Tours & Courses

Tours of The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden is a local showcase for small-scale food production using organic principles.

You can visit us by appointment with 24 hours minimum notice for a tour of the garden with tea or coffee & cake, where we will introduce you to our practices in sustainability as well as nurturing bodies, soul and soils!
You are also welcome to purchase vegetables, bunches of herbs, salad items, and much more from our shop.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

Botanical Gin Making 

  • Dates to be announced!
  • 12pm - 3pm 
  • £40 per person 

'Fancy making your own botanical gin blend ?

Or maybe you're looking for a present for a loved one who loves to guzzle gin?

Start with a short forage in and around The Kitchen Garden. Learn about the strange history of gin. Enjoy a home cooked 'Kitchen Garden' soup & fresh bread. Then delve into the massive array of herbs, spices & other ingredients provided for you. Enjoy a free cocktail and then skip home clutching your own300ml jar of bounteous botanical joy!

Email Breconbeaconsforaging@gmail.com booking essential

 Fermentation Made Easy At The Kitchen Garden 

  • Tue 27th Feb – Soft Fermented Drink
  • Sat 10th Mar – Soft Fermented Drink
  • Sat 17th Mar – Dairy Ferments
  • Tue 10th Apr Dairy Ferments
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm 
  • £45 per person 

Fermentation has existed as a method of food preservation and a way to create drinks for thousands of years. So many fermented products are familiar to us such as bread, miso, yoghurt, tofu, sauerkraut, cheese, sour cream, beer, wine, salami and vinegar but they are now enjoying a renaissance for two main reasons. Firstly, people are discovering the wild and invigorating spectrum of flavours that are produced when natural and traditional fermenting methods are used without the use of additives and pasteurisation. Secondly, live cultured food provides a huge amount of beneficial bacteria which helps support our microbiome and our gut health. Indeed live fermented foods can provide not only a great source of probiotics but also a rich source of prebiotics. There has not been a better time to rediscover the skill of wild fermentation and take part in this voyage of discovery!

These courses will offer an in-depth introduction to everything you need to know about fermentation techniques to create a range of probiotic, live cultured food and drinks such as kimchi, milk kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, viili yoghurt, beet kvass, tepache and more. At the end of each session, you will have ferments to take home as well as recipes and the knowledge to experiment further. 

Beginners and Refreshers welcome!

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

Introduction to Permaculture

  • 24th & 25th March
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm 
  • £135 per person inc lunch and refreshments (on both days) 

A two day course designed to introduce you to permaculture, day one will include introductions and overview of the course, learning from nature. Site tour, home garden, forest garden, eco-build. Pattern understanding and application - Zoning, succession, diversity.

The second day will include, making connections, permaculture principles and ethics. Permaculture gardening-practical. Permaculture in community and business.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

 

Wine Tasting

  • 20th April 7.30pm - 9.30pm – Introduction - £25 per person 
  • 18th May 7.30pm - 9.30pm - The Wines of Rioja - £30 per person 
  • 15th June 7.30 - 9.30pm - Sparkling Wines - £35 per person
  • Price includes canapes 

 

Want to know your Sauvignon from your Chardonnay or your Merlot from your Pinot? If so, then join Lowri for an introduction to the most popular wine styles of the moment. This informal evening will cover the basics of how to taste wine and how to start identifying the differences between some of the most well-known grape varieties. You'll also get tips on how to pick alternatives to these main varietals, enabling you to better navigate your way around a supermarket wine aisle or a restaurant wine list. 
Enjoy the selection of wines alongside some delicious canapes prepared by Rae from The Kitchen Garden. 

Located two hours south of Bilbao and nestled between the Sierra de Cantabria and Sierra de la Demanda mountains, the Rioja region is perfectly located for wine production. Undoubtedly one of the most famous wine regions in the world, Rioja is perhaps best known for its complex, age worthy reds but it also produces a diverse range of other styles including zesty whites, fruity roses and vibrant, easy drinking red wines.
Join Lowri to learn more about Spain's flagship wine region and taste a broad line up of Rioja wines paired with tasty tapas dishes prepared by Rae from The Kitchen Garden. 
About Lowri Robjohn: 

Originally from Aberaeron, Lowri has spent the last ten years in London working across the wine industry. Starting off in retail with wine specialist Majestic,she went on to work for the world renowned Berry Brothers and Rudd and cult independent, The Sampler. She now works for a specialist wine PR and marketing agency and has looked after clients including Wines from Rioja, Veuve Clicquot and the region of Cognac. Lowri holds both the WSET Advanced and Diploma qualifications.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details. 

Photography Days

  • 21st April 
  • 19th August
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm 
  • £60 per person 

Photography basics - taking creative control

Do you have a camera with manual settings but you have yet to take it out of “Auto” mode? Modern cameras have a bewildering array of settings, allowing the camera to take control of the picture you take. This workshop is intended to give you the confidence to take creative control over your photographs. We will focus on (excuse the pun!) the basic principles of exposure, composition and depth of field in the beautiful surroundings of the Kitchen Garden. 

For this workshop you will need to bring your own camera. This needs to be a dSLR or compact system camera, capable of manual mode. If you are not sure whether your camera is suitable, get in touch with Toby.

About Toby Gibson:

Toby is a freelance photographer specialising in the natural world, wildlife and underwater photography. Having spent several years as web and IT manager at the World Land Trust conservation charity, he recently decided on a career change. Gaining a Master’s degree in Biological Photography and Imaging from Nottingham University in 2014, he moved to the Brecon Beacons that year. Along with the group workshops, Toby also offers 1 to 1 tuition which allows more detailed coverage of specific areas of photography.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

Get Growing Course 

  • 1st May
  • 12th May 
  • 12th June 
  • 10:00am-1:00pm
  • £35 plus VAT per person 

A morning course designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the sustainable no-till growing of edibles!
It is designed to provide you with the basics to start or convert your garden using sustainable practices. With hands-on demonstrations of composting, seed sowing, soil conditioning and more.

A small group to encourage you to ask questions all set in the beautiful Kitchen Garden at Ty Mawr.

The Q&A session will be over coffee and cake!

Beginners and Refreshers welcome! Children 11 upwards welcome.

All enquiries welcome.

To book your place or call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details 

A few testimonials from recent guests!!

'Brilliant Course, Just back from it, feeling motivated and enthused to get back out in my garden again;-) Thank you, Rae, for all your inspiring knowledge and tips. Also great to know you offer consultancy in our gardens at a very reasonable rate ....off to get my hands back in the soil again, Thank you ;-)'

'Just spent the morning on the Get Growing Course and what an inspiration it was. I now have lots of ideas and tips to try in my own veg patch and especially on the compost heap! Thanks, Rae!'

Introduction to Forest Gardening

  • 26th & 27th May 
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • £135 per person inc lunch and refreshments (on both days) 

A two day course consisting of introductions and overviews of what is a forest garden? What have you got? Setting and Site assessment. Planning your forest garden-principles, sequence and techniques and a look at some forest Garden case studies.

Day two consists of starting a forest garden- establishment, strategies and methods. How to combine and place plants. Growing with your garden-maintenance, learning and succession. The day will finish with open questions and next steps.

Tomas Remiarz, author of "Forest Gardening in Practice" has been involved in creating and maintaining permaculture sites across the UK and Europe for nearly 20 years and has been teaching permaculture and related courses since 1997. For the alast five years he has also been involved in a sustainable rural housing project project on a 7-acre site in Herefordshire.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

 

Foraging for Pizza 

  • 31st May 
  • 25th July
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm 
  • £40 per ticket - ticket includes 1 adult and 2 children

Forage for your Pizza!

Spend a wonderful day with your family in the wildly beautiful landscape of the Brecon Beacons, at Ty Mawr Kitchen Garden.

First, we'll search the woods to gather the fuel for the pizza ovens. The ovens will take a couple of hours to get hot enough to cook in, which is exactly enough time to make the dough and sauce, as well as foraging from the wild and cultivated ingredients available in the surrounding meadows and gardens.

Then we'll cook the pizzas and share them for lunch!

Open to children of all ages and their families, we ask that one adult accompanies two children.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

 

 

Art Days at The Kitchen Garden

  • 19th June
  • £40 per person inc lunch 

Why not join us at an Art Day at The Kitchen Garden at Ty-Mawr?

Our relaxing day unfolds with a tour of the Kitchen Garden and immediate grounds. During this time you will either be selecting a location within which to paint, or selecting vegetables, flowers or foliage to paint, either in the shop or the Winehouse.

We will then have two hours of Painting/Drawing prior to lunch.

The afternoon will be spent with individual instruction for all followed by a discussion of the day's work and delighting in your work!

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

 

Jam Making at The Kitchen Garden

  • 1st September 
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • £40 per person 

Join us for a jamtastic family event at the gorgeous Kitchen Garden at Llangasty in the beautiful Brecon Beacons and take a step back in time to make some old-fashioned preserves just like Grandma used to make!

First, take a foraging walk with Adele through the lanes, woods and fields surrounding the Gardens to find wild ingredients, then walk with Rae through the gardens themselves to find some cultivated goodies. Afterwards, learn how to use what you've found to make a jar of jam and a jar of pickle to take home; every jar will be unique.

This is an event for all the family. We ask every two children is accompanied by at least one adult.

To find out more or for new upcoming classes call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

Get Growing
Putting the garden to bed for winter

  • 20th October
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm  
  • £35 plus VAT per person 

10:00am-1:00pm
A morning course designed to provide a hands-on guide to putting the garden to bed for the winter. The course will cover, mulching, protection and winter crops. With an emphasis on an organic and sustainable approach.
It is designed to provide you with the basics to start your garden, pots or backyard using sustainable practices. A small group to encourage you to ask questions with hands-on demonstrations. All set in the beautiful Kitchen garden at Ty Mawr.
We will cover site, situation, soils, composts, propagation, general maintenance and organic controls. The Q&A session will be over coffee and cake!
Beginners and Refreshers welcome!
All enquiries welcome.

To book your place or call Rae on 07949 396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk for more details

 

 

Italian Nights at The Kitchen Garden!!

We are delighted to announce that Nonna Caterina are back at The Kitchen Garden in 2018. We will be having an authentic Italian Evening on a Saturday Night at The Kitchen Garden. We have teamed up with Nonna Caterina Italian Food, to create a constantly changing five-course menu, which focuses on what is available within the garden each week. The pasta served is all organic and handmade, the salads and vegetables are our own organic produce from the garden. We will be using very local and free-range meat, but can also cater for vegetarians. £25pp Bring your own wine.

Confirmed Dates

Saturday 7th April
Saturday 21st April
Saturday May 5th
Sunday June 17th (Father's Day)
Saturday June 23rd

From June 23rd we will be having a supper every Saturday evening until September 1st, from here they will be every other week until the end of the year, with Christmas events to be confirmed.

To see an example of the menu please click here. 

Pre-booking is essential, to find out more or book your space call Alison on 07490143385.