Norfolk, Holkham, Foraging Course
About this course
The magnificent Holkham Hall, the home of the Earl and Countess of Leicester, sits at the heart of a 25,000 acre estate in North Norfolk that includes parkland, agricultural land, a nature reserve, a holiday park and much more. The course takes place in the nature reserves and can include woodland, beach, and meadow, in which a variety of species can be found.
For those wishing to spend the day at Holkham, or even a few days, there is plenty on offer including access to Hall, a café, play area, rope climbing adventure, and much more.
This expansive estate offers an exceptional place to learn about edible plants and mushrooms growing in the UK. This foraging course walk is easy to reach from Norwich, Fakenham, Sandringham, King's Lynn, Cromer, Swaffham, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.
At Holkham, you will discover how to identify some commonly growing foods to forage for, how to avoid poisonous lookalikes, 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
guidance on sustainable and mindful 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
wild food sample/s such as soup, jam, jelly, pesto, ferments, vinegar or cordial
digital information sheet after the course
"We really enjoyed our course with you yesterday. We were really surprised as to how much we learnt and amazed as to our recollections of the day.
On our walk this morning with the dog we were continually looking for mushrooms and found several to look up later.
You were very entertaining and your knowledge was wonderful.
Thank you so much"
Clive and Lesley
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.
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Autumn dates added from May onwards
Cost and duration
£60 per person (inc VAT and fees) - 10am - 1.30pm (April - September) 12pm - 3.30pm (October)
Holkham Estate, Norfolk - exact meeting point emailed two days before course
Varying terrain, with some hilly areas, mostly grassland and woodland
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
Car park with charge
Terms and conditions
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