The Belmont Estate provides a unique setting for a variety of courses and training opportunities. The parkland and heritage woodland offer foraging, outdoor cooking and barbecue opportunities while The Carriage House provides scope for everything from meetings to cookery and a huge amount more.
The following is just a taste of our proposals:
Starting with a tour of some of our parkland pasture and heritage woodland, you’ll meet our free ranging, rare breed, organic livestock before heading to the butchery in the old Garden Pavilion for a hands on experience with our artisan butcher. Learn about our nose to tail ethos, using the whole animal, including those forgotten cuts and offal.
From steak through skirt to sausages (traditional and cured) you will learn cuts and cures before sitting down to a feast of organic produce from our pasture, woodland and walled garden paired with local beverages and prepared by our chef.
Arrival drinks and cake
An introduction to animal husbandry
An introduction to deboning, tying and secondary cuts
A lunch of Belmont Farm produce, paired with local drinks
Curing and sausage making
Refreshment break accompanied by sour apple buns
Belmont hamper filled with your days creations and a few added extras
Again, using our own free range Belmont meat, we offer meat curing and cookery courses in Bristol and covering the traditional principles of meat preserving and charcuterie. As local dealers of the Big Green Egg barbecue, we also provide courses demonstrating how to use it to create perfectly smoked meats.
The demonstration kitchen in The Carriage House hosts a variety of different cookery courses including: artisan bread making, classic cooking, meat and vegetarian specialities, Christmas catering and much more…
Explore our historic woodland discovering fruits, nuts, mushrooms, wild herbs and other edibles. Our guided walks will guide you through the history of the estate alongside the sensitive management required to preserve this valuable resource.
Expect to be searching out herbs and wild flowers in the spring, early mushrooms and berries in the summer then nuts, fungi, hawthorns, sloes and other hedgerow harvest into the late autumn and winter months.
After your foraging walk, you’ll enjoy a lunch of organic Belmont produce featuring your gathered wild ingredients cooked over fire in the woods, feasting amongst the trees. A talk and tasting session from our wild larder will showcase ingredients and techniques used by chefs to preserve the seasons and capture wild ingredients at their best to use throughout the year.
On your departure, you’ll leave Belmont with a goody bag equipping you to continue your newfound passion for foraging and exploring the land around you.
Awaken your inner hunter-gatherer on our bush craft course and join us to learn traditional bush craft and survival skills in our heritage woodland.
Escape the pressures of the modern world and get back to nature by attending one of our mindfulness courses. Life can be so hectic it’s often easy to lose perspective of what’s important.
Using practices developed over thousands of years, our mindfulness coaches will bring you the peace of mind for which you’ve been searching.
Our yoga classes will cleanse the mind, body and soul within the serene setting and natural environment of the estate. Good vibes all round.
If you’re interested in our range of courses, please get in touch.
Your day will begin with a brief exploration of traditional woodland management, touching briefly on the jigsaw of activities that are necessary to best care for our heritage woodland.
From planting to coppicing, pruning to felling through utilising offcuts and windblown for sustainable charcoal and firewood production. All that said the principal focus – after building your campfire kitchen – is learning the different techniques of cooking over fire, using organic estate meat and heritage vegetables from our walled garden, before enjoying your feast amongst the trees.