Coastal Foraging Workshop and Cave Tour

This workshop with BeNutriful will take you on a journey from Kents Cavern, through the local woods and down to the beach. Along the way you'll discover the uses of different plants and herbs in the woods and once at the sea you'll learn about the different edible seaweeds.

Date: 3rd to 3rd June
Coastal Foraging Workshop and Cave  Tour
Coastal foraging walk basket
Coastal foraging walk
Coastal foraging walk
Coastal foraging walk lunch
Coastal foraging walk

Take the same journey that prehistoric people living at Kents Cavern would have made, through Lincombe woods and down to the beach before returning to Kents Cavern. Join Flora from BeNutriful, a qualified medicinal herbalist and naturopath and passionate forager and storyteller, for a hands-on immersive workshop, where you will cover the variety of uses (culinary, medicinal) of wild plants, herbs, and seaweeds as well as their interesting and unusual folklore.


What you can expect from the workshop:

  • A short introduction on how to sustainably and safely identify and forage wild plants, herbs and seaweeds.
  • The laws of gathering and foraging coastal plants.
  • An immersive walk journeying through magnificent woodland and coastal landscape.
  • An in - depth look at how to identify seaweeds and coastal and woodland plants, as well as other things that you could confuse them with so you know what to avoid.
  • Methods of preparation and cooking and storing - including pickling and drying.
  • The history, folklore and traditional and modern uses of seaweed and plants, as well as their incredible natural benefits.
  • Yummy lunch with things we have foraged. 
  • A Be Nutriful recipe book with a guide of seaweed and plant inspired recipes from your walk.

The Experience!

The foraging course will begin at 10am departing from Kents Cavern. From here you will walk through Lincombe woods to Meadfoot beach foraging along the way. You will have lunch at the beach (things like sea beet quiche, kelp and rocket pesto and wild garlic cheese) and do a bit of seaweed foraging before heading back to Kents Cavern for 1pm.

Once back at Kents Cavern, you will have a bit of free time before starting your private group cave tour at 14:00pm
On the tour, you’ll learn all about your Stone Age ancestors and how living on the coast at Kents Cavern allowed them to thrive. Discover 14,000 year old reindeer antler harpoons and witness the technique that Stone Age people used to make fire in scallop shells before being plunged into darkness during the famous Kents Cavern blackout.


Who's it suitable for?

This is suitable for those with medium fitness. You will be walking at a slow pace, but please note that there will be some moderately steep climbs and declines and some steps involved, as well as some scrambling over rocks (which can be slippery).

You will be taking part in a forage so you won't need to get into the sea but we do advise you bring some sturdy footwear!

Please note that once you depart Kents Cavern, public toilet facilities won't be available until you return.


Prices  £65.00 per person
Booking Booking essential
Date & Times Saturday 3rd June.  10am start time.  Finishes 3pm
Age Restriction

This event is open to people aged 14+, anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Session will happen whatever the weather so please dress appropriately.