Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

LITTLE GROWERS PICK + COOK WITH KIDDY COOK 🥕

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Calling all Little Growers!

Led by the Kiddy Cook team, head out to the growing patch, learn about vegetables and the growing process before going back into the Farm Shop to cook up your lunch using what you have just picked.

A real farm to fork experience.

Kiddy Cook inspire young people to have fun with food and help them make informed choices towards a healthy lifestyle. We deliver cookery workshops in schools and host classes and parties for preschoolers, children and young people across the UK.

10.30am
£15 per child. Ages 5-12.

Please get in tough with manager@hawardenestate.co.uk with any questions or for advice relating to food allergens and intollerances.

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Apr
27
to Apr 28

HAWARDEN CASTLE PAVILION SPRING OPEN WEEKEND 🌼

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Hawarden Castle Pavilion Open Weekend, Marquees + suppliers showcase. Featuring Posh Frocks and Wellies, Event Equipment + Blue Loos

Join us for a weekend of activities up at the Hawarden Castle Pavilion, meet our suppliers and friends and enjoy our beautiful events space in the height of spring.

Saturday 27th 11am - 4pm

Sunday 28th April 11am - 4pm

All are welcome.

Hawarden Castle Pavilion

A beautifully renovated 1920s cricket pavilion set in historic parkland. Weddings - Parties - Events

Please navigate to Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road CH5 3FB and follow the signs to the Pavilion.

www.hawardencastlepavilion.co.uk

hello@hawardencastlepavilion.co.uk

01244 784122

@hawardencastlepavilion



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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

SILVER WAX JEWELLERY WORKSHOP WITH ANUKA 💎

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After a series of successful evening workshops here at the Farm Shop we are excited to announce a silver jewellery workshop with Francasca of Anuka.

Anuka is an ethical jewellery brand that creates contemporary collections and bespoke commissions alongside running jewellery workshops perfect for any event or party.

During the evening you can design you’re very own bespoke ring using the traditional technique of wax carving with a complimentary glass of prosecco and some sweet treats

Anuka's workshops are creative, relaxed and a perfect group activity. You will be guided through the techniques involved in wax carving along with the lost wax casting process. The finished carving will be transformed into solid silver and polished by hand returned to you 3 weeks later, packaged, pretty and ready to wear!


No previous experience necessary. Added options are available for gold vermeil plating, solid gold, engravings and hallmarking that can be decided and paid for on the night.

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Bathing / Shinrin-yoku 🍁

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Shinrin-yoku (which translates to Forest Bathing) has captured peoples attention everywhere. In Japan it is widely used as a preventative medicine for its beneficial effect on our wellbeing. We know instinctively that spending time out in nature is good for our soul, but now research into Forest Bathing is proving our gut feelings to be true. Join us for a morning session of relaxation techniques, meditation, earthing and nature connection, with the aim of giving you a range of techniques which you can take away and use in your own time enjoying the outdoors.

"Un-wind, de-stress, relax, turn off your phone and plug in to nature."

Stress is one of the leading cause of disease in this country so any ‘therapy’ that addresses this issue is going to be beneficial to our health. Forest bathing has been shown in scientific studies to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, this is the system that is responsible for rest and digestion, allowing the body to be in a state of calm where it can perform various tasks of repair. The bodies self-defence mechanism is activated and disease fighting cells have been shown to increase when we spend time in nature. We can see a reduction in blood pressure after only 15 minutes of Forest Bathing.

We've had great feedback from previous workshop participants. One student was overjoyed that after a session of Forest Bathing her Fitbit was showing the lowest heart rate ever recorded since she’d been wearing it!

During the session you will also be introduced to the practise of Earthing, which is having direct contact with the earth itself through barefoot walking. This has proven health benefits including a reduction in inflammatory disease, improved sleep and increased energy levels.

“The basic concept behind nature therapy is to increase physiological relaxation and act as a preventative medicine by improving the body’s natural resistance to disease, which is supressed under conditions of stress.” Prof. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, author of Shinrin-yoku: The Japanese Way of Forest Bathing for Health & Relaxation.

The session will include; meditations, barefoot walking (earthing), sit spots, mindfulness exercises, nature awareness and wild teas enjoyed around the campfire. All this will take place in the grounds of the Harwarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The class runs for 3 hours, from 10am until 1pm and costs £30 PER PERSON

“Shinrin-yoku”, which can be defined as “taking in the forest atmosphere" or forest bathing, has been receiving increasing attention in Japan in recent years for its capacity to provide relaxation and reduce stress. Scientific studies have shown certain stress indicators, such as cortisol levels and sympathetic nervous system is lowered when time is spent in a forest as compared with an urban environment.

"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something seperate from us. So, when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves." Andy Goldsworthy

ABOUT THE TUTORS

LEA KENDALL is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Lea is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner. As an Integrative Counsellor Lea takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She takes a holistic view of each individual, taking into account their emotional and mental well-being as well as their physical health.

"I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment."

KAY RIBBONS-STEEN is a qualified Forest School Leader, Social Forester and has worked for a number of years in eco-therapy having trained as a Mindfulness in a Woodland Practioner. Kay stuided a work based diploma in Environmental Conservation with Flintshire Countryside & Coast Service. She is also an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society, and an autism awareness speaker.

"I am passionate about reconnecting people with nature, improving wellbeing and having a positive impact on the environment.

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May
13
6:00 PM18:00

BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS: ENRICHED BREAD 🍞

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Chester's community bread making co-operative, Bread Together, will be delivering a series of six bread making workshops for a maximum of 8 participants per session. Each workshop will be themed on a different type of bread, for example, traditional bread from the UK or from the Middle East.

Each participant will make bread to take home that evening along with all of the skills to make their own bread from scratch in their own kitchen.

Sessions will use locally sourced ingredients such as traditional stone-ground flour from Walk Mill in Waverton just outside Chester, as well as organic fair trade products, including Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil.

A mid-session drink and light refreshment will be supplied from the Farm Shop cafe during the evening.

Sessions will be led by Mary Horbury, who has been working as a Community Bread Making Facilitator in Chester for the past 5 years. Her love of all things bread goes back a very long way nurtured through study and work in the Middle East, the place where bread was invented.

Each session costs £25pp. Please arrive for a 6 pm start, the class will last roughly 2.5 hours.

The course dates and themes are as follows:

April 1st Cob loaves

April 15th Baps

April 29th Spiced Fruit Bread

May 13th Enriched Bread

June 3rd Middle Eastern Style Bread

June 10th Italian Style Bread

Please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for any additional course information.

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May
19
10:00 AM10:00

DOG DAYS 🐶

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Together with Barking Mad Pet Care, we are planning a day full of fun for you and your four-legged friends.

There will be stalls, activities, a fun dog show and more, for everyone to enjoy.

The fun dog show categories will soon be announced giving everyone time to practice. There will be a small fee to enter with each participant receiving a goodie bag and all proceeds raised on the day going to a brilliant cause; Dogs for Good.

If you would like to attend the day with your company, please get in touch.

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

HAWARDEN OLD CASTLE OPEN 🏰

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Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 19th May.

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. There is a great booklet available on the gate with a full history of the castle. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on Sunday 24th March, Sunday 16th June and Sunday 11th August

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

WEEDS FOR WELLNESS 🍀

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An introduction to foraging for wild plants in spring that can be used in the treatment of common ailments. So many plants that are considered “weeds” can actually be harvested to create effective home remedies. You’ll learn to identify a range of plants and come away with your own honey elixir and immune boosting spring tonic and hedgreow syrups. We will also make our own fresh, herbal teas and everyone can take away foraged plants to dry at home.

This course will also include some Mindfulness in the Woods activities, as we give you a range of practical techniques to help you bring Mindfulness in to your life using the power of nature. Through identifying, gathering and using these special plants we will be exploring our deeper connection with nature whilst empowering ourselves with new skills to heal, nurture and enhance our own wellbeing, mind, body, spirit.

This course is aimed at beginners to plant-based medicine and Mindfulness in nature. No prior knowledge or experience required. All this will take place in the grounds of the Harwarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The class runs for 5 hours, from 10am until 3pm and costs £55 per person. This price includes all materials for making your natural medicines including; alcohol (vodka), honey, cloured elixir jars and colured tincture jars. Refreshments are also provided but do bring your own packed lunch or heat something up on our campfire.

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. £55

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS: MIDDLE EASTERN STYLE BREAD 🍞

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Chester's community bread making co-operative, Bread Together, will be delivering a series of six bread making workshops for a maximum of 8 participants per session. Each workshop will be themed on a different type of bread, for example, traditional bread from the UK or from the Middle East.

Each participant will make bread to take home that evening along with all of the skills to make their own bread from scratch in their own kitchen.

Sessions will use locally sourced ingredients such as traditional stone-ground flour from Walk Mill in Waverton just outside Chester, as well as organic fair trade products, including Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil.

A mid-session drink and light refreshment will be supplied from the Farm Shop cafe during the evening.

Sessions will be led by Mary Horbury, who has been working as a Community Bread Making Facilitator in Chester for the past 5 years. Her love of all things bread goes back a very long way nurtured through study and work in the Middle East, the place where bread was invented.

Each session costs £25pp. Please arrive for a 6 pm start, the class will last roughly 2.5 hours.

The course dates and themes are as follows:

April 1st Cob loaves

April 15th Baps

April 29th Spiced Fruit Bread

May 13th Enriched Bread

June 3rd Middle Eastern Style Bread

June 10th Italian Style Bread

Please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for any additional course information.

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Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS: ITALIAN STYLE BREAD 🍞

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Chester's community bread making co-operative, Bread Together, will be delivering a series of six bread making workshops for a maximum of 8 participants per session. Each workshop will be themed on a different type of bread, for example, traditional bread from the UK or from the Middle East.

Each participant will make bread to take home that evening along with all of the skills to make their own bread from scratch in their own kitchen.

Sessions will use locally sourced ingredients such as traditional stone-ground flour from Walk Mill in Waverton just outside Chester, as well as organic fair trade products, including Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil.

A mid-session drink and light refreshment will be supplied from the Farm Shop cafe during the evening.

Sessions will be led by Mary Horbury, who has been working as a Community Bread Making Facilitator in Chester for the past 5 years. Her love of all things bread goes back a very long way nurtured through study and work in the Middle East, the place where bread was invented.

Each session costs £25pp. Please arrive for a 6 pm start, the class will last roughly 2.5 hours.

The course dates and themes are as follows:

April 1st Cob loaves

April 15th Baps

April 29th Spiced Fruit Bread

May 13th Enriched Bread

June 3rd Middle Eastern Style Bread

June 10th Italian Style Bread

Please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for any additional course information.

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Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

HAWARDEN OLD CASTLE OPEN 🏰

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Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 16th June for Father's Day.

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on Sunday 24th March, Sunday 19th May and Sunday 11th August

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Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

YOUNG BAKERS CLUB FATHERS DAY SPECIAL 🍫

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The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is celebrating Father's Day with a special Father and Child baking class led by Oksana of the Russian Crepe Company, Chester.

The bakers and their parents will be making Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizzas from scratch.

All organic ingredients will be provided as well as an apron.

Please bring along a tin or Tupperware to take home your baked goods.

Our café and Food Hall will be open for you to enjoy whilst you wait!

Suitable for ages 3+

Please get in touch with any queries or questions regarding allergies.

(of course, Mums are welcome too!)

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

HAWARDEN OLD CASTLE OPEN 🏰

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Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 11th August.

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on Sunday 24th March, Sunday 19th May and Sunday 16th June.

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Apr
24
10:30 AM10:30

EASTER CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS 🍫

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Another fun hour of chocolate creation here at the Farm Shop with Amanda from the Cheshire Chocolate Studio.
This workshops is open to children from aged 4 and their adult companions.


During the workshop you will;

  • have a brief introduction to chocolate

  • Make a chocolate lollipop (heart lollipops will be available!

  • Dip various ingredients (inlcuding some heart shapes) into chocolate and decorate

  • Hear about the 'bean to bar' story

  • Enjoy tasting various chocolate types and flavours

  • Wrap your products to take home

    Adults are welcome to join in when they purchase an adult ticket. Alternatively you can watch your child or leave over 5s and enjoy some free time in our cafe and Food Hall.

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Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

SURVIVAL SCHOOL WITH WOODLAND CLASSROOM 🔥

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A whole day of survival skills and bushcraft fun for kids this Easter school holiday. We will be at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop to host a day of adventures in the woods, inspired by Bear Grylls' recent kids TV show.

Kids will have to choose which few precious items to take into the woods, discover which plants and trees could help them survive and learn to use sharp tools to craft useful items. There will also be our bushtucker challenge (optional for kids) where we'll be tasting all sorts of weird snacks including edible insects! If your kids have enjoyed our Wildcraft Adventure™ and wanted to take their bushcraft skills further, then this event is the one for them.

Finding water, building shelter, making cordage - we'll be taking kids through all the essential skills for survival, all in the name of fun of course. They will also get to try their hand at the ancient art of fire by friction!

They'll learn skills from our ancestors that will come in handy next time they find themselves dropped on a desert island... or perhaps on their next family camping trip.

We will be cooking some snacks on the campfire as part of the activities, but children should bring their own packed lunch too. Drinks and shelter will be available throughout the day - your kids' needs and comfort are important to us. Places are limited, so book early to avoid missing out.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Advance booking is essential. Phone James, 07876 794098 or email us.

Tickets are £37 per child and £33 for each additional sibling. For our Survival School events we host a smaller group of kids so that we can give your child more direct attention and quality tutoring, hence the ticket price is slightly higher per child than our Wildcraft events.

The event is aimed at 8-14 year olds due to the higher level skills activities kids do throughout the day. But we have had younger and older children come along. If you feel that your child would be suited to the day, then do get in touch with us and we can decide if this event is a good fit for your child.

All activities are based around our forest school shelter and surrounding woods. Children will make new friends and learn new skills whilst enjoying a fantastic day out in nature, all led by experienced activity leaders.

Parents don't stay with their children during this event. Our forest school activity days are all supervised by trained and experienced staff… that’s us. If your child has special needs that you feel would require a parent or guardian to stay with them for the day though, we would advise getting in touch with us in advance of making a booking and we'll see what we can arrange. We like to be as inclusive as we can.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets can only be purcahsed via our woodland classroom.com website.

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Apr
23
10:00 AM10:00

WILDCRAFT; OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR VIDEOGAMERS 🎮

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We've bringing our video game inspired activity day to Flintshire for the first time ever this Easter holiday! In games like Minecraft and Fortnite players have to survive in a hostile environment; build their own house, hunt for their food, search for materials and fend off wandering monsters. Sure, your child can survive in the ‘wilderness’ on the computer screen, but can they do it out in the real woods? In our unique outdoor game kids have to work together, using what they know from video games, to learn outdoor survival skills and earn points along the way. We're getting kids offscreen and outdoors!

Playing our ‘Wildcraft Adventure’ game is a fantastic way to get your video game obsessed child out into nature.

Just like in their favourite computer games, kids will be set a number of challenges throughout the day, and all the while be building their dens before ‘night’ falls and the monsters wake up. Players will light their own campfire, ‘mine’ for resources and use sharp axes; all closely supervised by experienced Forest School leaders. There’ll be plenty of time to get creative with play and imagination – of course. This will be a full day of video game inspired activities for kids aged 6-12 years from 10am to 4pm.

We’ll also be enjoying some hot campfire snacks such as sausages and marshmallows. Children should bring their own packed lunch though.

Tickets are £35 per child and we’re offering discount places of £30 for each additional sibling.

Open to children aged between 6 – 12 years. Advance booking is essential – these events have proved REALLY popular.

Parents don’t stay with their children during this event. Our outdoor activity days are all supervised by trained and experienced staff… that’s us. If your child has special needs that you feel would require a parent or guardian to stay with them for the day though, we would advise getting in touch with us in advance of making a booking and we’ll see what we can arrange. We like to be as inclusive as we can.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets can only be purchased through the woodlandclassroom.com website. There is a link above on the top of this page which will take you straight to our Events page.

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Apr
20
to Apr 22

ZORBING + INFLATABLE ASSAULT COURSE 🌐

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The expert team from iZorb are bringing a full selection of inflatables and zorbs and inflatable assault courses to the Farm Shop for some serious Easter weekend fun. It's a family event aimed at all ages, so come along and try out forward flips, backward rolls, and crashing into others, all the while safely encased in a giant plastic ball.

From £3-5 per person.
No need to book.

Photo: Rachel Kay

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

POP-UP EASTER PARTY 🐰

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This Easter Saturday, Catherine and Lou will be hosting a pop up craft party with Lots of EGGXCITING facepainting fun!

Facepainting by Catherine and Lou’s Awesome Arty Party will be hosting an event this school holiday where your little ones can get crafty and have an Easter facepaint all under one roof!

Lou will be doing some awesome Easter craft, where your little ones can really go to town and explore their creative talents on a big scale.

Places for this event are limited therefore bookings are essential. To book via paypal, use the friends and family option at morgancatsy@hotmail.com

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Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 🥚

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Booking is now open for a day of Easter Crafty Fun at Hawarden Farm Shop! ...... You are invited to come along for Easter Eggstravaganza themed crafts! There will be three fab activities for the little ones to work around and include a mixture of exploring, sculpting, colouring, creating, cutting and sticking. Guaranteed to get the imaginations flowing for lots of crafty fun!

Activities are tailored to suit children aged between around 2 years and through to 11 years (must be accompanied by an adult).

The crafts will take approximately 45 minutes - you will receive a goody bag of fab activities to work around at your own pace! - Price includes all accessories, sparkles, overalls and your little ones makes for them to take away and be proud of!

First child price is £7 per session and can be booked online.
(siblings are at a discounted rate of £6 per child - please email catherinescott@thecreationstation.co.uk to book sibling place)

I will look forward to welcoming you and your little ones for some half term crafty fun :) x

Available sessions to book online are;
10am - 10.45am
11 - 11.45am
12.30pm - 1.15pm
1.30pm - 2.15pm

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Apr
16
4:00 PM16:00

YOUNG BAKERS CLUB EASTER CAKE 🐣

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The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is celebrating Easter making Easter cake with Oksana of the Russian Crepe Company.

All organic ingredients will be provided as well as an apron.

Please bring along a tin or Tupperware to take home your baked goods.

Our café and Food Hall will be open for you to enjoy whilst you wait!

Suitable for ages 3+

Please get in touch with any queries or questions regarding allergies.

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Apr
16
10:30 AM10:30

EASTER CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS 🍫

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Another fun hour of chocolate creation here at the Farm Shop with Amanda from the Cheshire Chocolate Studio.
This workshops is open to children from aged 4 and their adult companions.


During the workshop you will;

  • have a brief introduction to chocolate

  • Make a chocolate lollipop (heart lollipops will be available!

  • Dip various ingredients (inlcuding some heart shapes) into chocolate and decorate

  • Hear about the 'bean to bar' story

  • Enjoy tasting various chocolate types and flavours

  • Wrap your products to take home

    Adults are welcome to join in when they purchase an adult ticket. Alternatively you can watch your child or leave over 5s and enjoy some free time in our cafe and Food Hall.

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS: BAPS 🍞

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Chester's community bread making co-operative, Bread Together, will be delivering a series of six bread making workshops for a maximum of 8 participants per session. Each workshop will be themed on a different type of bread, for example, traditional bread from the UK or from the Middle East.

Each participant will make bread to take home that evening along with all of the skills to make their own bread from scratch in their own kitchen.

Sessions will use locally sourced ingredients such as traditional stone-ground flour from Walk Mill in Waverton just outside Chester, as well as organic fair trade products, including Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil.

A mid-session drink and light refreshment will be supplied from the Farm Shop cafe during the evening.

Sessions will be led by Mary Horbury, who has been working as a Community Bread Making Facilitator in Chester for the past 5 years. Her love of all things bread goes back a very long way nurtured through study and work in the Middle East, the place where bread was invented.

Each session costs £25pp. Please arrive for a 6 pm start, the class will last roughly 2.5 hours.

The course dates and themes are as follows:

April 1st Cob loaves

April 15th Baps

April 29th Spiced Fruit Bread

May 13th Enriched Bread

June 3rd Middle Eastern Style Bread

June 10th Italian Style Bread

Please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for any additional course information.

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Apr
2
4:00 PM16:00

YOUNG BAKERS CLUB MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL 💐

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The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is celebrating Mothers Day with a special Mother and Child Young Bakers Club.

Oksana will be teaching our Young Bakers and their parent how to make a Fruit Basket Cake. All organic ingredients will be provided as well as an apron.

Please bring along a tin or Tupperware to take home your baked goods.

Our café and Food hall will be open for you to enjoy whilst you wait!

Suitable for ages 3+

Please get in touch with any queries or questions regarding allergies.

(Dads are welcome too!)

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Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

BREAD MAKING WORKSHOPS: COB LOAVES 🥖

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Chester's community bread making co-operative, Bread Together, will be delivering a series of six bread making workshops for a maximum of 8 participants per session. Each workshop will be themed on a different type of bread, for example, traditional bread from the UK or from the Middle East.

Each participant will make bread to take home that evening along with all of the skills to make their own bread from scratch in their own kitchen.

Sessions will use locally sourced ingredients such as traditional stone-ground flour from Walk Mill in Waverton just outside Chester, as well as organic fair trade products, including Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil.

A mid-session drink and light refreshment will be supplied from the Farm Shop cafe during the evening.

Sessions will be led by Mary Horbury, who has been working as a Community Bread Making Facilitator in Chester for the past 5 years. Her love of all things bread goes back a very long way nurtured through study and work in the Middle East, the place where bread was invented.

Each session costs £25pp. Please arrive for a 6 pm start, the class will last roughly 2.5 hours.

The course dates and themes are as follows:

April 1st Cob loaves

April 15th Baps April 29th

Spiced Fruit Bread

May 13th Enriched Bread

June 3rd Middle Eastern Style Bread

June 10th Italian Style Bread

Please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for any additional course information.

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

SPOON CARVING WORKSHOP ⚒

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Cost: £65 (Includes your own spoon to take home, campfire lunch and tea/coffee)

Location: Hawarden Estate Farm Shop Woodland Shack

Ages: 18+, 16-18yrs on application (please message).

Learn to carve your own spoon from freshly cut wood in a small group, in our woodland environment.

Learn the skills needed to use an axe, knife and hook knife to carve your own spoon.
High-quality green woodworking tools and workstation provided.
Course run by local expert maker David White.
Notes provided on wood choices, tool purchase recommendations.
Tea & Coffee.
Warming campfire whittling.
Course kept to cosy maximum of six participants.

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Mar
30
10:30 AM10:30

CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS 🍫

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Another fun hour of chocolate creation here at the Farm Shop with Amanda from the Cheshire Chocolate Studio.
This workshops is open to children from aged 4 and their adult companions.


During the workshop you will;

  • have a brief introduction to chocolate

  • Make a chocolate lollipop (heart lollipops will be available!

  • Dip various ingredients (inlcuding some heart shapes) into chocolate and decorate

  • Hear about the 'bean to bar' story

  • Enjoy tasting various chocolate types and flavours

  • Wrap your products to take home

    Adults are welcome to join in when they purchase an adult ticket. Alternatively you can watch your child or leave over 5s and enjoy some free time in our cafe and Food Hall.

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

SPOON CARVING WORKSHOP ⚒

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Cost: £65 (Includes your own spoon to take home, campfire lunch and tea/coffee)

Location: Hawarden Estate Farm Shop Woodland Shack

Ages: 18+, 16-18yrs on application (please message).

Learn to carve your own spoon from freshly cut wood in a small group, in our woodland environment.

Learn the skills needed to use an axe, knife and hook knife to carve your own spoon.
High-quality green woodworking tools and workstation provided.
Course run by local expert maker David White.
Notes provided on wood choices, tool purchase recommendations.
Tea & Coffee.
Warming campfire whittling.
Course kept to cosy maximum of six participants.

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Mar
27
4:00 PM16:00

YOUNG BUTCHERS CLUB 🥩

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Ages 8+ Session run from 4pm - 5pm

With guidance from our expert Butcher Simon our aspiring Young Butcher’s will learn a variety of skills over a course of 6 sessions ending in a Christmas party to celebrate their achievements and in completing the course. The workshops will cover skills like sausage making, burger pressing, chicken prep, some seasonal favourites and more. Skills covered in each session will progress in difficulty, with safely guarded knife skills introduced slowly as the Young Butchers gain confidence.

At the end of each sessions, our Young Butchers will take home a pack of freshly butchered meat ready to share with their friends and family.

£12 per individual session

Please note there is a maximum number of 8 Young Butchers on the course.

*The Cafe, foodhall and deli are open during this time for any parents who’d like to wait, relax and enjoy a piece of cake!

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

HAWARDEN OLD CASTLE OPEN 🏰

Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 24th March for the arrival of the daffodils! 

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. There is a great booklet available on the gate with a full history of the castle. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on Sunday 19th May, Sunday 16th June and Sunday 11th August.

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Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

YOUNG BUTCHER'S CLUB SATURDAY SAUSAGE MAKING 🐖

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Due to popular demand, we will be holding a Young Butcher's Class on a Saturday morning here at the Farm Shop.

Saturday 23rd February, 9.30am start for an hours class.

The Young Butcher's will be making sausages and get to take home what they've made at the end of the class.

Jay will be leading the workshop and we have space for just 6 Young Butchers, so book quick!

This is suitable for ages 7+.

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Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

SEA SUPPER CLUB WITH THE BRIDGE LODGE 🐟

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Join us for the fourth edition of our 'Landscape Series', where we will be hosting SEA | Supper Club. Unlike our previous three landscape supper clubs where we served a three-course menu, we will be a creating a five-course menu of slightly smaller plates as we thought that there are so many amazing ingredients in and around our sea landscape that we wanted to try and incorporate as many as possible through five dishes. 

There will be lots of fish, shellfish and foraged sea-plants to wet your appetite and an arrival cocktail will be awaiting your arrival as usual.

Please let us know about any allergies well in advance of the supper club date, thank you! 

We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening celebrating our sea landscape and its edible delights!

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

MINDFULNESS IN THE WOODS 🍁

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An introduction to Mindfulness with nature as an aid and stimulus for learners to improve their health & well-being through a stronger connection to ourselves and nature. Our qualified and experienced tutors will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving you techniques to take forward in practising Mindfulness in your own time. All this will take place in the grounds of the Harwarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

The session will include; walking, body scans, mindfulness exercises, nature awareness, using animal senses and nature connection.

This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The class runs for 3 hours, from 10am until 1pm and costs £30 per person.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything” Einstein.

So, What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

Studies have shown the following;

• General happiness and contentment

• Positive emotions leading to greater physical longevity and resilience

• Reduction in anxiety, depression and irritability

• Improved functioning of cognitive faculties, memory, reaction time and mental stamina

• Improved immune system responses

• Greater harmony in relationships

• Stress relief, including a reduction in high blood pressure

• Better ability to manage pain

• An aid to recovery for Addiction and rehabilitation programmes

The term “mindfulness” does not refer to a single practice, but to a range of practice based approaches seeking to focus an individual’s mind and attention on breathing and patterns of thought as a means to managing emotions, feelings, habitual patterns of behaviour and unregulated critical reactions to events.

Running through all these approaches and therapies we practice an increased ‘awareness’ of the self and the environment, ‘taking notice’ of the present thoughts and conditions, including one’s surroundings and how these impact on the body.

Why Run This Session in the Woods?

Environmental psychologists have insisted that the physical and psychological problems of modern society are associated with a disconnection between human beings and their natural environment.

Humans are “hard-wired”through evolution to hold an emotional and psychological attachment to nature. Placing people apart from nature disrupts our connection with nature and can lead to negative impacts on wellbeing.

“Shinrin-yoku”, which can be defined as “taking in the forest atmosphere” or forest bathing, has been receiving increasing attention in Japan in recent years for its capacity to provide relaxation and reduce stress. Scientific studies have shown certain stress indicators, such as cortisol levels and sympathetic nervous system is lowered when time is spent in a forest as compared with an urban environment.

Mindfulness in natural settings is a growing movement.

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm £30

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Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

QUIRKY BIRD FELTING WORKSHOP 🐥

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Needle felt a Quirky bird with artist/maker Ruth Packham.

Using British wool fibre, you will spend the day designing and making your very own quirky bird.

This workshop is suitable for adults. Experience is not necessary, although some might help. Be prepared to sit for a long period and to bring your glasses if needed. You will be in a warm, comfortable and social environment.

Each ticket includes a lovely lunch from the Farm Shop, tea, coffee and cake.

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Mar
13
4:00 PM16:00

YOUNG BUTCHERS CLUB 🥩

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Ages 8+ Session run from 4pm - 5pm

With guidance from our expert Butcher Simon our aspiring Young Butcher’s will learn a variety of skills over a course of 6 sessions ending in a Christmas party to celebrate their achievements and in completing the course. The workshops will cover skills like sausage making, burger pressing, chicken prep, some seasonal favourites and more. Skills covered in each session will progress in difficulty, with safely guarded knife skills introduced slowly as the Young Butchers gain confidence.

At the end of each sessions, our Young Butchers will take home a pack of freshly butchered meat ready to share with their friends and family.

£12 per individual session

Please note there is a maximum number of 8 Young Butchers on the course.

*The Cafe, foodhall and deli are open during this time for any parents who’d like to wait, relax and enjoy a piece of cake!

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Mar
9
to Mar 10

2 DAY WILLOW BASKET MAKING WORKSHOP 🍂

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Learn how to make your very own round willow shopping basket with expert weaver Mandy Coates. Using traditional weaving techniques Mandy will guide you through every step of the way. You will be weaving with Mandy's homegrown willows with beautiful coloured barks, mixed with Somerset willow. At the end of this two-day course you will take home a basket to be used and treasure forever.

The course runs on both Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. If you are travelling from afar, we can happily recommend local accommodation. Please email sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk with any questions or queries. 

Numbers are limited to 6 people.

Your ticket includes all materials, a lovely lunch from the Farm Shop on both days as well as tea, coffee and cake.

This course is suitable for beginners and those a little more experienced, too.

If you would like to purchase this ticket as a present, please contact sarah.hellen@hawardenestate.co.uk for an official voucher.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

PARTY LIKE IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH MINIMAKERY ✨

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Party like it’s your birthday with The Mini Makery. This hour-long morning session will include everyone’s favourites; slime, slime jewellery, scented magnets and a personalised party bag to take your handmade goodies home in.

”Due to the high demand for our parties, we thought it best to offer out a Mini Makery party for all to experience! No birthday required!

Our previous party goers will all agree that it’s an hour of superb fun. It’s sparkly, slimy, crafty and good for you!” Ellie & Kate

Grown-ups are welcome to wait and enjoy an hours peace, put your feet up and enjoy coffee and brunch in our café.

Tickets are limited and heads-up - these guys always sell out.

Book here.

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Mar
1
10:00 AM10:00

CAMPFIRE COOKING FOR KIDS 🔥

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Kids can join us for a day in the woods learning to cook up delicious meals and snacks over a crackling campfire. Children will gain confidence in cooking up a variety of foods outdoors from wild teas, to fresh bread, to scrummy desserts. This day is perfect for any child who loves the outdoor life and they’ll pick up a whole bunch of skills to use on their next family camping trip. Expect sticky fingers 🙂

Kids will also build their own campfires and create their own camp cooking gadgets from natural materials to grill, fry, bake and boil a range of tasty treats. All this will take place in our bushcraft basecamp within the grounds of the Hawarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

Activities will Include:

♦ Take a foraging walk on the hunt for edible plants

♦ Baking scrummy puddings in a dutch oven

♦ Build your own campfire and cook on it

♦ Craft your own campfire gadgets to hang your cooking pot

♦ Learn to cook up quick & easy alternatives to toasting marshmallows

♦ Bake bannock bread in a pan next to the campfire

♦ Create a woodland feast with campfire calzones, garlic bread, potato waffles, toasties, nettle crisps and more

♦ Plenty of opportunity for play in the woods including favourites like den building, rope games and camouflage

Tickets are £37 per child and £32 for each additional sibling.

The activities are aimed at 8-12 year olds due to the higher skill level required of kids when doing campfire cooking, but we have had younger and older children come along so if you feel that your child would be suited to the day, then do get in touch with us and we can decide if this event is a good fit for your child.

All activities are based around our forest school shelter and surrounding woods. Children will make new friends and learn new skills whilst enjoying a fantastic day out in nature, all led by experienced activity leaders.

Parents don’t stay with their children during this event. Our forest school activity days are all supervised by trained and experienced staff… that’s us. If your child has special needs that you feel would require a parent or guardian to stay with them for the day though, we would advise getting in touch with us in advance of making a booking and we’ll see what we can arrange. We like to be as inclusive as we can.

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