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Children’s & Teenagers’ Cookery Courses

Children’s Cookery Days and Family Courses
Our Children’s & Teenagers’ Cookery courses are aimed at encouraging children to master basic cookery skills.

Summer Holiday Falconry Club

Summer Holiday Falconry Club
Get behind the scenes with falconer Sophie Abbott and learn all Birds of Prey.

Family Events at Swinton Bivouac

Family Events at Swinton Bivouac
Swinton Bivouac is a ‘glamping’ – luxury camping – site on the Swinton Estate. It hosts a variety of family activities and events throughout the year.

 Go Native Kids’ Parties

Go Native Kids' Parties
Join Chris Bax for a two hour session of foraging for wild food and learning survival skills in the woods.

Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en

A family day out with a spooky treasure trail in the parkland.
 

Children’s Cookery Days and Family Courses

Children’s & Teenagers’ Cookery Courses

Children’s Cookery Courses

Our Children’s Cookery courses are taught by Maggie Harvey who has spent the whole of her career teaching cookery to children and teenagers, running courses for the youngest of ages with the most basic skills, right up to older and more intensive levels.

Children’s classes aim to help budding chefs master basic skills, encouraging them to enjoy and experiment with food in a friendly and fun environment. All children will take home an apron and recipe card at the end of each course.

The courses available are as follows :

Mini-Chefs – Aimed at budding young chefs, aged 6-9 years, who can enjoy lots of hands on experience and make some simple items using key kitchen skills. A half day session, which includes a goody bag to take home.

Basics for Beginners – For children aged 10 – 14 years. Designed to build confidence in the kitchen, learning techniques children can try at home including bread making and basic knife skills. Children will eat what they make during the course.

Confident Cook - For children aged 10 – 14yrs, who have been on a Basics for Beginners course before, or who have lots of experience in the kitchen and are able to cook with confidence, managing simple tasks unsupervised. This course will inspire a young chef to experiment with more styles and themes of cooking, covering some more complicated techniques. Children will eat what they make during the course.

Please click Children’s Cookery Courses  for further information and forthcoming dates.

Children’s Parties and Private Bookings

If the scheduled dates don’t suit you or if you would like Maggie all to yourself, Maggie can run a private children’s cookery course for up to ten children at a time. This can include adults if they would like the opportunity to cook alongside their children. For more details, please call 01796 680969 or email cookeryschool@swintonpark.com.

 

Life skills for Teenagers

Older teenagers with busy lifestyles, wanting food at different times and those leaving home to go to college or university also need to learn the essentials of cooking and meal planning. Maggie Harvey has two full day courses for Teenagers, to suit differing levels of ability:

Basic Skills – teaches the core cookery techniques that are key life skills, such as grilling and frying a piece of meat or fish, making mince-based dishes and cooking a roast dinner.

Intermediate – expands the repertoire of more experienced teenage cooks, as Maggie leads them through the preparation of a dinner party menu.

Teenage Bootcamp
This is a two-day course for teenagers to provide total immersion in cookery skills. Starting from scratch, with lots of hands-on cooking, this course will equip them with the basic knowledge to cook meals for themselves.

For further information and dates, click to go to our Teenagers’ Cookery Courses pages.

Summer Holiday Falconry Club

Summer Holiday Falconry Club

6th 13th, 20th and 27th August 2014

Get behind the scenes with falconer Sophie Abbott and learn all about the conservation of Birds of Prey, their natural habitats and the day to day skills required for flying the birds and caring for them at the aviary.

Sessions can be taken singly or as a four-session course, as each session will cover different aspects of falconry.

10.30am – 11.30am, £15 per child (minimum age 8 years)
Advance booking essential

Family Events at Swinton Bivouac

Family Events at Swinton Bivouac

Swinton Bivouac is a ‘glamping’ – luxury camping – site on the Swinton Estate, just two miles from Swinton Park and close to the Druid’s Temple. Their charming cafe/restaurant not only provides a great destination for a coffee & cake, light lunch or afternoon tea following a walk or cycle ride (maps available at the hotel reception), but also hosts a variety of family activities and events throughout the year. Please see www.thebivouac.co.uk for latest details, dates and prices.

Events planned for 2014/5 include:

5th July – Tour de Yorkshire Party with live band and BBQ

10th July – Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ performed by The Handlebards ’4 actors, 4 bicycles, 40 characters’. From £12, picnics available.

29th July – Teddy Bears picnic…’if you come down to the woods today’. 11.30am – 1.30pm, £7.50 incl packed lunch

10th August – Guided family walk with Angela Harker from Feet in the Clouds.

13th December – 4th January – Woodland Festive Trail

20th & 21st December – Santa’s visit to Swinton Bivouac

Go Native Kids' Parties

Go Native Kids’ Parties

Join Chris Bax, as recently seen on Blue Peter, for a two hour session of foraging for wild food and learning woodland and survival skills in the woods. Each session lasts two hours, and ends with a picnic which parents are welcome to join.

Depending on the ages and any particular requirements, the activities involved would include some of the following :

£30.00 per child (including picnic). Suitable for 7 years and older, advance booking required.

Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en

Daytime Trail: 27th October – 2nd November 2014, 11am – 3pm
Fright Night: 31st October 2014, 6pm – 8pm

Enjoy a family day out, following a spooky nature trail through the parkland. On Hallowe’en itself, 31st October, there is also a ‘Fright Night’ when you can walk through the parkland in the dark with real ghosts and ghouls, jumping out from the shadows and trees! Remember to bring a torch!Refreshments and ghost stories in the Library afterwards.

Day Event: £4 per person (under 2 yrs half price) includes Hallowe’en gift. Fright Night: £5 per person
Proceeds from Fright Night to Masham Young Farmers.

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