Butchery, Bacon and a Bit of Beer – Butchery and Curing Skills with Food Adventure UK, Llanmaes Sun 15th March

Butchery, Bacon and a Bit of Beer    Sunday 15 March 2015


Learn how to butcher pork and cure 2 different types of bacon.

This day is perfect if you want to learn some butchery skills, learn how to make your own bacon, and enjoy some craft beer.

Your tutor for this unique class is Illtud Llyr Dunsford, founder of the award winning Charcutier Ltd. They are an artisan charcuterie company which brings together British, South European and North American methods of curing.

In our hands-on butchery and bacon class, you will learn how to butcher a pork middle into the tenderloin, leaf lard, loin, belly and ribs. In addition you will learn about different methods for making bacon and you’ll make your own back bacon out of the loin; pancetta out of the belly and you’ll cure the lard.

Not only will you take home about 500g of leaf lard, 4 kilos of loin/back bacon,  3 kilos of belly pork/pancetta, 1 kilo of ribs and 500g of tenderloin.  But you will feast on a lunch featuring Charcuterie Ltd. sausages!

At the end of the day, before packing up all your goodies, you can relax with some fine craft beer kindly donated by The Celt Experience!

What’s included?

  • Hands on class where you learn butchering and curing by working on about 10 kilos of pork
  • As making bacon takes more than 1 day, you will receive full instructions on how to finish making your bacon at home
  • Recipe ideas
  • About 10 kilos of pork (packaged up for you to take home at the end of the day)
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Lunch featuring Charcutier Ltd sausages
  • A bottle of craft beer kindly donated by The Celt Experience
  • All materials are provided

Other essential information:

  • You must be 18 years or older to attend this workshop.
  • You will be provided with protective clothing which must be worn as instructed

Price £135.00

Location: St Cattwg’s Village Hall

Rectory Ct, Llanmaes, Cowbridge CF61 2WJ


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Make Your Own Jam and Chutney – Fonmon Castle with Food Adventure UK – Sat 7th Feb

Make Your Own Jam and Chutney  Saturday 7 February 9:30 to 4:00

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Where better to learn the centuries old art of jam making and preservation than in an 800 year old Welsh castle, on our unique and magical ‘Make Your Own: Jam and Chutney’ adventure?

In this class, led by Angharad Underwood, founder of the multi award-winning The Preservation Society, you will learn how to make delicious jam and chutney.

The course is hands-on: you’ll be involved at every stage of the way, cutting fruit, measuring sugar and filling jars. We find this approach is not only much more fun, but helps you really understand each stage of the process, and therefore get the results you want at home. You will also take home the fruits of your labours from our hands on, interactive class!

Our class takes place at the stunning Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. Built in 1180 and set in three acres of beautiful gardens, Fonmon Castle has been owned by only two families in its 800 year history.

On arrival you will be offered coffee or tea with homemade biscuits before heading to the kitchens for the class with Angharad. After the class, we have arranged for you to have a private tour of the castle followed by a beautiful lunch, featuring produce from the garden and near locality.

After lunch, before packing up your goodies, enjoy a stroll in the walled garden and discover all of its secret delights.

What’s included:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Jam and chutney workshop with all materials provided.
  • Jars of the jam and chutney you make on the day
  • Guided tour of Fonmon Castle
  • Lunch featuring local produce
  • Time to stroll around the grounds and gardens

Price : £85.00 per person

Angharad will bring a selection of her award winning preserves for you to buy, on the day

Visit Food Adventure.co.uk for more information.





Cowbridge Big Screen Cinema Spring Season starts with Pride – Thurs 22nd Jan.


The Big Screen Cinema in season in Cowbridge kicks off in style with the popular movie Pride on Thursday 22nd January.

Upcoming films;

  • Gone Girl – Thursday 26th February
  • Effie Gray – Thursday 26th March
  • Mr Turner  - Thursday 23rd April

Tickets priced £4 available on the door or in advance from the Town Hall clerk’s office. Open Mon-Fri 9-1pm. Doors open 7.10pm for 7.30pm showing.

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Big Screen Cinema shows Elf! Thurs Dec 11th Cowbridge Town Hall 7pm

elfThe Christmas classic comes to Cowbridge! Gather your friends and family. Don your Christmas finery. Bring your favourite seasonal tipple. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment! Doors open 7pm Cowbridge Town Hall  Thurs 11th December.





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Christmas Frackers! Llantrithyd Villagers against Drilling – Cowbridge Town Hall 11am Sat 13th Dec


Llantrithyd Villagers against Drilling invite you to their special Christmas Frackers event – Cowbridge Town Hall, Sat 13th Dec 11am.  Last chance to add your name to Llantrithyd Villagers petition to ask the landowners W Philip Thomas and Evan Williams not to allow drilling for shale gas in their village.



Chef – next Big Screen showing Thurs 27th November Town Hall 7pm

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Chef (Cert 15)

Following a fractious argument with a well known food critic the chef loses his restaurant job. With the support of his family he starts up a mobile food truck business in an effort to reclaim his self esteem.

This heart-warming and amusing film is written, directed  and stars Jon Favreau, with strong support from Robert Downey Jnr and Scarlett Johansson.

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Farmers Market at Cowbridge Reindeer Parade Sun 30th Nov 11-5pm.

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A very special Christmas Farmers Market will be held on Sunday 30th November at Arthur John carpark, North Rd, to coincide with the Cowbridge Reindeer Parade.

There will be a wide range of festive food and drink on offer, including Christmas cakes, Italian doughnuts, hot pies, craft beers and warm cordial by the glass.

Visitors will also be able to make orders for Christmas, which can be collected at the last Christmas themed Farmers Market in Cowbridge on 23rd December.

One lucky visitor will win a Christmas hamper full to brim with local produce too – simply complete a competition form on the day for a chance to win.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oh! What a Lovely War – with Big Screen and Cowbridge History Society. Weds 12th Nov 7pm. Town Hall

Special screening of this classic musical, bought to you by Big Screen Cinema and Cowbridge History Society.

Oh_what_a_lovely_warWednesday 12th November at 7pm

Tickets £4 in advance from the Town Clerk’s office – or on the door. All welcome.

Oh! What a Lovely War is a 1969 musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, with a cast including Dirk BogardeJohn Gielgud,John MillsKenneth MoreLaurence OlivierJack HawkinsCorin RedgraveMichael RedgraveVanessa RedgraveRalph RichardsonMaggie SmithIan HolmPaul ShelleyMalcolm McFeeJean-Pierre CasselNanette NewmanEdward FoxSusannah YorkJohn ClementsPhyllis Calvert and Maurice Roëves.’ Wikipedia

‘A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the “Game of War” and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.’

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