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Family Events

 
Easter Nature Trail

Easter Egg Trail
Enjoy a day out in the parkland with an Easter nature trail in the grounds.

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.

Easter Egg Trail

Easter Nature Trail

6th April to 26th April 2014*
10.00am – 4.00pm

Enjoy a day out in the parkland with an Easter nature trail in the grounds. Additional activities may be available over the Easter Weekend*.

£3 per person, which includes Easter gift for children. Children 3 years and under half price.

*Please check nearer the time for updates about activities taking place over the Easter weekend, as the event may be closed on some dates.

Children’s Cookery Days and Family Courses

Children’s & Teenagers’ Cookery Courses

Children’s Cookery Courses

Our Children’s Cookery courses are taught by Tamsin Benning, a qualified primary school teacher who has decided to combine her love of teaching with her love of cooking.

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.

Children’s Parties and Private Bookings

If the scheduled dates don’t suit you or if you would like Tamsin all to yourself, Tamsin 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 contact Sarah on 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. Tamsin Benning 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 Steve 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 please go to our Children’s Cookery Courses and 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.

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, after 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 are:

  • Pottery Painting
  • Family Tree Planting Day (with Nidderdale AONB)
  • Make Your Own Bird Feeder Workshop
  • Family Quiz & Pizza Night
  • Children’s Baking afternoon
  • Pancake Day
  • Mother’s Day Gift Making and Mother’s Day ‘Vintage’ Afternoon Tea
  • Easter Extravaganza Workshop, Egg Hunt
  • Miniature Farm Days
  • Halloween Party
  • Twelve Days of Christmas Festive Trail

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

Day: 27th October – 2nd November 2014
Evening: 31st October 2013

A family day out with a spooky treasure trail in the parkland. On the Hallowe’en itself, 31st October, there is also a torchlit Fright Night, when you can walk through the parkland with real ghosts and ghouls jumping out from the shadows and trees! Refreshments and ghost stories in the Library afterwards.

Day Event: £3 per person (children 3 yrs and under half price) includes Hallowe’en gift. Evening Event: £5 per person.
Proceeds in aid of Masham Young Farmers.

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Late spring is the most beautiful time of year at Swinton Park, with the rhododendrons and azaleas in glorious, full bloom in the parkland and the first young vegetables coming up in our Walled Garden. Enjoy these to full advantage at our Garden Lunches and Garden Design Days, or our Estate Produce Lunches – starting a Celebration of Asparagus from 13th May. Our Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners are also running throughout the summer, including a new Barbecue Cook & Lunch course to polish up your grilling skills.