Wild Food Foraging & Cookery


Sat 10th August 2024Sat 10th August 2024

Join us at The Ground Up Cookery School and create a range of tasty food and drinks using foraged, seasonal and local ingredients. Based within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon, this two-part course begins at the school for refreshments before departing for a guided walk. We will assist you in identifying and collecting a range of seasonal fruit, nuts, leaves, roots or fungi to take back to the Ground Up Cookery School Kitchen for the second part of the day.

The afternoon will be spent cooking some amazing dishes. You will learn general skills as well as specific delicious recipes, to replicate at home. No prior experience is necessary, however if you are an experienced cook, you will have the opportunity to push yourself further.

We will taste all the dishes on the day, but bring containers as there will be the opportunity to take some home to share with your friends and family!

The course content will vary with the seasons, no two dates will be the same.

If this is a gift a physical voucher can be purchased for first class post here or second class post here.

If you are unavailable to attend listed dates and would like to be added to a waiting list for future events, please email us and we will let you know when new dates are added.

Schedule of the day 

9:30  Arrival and introductions

Travel to start point (walking or car, max 15 minutes) for walking tour, identifying key species, seasonality and sustainability


Return to Ground Up Cookery School for refreshments.


Guests to cook dishes in pairs (2 or 3 recipes per team) using wild ingredients


Finish dishes and serve and eat together, discuss dishes and ingredients. Q&A.


Wrap up- handouts for guests containing field guides and recipes.



Please note

This course will take place on a variety of terrains. If you have any concerns about accessibility please feel free to contact us to discuss. We have a variety of options available and would very much like to make this course accessible to as many people as possible. We recommend that you wear walking boots or shoes and bring wellingtons and wet weather gear with you just in case.


Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book this course. We will aim to accommodate.



“I took part in the 22nd June course on Foraging and cooking. This was absolutely incredible experience, you start the day with Colin, who’s experience and knowledge is entertaining, engaging and great to learn from. You quickly find yourself surprised with how easy it is, and where to find and not to find delicious plants and flowers you can use safely in your own kitchen. In the afternoon you get the chance to cook with the things you found in the morning creating with your class the most amazing dishes which you then get to share and try in a lovely lunch in a wonderful location.
Through out the day Colin gives you samples of delightful foraged dishes and inspires you to try this at home.
This was amazing day, and it’s an eye opening experience I highly recommended for people to do. You also get to make a delicious bread and take what is left of your dish home. Great Day and feeling inspired to do more!” D Pike, Facebook

“The most awesome day at #groundupcookery with Colin and Natasha. Fun, informative and best of all tasty. What this man doesn’t know about foraging isn’t worth knowing. Relaxed and informal setting, the day consisted of lots of knowledge, taste sensations and many foraging tips and takeaways. Even a free book to take home. You WONT be disappointed.” A Yendell, Facebook

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Laura Simms
The best experience!

I purchased the Wild Food Foraging and Cookery course for my brothers 40th birthday and it did not disappoint. Colin is amazing and extremely knowledgeable and the kitchen in the countryside was stunning. We will be back to do other courses.

Thank you Laura. We are so pleased that you both had a good day and look forward to welcoming you back.

Dean Roberts
Superb day

Enjoyed a terrific day in the expert hands of Colin. Exactly as advertised we foraged the hedgerows close to the school, sampling what I’d always ignored as weeds along the way. Some incredible and surprising tastes right there under our noses. Then back to the excellent cookery school for plenty of expert advice and relaxed chatter about a whole bunch of foraging and preservation styles and techniques before each pair created a dish that included a selection of our mornings forage. The whole day concluded with a feast of our works. It’s fair to say the whole day was full of surprises, new finds and overall an outstanding experience. I’m personally planning on sampling more of Colin’s days - a shore line forage is definitely on the cards.

Lucie Trapp
Foraging course

A fabulous day spent learning about herbs and greens right in front of you. We all made one dish which highlighted foraged ingredients and finished off eating a feast together. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

We are really pleased that you enjoyed your day. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Wild Foraging and Cookery

I have wanted to do the foraging course ever since I did my first day at the GUCS a few years prior. Finally did it this summer and it was perfect.

Hugely knowledgeable and interesting, equal parts complex cooking and food design as well as simplicity to suit all levels of cooking. I learnt a huge amount and have enjoyed pulling food put of the hedges near our house ever since.

Great value, great food and really good fun. 100% recommended.

Thank you Theo. It was great to see you again, we are really pleased you enjoyed it.


We were a group of four and split into two teams from the off! Boys v Girls.. we had so much fun trying all the different items literally plucked from the hedgerows, Colin has so much knowledge to share and managed to put it on a level for all to enjoy. We were treated to sampling many of his fermenting jars and also his rather lovely homemade alcohol, the honey vodka was delicious.
We met some lovely people and to sit down after all spending time using foraged ingredients to add to and make delicious dishes we all enjoyed what we had created.
Thanks again, we will be back.

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you soon ... we'll make sure we restock the Honey & Quince Vodka!!