Cookery adult learning courses and workshops

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Explore new recipes and make your own delicious meals that you can be proud to present to friends and family.

Whether you are new to cooking, want to revisit some forgotten skills, or are on the hunt for new recipes, we have a course for you!

We offer a range of practical cookery courses and workshops delivered at our Camberley, Guildford and Molesey centres. You can also join from the comfort of your own kitchen with our online courses.

Our popular cookery workshops are one-off themed sessions that will allow you to try something new with step-by-step guidance from our experienced tutors. Whether you want to learn how to make the perfect classic pie, spice things up with a Thai curry or Lebanese nibbles, or fill your home with the aroma of freshly made bread, we have the workshop for you.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term, three terms a year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer.

Applications open each term in March, July and November.

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Course levels and information

We run courses for all abilities including some free courses that cover basic cookery skills. Each week you will will develop your confidence in a variety of cooking skills, so that you can recognise ingredients that work together and to master the use of kitchen equipment, including knife handling.

You will need to bring your own ingredients and tea-towels.

Cookery courses


Cooking with confidence

Learn and practise the cookery skills involved in preparing savoury main dishes, starters, sides and desserts. You will cook a selection of dishes, which will include meat and fish recipes as well as desserts and baking.

Cooking with Confidence courses


Easy everyday cookery

This is a general cookery course which will include starters, mains, sides, and desserts. The course is largely learner-led, with the overall direction of the course being decided within the class, and the dishes taught being chosen with the learners' wishes and tastes in mind.

Everyday Cookery courses


Food for the weekend

Learn to prepare savoury main dishes, hot and cold starters, a variety of side dishes and hot & cold desserts.

During the course you will watch demonstrations and with tutor support you will recreate those dishes in the classroom, box them and take them home to enjoy.

Food for the Weekend courses


Learn to cook

Essential skills, this free five week course focusses on the absolute basics, including knife skills, boiling, simmering, sautéing, steaming, frying and marinades.

Essential skills courses

Confidence Builder, this free course you will learn and practise the cookery skills involved in preparing savoury main dishes, starters, sides and desserts. You will cook a selection of dishes, which will include meat and fish recipes as well as desserts and baking.

Confidence Builder courses


Cookery workshops

Our popular cookery workshops are one-off themed sessions that will allow you to try something new with step-by-step guidance from our experienced tutors. Whether you want to learn how to make the perfect classic pie, spice things up with a Thai curry or Lebanese nibbles, or fill your home with the aroma of freshly made bread, we have the workshop for you.

Cookery workshops


Fees and discounts

We have a range of discounts and support with fees available, including money off your first course if you are a library member, a Surrey Heritage user, or over the age of 66.

Please note: Unless the course is funder by HPT, the course fees do not include the cost of ingredients, and you are responsible for supplying your own ingredients for the lesson. You will receive an email before the start of the course, informing you of the ingredients and equipment you will need to bring with you.

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