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Cook's Academy

Whether you want to learn the basics or brush up on your cooking skills - this holiday will teach you how to cook a variety of fantastic dishes!

What’s it all about?
Come along and learn how to cook with a top chef! Whether you’ve never cooked before or are a bit of a pro, this holiday will have you cooking a variety of tasty dishes and treats. What’s more, you’ll get your very own recipe book containing everything you’ve learnt and will be able to take a dish home to impress your friends and family.

What will I learn?
You’ll begin by learning the essentials – how to prepare the kitchen and your workspace as well as how to use a range of cooking equipment. You’ll also be given your own set of equipment to work with during your time with us. With our chef’s help and guidance, you’ll go on to prepare and cook a variety of popular and tasty meals, including starters, mains and desserts.

What will I be cooking?
Your Cook's Academy holiday will cover a different theme everyday so that you experience cooking a variety of dishes from different cultures mixed in with a few favourites! The daily themes include Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Moroccan. Then there is the hugely popular Chocolate Sensations day and the delicious Bakery Day!

All recipes that you’ll be following will be given to you in your own recipe book that you can take home at the end of your holiday.

Can I do other activities as well?
Yes, every day you’ll also enjoy a half day of exciting activities from our multi activity programme.

Do I need any experience?
No, our professional chef will pass on their knowledge so you can develop from any level of experience.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
No, we will provide you with a full range of cooking equipment.

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Every day is different
We offer over 50 different activities across all our centres and we pack in as many as possible on every PGL Adventure Holiday. Please note that not all activities are available at all centres; please see the specific centre pages for more information.

Evening activities
The fun doesn’t stop there! We also include fun-packed evening entertainment programmes at all our centres, every day, all year round, whichever holiday you choose.

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Leading up to the start of our 2018 season at Bawdsey Manor we are investing heavily in our new centre to fill the grounds with additional amazing, purpose-built activity bases. Bawdsey will have a full range of activities from our classic programme including giant swings, a jacob's ladder, trapeze and climb towers.

Alongside our new activities, we are also converting the existing, historic clock tower buildings into a buffet style dining room, creating a new space to relax in and enjoy meal times, just a short walk from the main accommodation blocks. Dormitory bedrooms in the main house will also be improved along with the existing accommodation blocks in etc grounds that will be fully refurbished and have ensuite bathrooms added.

A typical itinerary for this holiday

Sample day on Cooks Academy
Schedule Activity
Breakfast Off to the dining room with the rest of your group to fuel up for the day, you’ll need plenty of energy to keep you going. Breakfast includes cereals, toast, yogurts, porridge, and cooked breakfast – you choose!
Don’t forget to refill your drinks bottle before you head off to your first activity!
Morning Activities Half day Cookery School
Lunch Worked up an appetite? Great – it’s time to replenish your energy stores with the dining room. If you have energy to spare after lunch your Group Leader will always be ready for a quick kickabout with a ball or you could relax and chat with your new friends.
Afternoon Activities High Ropes and Trapeze
Dinner Time to eat again – a different menu each day (and did we mention, often evening meals come with a hot pudding too – or you can stick with fruit if you prefer).
Evening Ents Talent shows, campfires, quizzes and much more – your evening entertainment programme gives you the chance to get together with everyone else in your age group and have some laughs.
Bedtime Bedtime. The younger ones go first whilst older groups have time to chill out and chat or watch a DVD. Then it’s lights out and time to sleep ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

Please note this is a sample itinerary for illustrative purposes only. Itineraries will be planned by the centre shortly before your arrival.


Most rooms will be in the accommodation buildings in the grounds although we will sometimes us the dormitory rooms in the main house too. The majority of rooms have 4-6 beds to a room, and a small number of rooms have 8-10 beds.

All rooms in the accommodation blocks in the grounds are being refurbished to include new ensuite bathrooms throughout. Rooms in the main house will all have bathrooms close by.

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