Bowhouse launches seasonal programme of food, craft and outdoor workshops

Bowhouse food hub and the Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife are launching a series of classes, workshops, tastings and tours this summer, including wildlife photography, foraging, wild swimming and farm tours.

Published: 25/05/2023

For the first time, Bowhouse food hub and the Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife are launching a series of classes, workshops, tastings and tours this summer, including wildlife photography, foraging, wild swimming and farm tours.

Put together by the team at Bowhouse with an impressive roster of visiting experts, makers and producers, each event is priced individually and can be booked on the Bowhouse Eventbrite page.

The summer school event series comprise:

Charcuterie and Wine Tasting at Bowhouse

Friday 9th June, 7pm, Tickets priced at £42

Acclaimed charcutier Steven from East Coast Cured and Clare from Edinburgh’s Great Grog Wine Merchants will host an evening of wine and charcuterie tasting. Guests will learn more about the production and science of pairing food and wines.

Wildlife Photography Class on Balcaskie Estate

Thursday 6th July, 9am, Tickets priced at £125

Join experienced photographer, Chris Reekie, for a day of practical lessons learning how best to capture the stunning Scottish wildlife on Balcaskie Estate. Attendees must bring their own photography equipment and appropriate clothing as this will take place outdoors. A hot drink and baked pastry from Baern Café will be included in the ticket price.

Grass to Grill: Estate Tour

Friday 21st July, 4pm, Adult ticket £25, Child ticket £10

Join Sam Parsons, Farm Manager at Balcaskie Estate for a tractor-trailer ride and tour of the farms sorrounding Bowhouse. This will be followed by a bbq from the Butchery at Bowhouse. The tour will get the whole family up close to visit native breed sheep, Tamworth pigs and the Lincoln Red cattle herd as well as learn about the different crops being grown on the farm and learn about the sustainable production methods being adopted by the farmers here.

Healing Herbs with Rosy Rose at Bowhouse

Saturday 22nd July, 10 am, £35

Fife based herbalist, Rosy, will take attendees on a short walk around the fields and woodland sorrounding Bowhouse to identify and forage a selection of herbs and flowers. The group will prepare remedies to support wellbeing. Each ticket will include a sweet treat and hot drink from Baern Bakery and Café.

Foraging and Fortitude, Men’s Ocean Training

Friday 4th August, 10am, £135

This is an event to promote men’s mental and physical wellbeing. Jayson Byles is a sustainable seaweed forager and chef, who will host a foraging walk and cook up the ingredients over a campfire. Drew Smithsimmons of Cold Water Training is a professional therapist and cold water exposure coach who will guide a safe wild swim in the North Sea before demonstraing cold water immersion in a -5 ice water bath whilst revealing its physical and mental benefits.

Spoon Carving with Louise Forbes at Bowhouse

Friday 18th August, 11am, £70

Wood-worker Louise Forbes will teach attendees how to carve spoons in this hands-on workshop, with all materials provided. Refreshments and lunch will be included from the Baern Bakery and Café.

Rosie Jack, Manager at Bowhouse said:

‘Bowhouse was founded as a place for making and brniging people together around food and drink. We wanted to host these outdoor crafts and activities as a way of reconnecting people with the landscape in a multisensory way. We’re often asked about our farming practices at Balcaskie and wanted to draw back the curtain and show everyone what’s going on. Our relationship with the landscape is so important for our physical and mental health and we can’t wait to welcome talented makers and instructors to share their knowledge with these groups. Each class will be different and we hope that Bowhouse will continure to be a centre for education and fun.’

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Travel Information

Bowhouse continues to attract a crowd of food-curious people from across Scotland and travel to the venue is easy.  Train stations at Kirkcaldy and Leuchars are stops on the main East Coast Mainline with regular services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Stagecoach bus services 95 (Leven–St Andrews) and X60 (Edinburgh–St Andrews) stop nearby.  The popular seaside holiday town of Elie is under two miles away and a popular walk or cycle ride along the Fife Coastal Path. 

Bowhouse Farm, St Monans, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 2DB 

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