lawn.

Folksy will also be taking to the stage this summer to perform Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ on the 29th July – find out more here.

Tickets
Adults: £13.50
Children: £8 (3-16 YOA, under 3s are free)
Concessions: £10
Family: £38 (2 adults and 2 children)

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Royal Welsh Show
Jul
23
to Jul 26

Royal Welsh Show

The pinnacle event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, will be held on 23 - 26 July 2018 at the showground in Llanelwedd.

Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

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RHS Garden Rosemoor - Jurassic Discovery Workshops
Jul
23
to Sep 2

RHS Garden Rosemoor - Jurassic Discovery Workshops

Join us at RHS Garden Rosemoor for children's creative craft workshops - a place to come and let the children explore their inner artist. There will be a range of different activities hosted every Monday through Friday during the summer break.

Activities:

Mondays: Dinosaur Dig and paint - come and dig up a dinosaur from the sand pit, then paint it in the colour you choose. (Only one Dinosaur per child).
Tuesdays: Have a roaring time with these lovely dinosaur masks.
Wednesdays: Ever wanted to create your own dinosaur - now is your chance using air-dry clay, and some imagination.
Thursdays: Make a spikey dinosaur hat and some binoculars before heading out into the garden to discover some dinosaurs and Jurassic plants.
Fridays: Have fun with paper plates, and paint to make your own moving dinosaur.

Please note: There is no drop in workshops on Friday 17 August due to the Rosemoor Flower Show or on Monday 27 August Bank Holiday.

Event times

11am–1pm
2pm–4pm
Please note: last entry to the workshops is 15 minutes before closing.

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Hestercombe - Summer Evening Opening
Jul
25
5:00 PM17:00

Hestercombe - Summer Evening Opening

While away a summer’s evening at Hestercombe.  Just for today, we’ll be keeping the gates open until 8pm so you can explore after hours.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens in the beautiful evening light.

Our Gardens Team will be up at the Charcoal Burner’s Camp – wander through the woods to find them and toast marshmallows on the camp fire.

The Stables Café will be selling drinks, cakes and ice creams and the Gardens Shop and Plant Centre will also be open.

Normal admission applies.  Last entry is at 7pm – the gardens will close at 8pm.

Hestercombe House will close at 5pm as usual.

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Chainsaw Competence
Jul
26
to Jul 27

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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Summer Evenings at Rosemoor
Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Evenings at Rosemoor

A rare opportunity for RHS members, their guests and members of the general public to enjoy RHS Garden Rosemoor’s beautiful garden on a summer’s evening. Stroll around the formal gardens listening to the subtle strains of magical live music provided by Spanish Guitarist Jules Mobley, floating out across the garden as you drink in the delicious scents on the evening air.

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Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

Mid Devon Show

Experience a true celebration of rural Mid Devon with an eclectic mix of breathtaking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life.

The perfect family day out.

FREE PARKING

Mid Devon Show is an award winning show. You will be spoilt for choice with eight hours of nonstop entertainment and an adventure into local history, produce and the finest offerings available right here in Mid Devon.

Watch the exciting Main Ring events or wander into the Countryside Area.

Whatever you plan to do, we wish you a wonderful day!     GATES OPEN AT 9AM

DOGS ARE WELCOME on site but they must be on a fixed lead - not extending leads.

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RHS Garden Rosemoor - Vintage & Antiques Weekend
Jul
28
to Jul 29

RHS Garden Rosemoor - Vintage & Antiques Weekend

An exciting opportunity to reminisce about the good old days with a wide range of classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, machinery and more. You will find an eclectic range over at Lady Anne's Garden. 

RHS Garden Rosemoor’s Vintage Weekend will feature an antiques and collectors fair organised by Devon County Antiques Fairs, with stalls and sellers from across the South West and beyond, offering a selection of quality antiques and collectables of all sorts for sale.
 

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Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Fun Dog Show
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Fun Dog Show

Does your hound have the waggiest tail or the glossiest coat? Do they know a trick or two? Then enter our fun dog show!

See whose pooch will take top spot – judging starts at midday and there will be 10 classes:

1) Cutest puppy (6-12 months)
2) Best veteran (7 years +)
3) Prettiest bitch
4) Most handsome dog
5) Glossiest coat
6) Best trick
7) Waggiest tail
8) Most appealing eyes
9) Best dog in fancy dress
10) Best in show (winners of all previous classes)

Our registration table will be open 10am – 12pm so you can enter your dog in your chosen classes. £1 per entry (cash only).

Between 10am and 11.30am there will also be a have-a-go hoopers fun dog agility course for you and your four-legged friends to try – come and see what this twist on agility is all about!

Get creative in the Orangery, making crafts inspired by your four-legged friends.

Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ (weather dependent).

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their dog is under control and on a lead at all times. Please ensure your dog is well-socialised and comfortable in a busy environment. If your dog displays any aggressive behaviour, you will be asked to leave. No puppies under the age of four months and no bitches in season.

Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities run 10am – 3pm.

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Honiton Show
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Honiton Show

he Honiton & District Agricultural Association – “Where Farming Comes First” The show is annually held on the first Thursday in August and has grown to be one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.

The show is held in the heart of the East Devon Countryside on a 140 acre site which was purchased by the Honiton & District Agricultural Association in 2003.  The show has a unique atmosphere blending traditional and new where its emphasis is agriculture and its associated activities first and foremost.

It is a showcase for the best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills. The Association has a membership of over 500, is a company limited by guarantee and is a registered charity, which makes donations yearly to a wide range of local, agricultural and educational causes.

The aim of the Association is to promote agriculture and related industries, specifically by the staging of its annual show.  Each year an official charity is nominated by the elected President in office and is given the opportunity to raise funds during the show.

The Association supports successful Farms Competitions with classes running throughout the year ranging from barley to silage.

The show is delighted to host the West of England Hound Show, the second largest in the Country, attracting packs from all over the British Isles.  Honiton attracts more than 20,000 visitors, over 1,000 livestock entries and in excess of 400 trade exhibitors making it one of the largest business and social events in East Devon.

We are indebted to our fantastic team of stewards who enable the show to run so smoothly, if you would like to volunteer we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Mini Gardening
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Mini Gardening

Green fingers at the ready! Our second Terrific Tuesday this summer is all about gardening.

Head to the Apple Loft where you can create your own artwork inspired by Hestercombe’s great gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, in a crafty twist on gardening.

Decorate a pot and then plant it up to take home with you.

Create a pretty paper flower in the Orangery.

Follow the Gertrude’s Garden family trail. You can grow your own garden by filling your trail sheet with the flowers you find.

Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ (weather dependent).
Normal admission applies.  Unless specified otherwise, all activities run 10am – 3pm.

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Exford Show
Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

Exford Show

Exmoor is a special place to many and the Show seeks to celebrate this. The finest of local horses, Exmoor Ponies and sheep are on show, together with superb crafts and trade stands. Local food and drink is available on site….and the very special local ice-cream.

The setting is truly breath-taking, looking north over the Exe Valley toward Dunkery and south to Molland Common via Withypool Hill.

 

Rather aptly, the show shares the field with an ancient burial mound, Herne’s Barrow. According to ancient myth, Herne the Hunter was a ghostly apparition who appeared sporting a set of stag’s horns growing from his head and rattling chains….….. We are not sure whether this barrow belongs to the same Herne or whether we would want it to!

All are welcome. If you love Exmoor and its people, even if you do not share their love of horses or livestock, the show is still worth a visit……why else would it have been going for over a century and a quarter!

We are very grateful to the Branton and Jowell families for allowing us to use their land for the show. That they welcome us year after year, whatever weather Exmoor blesses us with, and without any payment whatsoever, is extremely generous.

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RHS Rosemoor - The Midnight Gang by David Walliams - Outside Theatre
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

RHS Rosemoor - The Midnight Gang by David Walliams - Outside Theatre

Drum roll, please… Heartbreak invites you to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child.

Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making.

Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

Deck chair hire available at £3 per chair, bookable online. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase. 

Why not treat yourself to a Rosemoor picnic bag - available to order on 01805 626810.

Your picnic will come in a lovely resuable RHS Jute bag and will consist of a sandwich, crisps, tray bake and either frobishers drink or prosecco for £12.

  • Member - Plough supporters £10

  • Non-member - £13

  • Other Prices - £10 Families (parents with children under 18yrs)

  • Event times - 5pm - 7.30pm, Free entry to gardens one hour before performance.

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eat festival - Portishead
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

eat festival - Portishead

Multi award-winning food and drink festivals, showcasing the best of Somerset food and drink in the heart the town centre

ll our festivals are FREE to visit

t all festivals the busiest times are 11 to 2, so if you like the pick of the crop and a bit of elbow room we recommend that you come early.

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A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder

Perfect for the would-be/ about-to-be smallholder all set to live the dream: a course to inspire and give you both knowledge and confidence, covering: why you want to become a smallholder, skills needed, legalities, what to look for in a potential smallholding, monies involved, when and how to begin. Participants will meet all our amazing animals and learn what really happens when you stand in the middle of a field with a feed bucket...

The course will cover the following:

‘A smallholder life for me’ takes you on a journey that will try to help you turn your dreams into a way of life! A smallholder needs to balance the thrill and excitement of managing one's own land with a healthy dose of realism about both one's abilities (physical and mental) as well as the size of wallet!! And by land we mean anything from a bit of garden to several acres.

We begin the course by discussing the reasons why you want to become a smallholder alongside why you think it will work, the skills you (and your family) might need and why it is a good idea to be aware of both the potential rewards and problems: not enough eggs in the winter, too many in the summer; fabulous tasting pork, not enough freezer space to keep it in... We will also talk through the legal side of it all, the paperwork, what to look for in a smallholding, the kind of features that need to be in place/get sorted fairly quickly (fencing, fencing and then a bit more fencing!), how to source livestock and basic livestock requirements. We discuss the ideal starting points (chickens, a polytunnel, a cow!!) and when to begin, how your initial plans will be led by the time of year you move, what kinds of decisions you will need to make sooner rather than later AND get right.

You will meet a huge variety of animals during the day: sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, pigs (depending on time of year), chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks! We aim to tailor the course to the particular situations and expectations of the participants so when you book, do please give as much detail about yourself as you can. You will hopefully leave inspired and brimming with confidence and, we really hope, with a promise to keep in touch to let us know how you get on!!

Venue: Chulmleigh
Cost: £70 (£90 for Non-members)
Tutor: Jack Smellie and David Chidgey
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits/cakes
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, waterproof coat (just in case), inside shoes (or just your socks!), 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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Introduction to Setting up and Running Holiday Accommodation
Aug
12
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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RHS Rosemoor - Local Produce Show
Aug
12
11:30 AM11:30

RHS Rosemoor - Local Produce Show

Staged in conjunction with Great Torrington Horticultural Society. Enter your homegrown produce into RHS Garden Rosemoor’s very own local produce show. There are categories for both adults and children, ranging from Fruit and vegetables; flower arranging to home baking and craftwork.

Rosemoor Gift Shop vouchers as prizes.

If you would like to enter into our Produce Show please email us with your details and we will be happy to send you a booking schedule.

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Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Sports Day
Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Sports Day

On your marks, get set, go! Sports Day returns to Hestercombe for our third Terrific Tuesday of the summer.

This Sports Day, children can take part in fun races on the Orangery Lawn and cool down afterwards whilst making some sporty themed crafts in the Orangery.

Adults, make sure you prepare for the parents race and win the coveted title of ‘Champion’ for the day!

We’ll have two sessions of races for the Sports Day: 11am – 12.15pm and 12.45pm – 2pm.

Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ (weather dependent).
Normal admission applies.  Unless specified otherwise, all activities run 10am – 3pm.

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Chagford Show
Aug
16
8:30 AM08:30

Chagford Show

The chagford show offers a unique mix of farming, crafts and horticulture.

It is located across several meadows along the River Teign with a wonderful backdrop of Dartmoor Hills.

Whether you want to compete in one of our many classes, show off or sell your

produce, browse over 200 Trade Stands, or just visit us for a traditional fun day out, all the details are here. We very much look forward to welcoming you at this year's show.

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RHS Rosemoor Garden Flower Show
Aug
17
to Aug 19

RHS Rosemoor Garden Flower Show

The show highlights the very best the South West has to offer in nurseries, atmosphere and local fare, all set against the stunning backdrop of the 65 Acre (26ha) garden.  

New for 2018

  • New enhanced floral content trail and displays
  • New banquet style catering food hall
  • New flower arranging demonstrations
  • Increased number of nursery exhibitors
  • Increased number of traders
  • Increased number of specialist talks
  • Free Shuttle Service
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More highlights include:

  • Quality plants from more than 20 nurseries from the West Country and beyond, including hard-to-find plants.

  • Expert talks by nurseries, Rosemoor staff and RHS advisors.

  • Inspiring floral displays.

  • Carefully selected quality trade stands.

  • A delicious range of food and drink.

  • Inspiring seasonal interest around the garden, especially the stunning Hot Garden, filled with waves of late-season colour.

Food and drink to tempt you

New this year is a large Food Hall in addition to the Garden Kitchen Restaurant, Wisteria Tea Room and the Shepherd’s Rest, so plenty of places to rest and recharge your batteries throughout the day.


Flower Show Breakfast Ticket

Gain exclusive early access to the Flower Show with priority parking by booking the Flower Show Breakfast hosted by our curator and garden team. Enjoy a delicious breakfast served from 8am with Fresh Fruit, Yoghurts, Cereals, Bakers Basket and a Hot Savoury filled Roll with either Bacon, Sausage or Free Range Egg. Exclusive access to the show from 9am. Tickets are £25 plus normal garden admission.
Pre-booking online essential.

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Dunster Show
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Dunster Show

Dunster Show is the premier Agricultural Show in West Somerset and one of the major one day Shows of the West of England. Taking place on the Lawns below Dunster Castle the dramatic backdrop is a perfect setting for a family day out with Bands, Demonstrations, Crafts and Trade Stands providing quality entertainment for all. The Show also boasts a competitive showing atmosphere with a wide range of classes for Horses, Cattle and Sheep attracting competitors from all over the country.

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Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs
Aug
21
10:00 AM10:00

Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs

The fourth Terrific Tuesday of the summer holidays is all about brilliant bugs.

Seek out all the creepy crawlies you can find as you hunt for bugs on the lawn, led by the RSPB.

Get up close to moths and butterflies with Somerset & Bristol Butterfly Conservation, who will be bringing live traps and specimen boxes to display.

Get creative with lots of creepy-crawly crafts.

Build your own bug hotel.

Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ (weather dependent).
Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities run 10am – 3pm.

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Melplash Show
Aug
23
9:00 AM09:00

Melplash Show

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions and is held at The West Bay Show grounds, Bridport, Dorset on the last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. Our 2018 show will be held on Thursday 23rd August and there really will be something for everyone at our show.  The show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture.  There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors….and plenty in between!

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Stock Gaylard - Oak Fair
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Stock Gaylard - Oak Fair

The Oak Fair will once again be held on the August bank holiday weekend.  For anyone who hasn't visited before, this is a special event for those interested in woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside.  There is something that will appeal to all members of the family including over 200 exhibitors, events in our arenas including The British Heavy Horse Logger's team who compete a number of challenges over the weekend, Mere Down Falconry who bring a variety of birds of prey that put on amazing displays and Have A Go Archery which is available to everyone to try!  We also have The Great Big Tree Climbing Company providing tree climbing and zip wires for the younger visitors to experience and  Avalon Axes who demostrate axe throwing as well as letting all our visitors have a go!  Market Square will be buzzing with local food and drink producers with the Childrens Area situated nearby that will have a range of workshops for all family members to take part in.

There will also be performances in St Barnabas church over the weekend, Saturday will see Bagatelle returning to perform two short concerts and on Sunday the William Barnes Society.

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Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Wild Art
Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Hestercombe - Terrific Tuesday – Wild Art

Our final Terrific Tuesday of the summer has a wild art theme.

Be inspired by the beautiful summertime gardens and create your own wild art to take home with you.

Dye your own bunting using natural colour dyes from flowers and berries.

Make a tree leaf garland.

Create your own botanical fridge magnet using clay.

Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ (weather dependent).
Normal admission applies. Unless specified otherwise, all activities run 10am – 3pm.

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Goat Husbandry
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Goat Husbandry

Who is this course designed for?
If you're just starting out or want to learn before buying your goats, this course is for you.

The course will cover the following:
A general introduction to all aspects of looking after goats. Including which breed to choose, handling goats, administering medicines, hoof trimming, milking, housing, feeding breeding etc. The course will include lots of practical work with the goats, wear work clothes and strong shoes.

Venue: Bounds Cross near Holsworthy EX22 6LJ
Cost: £60 (£80 for Non-members) including a free copy of Peter's book
Tutor: Peter Oldfield
Provided: Tea/coffee provided.
What you need to bring: Please wear suitable/work clothes and clean wellies, bring packed lunch.

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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Building and Maintaining your own Website
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Building and Maintaining your own Website

The course will cover the following:

If you sell your own produce direct, have holiday cottages or B&B's to advertise, or just want to put your farm or smallholding on the Internet map, a website is an absolute must-have. This course will teach you how to create and maintain your own website.
You will:

  • Become familiar with a simple set of website-building tools
  • Design the structure and content of your own site
  • Build a variety of web pages including text, pictures, links to other sites
  • See how the results would look on the Internet
  • Understand the services offered by 'hosting companies' and how to select a package which suits your needs.

Following the course you will have the skills and experience you need to build a website and will understand how to arrange web hosting and register your website domain name.

Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £75 (£95 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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Smallholding School
Sep
8
to Sep 14

Smallholding School

A week-long selection of courses covering keeping Poultry, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Cattle, Bees, Land Management, and Tools/Machinery for the Smallholder, with time off in-between to catch your breath or help out around the farm. Includes home-cooked farmhouse lunches using our own produce & afternoon tea & cake, and the opportunity to help out with animal feeding & tasks. Longer hours than our regular 1 day courses. Accommodation not included.

 

Cost: Smallholding School £425/person

 

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A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

A smallholder life for me: Becoming a smallholder

Perfect for the would-be/ about-to-be smallholder all set to live the dream: a course to inspire and give you both knowledge and confidence, covering: why you want to become a smallholder, skills needed, legalities, what to look for in a potential smallholding, monies involved, when and how to begin. Participants will meet all our amazing animals and learn what really happens when you stand in the middle of a field with a feed bucket...

The course will cover the following:

‘A smallholder life for me’ takes you on a journey that will try to help you turn your dreams into a way of life! A smallholder needs to balance the thrill and excitement of managing one's own land with a healthy dose of realism about both one's abilities (physical and mental) as well as the size of wallet!! And by land we mean anything from a bit of garden to several acres.

We begin the course by discussing the reasons why you want to become a smallholder alongside why you think it will work, the skills you (and your family) might need and why it is a good idea to be aware of both the potential rewards and problems: not enough eggs in the winter, too many in the summer; fabulous tasting pork, not enough freezer space to keep it in... We will also talk through the legal side of it all, the paperwork, what to look for in a smallholding, the kind of features that need to be in place/get sorted fairly quickly (fencing, fencing and then a bit more fencing!), how to source livestock and basic livestock requirements. We discuss the ideal starting points (chickens, a polytunnel, a cow!!) and when to begin, how your initial plans will be led by the time of year you move, what kinds of decisions you will need to make sooner rather than later AND get right.

You will meet a huge variety of animals during the day: sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, pigs (depending on time of year), chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks! We aim to tailor the course to the particular situations and expectations of the participants so when you book, do please give as much detail about yourself as you can. You will hopefully leave inspired and brimming with confidence and, we really hope, with a promise to keep in touch to let us know how you get on!!

Venue: Chulmleigh
Cost: £70 (£90 for Non-members)
Tutor: Jack Smellie and David Chidgey
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits/cakes
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, waterproof coat (just in case), inside shoes (or just your socks!), 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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Introduction to Setting up and Running Holiday Accommodation
Sep
9
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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RHS Rosemoor - Devon Chilli & Chocolate Fair
Sep
14
to Sep 16

RHS Rosemoor - Devon Chilli & Chocolate Fair

Our new Garden Room at RHS Garden Rosemoor will house more than 30 top chilli and chocolate producers from all over the Southwest, with chilli plants, chilli sauces, chilli chocolate and fudge and chilli preserves to try and to buy. Come and have a talk with some expert Chilli Plants people and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful event. 
 

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Chainsaw Competence
Sep
17
to Sep 18

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jul
14
8:00 AM08:00

Liskeard Show

The Liskeard Show is one of the biggest in the South West, and has always had a wide selection of high quality entries in the large animal classes, and you can see smaller animals, companion dog show, donkeys, poultry, fruit and vegetables, and flowers, as well: or better still, come and compete!

This website gives you general information about shows, and more detailed guidance about the Liskeard Show in particular.

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Building and Maintaining your own Website
Jul
12
9:45 AM09:45

Building and Maintaining your own Website

The course will cover the following:

If you sell your own produce direct, have holiday cottages or B&B's to advertise, or just want to put your farm or smallholding on the Internet map, a website is an absolute must-have. This course will teach you how to create and maintain your own website.
You will:

  • Become familiar with a simple set of website-building tools
  • Design the structure and content of your own site
  • Build a variety of web pages including text, pictures, links to other sites
  • See how the results would look on the Internet
  • Understand the services offered by 'hosting companies' and how to select a package which suits your needs.

Following the course you will have the skills and experience you need to build a website and will understand how to arrange web hosting and register your website domain name.

Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £75 (£95 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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