Build a Cob Oven Weekend Workshop



On this hands-on, comprehensive course, you’ll learn how to make a wood-fired oven using traditional building methods and natural materials sourced from the land around us.

About this event:

Spend the weekend in our beautiful beech wood in West Somerset learning how to make a cob oven with seasoned cob practitioner Tony Francis. Tony has years of experience building with cob and is an aficionado of all things wood-fired, not to mention an engaging and thoughtful teacher.

Under his expert tutelage you’ll build an oven from scratch with a traditional material that has been used for millennia all over the world. Tony will teach you all the stages of production; selecting the right stones to make a sturdy and lasting base, sourcing and processing clay from the earth on our land, mixing the cob (earth and straw) by hand and foot, shaping it into a dome, walls and chimney, and finally, using the oven to bake your own bread and pizza, and cook a limitless variety of delicious foods.

You’ll leave us with all the knowledge and skills you need to build your very own oven and a whole wonderful world of outdoor, wood-fired cooking will be yours.

Please be aware that you can't take the oven home with you!

What you need to bring:

Make sure to bring warm and weather-proof clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. We’re located at the top of the Brendon Hills and it can get wet and windy at a moment’s notice.

Wellies for treading in the clay, and if you don't like the feel of cob on your bare hands, some rubber gloves are advisable.


Camping on-site is available at no extra cost if you bring your own tent or van

OR we have a bell tent you can hire.

There is a compost loo and water but no electricity.

If basic camping isn’t to your tastes, then there are an abundance of great B&Bs and a few more luxurious campsites and caravan parks in the area.

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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

What we provide:

We will provide all the materials needed for the build as well as a delicious and nutritious lunch and snacks, laid on by our friends at Longstraw Bakery. We believe that eating good food in good company is a vital part of the learning experience.

What people say about our courses.
"Memorably lovely experience.This team do things so well!"

"A very enjoyable, well tutored course "

"[The course] was really well organised, right down to the drinks and food."

"A very inspiring and creative course, made even better with the participants. We had such FUN! The setting was just beautiful, and the food delicious. The most perfect day out in the woods...."

"We had great fun surrounded by trees and ferns. Lovely tutor and most welcoming host, Jane, we had fun, creatively, throughout the day. Jane kept us going with delicious snacks and delicious lunch. Made some new friends too"


Jane Crockett at Heydon Hill Wood Forest products

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West Wood Barn
Old Ways
Chipstable, taunton

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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