Foraging Walks Calendar

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_DSC9378 (1)During Bristol foraging walks and courses which last around three hours, we will be identifying, picking and eating a number of delicious edibles that present themselves along the way.  There will be discussion about seasonal eating and the nutritional values and medicinal use of plants.  We will also look at the conservation of species and their habitats, what to take and what to leave.  And of course there’s use and storage of wild food, recipes and lots, lots more. Although most foraging walks and courses take place in Bristol and The West Country, other events happen further afield including in Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, Clevedon, Hampshire and South Wales. I often lead corporate events and team building days in and around London. 

If you’re thinking “I want to arrange a foraging walk near me” for a private group, be it a stag or hen do, company away day, corporate event or if you have any ideas for a foraging related event,  please contact me directly.  I have previously taught chefs, worked with restaurants, country houses and estates as well as hotels. I often collaborate with organisations delivering wellbeing packages for retreats and festivals. I work with permaculture courses, biodynamic and organic farms. I regularly deliver foraging walks and courses to schools, scouts groups, forest schools, catering colleges, community organisations, and other youth groups. I am also currently collaborating with yoga, pilates and qi gong practitioners to teach holistic workshops and retreats. I’m available for live streamed events, webinars and ‘virtual’ foraging walks too. I’m very passionate about wholefood cooking, working with the best seasonal wild ingredients to create food that nourishes us on every level and that looks and tastes amazing too!

You can book me for private friends or family group bookings with cost ranging from £500. For corporate events please contact me for a quote. You can get in touch with me here if you’d like to book a wild food foraging day. 

Foraging walks gift vouchers are available. See below for availability, valid until dates, terms and conditions plus information about each of next year’s events. 

Foraging walks and courses UK, gift vouchers

Plant foraging walks gift voucher £40 (valid until September 2022*)                                   

Mushroom foraging walks UK gift voucher £50 (valid for 2022 mushroom season*)                                   

*See terms and conditions relating to gift vouchers and check walks availability also before purchasing vouchers

Four foraging walks gift voucher (for one person to come on four walks discovering plants and mushrooms through the year*)

4 seasonal walks gift vouchers £155

2022 Walks Dates…

 

 

Winter greens walks

Eastville Park, Bristol – Saturday 12th February / Sunday 13th February – 10am-1.00pm (approximate end time)

Forage seasonal winter micro-greens. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home some delicious recipes with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and as well as to make our own infusions from wild leaves. I’ll also bring some wild food tasters for you to enjoy. Plants we can expect to see include Wild Garlic, Cleavers, Wood Avens and Dandelions

February 12th Walk £40 

 

February 13th Walk £40 

 

Urban River Forage

Crew’s Hole, Bristol – Sunday 30th January / Sunday 27th February  – 10am-1.00pm (approximate end time)

Forage seasonal winter micro-greens. Learn how to look for subtle clues in the environment, discovering early shoots that can be used in ferments, for herbal medicine, teas, soups and more. There’ll be a chance to nibble on plants foraged along the way and as well as to make our own infusions from wild leaves. I’ll also bring some wild food tasters for you to enjoy. Plants we might see include Wild Garlic, Cleavers, Wood Avens and Dandelions

January 30th Walk £40
 
 
February 27th Walk £40
 
 

Spring Greens Walks

Eastville Park, Bristol – Saturday 12th March / Sunday 13th March – 10am-1.00pm (approximate end time)

Discover numerous, seasonal wild plants that can be foraged during Springtime. Learn what’s good to eat, as well as what not to eat, plus take home delicious recipe ideas with which to impress your friends. There’ll be a chance to taste leaves and shoots foraged along the way and create your own wild herb infusions…I’ll also bring along a few wild food nibbles to inspire you. Plants we can expect to see include Nettles, Wild Garlic, Ground Elder, Hawthorn and Cleavers.

March 12th Walk – FULLY BOOKED
 
March 13th Walk £40
 
 
 

Spring River Walks

River Frome, Bristol – Wednesdays 30th March / 27th April – 3.30pm-6.30pm (approximate end time)

Foraging favourite wild edibles along the beautiful River Frome walk. I’ll share some of my favourite recipes for pickles, ferments, herbal infusions, Japanese wild dashi stock making, marinades and more. We’ll discuss wonderful flavour combinations, nutritional benefits of plants and historical and modern day uses of wild foods. We’ll also cover how to best approach foraging and how to get the most from this incredibly rewarding, age old activity.

March 30th Walk £40

April 27th Walk £40

 

Forage and Ferment

Eastville Park and Matter Wholefoods, Wednesday 25th May, 5pm – 9pm  

Foraging favourite spring time wild leaves and shoots then making our own sauerkraut back at Bristol’s number one wholefoods store. We’ll enjoy numerous fermented pickles and wild food condiments with sourdough bread and a hot mug of chaga mushrooom tea. You will get to take home your own jar of kraut at the end of the evening plus inspiration and knowledge to make your own tasty krauts in the months to come! 

Note: Gift vouchers may be used in part payment for this event

May 25th Walk £65 –

 

Spring Park Walks

Eastville Park Saturday 7th, Wednesday 11th & 18th May. Brandon Hill Park –  Sunday 8th May – 10.00pm-1.00pm (approximate end time)

 

Foraging favourite wild edibles, super nutritious and delicious and more often than not growing on your doorstep! I’ll share some of my tasty recipes for pickles, ferments, herbal infusions, tempeh marinades and more. We’ll discuss wonderful flavour combinations, nutritional benefits of plants and historical and modern day uses of wild foods. We’ll also cover how to best approach foraging and how to get the most from this incredibly rewarding, age old activity.

May 7th Walk £40
 
 
May 8th Walk £40
 
 
May 11th Walk £40
 
 
May 18th Walk £40
 
 

Summer Coastal Walks

North West Somerset (location tbc) –  14th and 15th May, 26th June and 29th July – 10.00am-1.30pm (approximate end time)

Discover and eat some of the delicious wild edibles growing in coastal and salt marsh habitats, plants which shaped the lives of our hunter-gatherer forefathers and the menus of many a gourmet chef today! We’ll search for Sea Asters, Sea Arrow Grass, Sea Radish, Scurvy Grass, Sea Spinach, Rock Samphire and many more wonderful species. You’ll find out ways in which you can turn your foraged herbs and succulent sea veg into scrumptious meals and delightful condiments for use all year round. These walks are popular so don’t delay, book today! 

May 14th Walk £40 Fully Booked

May 15th Walk £40

June 26th Walk £40

July 29th Walk £40

 

Wild Medicine Workshop

Somerset. Sunday 12th June. 10.30am-2.00pm (approximate timing)

Join us for a foraging morning and making session with Rebekah West from Somerset Soul Food. 

After learning about and foraging medicinal plants growing all around us, Rebekah will take you through how to make a basic oil infused with botanicals. You will then create your own healing salve, picking the plant oil to best suit your needs. Whilst we enjoy our herbal teas (organically grown or foraged) you will also learn how to make simple medicines to boost your immunity. A forager’s lunch of sourdough, ferments, pickles etc will also be provided.

June 12th Walk £60 –

 

Seaweeds and coastal plants walk

Gower, Wales. Saturday 31st July – Timing to be confirmed.

An introduction to some of my favourite very common seaweeds. Looking at how we can incorporate them into our cooking in broths, dry fried, dried and powdered, fermented or pickled. We’ll talk about other ways seaweeds can be used harnessing their amazing benefits in skin care ointments and salves. There will also be focus on some fantastic coastal dwelling plants living on or near the beach. Wild food picnic with ferments, pickles, sourdough and drinks will be provided on the walk.

Note: Gift vouchers may be used in part payment for this event

July 31st Walk £60 –

 

Mushroom Foraging Courses UK….

Autumn Fruits & Fungi Walks

The Quantocks, Somerset, Location TBC, Saturday 8th and 22nd October plus 5th November  – 10.30pm-2.00pm (approximate end time)

On these Autumn forays we will forage for shoots, seeds, berries and mushrooms, depending on what is most abundant at that time. This may mean the focus is more on plants than fungi, or vice versa.  We will look at safe identification of plants and fungi, what to look for when foraging for either, including preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat, how to forage responsibly, medicinal properties, plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals.

*Note: Location TBC near the time and after booking. All these walks will have car parking but I can’t guarantee they will be on bus routes, or easy to cycle to. 

October 8th Walk £50

October 22nd Walk £50

November 5th Walk £50

Wild Food Forage and Feast

Forest of Dean – Sunday 9th October

Join me for a whole day of foraging for autumn fungi and wild herbs. Enjoy a forager’s lunch cooked back at base, a very special event space surrounded by wonderful woodlands. We’ll enjoy pickles, fermented mushroom kimchi and other condiments with our meal. Lunch time will be a valuable opportunity to ask any foraging related questions you might have. We’ll also lay out specimens we’ve gathered and use books and mushroom keys to help identify them. As with other foraging walks discussion will focus around numerous topics including; what clues to look for when foraging for mushrooms and plants, preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat, how to forage responsibly and the wonderful medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms and plants. I will of course also give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals, condiments and drinks! 

Exact location given only after booking.

Note: Gift vouchers may be used in part payment for this event

October 9th Walk £90 –

 

Hampshire Mushroom Walks

Near Ringwood – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 29th October – 10.30am – 2pm (approximate end time)

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of gourmet woodland fungi, what clues to look for when hunting for mushrooms, including preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat, how to forage responsibly, wonderful medicinal and nutritional properties of fungi, plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals, condiments and drinks! These mushroom walks are relatively accessible if driving from London, Bristol etc. 

October 23rd Walk £50

October 29th Walk £50

 

Bristol Mushroom Walks

Near Bristol – Sundays 6th, 13th and 27th November – 10.00pm-1.30pm (approximate end time)

On our mushroom hunts we will look at safe identification of gourmet grassland and woodland fungi, what clues to look for when hunting for mushrooms, including preferred habitats of different species, what to eat and what not to eat, how to forage responsibly, medicinal properties of fungi, plus I will give you some ideas for turning your foraged ingredients into tasty meals, condiments and drinks!

*Note: Due to the unpredictable nature of fungi, walks locations will not be decided until very near each date. All these walks will be very close to Bristol, on a bus route and with car parking

November 6th Walk £50 Fully Booked

November 13th Walk £50

November 27th Walk £50

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