1. AUGILL CASTLE, CUMBRIA

Little girl baking

As if staying in a castle wasn’t thrilling enough, Augill’s owners Simon and Wendy open up the professional kitchen to little people on selected dates during the school holidays. Kicking off at noon, Wendy’s hands-on classes aim to teach youngsters about ‘real food’ and good ingredients. So your junior chefs will make something to eat for lunch, like Thai-spiced meatballs with tagliatelle; something to try, like chocolate éclairs with crème patisssière; and something to take home, like pink velvet cupcakes.

Mum Wendy, who also teaches cookery at a local primary school, loves to instruct kids about provenance and the science behind the ingredients explaining, for example, the difference between pasta flour and ordinary. Classes are open to non-residents, but those lucky enough to be staying at this 15-bedroom castle between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, can enjoy all of the luxury of country house living, with none of the formality that parents dread.

Price: Four-hour kids-only classes for ages 7-14 cost £65 including lunch; Six-hour family courses for one adult and one child from £150. Overnight stay from £170 for a double; £200 for a family room; two-bedroom suites from £240

More info: stayinacastle.com

Address:
Augill Castle
South Stainmore
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria CA17 4DE

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