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Bedfordshire Foraging Course

About this course 

The historic Capability Brown designed Ampthill Great Park in Bedfordshire offers a range of habitats to learn how to forage for edible plants and mushrooms growing commonly in the UK. 


This foraging course is easy to reach from Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Cambridge and Dunstable.

At this intriguing venue, where Katherine of Aragon was once held under house arrest, you will discover how to identify some commonly growing foods to forage for, and hints on where to look.

When we meet up, we will go through laws and safety points of foraging before heading out to discover the wild food in the area.


The course includes (subject to Covid restrictions):

  • an overview of foraging laws and safety best practice

  • introduction to a number of edible species 

  • instruction on how to tell edible species apart from poisonous lookalikes

  • information on where to find these species again

  • recipe ideas

  • wild food sample/s such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial

  • digital information sheet after the course

"Educational, good-humoured and in a beautiful setting.
Well organised (with samples!) it was so enjoyable I have already booked to go back again later in the year.
I can heartily recommend it"


Mousseron aka Fairy Ring Champignon - Bedfordshre Foraging Course

Other nearby courses at Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire,  or Hertfordshire

This is an educational course, there is no harvesting during the course. Samples are picked for identification purposes only.


We cannot guarantee what species will be growing on any given course date - this is the nature of foraging. As a rough guide, springtime and summer courses should be predominantly plant focused, with mushrooms sometimes found. Summer courses may also have fruits and flowers to learn about, with some mushrooms. Autumn courses should be more mushroom-focused than spring or summer courses but this is dependant on weather conditions preceding the course. 


Buy gift vouchers - here

Friday 9 August 2024 - Book here (5 spaces left)

Saturday 5 October 2024 - Book here (3 spaces left)

Friday 8 November 2024 - Book here (4 spaces left)

Cost and duration

Spring/summer £50 per person (inc fees)

Autumn £60 per person (inc fees)

12pm - 3.30pm


Ampthill Great Park, Bedfordshire - exact meeting point emailed two days before course


Varying terrain, including some steep hills, mostly grassland and woodland

Age limit

Participants must be aged 18 years or older - no children under 18 or babes in arms allowed on this course


Dogs are not allowed to be brought along on this course

Parking, transport, toilets

Free car parking. Bus services to Ampthill (20 minute walk). There are toilets at this venue.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions here

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