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Throw A Pot In Cornwall
Your experience will be fun and informal yet informative and productive. You're definitely going to throw your own bowls. We start by familiarising you with our Pottery studio, the wheels equipment and tools we will use during your experience. Then it's straight onto the wheel where you learn to centre the clay, and throw a pot. Onceyou have your pot formed we'll clean it up a bit and lift your creation from the wheel to dry. Then we'll do it again. You can throw as many pots as time allows. NOTE PLEASE: No children under the age of 12 yrs old, this is an adult experience and not catering for children Please be aware there is an EXTRA cost if you decide to keep your pots, this is for the bisque kiln firing and seashell glazing and you can decide either way on the day if you want to keep your them (or not) and how many (Postage & Packing is included in the additional cost.) £10 p pot if you can collect £15 packaged and posted (you pots are fired twice in the kiln and seashell glazed) we have never put our cost up for this please check the reviews
Alpaca trekking Cornwall
You'll arrive at our farm where you will be greeted by Farmer Emma and her team, you will then walk through the barn where have animals wanting a cuddle. You will go up into the shop where we will have a brief health and safety chat, you will then receive your bag of feed for your alpaca and we will head into the field to meet all of our trekking boys. Once you have chosen your Alpaca and had a stroke of their super soft fleeces, we will walk around and up the field through our paddocks where we have other sheep and alpacas. With stunning views of Bodmin moor and our animals you will spend approx 1 hour walking around the fields where we will feed, and take photos. Once back down in the shop you will have your Cornish Cream tea, all made with Cornish products. You will be able to ask questions and mooch around our shop and see all our lovely quality made products. We hope to see you on the rolling hills of Bodmin Moor soon. Please note dogs are not able to come on the experience. ( all dietary requirements can be catered for) Other things to note Please get in touch if you have any questions. Or enquires we are always happy to help.
Miniature Donkey Walk with a Picnic
A private session just for you, you and a friend or partner, or your family group! It includes up to 4 people but you can attend alone if you want - Do enquire though for larger groups though. After meeting the donkeys, you groom them, pop on their little panniers and we'll walk with one or two lead reins on each donkey depending on group size & condfidence of the walkers. This is a micro-group experience, spending a lot of time getting to know the donkeys. We walk for about 30 minutes to a scenic picnic point with panoramic views towards Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons. The walk is fairly easy, through some woodland and then open hilltop meadow with a bit of uneven ground and gentle inclines with one or two steeper parts but we take our time and never rush anyone. There are easier walks we can also do, especially if wet or very muddy. The picnic is a light snack meal, usually with crisps, cake, granola bars, fruit and a drink (we can accommodate differing food intolerences with enough notice) During the picnic, the dinkeys graze nearby and you can pet them or just relax with the view. The walks generally start at either 10am or 2pm and last 90 mins - 2 hours. If your preferred date or start time isn't shown, do get in touch to see whether we can add in a another date or start time to suit you. Sorry but no dogs on this experience as the donkeys are scared of them
Paddle the Pembrokeshire coast!
A Kayak tour around the bay reveals an old stone fort built to protect the area from pirates and a variety of marine life. Where the harbour meets the open sea, paddlers are rewarded with views of the Pembrokeshire coast towards Dinas Head, a rugged coastline of towering cliffs and caves. Fishguard Bay is a place of natural beauty and tranquillity. The deep bay, surrounded by high cliffs, offers calm seas and natural protection from Pembrokeshire’s characteristic coastal winds and waves – the perfect place to go kayaking. We'll kit you out with toasty wetsuits and equipment to keep you warm happy and afloat. Then after a quick safety briefing, we'll hop on the kayaks (single and tandems available). Next a practice and a play before heading off around our sheltered coastline talking about local history and marine life. Paddling into the secluded bays and caves that can be found on the Pembrokeshire coast is a great experience not to be missed. All our tours are tailored to the group and the weather to maximise enjoyment. Great for couples and groups of friends. Your photo memories are free and included in the cost of the experience. The email that you add to your medical waiver is where your photos will be sent to. Hop on a sea kayaking tour with us and we’ll take you off the beaten track to hidden coastlines, beautiful sandy beaches, remote caves and wildlife utopias.
Oyster Love on a Cornish Beach
How often do you get to taste oysters at SOURCE? This invigorating excursion will see us rock up in Rock on Porthilly Beach where we'll dine on oysters Alfresco in clear view of the beautiful oyster farm they come from & the rest of this stunning estuary with plenty of space to keep us safe! You'll be spoilt with copious amounts of pristine Porthilly Oysters, that you will learn to shuck yourself with expert tuition, knowledge of oyster culture and history and taste some amazing flavours of raw and cooked oysters. Situated opposite the famous Harbour of Padstow & surrounded by golden Cornish Beaches it's hard to find a more spectacular setting to enjoy these gorgeous oysters direct from local farmers, on the actual farm! There'll be plenty of shucking and oyster eating and depending on weather we'll fire up & BBQ a few. The set up is pop-up style, to give you an authentic oyster experience on the edge of the Camel Estuary. Come shuck & sip from the pearly cups next to the briney blue with Katy, The Oyster Lady. I'll answer any questions you have & give you an insight in to the oyster world that will be hard to match. One of the best seafood experiences in Cornwall. This is an invigorating outdoors experience to make you feel close to the vitalising source of oysters & connect you with the hands on immediacy of opening your own. It's the UK, it may rain! :

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Throw A Pot In Cornwall
Your experience will be fun and informal yet informative and productive. You're definitely going to throw your own bowls. We start by familiarising you with our Pottery studio, the wheels equipment and tools we will use during your experience. Then it's straight onto the wheel where you learn to centre the clay, and throw a pot. Onceyou have your pot formed we'll clean it up a bit and lift your creation from the wheel to dry. Then we'll do it again. You can throw as many pots as time allows. NOTE PLEASE: No children under the age of 12 yrs old, this is an adult experience and not catering for children Please be aware there is an EXTRA cost if you decide to keep your pots, this is for the bisque kiln firing and seashell glazing and you can decide either way on the day if you want to keep your them (or not) and how many (Postage & Packing is included in the additional cost.) £10 p pot if you can collect £15 packaged and posted (you pots are fired twice in the kiln and seashell glazed) we have never put our cost up for this please check the reviews
Visit a thatched historic microbrewery
Take a peak behind the scenes at the only thatched micro-brewery in England. Located in rural mid-Devon with stunning views out towards Dartmoor, this brewery tour combines a love of traditional English ales with a celebration of England's spectacular historic environment. You'll get to see the historic 17th Century thatched farm buildings, built from cob and stone and Grade II* listed with Historic England, and the medieval well head where our unique spring water bubbles up from deep underground. Then we'll head into the brewery where I will show you how traditional English ales are made, the equipment used and the key ingredients. Finally, we'll move into the tap room where you'll get to taste the end product. Message me if you would like to arrange a tour for any day not listed - I'm pretty flexible!
Art class / resin ocean art
A fantastic one and half hour workshop ,harnessing the necessary skill set to work artistically with resin. You’ll learn the fundamental skills required to create your very own resin art Ocean master piece. This masterpiece will be a 250 x 300 mm piece of priceless art, framed and ready for you to hang in your home. The epoxy resin used, is low odour, non-toxic and doesn't contain any dangerous solvents. It's easy and fun to use when you know how. Leave with the knowledge & confidence to create your own Ocean art work at home.
Full day tour of the stunning Cotswolds with a local guide
**Group bookings of 3 or more people achieve a 10% discount** Come and experience this magnificent full-day, driving and walking tour of the famous Cotswolds with an expert local guide, in-vehicle refreshments and plenty of incredible photo opportunities along the way. The Cotswolds is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) known for its stunning countryside, historic castles, grand manor houses, lively market towns and quaint villages with honey-coloured stone cottages. By booking this tour, you will escape the hassles and time-constraints of accompanying a larger group, gain local insights and be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience. During this tour, you will: • Be driven in a luxury vehicle with refreshments. • Visit quintessential English countryside locations. • Learn about the history of the places we visit . • Hear fun stories from my time growing up in the Cotswolds. • Have access to an in-vehicle Wi-Fi connection. • Enjoy some free time to explore, or relax. • Stop for photographs in various places along the way. • Eat and drink in a Cotswold pub or restaurant (Optional- not included in tour price). Tours run from 10am - 4:30pm approx. Public tour guests - I will collect you from (and return you to) Kemble train station. Private tour guests - you can be collected from (and returned to) your accommodation anywhere in The Cotswolds.
Alpaca trekking Cornwall
You'll arrive at our farm where you will be greeted by Farmer Emma and her team, you will then walk through the barn where have animals wanting a cuddle. You will go up into the shop where we will have a brief health and safety chat, you will then receive your bag of feed for your alpaca and we will head into the field to meet all of our trekking boys. Once you have chosen your Alpaca and had a stroke of their super soft fleeces, we will walk around and up the field through our paddocks where we have other sheep and alpacas. With stunning views of Bodmin moor and our animals you will spend approx 1 hour walking around the fields where we will feed, and take photos. Once back down in the shop you will have your Cornish Cream tea, all made with Cornish products. You will be able to ask questions and mooch around our shop and see all our lovely quality made products. We hope to see you on the rolling hills of Bodmin Moor soon. Please note dogs are not able to come on the experience. ( all dietary requirements can be catered for) Other things to note Please get in touch if you have any questions. Or enquires we are always happy to help.
Miniature Donkey Walk with a Picnic
A private session just for you, you and a friend or partner, or your family group! It includes up to 4 people but you can attend alone if you want - Do enquire though for larger groups though. After meeting the donkeys, you groom them, pop on their little panniers and we'll walk with one or two lead reins on each donkey depending on group size & condfidence of the walkers. This is a micro-group experience, spending a lot of time getting to know the donkeys. We walk for about 30 minutes to a scenic picnic point with panoramic views towards Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons. The walk is fairly easy, through some woodland and then open hilltop meadow with a bit of uneven ground and gentle inclines with one or two steeper parts but we take our time and never rush anyone. There are easier walks we can also do, especially if wet or very muddy. The picnic is a light snack meal, usually with crisps, cake, granola bars, fruit and a drink (we can accommodate differing food intolerences with enough notice) During the picnic, the dinkeys graze nearby and you can pet them or just relax with the view. The walks generally start at either 10am or 2pm and last 90 mins - 2 hours. If your preferred date or start time isn't shown, do get in touch to see whether we can add in a another date or start time to suit you. Sorry but no dogs on this experience as the donkeys are scared of them
Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting Experience
Come and see the stunning Swanaford Estate with a 90-minute tour and tasting experience. The experience starts with a guided tour of beautiful Swanaford vineyard in Devon, during which guests will hear the story of how two people with no background experience came to have a vineyard on Dartmoor and the adventures we have had growing grapes and making wine. This is followed by a wine tasting experience which includes all of our wines and a local, award-winning gin. While the tasting experience is going on, we'll talk guests though the wine making process including the passion and delicate balance of work that goes in to making Traditional Method English Sparkling Wine. There will also be an opportunity to look around our winery where the grapes are pressed and the magic happens! Your guide will be one of our experienced vineyard managers.
Wheel throwing experience
Pottery - throwing on the wheel. I will give a short demonstration after which the time is all yours to spend creating. Don't worry, you don't need to remember everything as I will talk you through the whole process step by step. You get to keep your best two pots which I will fire and clear glaze ready for collection (or post by arrangement - included in price) within 3 weeks
Tour & Tasting of a Cider farm
The Cider Farm Tour and Tasting begins in the Tasting Room with a sample of excellent organic apple juice, and an introduction to the Cider Farm family. We venture into the orchard of 3000 West Country cider apples. You discover some of the fascinating history and folklore behind cider and experience a surprise 'Wassail' or orchard blessing. Bees are important to us and we tell about their role in pollination, chemical free farming and wildlife. I explain how we craft our British Champion Ciders over 8 months from sun ripened apple to crisp, golden nectar in a glass. With a behind the scenes tour of apple pressing, harvesting and bottling equipment, you can see how see we press the apples and produce the ciders. We encourage guests to ask us questions about the art of blending and the alchemy of turning apple into award winning, amber-gold cider. The Tour is completed with a sampling of 4 delicious, handcrafted ciders, all made from organically grown cider apples, from Sweet Maiden cider, Old Harry Rocks vintage, Dorset Wild Cat, to our Elderflower, Ginger or Damson ciders. After the tour, you can relax in the Cider Garden, admire the art. Please dress according to the weather with appropriate footwear and coat, as we take you for a walking tour of our orchards.
Goat Walking
Looking for a stroll, but with a twist ? Well look no further than our brand new Goat Walking experience. Take one of our cheeky goats for a walk along various routes around The Ranch whilst they feast on the foliage. You will find that the goats are gentle loving creatures full of mischief intelligence and just love human company.  You will lead your own personal goat on a leisure stroll with frequent stops for them to nibble on their favourite leaves and bushes and for you to take photographs of the occasion. This experience is so much fun, so pop on your wellies or walking boots and some old clothes and enjoy 1 hour of hands on goat antics.  The Ranch goats will love to climb over you for food and cause general mayhem. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Create a uniquie piece of Cornish Jewellery
Learn to make your very own piece of jewellery right here in the centre of Bude. Take inspiration from the rugged north coast or even take something from it by partaking in one of our Seaglass ring workshops! Within the workshop you will learn how to make a seaglass ring which includes learning the basics of making the shank of the ring as well as setting the stone. This is all done in my shop in Bude! We offer different classes here in house using all sustainable materials in a friendly, welcoming environment where you will be made to feel encouraged to be as creative as possible. Come and try something new if that’s with family, friends or partners. Enjoy making something that you will treasure forever and make memories with the ones you love.
Make a seaglass setting for a pendant, premade ring / bangle
If you enjoy wearing silver jewellery, making your own is a great way to experience the process of designing and making your own special piece. You will need to learn how to use a piercing saw, disc cutters, various pliers and hammers, files and polishing tools. Other things to note: Please ensure you have closed toe shoes, cloths to get dirty, jeans ideal. Baggy, woolly tops are a hazard in the workshop. Hair is best tied back out the way, it's very easy to singe. I have all the H&S gear you need.
Fused glass workshop
Come and join us on a half-day courses in fused glass. Never cut glass or know much about fusing? No worries! We welcome all abilities from beginners to more experienced carfters who want to bring their own design. We run workshops Tuesday-Saturday 10am-12.30pm or 2-4.30pm (minimum age of 10 if accompanied by an adult). In a 2 1/2 hour workshop you can create one of our many designs (including wall plaques, animal ornaments, hanging decorations etc.) or something of your own design. The course includes tuition and a set amount of glass. If you wish to create a large piece then you are more than welcome to attend several sessions or pay for the extra glass you require. All pieces will be fired in the kiln overnight so you can usually collect them the next day. We are able to drill your pieces on request if you want them hung with ribbon or displayed on a wall. Booking is advisable, especially during the holidays when we get particularly busy. Keep an eye out for our seasonally themed workshops e.g. Christmas Decorations. Check out the Customer's Gallery and FB page for examples of what other people have made in our workshops.
Forest Wood Fired Sauna and River Avon Wild Swim
In this unique swimming and well being experience, guests will be allowed access to a private and remote river stretch on the Avon to learn the etiquette of safe wild swimming and sauna therapy. Surrounded by woodlands and located on a flood plain within the Avon Valley, the deep water pools of this stretch are perfect to swim and bathe freely in. You host will lead this experience, his main focus will be at all times on safety whilst providing encouragement and support during cold water immersion sessions which are recommended to build up tolerance whilst swimming in cold water. On arrival your host will welcome guests to the wild swim base camp and hot tea shall be served under a safari canopy. During this 20 minute brief, the full itinerary of the experience shall be explained. The theoretical side of this experience will also be completed along with questions answered. Theory will be explained as follows; 1. How to enter cold water safely 2. How to breathe and not panic in cold water 3. How to build a swim plan 4. How to unbolt negativity and replace with positivity 5. Knowing your limits and the effects of hyperthermia 6. Sauna therapy, hydration and recovery The fun side of the experience will be a series of private 6 x 3 minute swims with intermittent 12 minute sauna sessions allowing guests to become experts themselves.
Surfing Experience / Learn to Surf in North Devon
I offer private surf lessons on the beautiful beaches of North Devon (Westward Ho!) for all ages and abilities, with an emphasis on safety and fun. I run private surf lessons, customized specifically to your ability and needs, with groups of up to 4 people to ensure safety and high-quality tuition. The lesson will have a run time of 1.5 hours. For first time and beginner surfers we will start with a safety brief followed by some surf theory. We will then cover how to catch waves and stand on the board. After that we will jump in the ocean and let the magic unfold! For more intermediate and advanced surfers we will cater to your needs and levels accordingly. All surf equipment (Wetsuits and surfboards) will be included. **Availability is limited as I work full time for the RNLI, however, I will do my best to accommodate everyone.**