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APRIL CAN CERTAINLY give you grief as well as goodness. To get the best out of it, it helps to have a mildly masochistic temperament - but then all farmers and gardeners need that. The gardening pendulum swings from chore to pleasure, depending not only on the task in hand but also on the weather's constant pranking. These schizophrenic temperatures may plunge us from shirt sleeves into double jumpers in a matter of minutes, but we were treated to a glorious weekend for our Get Growing in Spring event at Park Farm, which attracted over a thousand visitors a fortnight ago. We're now busily preparing for our Autumn Fair later this year. A month for growing rather than reaping, April may hold more tangible pleasures for the vegetable gardener than the cook. We should at least be reaping in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstallllthe field. The ram goes in to 'tup' the ewes on Guy Fawkes Day, which is traditional for those who wish to lamb their flock in spring. It means lambs can be expected from April Fool's Day onwards, and we welcomed our first only two days ago. Poor Pete the Stocksman rarely gets a wink of sleep this time of year. There was more success on the Fish Fight front, while our events team has also been busy. Hugh, Gill and Steve joined Hungry Boy Thom (right) on his brand new Catch and Cook course out of our Plymouth Canteen last week, with Hugh netting the skipper's catch of the day. Meanwhile we've invited The Pop-Up Hotel to offer a unique experience this summer at Park Farm, and tickets for our biggest bash of the year - Hugh's Members' Summer Party - are being snapped up. We hope to see you soon. Happy Easter!

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Bread at River Cottage

This month we focus on one of our most popular courses at River Cottage HQ - Bread. During this fantastic one-dayer our experts will explain the ins and outs of baking, inspiring you to abandon ready-sliced loaves for a world of delicious breads baked at home. It's built around our basic bread method, showing you how this can be adapted with infinite variations to give you complete confidence to become master of your own bakery. You'll be making delicious foccacia, ciabatta, flatbreads and pizza plus a number of others, some of which you'll bake in our wood-fired oven.

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Catch and Cook

Plymouth Catch and Cook
Back by popular demand with Thom

Headgerow foraging at River Cottage

Meat Curing and Smoking
Make the best bacon you'll ever taste

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Hedgerow Foraging
Join hedgerow hero John for the day

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Sunday Lunch at River Cottage

Easter Monday at Park Farm
Last-minute tickets available

Hugh's Summer Party

Members' Summer Party
Join Hugh for our annual bash at HQ

Get Growing in Spring

Summer Nights at Park Farm
Fine dining, nestling in the Axe Valley

River Cottage Canteen and Deli

Easter at the Canteens

We're gearing up for a delicious Easter at our Canteens in both Axminster and Plymouth. We've got the South West's very best wines, ciders, ales, cheeses, preserves and plenty more besides to make your Bank Holiday go with a swing. In Axminster we'll be holding an Easter Egg colouring competition for the children - the prettiest picture will receive a box full of River Cottage Deli goodies. We'll also welcome Suzy Sweet Tooth and her fantastic fudge for the kids, while the grown-ups can sample Ashridge Cider from Totnes. We suggest you book your table online for our evening service, but you can drop by during the day to say hello. We'll see you then.

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The Mussel Men reely need your kelp!

Mussel Men are a mobile moules-frites service championing local seafood across the UK with arm wrestles and press-ups. Intrigued? Find out more on Peoplefund.it

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Biggest bash of the year: tickets on sale

The wait is over. Tickets for our biggest bash of the year with Hugh and the gang are now on sale, but be quick - it's the hottest event at Park Farm since February's barn fire!

Biggest bash of the year: tickets on sale
River Cottage panna cotta to your door

To our utter delight, good old Hugh has chosen to make award-winning River Cottage Panna Cotta with milk from our friends at Brown Cow. Get it delivered to your door.

River Cottage Panna Cotta
The Pop-Up Hotel comes to Park Farm

We have invited The Pop-Up Hotel to pitch their boutique canvas hotel for a month this summer at River Cottage HQ, to offer our guests an exclusive River Cottage experience.

The Pop-Up Hotel comes to Park Farm
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