Foraging Walk, Wild Basket Weaving & Woodland Lunch

Join us in the woods and learn how to create the most beautiful coiled foragers basket.

June 26, 2022

Start Time
10am
End Time
3pm

Pricing

£85

incl. VAT

Location

The Woods

The Salt Box

Red Oak Barn

Priory Farm Estate

South Nutfield

Surrey RH1 4EJ

What's Included

Freshly brewed Surrey Hills Coffee / Tea
Summer Foraging Walk
Coiled Basket Workshop with local weaver Emily Chilvers
Seasonally and Wildly Inspired Picnic Lunch
Weaving Starter Kit

Our food and art collaborations guarantee a warm welcome, a gentle dose of mindful creativity and a seasonally and locally inspired lunch enjoyed beneath the canopy of the trees.

Join us in the woods for a wildly and creatively inspired day celebrating the wonders of the great outdoors.

 

We will be welcoming local artist Emily Chilvers, who will introduce you to the world of coiled basketry, a technique typically known as the ‘foragers’ style, an ancient and versatile technique that is used worldwide with the materials adapting to the native area.

 

We will take a short walk through the woodland to forage for our own material to incorporate into our baskets, making the connection with the landscape we share together. Combined with a range of natural and coloured raffia and twine, Emily will then show you how to produce different textures and patterns into your weaving to create a small mat or basket.

 

The workshop will be followed by a wildly inspired picnic, prepared by our team from the finest locally and seasonally inspired produce and enjoyed beneath the trees in our woodland glen, along with a cup or two of foraged herbal teas.

 

As part of the day, we will also take a slow-paced meander through fields and woodlands, exploring edible wild ingredients built around what is not just seasonally available, but delicious too – perfect to pop in your freshly made baskets!

 

You will also be provided with a starter kit containing enough material to continue weaving at home as the addictive rhythm of the weave draws you in!

 

If you would like to bring any extra materials to weave with (such as wool/fabric offcuts/plastic bags/natural materials) please feel free.

About Our Tutor

Emily is a potter and basket-weaver based in Surrey. She runs a variety of classes for all ages across the South East with a particular emphasis on creative nurturing and therapeutic making within health and care settings. She has been pottery tutor at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners since 2013.
Alongside her teaching practice she makes a small batch of work from her garden studio and sells via her Etsy shop @EmilyChilversCraft.
You can find out more about Emily here.

Dietary Requirements

Our menus are best suited for flexible, adventurous eaters with a strong focus on seasonally and locally inspired ingredients, including wild and foraged foods sourced from nature’s larder.

 

For this event, the menu will be Vegetarian. We can also cater for Gluten Free guests.

 

Due to the nature of our events and in order to uphold high-quality standards we are only able to accommodate limited dietary requests at our dining events and cookery courses. Our dining events are intimate affairs with small groups, centred around a set menu lovingly prepared in our remote woodland kitchen by our small kitchen team, therefore preparing a separate menu to cater for dietary needs is not always possible.

Please Note

Our Woodland Glen is a 5 minute walk from our car-park, with an uphill section.

 

Please be aware that different people can have different reactions to food, as it is commonly known that many people suffer adverse reactions or sensitivities to conventional food.

This event is an educational and informational experience based on traditional and modern use of plants, created to inspire others. The content represents our learnings and personal experience, and is not intended to replace professional or medical advice.

Extra precautions must be taken if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, on prescription drugs, have an existing medical condition or allergy. Whilst we are able to advise, we are not medical or botanical specialists and therefore consumption is always at your own risk. 

We take no liability for any independent actions taken or not taken as a result of information given on one of our walks or from information given on our website.

Book Your Seat

Please note our Cancellation Policy is 30 days, find out more in our Terms and Conditions.

About Us

Sustainably minded cooks dedicated to curating unique Feasts Over Fire and Cookery Workshops

The Salt Box is a celebration of seasonal food and open-fire cookery through the coming together of people beneath the trees, creating delicious food from nature’s humble ingredients. We celebrate locally sourced and wild ingredients through our wide range of courses and dining events, in the great outdoors surrounded by crackling fires.