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Baking Scones in a Cotswold Cottage
Step inside a 16th century Cotswold thatched cottage to learn to bake English scones. See how the owners of the cottage have lovely restored the old farm labourer’s home and hear stories of the cottage’s ancestry. Whist enjoying making the scones using vintage cooking utensils in the cottage kitchen, there is also chance to sample some local English wine, while waiting for the scones to bake in the oven. While the scones are cooling, enjoy a short guided walking tour around the Cotswold ironstone village of Hanwell, visiting a 13th century church and a castle where King James l and Oliver Cromwell both stayed, followed by your cream tea picnic with homemade jam and clotted cream in the Oxfordshire countryside. Come hungry for history, heritage and of course scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream! Yum!
Oxford's famous and hidden gems
Oxford’s city centre is a concentration of all you want to know. Within a relatively small area there are hundreds of years of history which we will be experiencing by walking for a couple of hours. We will tour the famous sights and learn about the culture, reasons and history behind what we see. We will hear about the famous Oxford personalities, who shaped the world and learn about their world. We will also discover more hidden places, the ones tourists (and many locals) don’t know about. I will point out the locations of world famous films and the stunning hidden architecture. This is a tour for very small groups as I want you to feel comfortable and able to ask questions. If there is any particular requirement, just ask and I will do my utter best to accommodate you. Most of the times, it would be your own private tour. We will meet outside the Randolph Hotel, on Beaumont Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and start our adventure from there. Other things to note My tours are suitable for families and children under 2 come for free. We will be passing many shops during our walk where you can buy drinks and snacks if needed. This tour is wheelchair and child friendly. As the group size is very small you will almost certainly enjoy a fully private tour.
The magic world of chocolate
This is a private course for 2 people so there is flexibility. Feel free to contact me to discuss any thing you are interested, Happy to adjust course time and even dates to suit you. Introduction to chocolate making equipment and techniques, for use in a home environment. You will be able to produce very professional chocolates using the facilities of a home kitchen. so you can continue to make chocolates at home. Hands-on practical sessions: How to temper (crystalise) chocolate, in a home environment (this is important as most chocolatiers only show the table technique) How to make a ganache How to make chocolates using moulds Decorating moulds using cocoa butter colours Coating the moulds, filling and sealing them During Easter months we can make Easter eggs How to take care of chocolate equipment Finishing You will take away with you lots of chocolates that you have made yourself, for you, your friends and family to enjoy beautifully packed for presents. This is what each one of you will make to take home. Suggested retails value, but could cost more in different retail shops, of chocolates you take home beautifully packed 48 moulded bonbon chocolates £48.00--14 truffles £14.00 8 tablets £16.00 a quantity of piped and enrobed truffles £15.00 And sometimes more Contact Chonette if you prefer times and days to suit you not listed in the calendar
Paddleboard River Safari For Beginners
A 'Visit Worcestershire Tourism Experience of The Year 2022' nominated SUP adventure you'll never forget. Ready for some SUP therapy? Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a SUP safari on the beautiful River Avon with Wittering SUP; an ASI accredited SUP school. Perfect for absolute beginners, you'll learn how to stand up paddleboard followed by a peaceful tour of the beautiful river Avon to enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife (kingfishers, deer, herons, wagtails, skylarks, swallows, Canada Geese, buzzards, Red Kites, otters, mink, water voles, oystercatchers and even rare curlews!). Every ticket sold makes a contribution to the Kemerton Conservation Trust who help take care of our beautiful wildlife here. With ASI qualified SUP Technical Coaches (and all gear provided), you will learn everything you need to start your paddleboarding adventure; how to kneel and ultimately stand on a board, correct paddle-stroke and turning techniques as well as safety and equipment knowledge before we head off on our adventure! Ideal for couples, families or friend groups from age 12+ so long as you can swim at least 50m. This a very accessible water sport and you don't need any experience to join in. All paddlers get a 10% discount from our friends at Revil's Farm Shop and Cafe; hot drinks and delicious lunches onsite - Yum!
Traditional Afternoon Tea-Baking Class
First we will make our homemade mixed berry jam & clotted cream, a seasonal pudding and then start baking! You will get a chance to bake a rich and delicious chocolate fudge cake, Victoria sponge and different variations of sweet & savoury scones (traditional ones and seasonal/unique ones). We will be using only organic ingredients but most importantly, we will have so much fun! There will be many treats made so you will take the extra ones with you as well as a mini jar of jam and AN ANTIQUE PIECE OF CROCKERY AS A SOUVENIR! Once back home, you will be able to practice what you have learnt. I will email you written recipes and lots of tips! Please message me for alternative dates and times. Other things to note Guests ages 2 and up can attend with their parents. Please message me for alternative dates and times. PLEASE ADVISE IN ADVANCE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGY OR RESTRICTION. www.thedoughhouse.co.uk

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Create and personalized Home Fragrance
Create the perfect scent for your home in our hands-on, home fragrance workshop. Ideal for yourself, a loved one or a group of friends, devise your own bespoke scent to take home in your own signature reed diffuser and room mist. Discover the wide variety of scents and ingredients that are used to create luxury fragrances and hand mix your own signature fragrance for your home. Join us at our natural perfumery in Reading, for 1.5 to 2 hours of fun and expert tuition, guided by our master perfumer, Gabriel De Carvalho. Have you ever wondered which fragrance notes suit you best? Deepen your understanding of notes and accords whilst sipping on Prosecco, as you learn how perfumes and fragrances are made. Find out about the foundational scents and ingredients used throughout the perfume industry and use your favourite notes and accords to create the perfect home fragrance. With over 220 natural scents from around the globe in our collection, you are guaranteed to create a signature fragrance for your home that is completely unique. 
Our expert perfumers will help you blend and bottle your very own signature scent for you to take home as a 100ml reed diffuser and 100ml room mist. Come on your own or with some friends for a brilliant evening of discovery and fun. Available for individuals, couple and groups.
Oxford Walking Tour, Visiting Top Attractions With A Local
Join a small group where I share my knowledge of Oxford’s must-see attractions & hidden gems. This is not just a walking tour, but is a fun experience where we see Oxford at its best! I am sure you will love our City of Dreaming Spires as we follow a relaxing route around some of the UK’s most historic streets with its dazzling architecture & prestigious University. Along the route, we’ll see Oxford’s amazing historic buildings including colleges, museums, libraries, & monuments, plus we visit a vibrant indoor market where we can get an award-winning Gelato or delicious hot chocolate. I’ll tell you about some of the university’s crazy traditions & you will hear stories about some of Oxford’s famous authors, whilst we can’t forget the Harry Potter film locations. We take off the beaten track passageways, walk along medieval streets & peer through historic doors that make this experience so unique. By the end, you may be ready for a drink & a bite to eat at a magical hidden gem of a place. So go on & book Airbnb’s top Oxford Walking tour & join me on a stroll through our historic city for an experience you won’t forget. If you prefer an even more personalised walking tour with your friends, family or work colleagues, then I provide this option too, by booking a private tour. If there’s not a suitable tour date on my calendar, PLEASE do ask & I'll be happy to assist!
Create a luxury botanical scented candle
Fill your home with the delicious scent of your own beautiful botanical candle. Book our hands-on candle-making workshop for yourself, a loved one or a group of friends. Learn how natural and sustainable soy wax is transformed into magnificent, naturally scented botanical candles, filled with wonderful natural essential oils and adorned with real pieces of botanical flowers and herbs. Create your own naturally scented, botanical candle bathed in the relaxing scents and essential oils of your choice. Join us at our natural perfumery in Reading, for 2 to 2.5 hours of fun and expert tuition, guided by our master perfumer, Gabriel De Carvalho. See how artisan botanical candles are made: Gain an understanding of the full candle-making process over a glass of Prosecco, as you learn how to: mix and blend fine essential oils, scent throw, select and place wicks, pour candles and lots more. Experiment with natural scents until you find the perfect combination to use in your own naturally scented botanical soy wax candle. Once the entire candle-making process is complete, you’ll have your own stunning, naturally scented botanical candle to take home. You can even re-order your bespoke candle from us again in the future. Come on your own or with some friends for a brilliant day of expert tuition and fun. Available for individuals, couples and groups.
Lounge chocoffe experience with the little one
All coffee related things for the adults and chocolate tasting/making for the children. This is an adult/child experience that will give you some deep knowledge about coffee and chocolate to you and your little one. All done in my training room at my place
Oxford University Tour With Alumni
We will start with a whirlwind overview of Oxford as the central player in 1,000 years of British history, and giving guests an understanding of how the sprawling institution operates before embarking on the tour. Navigating down the windy alleyways we will get an insiders take on the little known viewing angles that bring across the drama of the world famous architecture in this city. With striking spires and imposing buildings, we will cover how these influenced Tolkien, C S Lewis, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We will enter one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford, renowned for its beautiful gardens, before heading into one of the most famous Library's in the world - responsible for over 13 million books. Capping this off we will cover a Harry Potter film site, along with why the most powerful religious figure England has ever seen, was burnt alive in the centre of Oxford, on what is now such a nondescript part of road you could easily miss it. Please note: Colleges and the Library can shut without notice and currently they are available as of August 2021. If this changes on the day we will of course incorporate them - if we are not able to offer any access, we will offer up the option of a full refund.
The Oxford Inklings tour-Lewis & Tolkien
Tolkien once described the Inklings club as “An undetermined and unelected circle of friends who gather around C S lewis, our habit was to read aloud compositions of various kinds ....and lengths !" One cannot underestimate how the loud encouragement this circle of friends gave one another helped produce some of the most important and popular books of the 20th century. Not only Fantasy classics such as The Chronicles Of Narnia and The Lord Of The Rings but also important religious works such as Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” a book which has sold over two hundred million copies. At a relaxed pace, we will explore many sites and stories associated with this eclectic group, concentrating not only on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien but also some of the other Inklings such as Owen Barfield and a man who was a great influence on Lewis, Charles Williams. Whilst taking in Oxford's stunning architecture we shall wander the grounds of a beautiful medieval College associated with the Inklings and visit The University Church of Saint Marys {Where Lewis gave talks} and The Divinity School {The oldest surviving building for University use including lectures and oral exams} - any entrance fees are included in the price We shall also walk by many of their regular haunts such as The Eagle And Child pub & Eastgate Hotel. I shall also regale great stories of which I have collected over many years Other things to note Comfortable foot wear is highly recommended, roads in Oxford are uneven in places.
Baking Scones in a Cotswold Cottage
Step inside a 16th century Cotswold thatched cottage to learn to bake English scones. See how the owners of the cottage have lovely restored the old farm labourer’s home and hear stories of the cottage’s ancestry. Whist enjoying making the scones using vintage cooking utensils in the cottage kitchen, there is also chance to sample some local English wine, while waiting for the scones to bake in the oven. While the scones are cooling, enjoy a short guided walking tour around the Cotswold ironstone village of Hanwell, visiting a 13th century church and a castle where King James l and Oliver Cromwell both stayed, followed by your cream tea picnic with homemade jam and clotted cream in the Oxfordshire countryside. Come hungry for history, heritage and of course scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream! Yum!
Candle Making with Tea & Cake
Larkswold is a Cotswold Crafting destination for those who wish to experience a workshop in a relaxing and restorative environment, run by friendly, well-informed locals. During our Candle Making Workshop you will learn how to make poured candles, adding essential oils, colours & your choice of decorations to ensure your candles are totally unique to you. Ideal for gifts or to keep! CandleMaking is ideal for individuals, couples, families with children over 10 years and a brilliant activity for larger groups! Long wooden tables in our new garden studio allow plenty of space, and the coffee is always on to enjoy with our delicious homemade cakes, all included. Our aim is to send you away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed & happy with your creations, and with a wealth of local knowledge! Other things to note You do not need any experience to successfully make your own candles. We will lead you through the process.
Foraging walk for beginners
- Short introduction into the foraging code and what to look out for - Exploring the local area by foot where I will show you around 50 (!) different edible wild plants plus a few poisonous ones - Finding and identifying wild plants - Information and recipe ideas how these wild plants could be used - Every guest gets a booklet with valuable information on wild plants, selected health benefits and further study ideas - The walk also includes the sampling of foraged food/drinks and homemade natural skin salves/creams LET US GO ON A LITTLE FORAGING MISSION TOGETHER! Please note: You can also request availability if you cannot find a suitable time slot for your group…
Escape to Oxford Walking Tours
From the Martyrs' Memorial, we meander through the heart of Oxford, passing a number of historic buildings and university colleges, including the 1000 year-old Saxon Tower, the oldest building in Oxford and the finest example of Saxon architecture in England, Carfax, the magnificent Town Hall, Christ Church College and its beautiful Meadow, over ‘Dead Man’s Walk’ into medieval Merton Street where we cut through Logic Lane, past University College, the first of the 39 colleges that make up the University, into the Radcliffe Square, (one of the most sought after landmarks in the UK), view the magnificent Gothic architecture of University Church of St Mary the Virgin, meeting place of the university's first governing body, the Schools Quadrangle, heart of the world-renowned Bodleian Library and seat of the 15th century Divinity School. We pass the Sheldonian Theatre, Christopher Wren’s first major architectural project, the first purpose-built public museum in the Western world and into Broad Street. Our guides are well versed in the history of Oxford and the University from the founding of the city over 1000 years ago to the beginnings of the University in the 13th century, through the industrial revolution to the present day. Where possible we will escort our guests into university and college buildings. Private tours available on request - minimum four (4) persons.
Join us for a relaxed morning around a campfire in the woods
Come and relax in our beautiful woodland with its rustic shelters and campfires. This experience combines all the best of bits of camping, without having to sleep in a tent. Enjoy our lovely woodland setting, build a den and chill in our tree hammocks. Light a campfire, enjoy large real meat (or vegan) hotdog cooked in our off-grid camp kitchen. Cook your own baked banana boat or yummy s'mores on a fire using a our fire cooking kits. Kids receive an activity pack so that you can complete your morning with a scavenger hunt around the woodland.
Oxford's famous and hidden gems
Oxford’s city centre is a concentration of all you want to know. Within a relatively small area there are hundreds of years of history which we will be experiencing by walking for a couple of hours. We will tour the famous sights and learn about the culture, reasons and history behind what we see. We will hear about the famous Oxford personalities, who shaped the world and learn about their world. We will also discover more hidden places, the ones tourists (and many locals) don’t know about. I will point out the locations of world famous films and the stunning hidden architecture. This is a tour for very small groups as I want you to feel comfortable and able to ask questions. If there is any particular requirement, just ask and I will do my utter best to accommodate you. Most of the times, it would be your own private tour. We will meet outside the Randolph Hotel, on Beaumont Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and start our adventure from there. Other things to note My tours are suitable for families and children under 2 come for free. We will be passing many shops during our walk where you can buy drinks and snacks if needed. This tour is wheelchair and child friendly. As the group size is very small you will almost certainly enjoy a fully private tour.
Create Own Luxury Natural Perfume
Have you never been able to find the perfect scent? Well here’s your chance! Book our hands-on perfumery workshop for yourself, a loved one or a group of friends. Learn about the many different scents and ingredients that are used to create luxury perfumes and hand mix your personal choice of sensational aromas to create your own luxurious signature fragrance. Devise a dazzling scent that evokes beautiful memories, transforms your mood and is uniquely yours. Join us at our natural perfumery in Reading, for 1.5 to 2 hours of fun and expert tuition, guided by our master perfumer, Gabriel De Carvalho. Have you ever wondered how perfumes are made? Discover how luxury perfumes are made whilst you sip on Prosecco and experiment with a wide variety of notes and accords. Learn the foundational scents and ingredients used throughout the perfume industry and hand mix your own top, middle and base notes. With over 220 natural scents from around the globe in our collection, you are guaranteed to create a signature fragrance that is completely unique. Our expert perfumers will help you blend and bottle your very own signature 15ml perfume for you to take home. You can even re-order your bespoke fragrance from us again in the future. Come on your own or with some friends for a brilliant evening of experimentation and fun. Available for individuals, couples and groups. Other things to note Throughout the experience we'll be tweaking and working with your top, heart and base notes so we can make sure you're creation is one you'll be proud of!
Harry Potter Oxford Insights Tour
NOTICE: This tour starts at 12.45 and not at 12.30 but the airbnb scheduling system has no option to state 12.45! The Divinity school film site is closed on some dates but on any such dates, we simply swap it for entry to New college film site with extra £5 entry to pay. This tour goes into great detail about the making of Harry Potter in Oxford, including film site/s visits. It also highlights JK Rowling's ideas plus it mentions Oxford history plus Oxford's many other famous literary connections. Covid Closures Revised Itinerary: Currently, only the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian library is open. Its £3 per person entry fee is included in your ticket. There is a larger film site called New college but it's not open every day & so it's not included in the tour- unless you request your guide to take you there but that will then mean an additional £10 per person paid in cash only to extend the tour to include New college too. The tours run in English. However, together with my bilingual colleagues, we can also offer private group tours only in foreign languages with adequate advance notice. If -after you book- we learn of closures affecting the tour, I will email you but please can you also share your phone number and email address after booking, so that I can update you of any such notices.
Expressive Landscape Oil Painting
Learn how to create a beautiful landscape painting. Everyone has something to learn from this experience - be they beginner, intermediate or advanced. Hannah will take you through some advice on colour mixing in oil for your chosen image. You can bring one or Hannah will supply good ones. You will learn to breaking down colour into a nice range of tonal values prior to painting. The applications of paint techniques that will be shown are both brush work and palette knife with wax medium. We will work on applications that are looser and more expressive intermixed with smaller more fine details. Some shaping tools might also be used depending on your preference. This is a class where everyone produces something different, its not an everyone paints the same thing class. The focus will be on teaching you to perform your best in a workshop, not on a Hannah Bruce demonstration. But she will address techniques where needed and has plenty of examples on hand.
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