Second Clay Oven Course

After the awful summer we have had this year, if anyone had told me that we were going to have lovely weather for the oven building course at the Sustainability Centre in September, I would have told them they must be mad. I would have been wrong. Nine oven enthusiasts joined me on a gloriously hot “summer’s” day on September 8th for what was to be the second course of the Centre this year. We all had a great time building an oven and eating delicious (if I do say so myself) freshly made pizza made in the on-site oven. To everyone who came and really got into the spirit of the day – thank you very much!

I’ll be running another two next year so watch this space (or look on the Sustainability Centre’s website) for more information.

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Clay Oven Building Course on the Isle of Wight – POSTPONED!

Mary Berry

Mary Berry, cooking up a storm at one of sarah’s recent courses.

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the course had to be cancelled. It will be running later in the year though so, watch this space for more info! 

I am excited to announce that I have been invited to run a one day clay oven building course by “At Sarah’s House” on the Isle of Wight (new website coming very soon I hear!). At Sarah’s House is a super business which runs lifestyle courses and is the brainchild of Sarah Guy, founder of Isle of Wight Campervan Holidays. Sarah recently hosted the renowned cookery writer and über-baker, Mary Berry, who ran a cookery demonstration at Sarah’s House. Splendid! Anyway, if you are interested in coming along to my course, the details are as follows.

Hands on clay oven building with Simon Brookes.

Join us for the day at Greatwood and learn how to create your own clay oven.

Date: Saturday the 4th of August 2012

Time: 9.30 – 4.00

Cost: £75.00 includes lunch and refreshments

Call 01983 852089 to book your place.

You can view some photos from my most recent course at the Sustainability Centre in Petersfield.

Spaces are limited so get in early in order to avoid disappointment. I look forward to seeing some of you there in August.

Oven Building Course

Petersfield Sustainability Centre's Oven

The Oven at the Sustainability Centre

You'll be making one of these.

Last year I ran a one day clay oven building course at the Petersfield Sustainability Centre which is near my home in Hampshire, UK.  About 20 people turned-up on a beautiful, sunny, summers day and, under my supervision, constructed a clay oven like the one featured on this blog. The Sustainability Centre have their own, permanent oven on site, so for lunch all the participants made and cooked their own pizzas.  A fabulous day was had by all (even though I do say so myself!).


I’m pleased to say that I am running the course again this year on Saturday 18th June (2011).  If you’d like to come along, you can find more details on the Sustainability Centre’s website.  Here’s the link:

Maybe I’ll see you in June?