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River Cottage Experience for Kids

from £245.00

Spend a day cooking with your kids on this fun day of hands-on cookery!

The course is for you and your child to learn and have fun together. Held in the school holidays, this is a great way to get children hands-on in the kitchen with the River Cottage chefs.

The kids will learn to make a selection of recipes along with a better understanding of where their food comes from, plus a little on how to keep safe with knives and hot things around.

They'll have fun learning to make dough and baking a farmhouse loaf as well as pizza dough which will be used to make their own pizza from scratch including the tomato sauce. Everyone will tuck in to enjoy their pizzas for lunch, grown ups included.

Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the baking session and discover how seasonal veg can be delicious in cakes, creating beetroot brownies or something similar using whatever is in season in the garden.

The afternoon will focus on learning to make a family favourite. The recipe will change depending on what the best and freshest ingredients available on the day are, but you can look forward to a comforting classic like cottage pie or lasagne with homemade pasta.

At the end of the day, everyone can take their creations home to impress friends and family with your new found skills.


- Welcome snack and drinks for adult and child

- Safety lesson

- Bread-making

- Pizza lunch for adult and child

- Veggie cakes

- Family favourites recipes


Vegetarian friendly

Not suitable for gluten-free diets

Please ask if you or your child has any other dietary requirements

  • River Cottage Experience for Kids

    Far exceed my expectations so well organised, paced perfectly and kept my granddaughter fully engaged. Taught them lovely skills and a great focus on sustainability.

    Jo Attended 13 April 2023

    5.0 out of 5

Your day

10:00 - 17:00

  • Head to the Cookery School

    Enjoy a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of the farm from the car park. Say hello to the animals in the field as you pass.

  • Make yourself at home

    Meet your host and your course mates, and begin the day with a drink and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Session One

    Get stuck in straight away, learning the principles of bread making and tackling a farmhouse dough.

  • Session Two

    Pizza dough which will be cooked in our wood fired oven for your lunch later in the day.

  • Lunch

    Time to take a break and tuck in to your freshly cooked pizza

  • Session Three

    Make a veggie cake using fresh veg from the garden

  • Session Four

    Try your hand at one of our foolproof recipes for a delicious comforting classic dish

  • Departure

    Time to head home with your goodies and make your way back up the hill for 5pm.

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 suggest this course is suitable for children between the ages of 7-12, one ticket purchased allows attendance for one child and one 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