Pizza and Pipistrelle Bat Nights
with the The Wright's Family at Barton Farm, Exmoor
With the barn lights twinkling in your eyes, soft music playing and the tricolour of pizza toppings spread long, you'll feel right at home, and so will our bats!
With a complimentary welcome drink, you'll get stuck in with spreading your freshly prepared pizza dough, made fresh by Liz, and pile your pizza toppings high with Linda's finest spread. Whilst Gary crisps up the cheese topping in the stone oven, greet our farm animals in the yard! You've got to meet "Oink"
Gather with family around our long wooden tables and whilst tucking into your pizza, take in the beauty of our 16th Century barn stonework and unique lighting...a favourite from our guests' comments!
As the sun goes down, toast your giant marshmallows over our firepit and listen to the bats overhead, as Liz guides you to the world of the bats at Kentisbury. Its even fun in drizzle!
Stroll only a short distance around the church and pond and you'll find pipistrelle bats swooping and flittering above your heads. What a performance they give!
Credit: IGO Adventures and photos: Johnny Fenn
Photos: Liz Cwilewicz
WILD FORAGING AND WILD WHISKY COCKTAILS
I had the honour of leading a wild spring foraging session for an enthusiastic group of active adventurers teamed up with IGO Adventures in the beautiful Heddon Valley, North Devon along the Exmoor coastline...
Did I hear wild whisky cocktails? Yes, I joined the wonderful and super talented cocktail connoisseur and Talisker Whisky Brand Ambassador, Jason Clark, who transformed a concoction of wild edibles into a sweet and sour hot toddy (hot whisky) to end the adventurous weekend. Divine!
Then I flew back to Scotland to finish my kayaking holiday with my partner 500 miles north!
WILD FORAGING, PROSECCO AND A CHEF SPECIAL DINNER AT HUNTERS INN, HEDDON VALLEY, NORTH DEVON
In association with the National Trust during my favourite time of the year, I had the joy in leading a wild garlic and spring wild salad forage in the beautiful Heddon Valley, with a lovely local couple and Hunters Inn chef, Darrren.
The wild foraging course starts with Golden Rules of Foraging and a wild recipe card followed by a gentle trek up the renowned slopes of the Heddon Valley (the deepest river valley leading to the sea, in England) to our wild garlic site, learning 15 other wild edibles, folklore and plant past medicinal uses.(no fungi involved).
We returned down to the Hunters Inn for a wild garlic pesto mash-up with a glass of prosecco followed by a scrumptious starter of mussels, my wild salad and a steak to finish.