Ovenbuilding Workshops in August

Ovenbuilding courses at The Watermill in August

The ideal one day workshop - all you need to know to make your own outdoor cob oven using the simplest materials and methods so that you, family, friends, school, community or group can make your own delicious bread, pizzas, biscuits and cakes in the great outdoors.

Niall Wildwood explaining cob oven building

Who and where?
The workshop will be held at Little Salkeld Watermill and led by Niall Wildwoode. Niall runs a smallholding at Moondawn in the Eden Valley, and has years of experience of sustainable living, living lightly off the land and making the best of use of natural resources.

When ?
Four Mondays in August - 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th (Bank Holiday). Workshops start at 10.00am and finish around 4pm.

How much does it cost & what’s included ?
£75 for individual adults, £130 for a couple, £200 for a family of four (children must be 8 or over); or £50 per person for a group booking (minimum of six, maximum of ten people. All prices include morning coffee/juice and biscuits, simple lunch and afternoon tea and biscuits.

And to bring?
Old clothes, wellies, strong gloves, raingear, an apron.

Anything else ?
We can advise on how to go about planning a community oven - eg with your local school or village hall committee. The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellowship Fund is currently supporting community oven building projects in the Eden Valley - ask Niall or Nick for more details. The Penrith Transition Town (PACT) food group and its “ovenistas” have also played a big role in getting ovens under way in the Eden area.
Any other workshops or baking demonstration?
On Tuesday mornings throughout August fellow “ovenista” Peter Dicken will be firing up the Watermill’s outdoor cob oven to show how you can get the best baking from it...no charge, just turn up from 10.00am (firing up) to around 12.30pm (eating bread and pizzas).


Oven building leaflet


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