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Shoreline Fishing

Join us on the beach for a session of sea fishing and expert tuition, followed by a fish masterclass and supper at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Designed by River Cottage in conjunction with our expert fishing guide, our Shoreline Fishing course is a dream day for all novice anglers. In a tranquil beach setting, we will teach you the tips and techniques you need to become a successful fisherman or fisherwoman, with a detailed lesson in rigs, baits, rods, reels and more. Then you’ll put it all into practice and, hopefully, reel in your lunch to cook on the beach.

Laden with fish (fingers crossed!), you’ll head to River Cottage HQ and learn how to fillet and cook your catch. The only thing better than eating fresh fish is eating fish you have caught yourself, so you’ll finish the day with a hearty three-course supper.

Your day

09:00 - 17:00

  • Arrive at the beach at 9am

    We will meet you at a local beach, one that offers the best chance of catching plenty of fish on the day. We aim to use a beach no further than 30 minutes’ drive from River Cottage.

  • Welcome

    You’ll meet your host and tutor over a morning tea or coffee and a River Cottage picnic. Before you start fishing, we will walk you through some basic skills, such as setting up your rods and reels and baiting up your first cast.

  • The big fish

    Then, time for the exciting part – attempting to catch your lunch. We will be on hand to help with any questions, and you’ll cover a range of different topics including: reading the water, species identification, seasonal variation, making up a rig to take home, preparing and baiting rigs, improving your casting technique and, most importantly, landing your catch.

  • Back to River Cottage

    Once you’ve arrived at River Cottage HQ, a chef will be on hand to show you how to prep and cook the fish you have caught.

  • Supper

    Time to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your morning's labour. Our River Cottage chefs will complete your meal with a seasonal pudding.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer at 5pm.

  • Weather

    We will run this course in all but the very worst weather, so we strongly recommend bringing clothing to protect you in inclement conditions.

  • Fish

    Sadly we can’t guarantee that fish will be caught on the day. But don’t worry; we will have plenty of fish standing by for the skills and cookery sessions if needed.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018