Course Information

Course timings may vary depending on tide times

£280 per person

Based on 2 sharing. There is a selection of twin and double rooms.

This course is as much about eating as it is about foraging and we will be cooking and preparing food together. With our tutor and chef Chris we will produce a wide range of dishes using foraged ingredients as well as more familiar ones.

"Nobody loses weight on this course."

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The course price includes tuition, fishing trips, use of equipment and cottage accommodation with all meals (cooked together as part of the course). It does not include drinks or local parking charges.

The minimum age for this course is 12 years and under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited to 8 per course.

There are 8 places on the course, the cost is £280 per person this is based on 2 people sharing a room (there are some doubles and some twin rooms) Please dress for the weather, wellies and waterproofs are usually best!

Bad weather policy

If our boat trips are cancelled due to bad weather there will be an alternative programme which could include fishing from the land, extra shoreline foraging sessions with experts Chris and Sean and visits to the local fish and shellfish merchants.

The decision to cancel the boat trips will be solely at the skipper’s discretion and will be final. Should we have to cancel both boat trips you will receive your own filleting knife to take home with you.

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Two Day Coastal Foraging & Fishing Course
in Staithes

Course Description

During the course we will be foraging along the cliff tops around Staithes, teaching you to identify the wild food plants of this beautiful piece of coastline. We will also be exploring the foreshore at low tide to find shellfish and seaweeds that we can harvest for food.

This inter tidal area might yield anything from Laver to Velvet swimmer crabs and it is here at low tide where we pull in lobster pots when the sea is calm. As well as foraging on foot we will be heading out to sea with our Skipper and fishing tutor Sean Baxter on his boat ‘All my sons’. Sean has been fishing for the last 40 years and has a wealth of experience from around the globe. On board you will be given instruction in how to haul, bait and ‘shoot’ lobster pots and then further out to sea you’ll learn about fishing with a traditional rod and reel. Our aim is to catch a good variety of fish and shell fish to illustrate the diversity in our coastal waters.

The course is based at The Smugglers, a large cottage in the heart of old Staithes. Be prepared for good food, learning, relaxation and an all round good time!

Of course you get to eat what we forage and catch!

Sample Itinerary

Arrival Day

3.00-4.00pm Guests arrive and settle in to The Smugglers
5.00pm-7.00pm Trip on board ‘All my sons’
8.00pm Dinner

Day 1

8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Visit to the fish merchants
10.00am Foraging walk along the foreshore to Port Mulgrave
12.00am Coffee and biscuits on Port Mulgrave Beach
12.30pm Walk back to Staithes along the cliff top looking at wild greens on the way
1.30pm Arrive at The Smugglers
2.00pm Lunch
  Free time to explore
5.00pm-7.00pm Fishing with Sean on ‘All my sons’ and retrieving lobster pots
8.00pm Dinner

Day 2

8.30am Breakfast
10.00am Foraging walk around Staithes
11.30am Coffee and biscuits at The Smugglers
12.00pm Fish and shellfish preparation, demonstration and ‘hands on’ plus a guide to smoking fish and how to make your own hot smoker
1.30pm Lunch
2.30pm Q&A
3.00pm Guests depart

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