Grow Cook Learn - Cookery for everyone!

Family Fun at the Food Festival!

The Grow Cook Learn stand will be located in the inner bailey. Throughout the weekend we will be doing cookery demonstrations, so do come along and join in, click here to find out what cookery workshops we are doing for families.

Seasonal Creative Cooking

Join the Grow Cook Learn team for some FREE seasonal creative cooking.


ADULTS Cookery demonstrations!

This year the team are looking forward to offering cookery demonstrations for an adult audience which shall give a ‘taste’ of the courses we offer back at the centre.

Cookery tutor, Milly Rees, will be focusing on a ‘Sunshine Harvest’, celebrating the sun-soaked vegetables and fruits which are in abundance at this time of year.  Greenhouses and allotments are full of late Summer Harvest and she shall demonstrate some delicious new ideas for how to enjoy the harvest and ways to store it for the future.

Then savour the rich flavours and mouth watering aromas of the Caribbean, right here in rural Shropshire with Kitchen Thyme’s creator, foodie and entrepreneur, Sabrina Zeif. Gain an understanding of blending and infusing spices and herbs in true Cajun & Caribbean style to create dishes using local ingredients.



Over the weekend, cookery demos make way for hands-on family fun activities.  Join us to celebrate 30 years since the Condover mammoth bones, replicas of which are housed at the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms, were first uncovered.  Drop-in to decorate your own mammoth biscuit or have a go at making edible mammoth droppings! Get your discount voucher to visit the mammoth skeleton and marvel at his awesome size.


Who is Grow Cook Learn?

Grow Cook Learn is a registered charity running Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Our aim is to provide a training centre for food related employment connecting people to the food, the history and the landscape of the Shropshire Hills, providing opportunities to local people and visitors to learn and discover.


To create a training centre for food-related employment, a leisure resource for local people and a vibrant visitor attraction demonstrating the link between food production and the landscape of the Shropshire Hills.

This vision builds on four years’ experience of the Grow Cook Share project providing training in growing and cooking to local communities. 


South Shropshire Housing Association, their new landlords, see the Discovery Centre as an opportunity to support a valued community asset and to develop education and training facilities benefitting local residents and growing employees for local businesses.

At Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre they will develop employment opportunities in food-related industries and at the same time develop and enhance the visitor experience.

Huge thanks to Ludlow Food Festival

"We are thrilled to have the support of Ludlow Food Festival who kindly gave us £11,000 to purchase a ‘pop-up’ kitchen.  This has been used for numerous cookery sessions and an accredited ASDAN course at the centre and for an extremely successful community project this year; ‘Ready Steady Cook’. This saw the pop-up kitchen being used to take cookery out into the community to children’s clubs, village halls, residential homes and for groups such as the Ludlow Sight Loss Opportunity Group and the Dementia Group."

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Graeme Kidd Stage

The Grame Kidd Stage is located within the Outer Bailey of the castle and talks and demonstrations will all take place here over the weekend and best of all entry is FREE!

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Wots Cooking Stage

The Wot's Cooking Stage is located in the Inner Bailey of the castle and features top chefs doing FREE talks and demonstrations.

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For 2016 we have the very popular Pork Pie Making, Sushi classes, Butchery and Thai Green Curry. Book early places are limited.

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Kids Cookery

Getting hands on and dirty is the best way to learn, especially when you get to eat what you've made - this is what we're planning on doing with our NEW kids sessions each day. Education and fun, don't miss them!

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