Baking bread is a skill which has undergone a massive resurgence in recent years – but not all of us believe we can craft a loaf just like Paul Hollywood.

It may be an artisan craft, but bread making is relatively straight forward with some basic tips – and the results are spectacular. Warm from the oven with real butter and some Lyburn Cheese from The New Forest larder, it’s unbeatable.

Alan Brand is a classically trained chef who worked in many top class hotels in his early career and now owns Stepping Stones B & B in Lymington.

For Festival Week, he’s hosting twice-daily artisan bread-making courses including sourdough, croissants, baguettes and seeded knot rolls – all designed to take the mystique out of bread thanks to his shortcuts and ‘tricks of the trade’.

If you’ve ever wished you could make your own bread, this is an ideal opportunity to combine your stay at Stepping Stones with a fun, hands-on experience focusing on practical skills covering kneading, proofing, shaping and of course….baking!

No prior baking experience is necessary; just enthusiasm and a desire to make real bread!

Located close to Lymington on the edge of the New Forest, Stepping Stones is a small luxury B&B serving breakfasts with a focus on local produce.

Venue: Stepping Stones B & B, Hordle near Lymington

Date:    Daily through Festival Week from 10:00am to 1:30pm or from 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Price:    Half day course £60 for up to 2 person including lots of samples to take home!

Or……extend your stay to include a Ploughman’s Style lunch with local ham, cheese, home-made chutney and a glass of wine for an extra £12.50 per person

If you’d like to take part in one of Alan’s courses head over to our Heritage, Artisan and Charcuterie page.