Grappling with bored kids? Want to find them something to do that's fun and instructive. We bet you do, so we've compiled kids' cookery classes from around the UK for your young 'uns to enjoy (and so you can enjoy some peace).
Offers hands-on cookery classes for kids – from pre-school up to school leavers needing help with how to feed themselves away from home. Run by Paris-trained chef and former food & drink editor of 'Family Circle', Carola Weymouth. Also runs cooking parties. Cost: private parties from £165 for six children and thereafter £15 per extra child.
The team at Munchkins believes that the decisions children make about food will affect how they eat for the rest of their lives, and are passionate about getting kids excited about cooking and healthy food. The friendly company works with schools in the London area, and runs after school clubs and courses during the school holidays, plus private classes or parties. Cost: Baking parties from £110 for six children for 1½ and make your own meal parties are £180 for 6 children for 2½ hours. Optional extras include prizes, organic produce and facepainting.
The Kids Cookery School
The KCS is a registered charity whose aim is to empower kids and young people with a knowledge about food that will allow them to make sensible choices about their health in a fun environment. Classes are offered during the school holidays and they can hold private parties. Cost: workshop from £15 for 1¼hrs; parties, £30 per child for a minimum of 10 guests.
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Children's Course
Your kids can discover the secrets of Raymond Blanc' cuisine in a fast-paced, fun-filled day guaranteed to leave children inspired (and exhausted!) The full day’s tuition includes an exploration of the gardens. Parents are invited to join the children and enjoy the fruits of their labours at afternoon tea. There are also classes for parents and children together. A day class for kids costs £255 per child for children aged 8-11 and adult and child courses are £510.
Crafty Chefs believe passionately in developing children's cooking skills through active learning. Across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and London they offer children's cooking parties, cupcake and cookie decorating parties and holiday workshops and courses. All workshops are nut free.
Cookies Kitchen specialises in providing cookery clubs, courses, workshops, parties and courses for schools for children aged 5-16, as well as offering dedicated courses for students and adults. At the heart of Cookies Kitchen is good old-fashioned cookery. Through fun monthly clubs and various classes their aim is to inspire children and give them the skills and know how to be able to cook confidently and understand the fundamentals of a good balanced diet.
CookCamp gets kids aged 8-14 'prepping', cooking and eating tasty, nutritious food and teaches them about nutrition, healthy eating and trying new flavours and recipes. Children make their own snacks, lunch and desserts during a fun packed all-day workshop, with plenty of samples to take home! One-day workshops held during school holidays in a purpose-built school food tech department in Bushey, Hertfordshire.
A friendly, professional, family-run company that provides cookery classes, parties and workshops for children and adults in various venues around the British Isles. Courses for kids include decorating gingerbread houses. Saturday morning children's cookery club cost £75 and there's a Fantasy cupcake course at £60. The online shop is also well worth a look.
Brook Hall Cookery School
This beautiful Grade II listed 18th century townhouse is a lovely setting for your kids to learn how to cook with fresh, seasonal produce. Choose from parent (or grandparent) & child classes, half day children's and teenagers' courses or a full-day's tuition for teenagers about to fly the coup. One day classes cost around £65.
Murray School of Cookery
The Murray School of Cookery provides day and week-long classes for kids 7-16 years old in a serene country house setting. A basic introduction into the world of cookery for children and adult courses are also run. Cost: half day, £35; one-week half day, £150; full day, £60; one-week full day, £250.
The Good Cook School
A cookery school for children of all ages, with an aim to arm children with the appropriate life skills to make healthy meals in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. As well as working with local schools, The Good Cook School conducts after-school classes, holiday workshops and cooking parties. Kids get to take home what they've made. Prices start from £15.
Cookwise offers one day, hands-on workshops and looks to teach children healthy recipes using local, seasonal products, where possible. Children aged 8-14 cook lunch and a two-course meal to take home. The workshops are held in a food tech room at Wells Cathedral School. The company also offer present packs online. A student pack for those about to leave home is also available. Workshops, £35; student pack and present packs from £15; private birthday parties (Somerset), £13.50 per child.
The environmentally friendly Bordeaux Quay restaurant runs a non-profit-making cookery school – instead, revenue is put into a community fund to help develop links with local organisations working towards sustainable living, cooking and eating. Courses include an Introduction Workshop, 28.50; Cooking with Children (parent & child), £50; and a Young Chef's course, £285.
Swinton Park Cookery School
Gilly Robinson's children's cooking courses are a perfect way for kids to master the basics and experiment with food in a friendly environment. Kids are split into two age groups: 6-11yr olds and 12+yr olds, and get to take an apron and recipe card home. Cost: morning class, plus lunch, £60 per child.
Bettys Cookery School
Bettys Café Tea Rooms are famous throughout the UK, but it's not so well-known that Bettys also provide cookery classes for adults and children. During half-term 'Young Chefs' from 8-11yrs and 12-16yrs can learn how to prepare a two-course meal, leaving the parents time to stroll around the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Cost: 8-11yrs, 9am-2pm, £80; 12-16yrs, 9am-3pm, £80.
Little Augill Cooks
Here, children have the opportunity to cook in a real castle using produce from the castle’s kitchen gardens, and chicken and pork from the castle’s farmyard. Classes are tailored to suit the children’s age range and demands. Workshops run from 11am–4pm and cost £45. Family courses start at £140.
Lucy Cooks' Cookery School
Family Fundays are based in super modern spacious kitchens and each family creates a three course meal. Recipes may include exotic treats like Lime Aioli, family favorites like Garlic Roasted chicken with cheesy butternut squash and a pudding that everyone loves: Chocolate Fudge cake. The Lucycook's enthusiastic philosophy is of communal enjoyment of cooking and extending cookery traditions to the next generation. Cost: Family Fundays, £110 for 2.
Kiddy Cook provide a variety of classes and education experiences that encourage children to adopt adventurous approaches to new and diverse food, as well as bespoke children’s parties. There is currently a pick and cook class in which children pick the ingredients and then use them to create a meal. Cost: workshops from £15 per 1½ hour session.
Run by BBC Masterchef finalist and cookery columnist, Fi Bird, this organisation holds private parties and food events in schools and the community. Children learn basic cookery skills and teaches them what makes a healthy diet, in an orderly yet fun environment. Fi's cookery party workshops are accompanied by her website which is a handy resource for parents.
Do you run a cookery class for kids? Then we'd like to hear from you! Email the delicious. web editor.