What to expect from the day

What to expect from the day

There will be plenty of festival fun for all the family and a fantastic line up of chefs and guests. Find out who will be there and learn about our Waitrose Cookery School, yoga classes, masterclasses on gardening and the children's entertainers.

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Take part in a hands-on cookery class with our Waitrose Cookery School’s chefs. Learn to make the perfect prawn pad Thai (11.30am, 1.30 and 4pm daily) or a scrumptious fresh cherry pavlova (12.30, 3 and 4pm daily). For the children there’s biscuit-decorating (12, 2.30 and 4.30pm daily), and summer fruit smoothies (11am, 1 and 3.30pm daily). Classes are free but limited so make sure you sign up at the appropriate school on the day. Plus, meet some of chefs at ‘The Kitchen Table’ for masterclasses in cake decorating and cookery tips.


Hosted by Waitrose magazine Editor and regular
Masterchef judge William Sitwell, the stage will hold
discussions and interviews with our chefs and guests.
On Friday outspoken broadcaster John Humphreys talks
about his life and answers questions, and GBBO’s John
Whaite, has advice on using Instagram to build your
own online foodie profile. On Saturday, no-holds-barred
food critic Jay Rayner delivers his personal Ten Food
Commandments and much-loved chef Antonio
Carluccio talks about his journey from war-torn Italy
to become a household name in cooking, plus much
more. Line up and topics to be released soon!

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There will be plenty to keep the little ones entertained in our children’s zone. Junior chefs can get hands-on in a cookery class making fruit smoothies and biscuit decorating. There is the chance to meet the Gruffalo costume character, explore the maze or get creative on the
colouring wall.

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With good food goes wonderful wine – or beer, spirits
or cider, of course!  Master of Wine Peter Richards gives
a masterclass on how to select the perfect English wine to
suit you (at 11am and 3.30pm daily).  If you’re a connoisseur
of gin – join Fever Tree’s ‘The Perfect Gin and Tonic’
(6.30pm daily) and catch Pernod Ricard’s ‘Gin Story’
(12.30pm daily). Weston cider (5pm daily) and ‘There’s A
Beer For That’ (2pm daily) also have tips on food pairing.
Make sure you sign up on the day in the drinks area.


Try a taster yoga class (11am daily) with The Happy Pear, or a Ballet Blast lesson with Naturally Sassy. The Health Kitchen cookery demo stage is a must-visit for anyone looking for inspiration with demonstrations and recipes for some familiar
dishes with a modern-living slant – think raw
carrot brownies!


Watch our gardening expert Adam Pasco
give a masterclass in how to create a wildlife
friendly garden and keep the colour coming,
after both you can be sure you’ll go home armed
with plenty of tips. You might also want to take the tour
of the estate’s highly acclaimed water garden boasting
forty different varieties of water lily. Or take home
your own floral memento of the day by making
a flower crown (charge for materials).



Awarded Best Online Radio Station in 2016, we are excited to have Soho Radio playing at our summer festival. Soho radio is known for broadcasting street-side, right from the heart of London. Their DJ’s will swap the city for the country as they perform from the festival and they’ll also be performing a special sundown set on
Saturday night.