Looking for something a bit different to do in the Quantocks this spring? Why not go all Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or Ray Mears for the day?Making Fire on the Quantocks

How about learning how to make a fire or learning to whittle?

Join Chris Silverwood up in the Quantock Hills for a spot of ancient handicraft. On Saturday, 10th March Chris will teach you how to light a fire from scratch from sourcing tinder and kindling, sawing techniques, axe safety to actually building the fire. Sounds like it will be a roaring success! You will probably need to bring your own sausage …

Then on Saturday, 31st March Chris is out and about again, this time teaching us how to whittle using hand tools such as knife, axe (with axe safety lecture) and draw knife. You’ll understand what are the best materials to use (wood?) and how Iron Age man (or woman) crafted their eating instruments. At the end of the day you will have learnt how to create your own unique handcrafted spatula and if time allows a butter knife!

Both courses are held at Cothelstone Hill which is a short drive away from The Old Cider House.

Courses are £60pp and to book contact Chris directly on 01984 633584 or chrissilverwood@live.co.uk – Go on, release the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in you.

Details at the AONB website