The School of Artisan Food is dedicated to inspiring and helping people from all walks of life to learn about healthy, sustainable and delicious food. We offer a wide range of hands-on courses taught by world-class tutors, and we cater for all levels of experience.


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Courses cover a wide range of subjects, from hands-on making to the business of creating and running a successful artisan food enterprise, with many options in between. Subjects include baking, patisserie, cheesemaking, butchery, charcuterie, pie making, brewing, preserves and pickling, foraging, fermenting, and ice-cream making, business start-up, micro-bakery, and sessions on therapeutic baking. We are constantly developing our portfolio of courses, so please subscribe to our mailing list by registering here to hear of new courses as they are posted on our website.

The School of Artisan Food is a unique environment in which to learn set within the beautiful Welbeck Estate. Find out more about us here.

The School of Artisan Food is an active member of the Bassetlaw Food Insecurity Network and has initiated the Best Food Forward Programme, working with health centres and schools to promote education about healthy, delicious sustainable food. For more information about Best Food Forward click here.


Artisan Summer School - to find out more click here.

Do you want to spend a month having the most amazing introduction to artisan baking, patisserie and viennoiserie? Wrapped around with cultural and food-related visits? Then this is the summer school for you.



Not for Profit 

A registered charity since its foundation, the School of Artisan Food works closely with other social enterprises and charitable trusts, to ensure that our training is accessible to people who may otherwise not be able to take part. We are committed to the promotion of good food, good health, local employment, a sustainable environment and a safe supply chain.

Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking

The School of Artisan Food offers the UK’s first Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking, accredited by FDQ. This six-month, full-time intensive course is the equivalent of a foundation degree qualification.

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Artisan Food Production

This two-year mostly practical course is delivered by professional artisan food specialists at the School of Artisan Food, based on the Welbeck Estate, alongside food technology specialists at the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) campus at Brackenhurst.

Short Courses

Our short course programme is designed to give people the opportunity to get back in touch with real, handmade food, and it suits all ages and skill levels. The school offers a wide range of short courses, ranging from demonstrations and half-day taster-sessions to intensive week-long masterclasses, professional courses and a 4-week summer school.

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What others are saying

"A great selection of courses"

An amazing training school with specialist skills. A great range of courses throughout the year. The tutors are all handpicked for what they can bring to teaching and passing on their specialist skills...

Feb 2020

Linda Padley

July 2021

Was a brilliant day, thanks to everybody at the school for making it a pleasurable and interesting experience. Came away with plenty of pies, and lots more confidence with certain aspects of pastry making. Again thank you very much.