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Courses and Events 2014

Old Sleningford offers a superb venue for courses and events. Its quiet, rural location with facilities both inside and out makes it ideal for any activity to take place.

We run a varied programme of courses and events throughout the year, see below for the remaining 2014 dates.
Our programme includes:
-Bent Willow Chair Making
-Basket Making, Pig Keeping
-Forest Gardening
-Sausage Making
-Curing and Smoking Food
-Hedgerow Foods and Medicines and more.
Dates for the following year are announced in November. Join our mailing list and we will keep you up to date with any new courses and dates that are arranged.

If you would like to use the facilities at Old Sleningford Farm to run a course then please contact us to discuss further.

We have a workday on the first Sunday of every month, see below for details of dates and times. We have a range of jobs for each workday which will suit all ages and abilities and we will advertise the likely jobs for each workday where we can. Please contact us  if you would like to know more.

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Forest Garden Open Days - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014

Join us for a fully guided tour of the Forest Garden at Old Sleningford.

There will be a guided tour on Saturday 16th at 10am and 2pm, and on Sunday 17th at 10am. Entry only at these times, the garden is not open for informal walk arounds.

Please arrive no earlier than 9.30am for the 10am tour, you are welcome to explore the Forest Garden further after the tour ends, and to bring a picnic lunch to have by the pond afterwards.

For the 2pm tour, you are welcome to arrive earlier with a picnic to have by the pond but please do not arrive for the tour before 1.30pm. Again there will be time after the tour to explore the Forest Garden further.

Tasters of drinks made with produce from the Forest Garden will be available and a range of preserves made with Forest Garden produce will be for sale (all £2.50).

All ages welcome, parents remain responsible for their children at all times. No dogs please.

Whilst every effort has been made to clear the paths through the Forest Garden, some nettles will remain at ground level. Therefore sandals and shorts are worn at your own risk!

Suggested donation of £5 per person would be appreciated

Apple Juicing - Tuesday 19th August 2014


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Apple Juicing - Saturday 30th August


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Workday - Sunday 7th September 2014

Another day to come and help at the farm, not sure of the jobs but this time last year we pulled all the onions, re-labelled apple trees, picked caterpillars off brassicas, weeded and picked apples. Anything could happen! Come anytime from 10am until 4pm, we provide lunch if you do some work.

Please let us know if you are coming so we know how much food to make


Apple Juicing - Saturday 20th September


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Tree Medicine - Saturday 27th September 2014

A day devoted to getting to know some of our wonderful healing trees. Learn how to identify them, discover some folklore around each tree and explote their many healing properties. prepare and elderberry winter cold and flu tonic, and acorn antiseptic / antifungal rinse that can be used to stop bleeding and a medicine from willow that can act as a natural painkiller. This course will have a strong practical element - preparing remedies and getting out and about getting to know the trees.

The course is tutored by Ross Menzies , a Medical Herbalist based near Hexham. He has been in practice for over 15 years and uses mainly native plants and trees to treat many acute and chronic health imbalances. He is an experienced tutor and has a strng interest in wild foods as well as a deep belief that Nature can be a source of spiritual nourishment and inspiration.

If you are interested in this course, you may also be interested in the Hedgerow Foods and Medicines course on Saturday 17th May

10am to 4pm

£50 per person including lunch and any remedies made on the day.

For more information and a booking form, please use the contact form .

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Workday - Sunday 5th October 2014

Come and help us make some apple juice! We get through loads of juice on our workdays, courses and WWOOF weeks and today is the day we make it all for the following year. Some will make cider too. Bring the kids, everyone can get stuck in, probably will be a bit of apple picking in the forest garden to be done too.

10am to 4pm ish, lunch provided for those who work!

Please let us know if you are coming so we know how much soup and cake to make


Birdwatching - Saturday 11th October 2014

How would you like to be able to identify the birds you see in your garden or at your local nature reserve? New to birdwatching or would you like to resume your hobby now that you have more time on your hands? By going out with a guide you will be able to gain or regain your confidence quickly and pick up where you left off.

There are many ways to appreciate birds, from the casual observer to the enthusiastic “twitcher”, you decide. The main thing is that you enjoy yourself and have fun. There is always something new to learn or something different to see, no matter how many years you have been watching birds.

Linda Jenkinson is running this one day class at Old Sleningford, see her website  for more information

10am to 4pm, £65 per person includes lunch and refreshments

Apple Juicing - Saturday 11th October


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Apple Juicing - Sunday 19th October


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Apple Juicing - Saturday 25th October


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2015 Course Dates


Our 2015 programme of courses and events will be announced in November, an email will be sent out when dates are confirmed. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, click here

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Workday - Sunday 2nd November 2014

Winter is on its way, time to finish off jobs in the garden and gather the last of the apples. Join us any time from 10am, lunch provided, finish 3pm ish

Please let us know if you will be coming so we know how much food to make

Apple Juicing - Saturday 8th November


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Sausage Making - Saturday 15th November 2014

This one day, hands-on course will show you how to make juicy, tasty sausages using only the best ingredients. The pork will be from our pigs, herbs and other ingredients from the garden. We'll also make some salami and chorizo.

£45 per person, including lunch and sausages to take home

Please use the contact form to make an enquiry

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Curing and smoking Food - Sunday 16th November 2014

Learn how to make bacon, smoked salmon, hams, salami, gravlax, smoked cheese and loads more culinary delights. We will cover wet and dry curing, and hot and cold smoking on this one day course with plenty of tastings and practical demonstrations throughout the day.

£60 per person includes lunch and numerous tastings.

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Workday - Sunday 7th December 2014

The last workday for 2014. It's 10 years since we started our Forest Garden and having volunteers at the farm, so come and join us for a bit of work to round off this milestone year. Lunch provided for workers, please let us know if you are coming so me know how much soup and cake to make.


Art Courses at Old Slen Art

Juliet Ramsden has, for a number of years, organised a varied programme of art courses at the Stables Gallery at Old Sleningford Hall. See their website www.oldslen.co.uk for more details.