We meet near St Davids and make our way to a quiet local beach where there is a good assortment of seaweeds, shellfish and maybe shrimps, as well as coastal plants. You’ll learn how to recognise different seaweeds, how to collect them, and what other surprising uses they have.
You’ll discover how to cook with these sea vegetables when we build a beach-fire and all join together preparing, cooking then eating some of the ingredients that we have collected. If the weather is too bad to cook on the beach we’ll make our way back up to St Davids and make use of my kitchen (it’s lovely and warm!). You’ll find this course offers a lot of information and fun and usually lasts approximately 4 hours +.
You will notice that there are no venues given. I like to ring the changes sometimes and there are reasons for occasionally choosing different beaches but I shall let you know in advance. All are in Pembrokeshire, most very close to St Davids.
Please let me know whether you have any food allergies or dislikes.
I regret that you are unable to bring dogs with you on this course and I cannot take children under the age of 14 years.
Prices:- £49.00 per person including food
Approximately 4+ hours
Sunday 25th June … 1.00pm
Sunday 23rd July … 12.00 noon
Saturday 12th August … 3.00pm
Saturday 9th September … 2.15 pm
Saturday 23rd September … 2.00pm
Saturday 7th October … 1.15pm
Remember to bring your own drinking water. Sun block is also important.
Safe footwear is so essential. Please wear shoes that are safe on rocks and that you don’t mind getting salty and sandy or wet. Those little pull-on soft beach/water shoes and ‘jellies’ and wet-suit shoes are great and suitable for walking over rocks as they have good soles and save you from stubbing your toes on hidden obstacles in the water! Wellington boots can be dangerous and slippery on rocks especially if the soles are worn smooth, and they really only enable you to paddle round at the edge of the sea! Shoes need soles with a good grip.
You will learn more by paddling out into the water a little with me to collect seaweed, seeing where it grows and picking it yourself rather than standing on the shore, so shorts or jeans that will roll up are better too! (some people prefer wear wetsuits or bathers). It’s not much fun if you have to stand on the edge dodging waves whilst others are discovering interesting things!!
When we finish on the beach we encourage everyone to each take away some rubbish from the shore – just what we can carry easily. It all helps. As you can see from a couple of my pictures (see gallery, beach foraging) there is such a variety of discarded waste washed up and much of it is dangerous to marine life. If everybody took away something and disposed of it responsibly it would be wonderful. Please think about it every time you go to the beach.
Regrettably, courses may have to be cancelled if there are insufficient numbers.
If you would like to organise your own group for a Seashore Course or even a Combined Hedgerow & Seashore Course then do contact me. I need 6 people minimum for each of these courses and they cost £45 per person.