Courses run from March to November. These dates are for scheduled wild food and foraging walks, open to all.
You can also book a bespoke, corporate or private session with me, tailored to your requirements, for a larger group, subject to my availability
Here’s the Edulis foraging courses & events calendar for this autumn so far:
Autumn fruits and fungi foraging course – Leeds, Yorkshire
Sunday 17 Sept : 10:30-16:00
Mindful foraging and positive identification of wild foods – we’ll be taking a walk through beautiful woods, fields and lakeside finding fungi and autumnal fruits and seeds, we’ll learn about edible herbs, plants and medicinals too, followed by a wild cook-up to taste foods crafted from ingredients we’ve discovered in the hedgerows and I might even make fresh garlic bread in my portable pizza oven to go with our fungi finds!
Adults £30, children aged 8+ £8, younger kids free
Email me to find out more and to book
Autumn foraging with – Killruddery House, Dublin, Ireland
Sun 1 October : 9:30-16:00
A guided foraging walk and mushroom hunt, lunch and cook-up, a great day out in a beautiful estate, learning about wild foods with two fungi fans, myself and the very knowledgeable Bill O’Dea – €70
Visit Bill’s site to find out more and to book
Autumn fruits and fungi foraging course – south Lakes, Cumbria
Sunday 15 Oct : 10:30-17:00
We’ll be taking a fungi-focused walk through beautiful woods, crags and riversides finding mushrooms, fruits and seeds, we’ll learn about edible herbs, plants and medicinals too, followed by a wild cook-up to taste foods crafted from ingredients we’ve discovered in the hedgerows and I might even make fresh garlic bread in my portable pizza oven to go with our fungi finds! The circular walk is about 3 miles, a bit steep in places, we’ll be going very slow and stopping regularly. This one is not suitable for pushchairs and might be a bit much for younger kids, email me for more info if you like. Looking forward to this one!
Adults £40, children aged 8+ £10
Email me to find out more and to book
Autumn forage & cook day – Get Cooking! Farsley, Leeds
Sun 22 October : 10:00-16:00
An intensive day comprising a forage in the morning, a wild inspired lunch, and then spending the afternoon cooking up delicious recipes with our foraged goodies at the beautiful Get Cooking! kitchens. We only take a small group so places are strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment, these usually sell out
Foraging lesson, lunch, all ingredients and equipment, cooking session: £120
Visit the Get Cooking! site for more info and booking
More courses in Yorkshire (Leeds, Otley, Grenoside etc) to come soon for later in Oct too.
Plus a shellfish and spooting trip for next February and March is in the pipeline (do register your interest in that firstname.lastname@example.org) 🙂
Watch this space!
Freelance writer and blogger Jen Chillingsworth at little birdie joined my July ‘forage & cook’ day at the Get Cooking! kitchens in Leeds and reviewed her experiences of the day along with her beautiful photos:
Foraging & wild cooking day – Jen, little birdie
Food writer and photographer Joan Ransley joined my May wild food walk in Leeds and wrote about her experiences of the day for the Yorkshire Post and i-Paper, along with some of her gorgeous photos:
Urban foraging: how to find your dinner in a local park – Joan Ransley
Writer and blogger Dawn Nelson came to my riverside foraging walk through the Winchester water meadows in July 2015 and posted a review of the day, along with her lovely photos:
Foraging with Edulis : wild food – Dawn Nelson
Photographer Mat Smith writes an account of his first foraging experience on my New Forest foray in September 2015, including some of his beautiful images from the day:
Fungi foray in the New Forest – Mat Smith
Want to get someone you love a unique and exciting gift? Why not consider an edulis foraging course voucher!
Example gift vouchers (valid for a year):
£30 : one adult place on an open course
£60 : two adults places so they can bring a friend (or you!)
If you’d be interested in finding out more, and the specific t&cs for each, do email me and we can find something to suit you!
What to expect
My scheduled wild food walks are open to all. You needn’t be super-fit, the walks are usually around 3-4 hours of slow, easy walking with frequent stops to introduce you to interesting wild edibles & medicinals as we go along, with opportunities to taste things. Sometimes we’ll all bring a packed lunch and have a rest to eat on the way round.
At the end of the walk we will normally gather round to have wild teas, usually from plants we collected on the walk. We’ll be able to sample some plants and flowers raw as we go along, but wild mushrooms and other plants should be cooked before eating so we’ll take the opportunity to have a little taster cook-up of our finds and see what they’re like, along with some homemade cheeses, chutneys & bread and maybe a wild salad or cake, it changes every time! I’ll also bring pickles, vinegars, syrups and infused booze for you to sample.
This usually takes another hour or so, allows for chatting and questions and to have a look in my books and to sample other wild concoctions and things I’ve brought along for you try.
Prices vary depending on course length, venue and whether or not any food is included. There’s usually a limited number of child and student places on each walk. You can redeem gift vouchers for open courses, and can pay the difference on more expensive special events if you like too.
How to book
Please email me at email@example.com telling me which course you’d like to book and for how many people and I’ll send you the payment details. You can pay by bank transfer or PayPal (there’s a small charge for PP).
Courses must be paid for in full in advance to secure your booking. For my refund and cancellation polices, have a look at my terms & conditions for foraging courses.
If you wish to redeem a gift voucher, please let me know this at the time of booking. If the course you wish to book is more than your voucher I’ll send you the payment details for top-up and booking. Any queries just get in touch!
Children are most welcome and I love having them on my walks, their enthusiasm is wonderful and they are fantastic at spotting things!
All children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult and will be in their care throughout the walk. There isn’t a lower age limit, I leave it up to parents to judge whether their child can walk for a mile or so over the 3 hours and will follow safety instruction.
The terrain is mainly flat but you might struggle with a pushchair in some locations, so please contact me first if you plan to bring one. A carrier might be more suitable for very young children. If you would like more detail on what to expect on the day then please get in touch, I’m happy to tell you whatever I can!
The exact timings and locations will be confirmed on booking (or you can email me any time to ask) and detailed joining instructions will be sent out the week before the day of the course.
This is because wild food is incredibly seasonal and weather-dependant, so sometimes I may elect to change to a different location a few days before the course so that I will have more to show you.This is very unusual but can happen!
I can find something edible to forage all year round, however I prefer to run courses in the months when nature’s larder is most bountiful and varied!
Spring is great for fresh new greens, roots, flowers and tree ID. If we’re lucky we may also find some of the first good edible fungi of the year!
Summer boasts greens, flowers and also the first fruits start to appear. With rain comes flushes of warm-loving fungi and a few spring species turning to seed for us to enjoy.
Autumn is the best time for a wealth and variety of fungi and fruits, as well as seeds, roots and foliage, some of which can persist long into the winter, especially if it stays mild.
Terms and conditions
For further detail about the basis on which I offer my foraging courses, gift vouchers and other services, please see my terms and conditions page.