Past Events

Chocolate Truffles with Nenette. Sunday 10th March 10.30am-12pm 

Spend a relaxed Sunday morning with Nenette from Nenette Chocolates learning about chocolate and creating your own chocolates to take home to amaze your friends and families.

Nenette will share chocolate stories with you while she shows you how to temper chocolate and to make flavoured truffle fillings. Chocolate has some incredible stories. Find out where it comes from and some background about how it has arrived in the forms which we know and love today. While she does this, she will also explain how you can avoid some common pitfalls so you can make your own chocolates later at home too. She will also demonstrate how she makes truffles, including the decorated shells, using a slightly different method too. Then, its time for you to get chocolatey! Using the tempered chocolate and the filling that Nenette has made for you, you will create your own truffles in ready-prepared chocolate shells. As chocolate that has been tempered correctly sets within around 5 minutes, you can be quickly on your way with your beautifully packaged treats!

All ingredients will be provided. Suitable for age 16+ Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking

Sunday 3rd March 2019 10am – 12.30pm 

Japanese food is about so much more than sushi! In this class you will learn how to prepare four authentic Japanese dishes. Yuko shares her passion for Japanese home-cooked food, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Attendees will also learn about aspects of Japanese culture and the importance of food presentation. Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in peoples’ homes through her dining service Omotenshi Dining.

All ingredients will be provided (you will need to bring some basic utensils). Suitable for age 16+

Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Japanese Cookery with Yuko Nakayama.
Sunday 3rd February 2019 10am-12.30pm 

Japanese food is about so much more than sushi! In this class you will learn how to prepare four authentic Japanese dishes. Yuko shares her passion for Japanese home-cooked food, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Attendees will also learn about aspects of Japanese culture and the importance of food presentation. Yuko has lived in the UK for the past 10 years and creates authentic Japanese dinner parties in peoples’ homes through her dining service Omotenshi Dining.

All ingredients will be provided (you will need to bring some basic utensils). Suitable for age 16+

Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Pasta Making Workshop. Sunday January 20th 2019 10.30am-12.30pm 

Come and learn how to make delicious fresh pasta in a variety of forms. Sam Rouse (from The Cork & Fork Supper Club) guides you through the basics of making dough to making different types of pasta including, pappardelle & tagliatelle. Try making simple home-made pesto or a roasted tomato and garlic sauce to eat with your fresh pasta.

All ingredients will be provided. Suitable for age 16+ Please note: due to the nature of the food being prepared, this workshop may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a specific intolerance please contact us in advance of booking.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop.  Saturday 2nd February 2019 10am-3pm 

Come and learn the art of fruit tree pruning with apple expert Nigel Deacon. Pruning helps to optimise fruit production and promotes tree health. Spend the day in the organic orchard at historic Cotesbach Hall where you will be shown how to prune the heritage fruit trees, many of which are local varieties. After working up an appetite in the orchard you will be served a hearty lunch of bread and home-made soup (using produce from Cotesbach Organic Gardens).

Participants will need to bring their own secateurs and gloves, long-handled loppers would also be useful.

Talk Tuesday November 6th 2018

Aneela McKenna – 100 Years of Women in Cycling

Cycling has long been associated with the emancipation of women – from the suffragette days of bikes n’ bloomers to the modern day revolution of women on mountain bikes. In this session, Aneela McKenna from Go Where Scotland, mountain bike guide and adventurist celebrates the legacy of ‘bicycling for ladies! She’ll take you on a journey of bikes and their role in women’s emancipation. In the spirit of the suffragette movement and penny farthings, she will share her personal stories and sisterhood giggles, and her passion for the simple act of riding bikes.

Apple Day Saturday October 6th 2018

Celebrate all things Apple with us. Press your own juice (you can bring your own apple harvest), make a crumble or taste different varieties from the heritage orchard on the estate. 11am-4pm in The Stable Yard. Free.

Talk Tuesday October 9th 2018

‘What Would Boudicca Do?’

Don’t miss the chance to hear the authors of the book ‘What Would Boudicca Do?: Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women’ 

The book has been getting plenty of national publicity since its release a couple of weeks ago and we are excited that we are hosting a talk by the authors. It promises to be funny, informative and inspiring. Come along and hear Beth Coates and Elizabeth Foley showing how you can take inspiration from the supergirls of history to help you conquer modern day problems!

Talk Tuesday  July7 2018

Shami Chakrabarti

CET is honoured to welcome Shami Chakrabarti to talk about her latest book ‘Of Women: In the 21st Century’. She says ‘We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful, where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential’.
There will be time for Q&A after the talk.

Talk Tuesday July 10 2018  

Dorothie Feilding

Suzy Denbigh tells the fascinating story of Dorothie Feilding, a local World War I war heroine who shunned her aristocratic background to become a volunteer nurse on the battlefield and was the first woman to be awarded the military medal for bravery in the field.