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Harts Barn Cookery School

Harts Barn Cookery School, The Forest of Dean’s premier Cookery School is proud to offer cooking for all, from basics to banquets – and with prior arrangement and payment, chefs can come and demonstrate to your group or help you prepare a meal, in the Upper Malt House Dining space.

You can also book by calling them on 01452 830954.

Children’s Cookery Class

Children’s Cookery and Birthday Parties – do you have a large number of children in your booking?  Is it a child’s birthday?  Are you worried about the weather for your booking if it is in the Autumn?

Would you like a chef to come on site and spend the afternoon baking cookies, making fruit smoothies and making chocolate brownies with your children?

Tallulah Swirls Puppet Show

Amy Lloyd-Jones’s puppetry career began over 15 years ago. She has performed at, festivals, nurseries and schools, libraries, community groups, residential homes, parks and parties all over the West Country and beyond.  She makes all her own colourful and sparkly puppets and props and, with the assistance of her two young sons, writes all her own stories and scripts.

Chocolate Tempering & Truffle Making

Learn how to temper chocolate, to make it have that gorgeous gloss and sheen, when dipping fruits etc, and make your own truffles using chilli, ginger, herbs and spices and decorate with fresh flowers, and gold and silver leaf.

Each participant will finish the session with a tray of delicious and decorated chocolates and truffles, wrapped in tissue in a box to take away as a luxury treat from the weekend.

Cocktail Training

Ever wanted to learn how to make a proper Mojito, using crisp, aromatic fresh mint, brown sugar and slices of tangy lime?  Or champagne cocktails such as the traditional Bellini, created at Harry’s Bar in Venice?

Or become a mixologist and design your very own martini – chocolate, fresh strawberry and basil, or an other combination that you might like?

Or we can organise  cocktail bar staff for you and  even a butler in the buff to serve you your drinks…

Mary Rose Young Ceramics

If you are a family celebrating a birthday, maybe you would like your family and friends to decorate a set of cups and saucers, or cereal bowls and egg cups.  Or if you are a hen, maybe you would like your friends to decorate a dinner service for you.  Usually £20.00 per item and per guest, the crockery and paints will be brought to the house – you will have an hour to decorate your products – and the items will be transported to be fired after the event.

In 1986 she moved out of her freezing farmhouse shed into a small “unit” which became her pottery. This was in the village of Parkend near which she had bought an adjoining pair of quarry-men’s cottages in need of renovation. While working here and still selling every weekend in Bristol she began to get signs of recognition from the outside world. There was a magazine article for South West Arts, an interview with Jan Leeming for TV, and acceptance by the Crafts Council for her application to exhibit at the Chelsea Crafts Fair.

The Chelsea shows exposed Mary Rose to all the designers and buyers in the UK but more importantly to visitors from America and Europe. She sold the stock of pottery she took to Chelsea but she also returned to Parkend with orders from retailers like Barneys in New York. This signalled the end of her days selling in Bristol.

In 1990 Mary Rose was able to relocate her pottery in her newly refurbished home “Oak House”. While making the new orders she set about decorating Oak House in designs which reflected her new vivid style. Every surface of every room came alive with paint. The gallery ceiling was striped, the dressing room floor grew roses and even the toilets and tiles became exotically coloured. This attracted interiors magazines to do features on Mary Rose alongside pages of photographs of her home. Metropolitan Home was first followed by World of Interiors, Elle Decoracion, Schöner Wohnen from Germany, and many others. At the time of writing (April ’98)The Daily Telegraph Interiors magazine is due to publish another feature within the month.

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