For the accomplished cooks or those who burn pasta there are cooking courses to suit your needs. To learn how to make a multiple-course gourmet meal head for one of the cordon bleu sessions, often held in top restaurants, leaving each night with a pile of foil containers containing the day’s spoils. Many cookery schools make the most of their locations, offering residential cookery courses and focusing on local fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Cut, dice, chop and whizz your way through cookery coruses that specialise in raw food menus, vegetarian meals and nutritious, healthy eating.
Chocolate lovers should make a beeline for the leafy north Manchester suburb of Whitefield, where they’ll find John Slattery’s Patisser and Chocolatier.
Location: Whitefield, Greater Manchester
Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Explore the world of Christmas food and drink with Michelin-starred celebrity chefs at the Taste of Christmas event in London’s Docklands.
Visit England’s oldest dining room in Newcastle and leave with some expert cooking skills from a master baker.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
In the picturesque village of Bleasby in Nottinghamshire is Manor Farm, where you can enjoy a tranquil break whilst perfecting your baking skills.
Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.
Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire
Become a cocktail-making master at the home of Bombay Sapphire gin. Enjoy a hands-on experience with gin experts, before embarking on a self-discovery tour.
Location: Laverstoke, Hampshire
Boost your culinary skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm, in Holmfirth. Great accommodation, great views, great food.
Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Learn the tricks of the trade with an award-winning chef at a cookery school housed in a beautiful barn conversion near Shrewsbury.
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine with new techniques that support Raymond's own cuisine and food philosophy.
Location: Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Become an expert in the kitchen with a Cookshelf cookery course in Eastbourne, before relaxing after a busy day at the 5 star Grand Hotel.
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex