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Froize uncovered is a series of workshops hosted by our resident Froize ‘wizards’. We offer you the opportunity to learn a new skill or nurture an existing one, increase your knowledge of nature and the world around us, have fun and eat a delicious two course meal in the process.
All daytime courses start at 9.30am with hot and cold drinks and a welcoming chat with your hosts. After the morning session, an informal light, two course Froize lunch will be served. The afternoon session will end at approx. 2.30pm
**Evening courses start at 7.30pm and include a two-course supper and vat.
FRIday 4TH JUNE 9.30AM
Butter and cheese making
with Vivia Bamford – A story of cheeses lost and gained
Suffolk has a curious history of cheese and butter making, at its worst the cheese was banned, and sad tales were told of how awful it was. At its best it has been award-winning and market leading. Even in this last year amazing things have been done to keep the Suffolk dairy industry strong and growing at a time of challenge.
Join us for the intriguing timeline of Suffolk cheese along with a demonstration of paneer and butter making.
ThursDAY 10TH JUNE 9.30AM
Late spring birds and birdsong
with Steve Piotrowski and John Grant
A delightful day in the company of two of Suffolk’s top birding wizards discovering the wonderful world of our local birds and learn how to recognise how they use birdsong and calls to communicate and command their territories. Sometime will be spent in the field – bring walking boots/shoes and binoculars of course!
Friday 11TH June 9.30AM
Building for Nature
with Jason Alexander
A ‘hands on’ day with our very own ‘Wildlife Gadget Man’ learn how to construct a bug hotel plus how to get the best out of your bird and mammal boxes and a lesson on various techniques you can use to get the best out of your phone cameras and trail cams as you try to capture those elusive creatures visiting your gardens.
Saturday 12TH June 9.30AM
Wildlife in Watercolours
with Simon Trinder
Learn the techniques and tricks needed to get the best out of your watercolour painting of the wildlife around us. Simon will demonstrate and discuss things you can do to improve your art. There will be an opportunity for you to paint after lunch under Simon’s guidance – please bring your own equipment.
THURSDAY 17TH June 9.30AM
A passion for Shellfish
With Mike Warner
Probably the most passionate supporter of the British fishing fleet, Mike will give you a masterclass in how to prepare some of the finest shellfish available from our own shores… There will be a crab cooking demonstration and a chance to get ‘hands on’ with dressing a crab – and then David Grimwood will show you how to cook one of his favourite crab dishes. Later, Mike will expand on the work he does promoting the industry and what we can do to help it not only survive but thrive.
Friday 18TH June 9.30AM
Find it, cook it, eat it!
A foraging foray with Vivia Bamford
How many miles have you walked in the last year? How many plants have you looked at and wanted to know more? Discover the wealth of edible and traditional medicinal plants in our hedgerows, learn their stories and share our fascination with them. Be guided by Vivia as to what and what not to gather.
The pathways around the Froize cover a variety of different land uses from paddocks to field margins, green lanes, and the reed beds beyond. Weather permitting, we will take a gentle wander, stopping at points to talk about the plants we find and how we can best enjoy them.
Saturday 19TH June 7.30PM
Star gazing, planet finding and moon watching
With David Murton**
This is an evening course with our star wizard who will not only give you an illustrated talk about the night sky above us but also why it is best to begin watching the heavens with just your favourite pair of binoculars.
We can’t guarantee a cloudless night, but you will be able to feast on David’s knowledge as well as supper.
(Please bring your own binoculars)
Friday 25th June 9.30am
The Art of the Bladesmith
With Tim Chillcott
Tim, founder of Green Man Knives and master bladesmith will demonstrate how to make a Viking knife and talk you through the history, art, and mythology of this ancient skill.
After lunch there will be an opportunity to have a ‘hands on’ guided go at the forge and anvil
THURSDAY 8th July 7.30pm
Nightjars and Night dwellers
With Steve Piotrowski and John Grant**
An evening birding class where, after supper – your guides will take you off safely to the forest edge where the heathland is home to the magnificent, mythical Nightjar.
As your eyes and ears become accustomed to the night, there will be the sounds of Suffolk’s nocturnal creatures going about their business – let’s see and hear what else is about!
Please bring suitable clothing and footwear