The hotly anticipated new series of the Great British Bake Off returns to our screens on Tuesday 29th August 2017. For the first time ever on Channel 4, twelve aspiring bakers will rise to the challenge as they battle for the prestigious Bake Off crown. Whether the latest series inspires you to tackle the kitchen – or just indulge in lots of cake – VisitEngland has rounded up the top places for baking-mad fans to feed their passion, from foodie events, to cookery courses and Instagrammable afternoon teas.
Watch Paul Hollywood cook up a storm at Chatsworth Country Fair, Derbyshire
1 – 3 September
The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and his former co-star Mary Berry will be cooking up some treats at Chatsworth Country Fair, creating their favourite dishes in a series of live cookery demonstrations. Innovator and one of the country’s finest artisan bakers, Paul Hollywood, will be appearing for the first time on Friday 1 September. Queen of baking and favourite of the fair, Mary Berry OBE returns for a fifth year and will be performing cookery demonstrations on Saturday 2 September. Masterchef judge John Torode, Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner, food archaeologist Alan Coxon, game specialist Jose Souto and a host of other culinary talents will also be hosting cooking demos across the weekend. Day tickets £22.50, two day tickets £36.00, three day tickets £52.00.
See GBBO 2016 winner Candice Brown bake live at Big Feastival, Cotswolds
25 – 27 August
Every year, Alex James of Blur fame gives over his farm in the Cotswolds to a family-friendly festival that is equally dedicated to food and music – as you’d expect from a collaboration from one of Brit Pop’s pioneering musicians and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The Big Feastival supports The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Revolution and while headliners such as The Cribs, Faithless, Ella Eyre and Louisa Johnson should make it easy to place the focus firmly on the music, the food really does share the limelight. It’s not only Jamie who will be making an appearance at the festival; Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown will all be cooking up a storm, alongside culinary heavyweights Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Nathan Outlaw. Adult weekend camping ticket from £189.50.
The Cake and Bake Show, Excel London and Event City Manchester
London – 6 – 8 October
Manchester – 9 – 12 November
A must for baking fans, these shows will see appearances from a host of GBBO winners in the Super Theatre including last year’s winner Candice Brown, Paul Jagger and Glen Cosby, alongside topless baker Matt Adlard and food writer John Whaite. Advance entry costs from £13.00 per adult.
Challenge Hollywood’s crown on a bread making course with River Cottage Cookery School, Dorset/Devon borders
11 courses per year
During this day of mixing, kneading, baking and eating, River Cottage chefs will inspire you to abandon ready-sliced loaves and discover a world of delicious fresh bread baked at home. Packed with information, demonstrations and practical sessions, you’ll learn the chef’s basic bread recipe and how to adapt it in many different ways, giving you the confidence to become master of your own bakery. You’ll also explore international breads such as focaccia and roti, make wood-fired pizza for lunch and create your own wild yeast starter for fabulous sourdough. In true West Country style, you’ll be transported to and from River Cottage HQ by a tractor and trailer. Prices start at £195.
LET THEM EAT CAKE: Instagrammable afternoon teas
If you ‘knead’ your cake fix after watching GBBO, look no further than these Instagram-worthy afternoon teas from around England.
Art-inspired afternoon tea, London
Voted as the Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the UK, Rosewood London’s Art Afternoon Tea is inspired by London’s vibrant art scene featuring five of the most iconic modern artists including Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Banksy and Mark Rothko. Served within the elegant Mirror Room, the art-inspired afternoon tea includes a selection of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and loose leaf teas accompanied by an art-inspired pastries, created by Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins. Art Afternoon Tea starts from £50 per person.
Artfully decorated cakes at Sketch, Central London
Enjoy caviar and quail egg sarnies in a setting that’s as artful as the food. Sketch commissioned Turner-prize nominated artist David Shrigley to decorate this perfectly pink gallery, and his witty illustrations adorn the tableware as well as the walls. Afternoon tea from £58 per person.
Unicorn treats at Pier Point, Torquay
This seafront café’s adorable unicorn treats are enough to make anyone believe in magic (or at least glitter-filled rainbows). Showstoppers include the hot chocolate adorned with party rings and the miniature cupcakes with unicorn faces.
VIP high tea at Hotel Gotham, Manchester
Head up to the top floor restaurant of this art deco hotel, aptly named Honey, for some decadent sweet treats (and a few savoury ones too). Design nods to the building’s banking past, such as the shelves lined with bowler hats, all add to the experience. From £25 per person.
Vintage Tea Room, Leeds
Enjoy an old-fashioned afternoon tea at Vintage Tea Room in Leeds. This tearoom prides itself on ‘good old fashioned service’ and traditional afternoon teas served on china crockery. You’ll be chuffed by the egg and cress finger sandwiches, lavender scones and fruit cake – all washed down with a strong cup (or five) of Yorkshire tea. Or maybe the Gentleman’s Tea is more your bag: pork pie, pickled onions and crisps with a bottle of local ale. Afternoon tea with prosecco £17.25, Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea £11.25.
A list of 10 Instagrammable afternoon teas can be found here.
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