Upcoming events:


Meet at the Visitor Centre, Hollytrees Museum, High Street, Colchester CO1 1UG 
Join our qualified Blue Badge guide and former librarian Josie on a literary guided walk through Colchester. Discover serpents, detectives, serving wenches and the many other literary characters and their creators to have walked the streets of Colchester.



Spring Forage & Cooking Demo

10:30am - 3:30pm |
Arger Fen Nature Reserve, Bures, Colchester, CO8 5BN 
Discover Nature’s Spring Larder & get the taste of the wild in your diet. Our Spring Forage Days focus on the best wild vegetables and herbs including wild garlic, alexanders, hogweed, water cress, broom, cleavers, cow parsley and even the common nettle.

Join Carl Shillingford and Matthew Rooney for a wonderful morning forage around the woods and heathland of Arger Fen and Tiger Hill and learn all about Nature’s Spring Larder before enjoying plenty of delicious tasters created using the foraged ingredients. 

Tickets cost £75 which include a full two hour guided forage followed by an hour long cooking demonstration (held in a local village hall approximately a seven minute drive away) when Carl turns the foraged finds into delicious lunchtime treats including the best wild salads, hedgerow pestos, spring soups and lots more. 

Every forager also receives a Goodie Bag complete with recipes, foraging calendars and a selection of wild food products including hedgerow pesto, wild soup and sour dough bread.

This really is a very special way to spend a Sunday and tickets make an ideal and unique Christmas or Birthday Gift. All our courses sell out quickly so please book your tickets soon to avoid any disappointment.

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