Let the kids get creative with cooking but still keep your kitchen clean by enrolling them in a hands-on class. Here are some of our favourites...
Wondering what to do with your kids in the holidays? Getting them along to a cooking class is a great way of making friends, developing skills and getting out of making them lunch. We’ve rounded up some lovely cookery schools that are available this autumn half-term.
Cookery Doodle Doo
Classes from £12 to £38 for a full day.
Kids have the choice of a cooking class on Halloween leftovers for £12 on Saturday 2nd November, or a full day of Halloween cooking fun on the Thursday 31st October for £38. The full day includes green worms for lunch, anti-vampire hummus and spider pops to take home, as well as Halloween arts and crafts and two cooking sessions.
If your kids fancy cooking in a castle, then this can be a fun way to spend the day. The fun starts at around noon, cooking lunch and normally finishes at around 4pm by which time everyone will have made something delicious to take away and share. There’s usually a chance to feed the hens, collect their eggs, feed the goats and pick something from the kitchen garden too.
Classes are scheduled throughout the year, but mostly during the main UK school holidays.
£13 - £25 for an hour
Cookie Crumbles offers hour-long classes in venues in both Kensington and Putney. Each week there is a different treat to be made, from milkshakes, pizza and puddings. There are also specific classes offered to toddler chefs and you can sign your children up from the tender age of two.
There's a big Halloween party on the 31st October where kids can get busy making bone bread sticks, marshmallow ghouls and ghosts and delicious pumpkin treats.
Swinton Park Cookery Class
£50 to £60 for a half day, including tea or lunch.
Got a serious trainee chef on your hands? Gilly Robinson’s children’s course is designed to build real confidence in the kitchen. The basic course for beginners will introduce your child to bread-making and basic knife skills. Whilst the course for the confident cook is tailored to more able young chefs allowing them to experiment with more styles and themes of cooking, covering some fairly complex techniques.
Kids' Cookery School
£17 for a one hour 15 minute class
KCS is a registered charity and its whole ethos is centered on engaging children in a fun cookery experience in order to give them the skills they need to make informed choices around food, health and diet. The classes are delivered in a fun, relaxed and informing way, and are sure to keep young cooks focused.
They also offer assisted spaces for those in receipt of child tax credit or income support.
Have your children been on a kids' cookery class? Do you have any recommendations? We would love to hear them...