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                       2018 course dates
I will endevour to make this booking process more user friendly next year (2018), but for now…..

A one-day course, run by Fergus for up to 8-10 people.

One of the 10 best food related courses – Telegraph 2010

BBC Countryfile top foraging course!

“Just a quick note to thank you for a truly amazing day on Friday 27th June. Still a little in awe of the amount of knowledge we were treated to – felt a little odd to return to ‘normal’ life on the Saturday. The course goes down as one of the best days I’ve ever spent learning. The amount of preparation and thought that went into each part of the day was clear to see and I found it particularly inspirational to be able to try / experience something of everything we talked about! Your energy, experience, honesty and immersion in wild food makes it all come particularly alive.” – James (July 2014)

COURSES TAKE PLACE NEAR CANTERBURY AND THE SURROUNDING COAST

For details of courses run throughout the year or to check on availability for 2018 courses or to contact me to be put on a course waiting list.

You can also email me on [email protected]

START TIME: 9 am -meeting in Canterbury or Herne Bay, Kent.

New  Course Dates for 2018 (Last updated 27th October  2017)
All courses are 10-13 hr foraging courses (covering plants, seaweed and fungi) unless otherwise stated.
Click on the “Get Tickets Here” tab to get full information about each course, including frequently asked questions (under the course description). Of course, clicking on the button doesn’t commit you to buying anything!

Feb 14th (Wed) GET TICKETS HERE

Places: 8 of 10

March 24th (Saturday) GET TICKETS HERE

Places: 7 of 10

April 19th (Thurs) GET TICKETS HERE
May 27th (Sunday) GET TICKETS HERE
June 24th (Sunday) GET TICKETS HERE
July 14th (Sunday) GET TICKETS HERE
August 11th (Saturday)) GET TICKETS HERE
Sept 8th (Saturday) GET TICKETS HERE
Sept 30th (Sunday) FUNGI GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 6th (Saturday) GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 20th  (Saturday) FUNGI GET TICKETS HERE
Nov 4th (Sunday) GET TICKETS HERE
Dec 1st (Saturday) GET TICKETS HERE

TO BOOK PLEASE CALL/EMAIL OR IF YOU KNOW YOUR PREFERRED DATE PLEASE COMPLETE AND SEND (by mail or email) THE BOOKING FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

OTHER COURSE DATES POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FOR GROUP BOOKING 6-10 PEOPLE (or more – Hen parties welcome, great fun!). Please contact me or use my email address: [email protected]

General course description and outline:

Courses take place on one highly informative and enjoyable and  full-on foraging day, typically lasting for between 12 and 13 hours (12/13 before the clocks go back in October – the time goes really fast!) and involve foraging for plants, seaweeds and fungi, as seasonally available (not animals, fish or shellfish). We will explore different habitats, for example, woodland, arable land, river bank, waste ground, salt marsh and seashore (visiting at least 3 such habitats on each course). The aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available wild plants, how to harvest them sustainably and safely to utilize them as food, including drinks.   Nevertheless, a general introduction does not imply that the information provided is only basic. Obviously there are many toxic plants that can be rendered edible and, although due to time constraints such procedures cannot be carried out on a course, information may be provided on how to carry out such activities for those wishing to take things further e.g. leaching out oxalates, saponins and tannins from various roots and nuts. On each course we will usually look at and practice one of the following preserving techniques: pickling, smoking, salting (krauting and lacto-fermenting), whilst also making something that you can take away with you. In addition, a seasonal alcoholic drink will be made for you to take home. Lunch is served inside with a range of deliciously cooked seasonal wild food that you will have collected. Dinner is cooked on an open fire and includes the sampling of between 4 and 10 different seaweeds. I like to encourage people to get involved with the cooking. However, because these courses are tailor-made to meet your requirements, you don’t have to cook at all!

Plants give life, nourishing the body as food and adding vital oxygen to the air we breathe; plants have also been used to flame the passions, express love and ignite latent desire through the proffered bouquet of flowers or the gingko leaf concealed with shy, agonising and embarrassed hope within the letter of a Japanese lover. But love and life dissolve into insignificance in the face of the tragedy that is ill health. Plants can act as potent weapons in the fight against many common ailments, and this is something we will investigate in an ad hoc manner as we come across plants with such healing potential – remembering all the while the old adage: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, that is, understanding that it’s best to eat a range of health promoting wild foods to prevent illness rather than eating /living badly, getting ill and then using plants herbally.

However, we should not forget that the intrinsic power of plants is attested to with respect not just to their life and health giving potential but, also, with regard to their death inducing capability. In 399BC Socrates fell foul of the Athenians inability to distinguish sophistry from wisdom and suffered their stupidity in the form of a hemlock induced terminal and fatal paralysis. Stupidity – or at least inattention to detail – is a demon lurking in the undergrowth patiently awaiting those unable to distinguish, amongst many other things, wild chervil from its deadly cousin hemlock. In the course of our walk we shall shine an astute eye on such toxic look-a-like demons, realizing we all have the capability to make such simple distinctions with attentive ease.
Click here for frequently asked questions about courses not covered here.

For images and write up from a couple of past participants please click the links below
http://www.fieldkitchen.net/2009/05/20/foraging-course-with-fergus-drennan/

Remember: All foragers and foraging courses are not the same. It is wonderful that new foraging and wild food courses are being run now by so many people. But, you can’t beat experience! I’ve been exploring wild food use in depth for 25 years and running highly fun and  informative courses for over 10 years.
Let me share that experience with you.
http://thelambshankredemption.blogspot.com/2010/09/no-such-thing-as-free-lunch.html

Note: gift vouchers can be sent by regular or first class recorded or guaranteed next day delivery post. The choice is yours. No additional charge will apply to the more expensive option. Do be aware though that you need to be in before 1pm to sign for it.

Please do be aware that cooking does constitute up to 30% of time spent on the course. If you are purely interested in identification to the exclusion of all else then this course is not for you (try the Field Studies Council).

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I look forward to meeting you.

Fergus

All courses begin at 9 am The end time varies between 9 pm and 10 pm.

COST:

The cost of the course is: £185 per person. This includes a full 12-13 hour day, 2 foraged three course meals*, a tasty drink and pickle to take home, tasters of pre-prepared wild food products throughout the day, information sheets and transportation back to your hotel at the end of the day if required.

*Occasionally only a two-course meal is prepared in the evening. In November courses begin at 8.30am and finish between 4 and 5pm. These late season course include a 3-course wild food lunch but not dinner; this is reflected in the cost: £135

Corporate bookings by special arrangement for up to 20 people

Courses on dates not given can possibly be arranged for group (6-8 or more)

The last words goes to…

Testimonials

“I wanted to say a great big thank you for such an amazing day…. all we did was follow you about – you kept leaping off into bushes and over streams and had to think of all the things to amuse us with too!

It was incredible to learn all those plants – everywhere I go now, I can’t help scrutinizing the weeds…. just in case I could whip them up for a salad – there is a great crop of Fat [here] if you’re ever in the area!

It was so fantastic – the whole day! We crammed soooo much in and you fed us sooo well. Mum has already found a good source of [Jelly Ear] just down the road from her – in inner city Bristol!! Rob’s Mum has been talking about it non-stop since and has now vowed not to weed the allotment anymore as she is horrified by the fact that she has been pulling out perfectly good salad leaves for years!!

You really made an impression on all of us! So thank you for being so inspiring and enthusiastic and great! You’re ace

We have a request – please please please write your book – you have an audience that is eagerly awaiting it.

Also if you ever want to expand and start a cookery/foraging school let me know – I would love to be your assistant!

Anyway – take care and don’t work too hard!”

Claire 2007

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“Hi Fergus

Just wanted to say thank you for an excellent, unusual, and valuable day

last weekend. Tom and I enjoyed everything about the course. We learnt an

incredible amount and have hopefully absorbed some of the wide, wonderful

knowledge you shared with us.

It was weird going “back to reality”, but we will certainly take a lot away

with us. We immediately wrote down everything that we could remember – the names, the habitats – and even attempted to draw pictures of the plants we tried. I don’t think we could possibly remember everything though!

It was lovely also making new friends with Laurence, Becky and the scarily

clever Duncan. What a fab way to be thrown together with strangers!

We have recommended the course to all our mates and I will definately be

trying out the delicious birch sap wine recipe

Thanks again for being the perfect host and teacher

Wild wishes

Emma and Tom” 2008

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On behalf of the “girls”, I would like to say a very BIG thank you for a brilliant day on Saturday. We all really enjoyed the foraging experience, and thought the lunch and supper was both interesting and tasty – although I would suggest you give a miss to the introduction of the odd beach pebble in the apple crumble!

Personally, I feel you have introduced me to a new way of thinking about food and how accessible it is in the immediate world around us. I will definitely be putting a foraging book or two on my Christmas list!

Best wishes

Caroline, Liz, Angela, Nicola and Helen

And a big thank you to you too Caroline, for organising the day. One I will never forget for many reasons. In addition to the food, there was great company, weather, and exceptional moonlight, to mention only a few!

H x

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Hi Fergus,

Christine and I would both like to say a huge “Thank you!” For our day out last Saturday. I had the pleasure of overhearing Chris tell her sister over the ‘phone that it was the “best Birthday present ever.”

We are still “downloading” the whole experience, but we feel it really important to say that despite walking and being outdoors all day, including walking dogs both before and after, we woke as dawn broke the nest day, feeling brilliant and charged with positiveness.

Just to finish, we found the day inspiring, we are going to supplement our diet I eat regularly in good restaurants in France, and I found the taste experience quite sensational, and Christine pronounced your Birch sap wine to be the best wine she has ever tasted.

Thanks Fergus for such a wonderful day, and best of luck with your future endeavours.

Best regards,

Peter

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SEASONAL COMMENTS (all unsolicited I must add!)

March

Thank you for a really brilliant day yesterday.

It was fascinating and you are the most wonderfully informative, enthusiastic and patient(!) teacher……we had a wonderful day and will never look at a hedgerow, wood, seashore…. in the same way again!

Here are a few photos of a truly unforgettable day and thank you again

Love

Tessa & David

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April

Thank you so much for Saturday’s foraging extravaganza! I was blown away by just how much we learned and experienced in one day. Your vibrance, enthusiasm and knowledge are incredibly inspiring. I hope you get a book deal and manage to continue what you’re doing. Elaina and I are talking about acquiring some baskets and starting some foraging in our local area. I will certainly recommend your courses to all my friends and colleagues and I will see if there are any opportunities for linking educational work.

All the best,

Shayna :-)

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………………..I really enjoyed the course, it is really rare to meet someone so

passionate about plants and at the same time with such a good mix of

practical and theoretical knowledge………………

thanks again,

Peter

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Thanks very much for your most incredible and mindopening forage lastsaturday. It was inspiring and has opened my mind to the world aroundin a completely unexpected way. From the culinary wonders andunexpected new explosions of taste to the observation of wildplants innew ways. Many thanks also for the list of stuff which peter forwarded onto me. all the best with all your foraging projects!

Dan

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Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful day of foraging, learning and feasting on Saturday. Your knowledge of plants is awsome and I learnt a lot in one day. Your hospitality and food was first class and I know I made a right pig of myself, but happily. The gorse vodka is turning a lovely yellow colour and I can’t wait to sample it. I’m looking forward to tucking into my pickled jelly ear fungi. I loved everything I ate, but my absolute favourites were the sea beet, grated Alexanders root and the one you cooked en route and served with lemon and butter (Hogweed, I think).

T hanks for a mindblowing experience and good luck with the 12 month sugar and alcohol abstinence

Judy

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May

Many thanks for the list and photo’s.

I would like to say a big thank you for the fantastic day both Mark and I had on Saturday.

Your enthusiasm for the subject was certainly contagious and your knowledge on the various plants, fungi and trees is amazing. The amount of time and effort that you put into the day both before and during did not go un-noticed.

Your warm, open and friendly personality also made the day all the more enjoyable, you were a great host. I shall have fond memories of the day for a long while to come.

I have already recommended you to several friends and colleagues, and would like to book up for two people on your next available mushroom course (preferably at the weekends), be it this year or next please let me know availability.

Many thanks again Fergus

Greg

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June

Thanks very much for the foraging course last weekend. We REALLY enjoyed it!

Kerry and Sid

Our foraging day was a rich experience – not only providing an introduction to food foraging, but also good company out in the fresh air with my fellow foragers and yourself who proved to be an entirely convivial guide. I was bowled over by your sheer enthusiasm, enviable knowledge and deep respect for wild food and its environment. Even more impressive was the energy you invested and effort that went to in planning the day and the food treats he produced along the way to keep our energy levels up – ah those cherry chocolate mushrooms and the birch tree sap drink. We left with an alcoholic drink, carefully cradled in our bags, stuffed with dog rose and elderflower blossom which we foraged. Part of the Kent countryside and the fruits of the summer bottled for a treat three weeks hence.

And what fantastic post course information you sent. Thank you so much and for your excellent tutoring in foraging on Saturday. You were fab.

I do admire what you are doing hugely.

All best Kay

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July

The best! Thanks again for making it such an informative, fun time and for making us so welcome in your home – not to mention the delicious food. Don’t think I’ll be able to go on a country walk now without looking at the ground! …….thanks again for such a fabulous day; it was a real eye-opener.

Anna

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August

We so enjoyed out day with you on Saturday- highlights were definitely the seaweed (something I never thought I would hear myself say!)

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September

Saturday’s course was truly an eye opener. Thank you for a superb day.

Darren

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October

Saturday’s course was every “superlative” adjective I can think of, and one of the best ways I’ve spent 12/13 hours in a long time and, whilst one may baulk at the cost when booking, you definitely get your money’s worth. The food you prepared was absolutely gorgeous and I’m already planning my next foraging foray – probably in Devon in a couple of weeks.

Your enthusiasm is very infectious, and you’re very generous with your time and I feel very inspired. If the others send their photographs to you, could you forward them on to me please.

Many, many thanks and hopefully I’ll learn some more and pick up further tips in Bristol. And I’d like to come on another one in the spring, I think.

Best wishes,

Sue

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November 21st

I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for such a fun day on Saturday, you’re enthusiasm for all things foraged is totally inspiring and all the food was totally delicious.

The day really exceeded all our expectations & the amount thought & effort on your part was really appreciated by all of us. We were all saying on the train back that our heads were so full of so much new & interesting information, would be great to get some reminders on the specific names of the mushrooms & seaweed that we found when you get a chance.

Definitely the best day out that I’ve had for a really long time & one that none of us will forget – the headlamp foraging & beach fire dinner were real highlights for me. Looking forward to Christmas & our plum vodka to be ready to drink.

Nick & I are really keen to come down & do another course with you in the summer & I have a couple of mate’s who I know would love to do it too, so it would be great if we could find another date where 6 of us could come down again.

We have a really busy start to the year as we’re getting married in mid May, so sometime between mid June & end of August would be perfect – are there any times within that period that are particularly good? Would be great if you could let me know which weekends are best & we can get something booked up……

Thanks so much again for such a memorable & fun day & look forward to hopefully seeing you again in the summer.

Love Lucy

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PAYMENT AND CANCELLATIONS

In previous years I tried to be really laid back and flexible about payment times, methods and booking confirmations- what a mistake, what a hassle, what a bloody nightmare! This year then it’s the big bad grown up way so must apologise in advance if this seems ruthless and mean. It’s not meant to be!

Place or places on a course will be secured only upon advanced payment of their FULL cost. Payment is by cheque or bank transfer only*. You may cancel up to 1 month before the course date and receive a 100% refund. After that time cancellation will result in a complete loss of all deposits – without exception.

If I cancel a course at any point a full refund will be offered.

Should you need to cancel, when possible, and if desired, I will try to arrange an alternative date for you (provided you do not cancel in the month before the course)- often though that is only possible during the week.

 

COURSES PURCHASED AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

For courses purchased this way, I fully understand that due to the surprise element of gift giving you may not be able to confirm a date you would like to book for until after Christmas. This is fine. However, A DATE WILL HAVE TO BE FINALISED BY THE END OF FEBRUARY. I’m not good at juggling (marbles) so 40 people wanting to keep their options open for as long as possible will simply result in me losing all my marbles! I know it seems harsh, but if you have not confirmed by END FEB you will lose 25% of your deposit and the rest will be returned to you.

When booking please can you make sure you give me a land line contact number, a mobile number, email address, and land address. Also it is important that you specify any food preferences, allergies or intolerances you or your friends may have. A BOOKING FORM WILL BE SENT TO YOU WHERE YOU CAN PUT DOWN SUCH INFORMATION.

On the day of the course ideally you should bring waterproofs – both top and bottoms, good walking boots and a spare pair of Wellington boots. For October and November courses an extra jumper or warm coat is useful for the outside meal in the evening. Actually, bring an extra jumper anyway. If it’s windy on the beach (not usually) it can bring the temperature down at any time of the year.

BOOKING FORM

Fergus The Forager Booking Information

Thank you for choosing Fergus The Forager!

This BOOKING INFORMATION document aims to provide all the information you require to book and pay for a Fergus The Forager course place.

COURSE DATES AND AVAILABILITY  2013    http://www.wildmanwildfood.co.uk/pages/courses.htm

To make a Fergus The Forager course booking, simply read the terms and conditions then complete the following BOOKING FORM and EMERGENCY DETAILS (PAGES 1-2), and return them to me. For further general queries & private programs contact Fergus Drennan at –

[email protected]

Due to the nature of the work, especially during the busy summer months, office hours can be quite erratic. So don’t be concerned if you do not receive an immediate reply, I will always endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can, but please note that this can occasionally take up to ten days – Thank you for your patience.

If your inquiry is very urgent, please use the following mobile number – 07904801047 (+020 106 3819728  -Egypt until Dec 15th 2014)

Under exceptional circumstances Wild Man Wild Food reserves the right to cancel any course for whatever reason and return Monies paid without further liability. You are advised to have your own appropriate insurance in case you have to cancel a course place. If you pay for a course place that is oversubscribed your money will be refunded in full.
PLEASE PRINT OUT AND RETURN THE RELEVANT PARTS OF PAGES 1-4 BELOW
OR FILL IN AND EMAIL TO ME.

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Fergus The Forager – Booking Form

Wild Man Wild Food, 16 Underdown Road, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 5BP

Tel: 07904801047 (+020 106 3819728  -Egypt until Dec 15th 2014) Email [email protected]com

http://www.fergustheforager.com

 

Title:      First Name:                  Surname:

Address:

Post Code:

Tel: Home                                          Tel: Work

Mobile No:                                         Email:

Date of Birth:                                     Male:             Female:

Occupation:

Course Date:

I will arrive by Car:                   I will arrive by train. (Note, the railway station is right next door to where we begin
                   and end the day):

Are you purchasing this course as a gift? Yes/No

If ‘yes’, would you like to be sent a foraging gift card and information that you can pass on?
Would you like me to send the card directly? If so please supply recipient’s address.

 

 

Please inform us if there are any changes to the details above

All correspondence from Fergus The Forager will be sent via email, please ensure you have included a current, clearly written email address (and that Hotmail accounts are not full). If you would prefer to receive all further correspondence by post, please indicate by ticking here.

Declaration: Signed by the person named above: I agree that I have read, and that I accept the

Fergus The Forager terms & conditions. I also recognize and agree that, as with any outdoor activity,

the courses and events offered by Fergus The Forager contain an element of personal risk, and

however unlikely, the risk can become a reality. Payment and/or attendance on the course indicates an acceptance of Fergus The Forager’s terms & conditions.

Signed:                                                Date:

 

* Typing your name is sufficient acknowledgement that you agree to our terms & conditions.

An actual signature will be asked for when you arrive for your course.

cheque / postal order is enclosed

For the following amount:

(Payable to Fergus Drennan)

Tick here if you would like a receipt of payment:

I require a proforma invoice before my ORGANISATION will pay –

Do you have any special dietary requirements or allergies?

For office use only:

Ref. No.

Deposit acknowledged:

Full payment received:

Arrival details sent:

Notes:

Please ensure that you have read and fully understood our terms and conditions before signing this form.

Please complete in block capitals and send with your deposit to the below address.

Where a ‘tick’ is asked for, please use an ‘X’

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Fergus The Forager – Emergency Details Form

Your personal Details:

First Name:                                  Surname:                                          Date of Birth:

Course Date:

Next of kin:

In the event of a serious injury whom should we contact on your behalf?

Title:                                          First Name:                                               Surname:

Telephone Numbers: Home:                                             Work:

Mobile No:                                                                    How are they related to you?

Medical / Dietary Details

Blood Type & Rhesus Factor (if known): N.H.S. No. (if known):

Have you had a Tetanus booster within the last ten years? Yes/ No
Do you suffer from any medical conditions, allergies, or recent injuries that we should be aware of?

E.g. Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Haemophilia, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Insect Stings, etc.

Are you currently taking any prescribed medication? Yes/ No

If yes, please list:

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Do you have special dietary requirements, eg vegan, vegetarian, diabetic, raw, gluten free etc?

Are there any foods which you simply dislike – a lot!?

Do you eat fish?

ALL INFORMATION WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

Declaration signed by the person named above: I recognise and agree that, as with any outdoor activity, the courses and events offered by Fergus The Forager contain an element of personal risk, and that however unlikely, the risk can become a reality.

Signed:                                            Date:

* Typing your name is sufficient acknowledgement that you agree to our terms & conditions.

An actual signature will be asked for when you arrive for your course.

All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored, introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means

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Fergus The Forager Terms & Conditions

Please read these terms & conditions carefully before completing and returning our booking form. Once a completed booking form has been accepted in writing by Fergus The Forager all the persons named on the booking form (“the client(s)”) will have entered a binding contract on the basis of these terms & conditions. If you have any questions about them please do not hesitate to contact us.

1. Agreement

Agreement on the basis these terms & conditions arise upon the fulfillment of all of the following: receipt by Fergus The Forager of a properly completed booking form accompanied by the payment or deposit specified in that booking form; clearance of the payment or deposit into  Fergus The Forager’s bank account; acceptance by  Fergus The Forager in writing.

Fergus The Forager reserves the right, in its absolute discretion and without the need to give reasons, to refuse to accept a booking. In such circumstances no agreement arises and  Fergus The Forager will return any payment accompanying the booking form. The agreement is between  Fergus The Forager and the client(s) and is the sole agreement between those parties. No variation of these terms & conditions shall be applicable unless agreed in writing by  Fergus The Forager before the relevant course. The person signing the booking form shall be deemed to sign that form for his / herself and as agent for all other persons listed on that form and warrants that he/she is appointed agent for that purpose.

The agreement is governed by English law.

2. Payment

The balance of the fee as specified on the booking form must be paid in full by the date specified on the booking form, or if no date is specified, no later than eight weeks before the course. If not so paid,  Fergus The Forager reserves the right to treat the agreement as cancelled by the client(s) pursuant to clause 4, below.

3. Prices

Whilst every effort is made to limit prices to those given in the booking form,  Fergus The Forager reserves the right to alter prices should its costs in hosting a course increase for reasons beyond its reasonable control (including, without limitation, the cost of labour, transport and materials). In the event that a price is altered the client(s) will be notified as soon as reasonably possible and the balance of the altered price will be payable on the same terms as was the original price. In the event of the price being thus increased by 15% or more the client may opt to cancel the booking and will then be entitled to a refund of all monies paid.

4. Cancellation by client(s)
If the booking is cancelled by the client(s) (for any reason) the following cancellation charge will arise:
Place or places on a course will be secured only upon advanced payment of their FULL cost. Payment is by cheque  or money transfer only. You may cancel up to 1 month before the course date and receive a 100% refund. After that time  any cancellation will, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, result in a complete loss of all deposits.
If I cancel a course at any point a full refund will be offered.

And the client acknowledges that it is reasonable for such penalties to arise, given the need for  Fergus The Forager to make preparations for a course substantially in advance of the course.

 

5. Variation of a course by Fergus The Forager

A Fergus The Forager course is, by its very nature, exposed to natural variables, including the weather. Whilst every reasonable effort is made to deal with (indeed to learn from) such contingencies there may be occasions when ,Fergus The Forager through no fault of its own, is forced to vary or modify a course itinerary at short notice or decides to do so in order to take advantage of natural circumstances. The client acknowledges that information about courses provided by  Fergus The Forager is given in the best of faith but that because of the variability of nature it may be reasonable to alter or modify a course and that in such circumstances it is not reasonable for Fergus The Forager to be liable for any losses consequential on such a change and that ’Fergus The Forager’s liability is limited accordingly.

6. The conduct of a course

The client acknowledges that during a  Fergus The Forager course he / she is required to submit to the reasonable instructions and leadership of Fergus The Forager. The client acknowledges that persons attending a  Fergus The Forager course are entitled to expect a high standard of conduct and regard for personal well being on the part of all clients. For this reason the client accepts that  Fergus The Forager may, in its absolute discretion and without the need to give reasons, arrange for him / her to be removed from a course, if necessary against his / her will.

Circumstances in which this might occur include (without limitation) disorderly or abusive conduct; intoxication; inadequacy of clothing or equipment; incapacity or inability to meet the rigours of the course. In such circumstances the client will not be entitled to a refund of monies and Fergus The Forager will not be liable for any losses so resulting. The client will on demand reimburse Fergus The Forager its reasonable costs of effecting his / her removal.

7. Liability

Fergus The Forager courses take place in the open countryside and are by their very nature are not absolutely free from hazard.  Fergus The Forager makes every effort to minimise risk to clients and instructs clients in the safe negotiation of such risk as may remain. Consequently, the client acknowledges that there are circumstances in which an accident could befall a client without  Fergus The Forager being at fault and accepts that to that extent he / she is taking part in a  Fergus The Forager course at his / her own risk. Fergus The Forager only accepts liability for physical injury to a client that is shown to result from negligence on the part of Fergus The Forager. The client acknowledges that other loss, damage and expense (including, without limitation, loss of money, loss or damage to clothes and possessions, losses arising on the cancellation of a booking and the expenses of delay and harm caused other than by the negligence of ) Fergus The Forager howsoever arising is not the responsibility of  Fergus The Forager and that Fergus The Forager’s liability is hereby limited.

8. Insurance

Fergus The Forager is insured as an Outdoor Activities provider & is covered to a level of £5,000,000 Public Liability Insurance. The client is also strongly advised to provide their own personal insurance cover, to include ‘Working with hand tools’.

9. Complaints

In the unlikely event that a client has cause for complaint about a  Fergus The Forager course, complaint should be made to a representative of  Fergus The Forager during the event, in order that corrective action can, if necessary, be taken. The client acknowledges that it is unreasonable to take no action during a course but to complain later. However, should a problem not be resolved, complaint should be made in writing within 28 days. To the extent permitted by law  Fergus The Forager will not be liable in respect of claims first intimated later than 28 days from the close of the relevant course.

10. Subsequent instruction by client (s)

Although all  Fergus The Forager courses are taught by highly experienced & capable leaders, it is not intended that any instruction provided to any client(s) while on a course will in any way qualify that/those client(s) to instruct any third party & no warranty is made to that effect.  Fergus The Forager hereby excludes any liability it might have to any third party in respect of any loss or damage suffered or incurred by that third party in its reliance on any skills taught by any client(s) on the basis of having attended any Fergus The Forager  course.

11. Insolvency and cancellation by Fergus The Forager

In the unlikely event that  Fergus The Forager becomes insolvent all monies will be refunded in full. In the event that Fergus The Forager cancels a course, all monies will be refunded in full, or if preferred transferred as a deposit for another course of the same cost.  Fergus The Forager requires a minimum number of six clients to run a course.

12. Transport, Accommodation and Meals

Fergus The Forager can provide a pick up service to and from the nearest railway station to the course location. There is no charge for this service.

Accommodation is not provided. All meals are provided, including  a vegetarian option if required.

13. If you read all that, give yourself a well earned pack on the back and go and pour yourself a nice cup of tea!

Places to stay in and around Canterbury

Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Bekesbourne Lane, Canterbury, CT3 4AB

01227 463216

The following facilities are available at this site; Club Service Pitch, Club Standard Pitch, Hardstanding, Seasonal

Pitch, Storage facilities, Grassy site, Stony site, Some shelter, Toilets, Hot showers, Washbasins, Electric razor

sockets, Parent and baby room, Chemical toilet disposal point, Drinking water, Motorhome Stop-off, Laundry facilities,

Dishwashing facilities, Ice pack freezing facility, Children’s play area, Bottled gas, Payphone, Dogs welcome, Dog

walk.

Yew Tree Caravan / Camping & Holiday

Yew Tree Park, Stone Street, Petham, Canterbury, CT4 5PL

01227 700306 www.yewtreepark.com/

Choose from apartments, caravans, camping and the lodge. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, wifi and a childrens

play area.The Chequers Inn Pub is only a short walk from the Park gates – an ideal location for family meals or just a

quiet drink

YHA Canterbury

54 New Dover Rd, CT1 3DT

01227 462 911 [email protected]

The hostel is popular with groups and individuals alike, who enjoy the friendly atmosphere. It’s within easy reach of the

North Downs Way and Pilgrims’ Way, while the city itself has a cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, various museums,

guided tours and theatres.
Acacia Lodge
Acacia Lodge and Tanglewood, 39-40 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8LF
Tel: +44 (01227) 769955
Email: [email protected]

Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Historic Canterbury
These two charming 19th century cottages are conveniently located for the city, Canterbury West Station, and the University of Kent.  This family-run B & B offers clean & comfortable accommodation at affordable prices.  Off-street parking is available.

 

Kipps Hostel

40 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury, CT1 3JT

01227 786 121 www.kipps-hostel.com

A friendly backpackers hostel situated a short walk to the famous Canterbury cathedral and the Town Central.

Holiday Inn

Upper Harbledown, Canterbury, CT2 9HX

0870 720 0911 www.expressbyholidayinncanterbury.com

This is a basic, value for money option located on the A2, a major route to Dover, and about 4 miles from the centre of

Canterbury. The hotel has 89 rooms on two floors and 90 free parking spaces for guests. There is a small basic

restaurant where complimentary continental breakfast is served. The hotel also has a small bar.

Cathedral Gate Hotel

36, Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HA

01227 464381 www.cathgate.co.uk

Pilgrims slept here! This 1438 building pre-dates even the adjoining sculpted Cathedral Gateway. The Cathedral itself is just 30

paces away as is the bustling commerce of the Buttermarket and a wealth of busy shops, cafes and restaurants.

Ebury Hotel and Cottages

65/67 New Dover Rd, CT1 3DX

01227 768433 www.ebury-hotel.co.uk

Ebury Hotel Canterbury is one of the finest hotels in Canterbury. A short walk from Canterbury city centre, Canterbury

Cathedral and the Canterbury shops, this privately owned Canterbury hotel is located in 2 acres of grounds; offering

an indoor heated swimming pool, an award winning restaurant, a large car-park with free parking, and attractive

gardens. All 15 bedrooms are en-suite, have sky satellite TV channels, broadband wireless internet access, and the

whole hotel is non-smoking.

The Falstaff Hotel

8-10 St Dunstans Street, Canterbury, CT2 8AF

A traditional 15th Century coaching inn, The Falstaff Hotel is steeped in history yet offers you comfortable Canterbury

accommodation with every modern comfort. Located just a few steps away from the imposing Westgate Tower, The Falstaff

Hotel provides easy access to Canterbury city centre and its attractions, including the impressive Canterbury Cathedral, a

designated World Heritage Site.

The Pilgrims Rest

48-50 High Street, Littlebourne, Canterbury, CT3 1ST

01227 721341 www.thepilgrimsrest.biz

We have six rooms available with en-suite bathrooms. Tea and coffee making facilities. Flat screen televisions with “freeview”.

Off road secure parking

The Duke of Cumberland

High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AP

01227 280617 www.thedukeinwhitstable.co.uk

Welcome to “The Duke”, in the heart of Whitstable – home of the famous Whitstable Oyster.

Whitstable is a town of history and legends of smuggling, where the first railway line in Britain, the “Crab and Winkle Line” to

Canterbury was laid and which remains a popular leisure destination.

The Duke is Whitstable’s finest Inn and offers eight en-suite rooms decorated in a contemporary style.

Reads Restaurant with Rooms

Macknade Manor, Canterbury Rd, Faversham, ME13 8XE

01795 535344 www.reads.com

Read’s offers six restful and relaxed guest bedrooms, each one individually designed and furnished in period style, with

traditional English fabrics and all of them with modern, en suite bathrooms.

The restaurant’s widespread reputation is founded on the distinctive cooking of Michelin-starred David Pitchford, whose

seasonal dishes blend herbs and vegetables from the manor’s own walled kitchen garden with local game and fish fresh from

the quayside at nearby Whitstable and Hythe.

Thanington Hotel

140 Wincheap, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3RY

01227 453227

The hotel is conveniently located in an oasis of calm in this otherwise bustling and vibrant city, though just a short stroll from

the town centre and its many attractions. It is one of only two hotels in Canterbury with an indoor heated swimming pool,

available all year round and leading directly to the `sun trap` garden. There are 14 en-suite rooms – some with 4 poster beds –

and including 2 family sized rooms.

We do no accept responsibility for the content of the websites and have no affiliation with them. Please contact them directly for more information and booking.

The Four Seasons

www.fourseasons.com

77 Sturry Rd
Canterbury, CT1 1BU
01227 787078

Located a comfortable fifteen minutes walk from the heart of the town it offers comfortable well equipped rooms and a great breakfast

The Whitehouse
6 St.Peters Lane
Canterbury
Kent. CT1 2BP  Tel 01227 761836

The White House guest house is an early Regency Listed building retaining many original features, and reputedly the retirement home of Queen Victoria’s Head Coachman. This attractive guest house offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation and a warm welcome, second to none. A home from home for all our guests