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Cheese Making

Cheese Making
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Come and try your hand at making your own cheese here at River Cottage HQ.

During this one day course you will learn how to make a variety of delicious cheeses, including a hard cheese, a camembert-style cheese and a ricotta.

Award winning cheesemaker, Tom Calver, of Westcombe Dairy, will take you through the steps and processes and provide you with all the know-how to make cheese at home - you won't need much equipment or space and you can wow your friends and family with your very own handmade cheeses!

A delicious seasonal lunch is included as part of the day, freshly prepared by our River Cottage Chefs, and at the end of the day you will take home the cheeses you've made.

Your day at River Cottage


Tractor ride down to the farm

Welcome: Meet your host and tutor over a morning tea or coffee and tasty River Cottage treats.

Session one:  In pairs, you will start the process of making a hard cheese using milk from Tom’s dairy.  You’ll learn about starters, rennet, temperatures and techniques.

Session two:  Once the hard cheese is progressing, you will get the starter rennet in your soft cheese and get this underway too.

Session three:  Using the leftover whey from the hard cheese, you’ll have a go at making your own ricotta.

Lunch:  At River Cottage, food is very much the focus and your sumptuous two course lunch of local seasonal fare will not disappoint.

Session four:  The afternoon will be spent completing your cheeses, shaping and turning them in their moulds.  You’ll learn all about the aftercare for your cheeses and have the opportunity of a cheese tasting too.

This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on the season as well as the group’s interest.



This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

Wine/drink: We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Accommodation: If you need local accommodation please click here.

Age: We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.


Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian so that we can cater for this in the cheese making process.


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