Artisan Summer School

A unique opportunity to learn a wide range of the skills and techniques involved in artisan food production.

You will explore artisan bread, viennoiserie and patisserie, dairy, barbecue, pastry- and pizza-making.

The School of Artisan Food is located within 15,000 acres of secluded rolling parkland, in the middle of Sherwood Forest on the Welbeck Estate. It is in this rural idyll - steeped in history - that you will spend 4 weeks learning a range of artisanal, traditional food production techniques.

You will be taught in a small group by world-class tutors in our well-equipped specialist training rooms, developing your skills and confidence, as well as forming invaluable connections with other people who are passionate about the artisan food sector.

You will also be able to visit fascinating working artisan food businesses in the area in the area and have an exclusive tour of Welbeck Abbey as well as visiting the famous Portland Collection and Harley Gallery.

Student-style accommodation is available on the historic Estate itself or nearby.

Accommodation includes a weekly hamper of locally sourced food and drinks.

Topics Covered

During the 4 weeks of the course, you will learn a variety of techniques and take away all the recipes covered. Below is an example of what you can expect to learn about:

  • Practical sessions making artisan bread. Advanced bread production, including world breads sourdoughs and specialist breads.
  • Different grains and heritage wheats
  • Creating a British afternoon tea
  • Making real butter, yoghurt, and ice cream using milk from the Estate dairy
  • Making authentic wood-fired pizzas
  • The secrets to BBQ cooking, using fire and smoke
  • Making croissants and other viennoiserie
  • Perfecting your pastry-making skills and how to use them to create a range of pies and quiches
  • The importance of long fermentation and local, seasonal, and sustainably sourced food

There will also be an opportunity to

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What does my course fee cover?

  • World-class tuition in a small group
  • Access to all recipes covered on the course
  • All products made on the course (take away as much as you can!)
  • School of Artisan Food apron and bag
  • Daily lunch, prepared by our in-house hospitality team and using seasonal local ingredients
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • 10% off at the Welbeck Farm Shop
  • Visits and excursions in the area
  • An exclusive tour of the State Rooms at Welbeck abbey
  • Picnic by the lake



Shared, self-catered accommodation is available on the Welbeck Estate.
The lodges sleep 2 – 3 people and rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Alternatively, Welbeck Estate has a range of holiday lets a short distance from the School and there are several local B&Bs and hotels. Please refer to the where to stay section on our website for more information.

  • Time

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Duration

    4 Weeks

  • Tutor

    Kevan Roberts & others