DIY Courses at Valley View HQ

Do you, your family or friends have building work or a garden project?  Why not enjoy picking up a new skill?

It can be creative, rewarding and economical.

We aim to remove the mystique surrounding ‘Get someone in’ jobs, and encourage a ‘Can do’ attitude.  Not only ‘Can do’, but ‘Can do in a correct and professional way’ with a huge amount of satisfaction.

Our property restoration, hard landscaping, wildlife gardening and bush-craft courses can be tailored to meet individual requirements.

They are available to guests staying in Leys and Valley View Farm Annexe, and we also welcome non-residents.

Please complete the enquiry form for further details.

Learn How To Make Cider

Using apples and pears gathered from the orchard at Valley View Farm, this course takes you through the basics of cider making: selection of fruit, crushing/pressing, fermentation, use of hydrometer, measurement of alcohol, types of cider, storage and tasting.

Courses take place between August and October, depending upon harvest.

£20pp per 2-hour session, 2-6 people,

or £40 per 2 hour 1-1 session (includes a bottle of cider)

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Guided Fossil-Hunting Walks

Our fossil-hunting guide, Mike Sale, is available to assist you in finding your own fossils. He will outline the geology, fossil formation and other local features during your walk, and also be on hand to help identify your discoveries.

Examples of fossils you may hope to find are on display in Leys and Valley View Farm Annexe, together with a selection of helpful and inspiring literature.

The 2-hour walks take place on Charmouth or Lyme Regis or Monmouth beaches (depending on conditions), and timing is subject to tides. NB Tides times can be seen on the clock located in the Snug (Leys) and in the Kitchen (VVFA).

Price: £12.50 pp for groups of 2-8 people by prior arrangement.

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valley view hq guided fossil hunting walks

Learn to build a Devon Stone Wall

Under cover in the Old Stables or outside (weather permitting) at Valley View we will demonstrate the basic principles of building a section of random stone wall from the selection of local stone (churt flints, limestone, blue lias, etc), mortar mixing and laying technique to the final pointing.

Instruction and demonstration will be delivered by Mike Sale, who has 20 years wide-ranging experience in the building industry, working on listed buildings and renovating/restoring properties to a very high standard, and holds a Diploma in Project Management awarded by the University College of Estate Management.  He is currently engaged in the renovation and refurbishment of the Listed Buildings here at Valley View Farm.

This course is for beginners and no past experience is required.

Price: £60pp for groups of 2-6 people by prior arrangement.  Sessions are 3 hours and take place in mornings or afternoons to suit.

Make your own bird boxes

A course for all the family.  Learn how to make a bird box to take away and site in your own garden, ready for the nesting season.  We can also make owl, bat and hedgehog boxes to suit your requirements.

Courses also include helpful joinery tips.

Observing the cycle of nest building, feeding and fledging is both rewarding and educational.  It also helps re-bird your garden and increase the range of different species.

£39 per person (includes £15 bird box).  Minimum: 2 persons.

Build and Cook in a Pizza Oven

Learn how to build and cook in a wood-fired pizza oven on this short course.

Anyone can build a pizza oven – you don’t need any previous building experience to take part in this course. Participate in this hands-on course just for fun or to gain the confidence to build your own!

The course will cover all the essentials you need to know.

  • Consideration of the many different designs and materials you can use to build a wood-fired oven and how to source them.
  • A  safety assessment and discussion about where to site your oven.
  • The best wood to use for cooking
  • Recipes and the cooking process.

Wood fired ovens have been in existence for thousands of years all over the world. Whether you’re making pizza or bread nothing can beat that authentic wood-fired taste.

GET BUILDING

For swift results our course is centred on a proprietary Clay firebrick outdoor wood fired pizza oven sized for minimum assembly in the smaller space. Most ideal in domestic use, for when you have limited outdoor garden space or a smaller family/household. The structure and finishing layers are to suit Valley View, but can be adapted according to preference.

Price: £60pp for groups of 2-6 people by prior arrangement.  Sessions are 3 hours and take place in mornings or afternoons to suit.

Instructor: Mike Sale.  Further details from Jill or complete the enquiry form below.

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