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Let's start! Mastering sourdough starters

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Go from beginner without any experience to expert in 3.5 hours, or your money back. No quibbles. No questions. No catches.

This event is hosted at the comfortable and quirky 'Skittle Alley' at 'The Coach & Horses' in Wimborne, Dorset.

I'm Sharon Roberts, sourdough expert, author, chef and founder of Learn Sourdough.

On this highly acclaimed event, I explain step-by-step the entire process of how to create a powerful, high performance starter from start to infinity.

You need one of these to make authentic sourdough bread.

This compelling workshop is in plain English.

You’ll create a sourdough starter during the workshop and discover the science in plain English. All previous hitches and frustrations you may have encountered, will be resolved.

Everything you learn is based on science, in plain English and you’ll find it all in one place during this outstanding event.

There is nothing else like this incredible, intimate event. It’s packed with everything you’ll ever need to know about sourdough starters.

This 3.5 hour event is ideal if you want to start baking your own authentic sourdough bread but have zero experience or very little experience, love eating good food, want to eat better, if you've failed in your previous sourdough attempts, are producing frisbees (a technical term!) or just want to get cracking baking real bread.

You will master:
How to create a powerful, high performance starter from scratch, step by step, using proven scientific methods so that you succeed first time. You create a starter only once. A starter is essential to make authentic sourdough bread.

How to troubleshoot a new or established starter confidently so that you don't bin it unnecessarily.

How to maintain a starter to pass on to the next generation (some starters are over 100 years old!) so that your children and grandchildren continue to bake sourdough bread, that's delicious and nutritious.

How to store a high-performance starter (you’ll learn all the techniques) so that the starter fits in with your life and not the other way round.

And become skilled at...
How to spot dubious sourdough recipes so that you don't waste your time.

How to create your own fabulous sourdough recipes with ease, so that you can bake to suit your taste and your family's.

How to maintain and store small quantities of high-performance starter so your fridge isn’t overrun.

And get clued up about...
How much starter to use in your sourdough loaf and why, so that you don't end up with a claggy frisbee.

How to successfully refresh a neglected starter even if its been in your fridge, untouched for 1 year, so that you know you've mastered sourdough starters.

How to avoid 5 common mistakes when refreshing a starter so that it is powerful and will raise dough, every single time.

Suitable for all abilities. Including absolute beginners.

You'll receive in depth course notes.

You'll also receive an exciting selection of discount vouchers

The total value of this event is £660. You pay £35.

You get Sharon's expertise for 3.5 hours valued at: £525
Discount vouchers valued at: £100
Money Back Guarantee valued at: £ 35

When? See 'Available Dates' by scrolling up to the top of this page to the calendar.

Where? The Skittle Alley at The Coach & Horses, 73 Poole Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1QB.

Time? Choose from the selection.

Parking? Yes and it's free! You can park right outside the Skittle Alley.

Duration? A total of 3.5 hours which includes a 30 minute interval.

The Skittle Alley is a separate building and shares the pubs 'Customer Only' car park. The Skittle Alley is a bright, airy, comfortable space. And big enough for social distancing. It's also a Grade II listed building.

Refreshments? Yes included. There will be a 30 minute interval when you'll have the opportunity to sample my fabulous, homemade sourdough bread and delicious, gut friendly toppings. Tea and coffee are available throughout.

The layout of the venue for this event is theatre style. Everyone has a front seat.

Travelling from afar? Consider spending the weekend or an overnight stay in Wimborne. It's a wonderful ancient market town with lots to do and see. Drive to Wimborne or take the train to Bournemouth or Poole. Then take a bus or taxi straight into Wimborne. Choose to travel into Bournemouth Railway Station or Poole Railway Station. Bournemouth Railway Station to Wimborne is just 45 minutes by bus or 30 minutes by taxi. Poole Railway Station is just 45 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by taxi. Buses and trains run regularly. It's so easy to travel to Wimborne in beautiful Dorset.

I'm happy to recommend a couple of very good B&B's with parking. These B&B's are just a leisurely 8 minute walk to the venue. Just ask me.

This is an exceptionally friendly event. You'll be made to feel very welcome.

This event is highly acclaimed by the press and fans of Learn Sourdough.

Read what they're saying in my reviews!

Questions? Not sure? I'm here to help. Please contact me, Sharon Roberts by scrolling up to the 'Ask A Question' button at the top of this page. I'm just 1 click away and will respond quickly.

Once you've booked your seat/s you will receive a personalised confirmation email from me.

The event is relaxed, fun and informative.

Join us!

This event is also available on Zoom Video Conferencing.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

1. The Learn Sourdough 100% Money Back Guarantee valued at £35.00. No quibbles. No questions. No catches
2. Refreshments are included throughout the event
3. You'll sample my delicious, homemade sourdough bread with a choice of wonderful toppings
4. In depth course notes presented to you at the start of the event, in a smart folder
5. You'll start a powerful, high performance sourdough starter during the event and take it home
6. You'll also take home some of Sharon's powerful, high performance starter established 2016
7. You receive £100 worth of practical and exciting discount vouchers to spend in Sharon's favourite shops
8. At the end of the event, I will personally present you with the Learn Sourdough Certificate of Excellence
9. You'll be fired up and looking forward to baking real sourdough bread at home
10. You have my expertise throughout the entire event

It's fun too!

What are you waiting for? Book now!

Useful note: Please check your 'spam' folder. Occasionally my first email to you, may end up in it.

I look forward to meeting you and getting you started on your sourdough journey.

My very best wishes


Sharon Roberts at Learn Sourdough
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Poole Road
BH21 1QE
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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- - #25768

Very interesting. Sharon outlined the details of starters for sourdough in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A really excellent course. We can recommend thoroughly.

Response from Learn Sourdough:

Thank you for your splendid review. It was a pleasure meeting you both. Thank you again for coming all the way from Shropshire to Dorset especially for my event. I'm bowled over! I look forward to meeting you both again at another Learn Sourdough event. Sincerely, Sharon

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- - #25769

Great! Having done Sharon’s, ‘Sourdough Extravaganza’ my appetite was whetted for more information about the starter – and this course provided it in spades! A wealth of information, entertainingly presented, with lots of hands-on experience. Highly recommended!

Response from Learn Sourdough:

Thank you for your splendid review. It gives me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to read how much you are enjoying my sourdough events. I'm looking forward to hosting a private sourdough event for you in the new year. Thank you sincerely for booking with Learn Sourdough, Sharon

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- - #25770

Attended Sharon’s sourdough workshop today which not only comprehensively explained the process of making a sourdough starter (and walking away with my own) but also spoke about the gut microbiome. This included the opportunity to sample really yummy sourdough bread with lots of local spreads and oils as well as an amazing homemade probiotic spread. Really fab, enjoyable and informative few hours. Highly recommend!

Response from Learn Sourdough:

Thank you Rebecca for your exciting review. The gut microbiome and real sourdough bread go hand in hand. I'm truly delighted you enjoyed my event so much. I know you've booked onto one of my other events. Thank you. I look forward to sharing more of my expertise with you and helping you progress smoothly on your sourdough journey. Sincerely, Sharon

Online course
- - #25771

Stuart and myself had a great time. Your talk was so interesting and has rekindled my interest in both sourdough and fermented foods. You are an excellent speaker.

Response from Learn Sourdough:

I'm flattered by your kind comment. Thank you. I'm delighted that you've rediscovered the wonderful and delicious world of fermentation. Sincerely, Sharon

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- - #25772

I've just done Sharon's "Let's Start! Mastering Sourdough Starters" session & can highly recommend it if, like me, you've had umpteen unsuccessful attempts at raising your own consistent & well-behaved "fridge pet" of the sourdough variety. She demystifies the whole process & explains the science behind it. You get to start your very own starter, and learn how to raise it, care for it, store it and revive it to peak activity when you need it. There are copious notes to take home, though it's worth also making your own as ideas & questions pop up. (Plus some very worthwhile vouchers for local & online shops and a dough scraper too.) Not to mention trying out her very excellent bread with a variety of intriguing toppings! All in all, a very interesting & worthwhile session.

Response from Learn Sourdough:

I know you're going great guns with making sourdough bread since coming onto 'Let's Start!' I'm really delighted for you. Thank you for your terrific review. It will surely inspire other 'sourdoughers' to book. Sincerely, Sharon

Online course
- - #25773

Great session, loads of very good and useful information given in a very clear fun way . Easily understandable. Lovely free samples too. Well worth the money.

Response from Learn Sourdough:

It was a pleasure meeting you. I'm delighted you enjoyed the event so much. Thank you for taking the time to review it. I look forward to seeing you again at future Learn Sourdough events. Sincerely, Sharon

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- - #25774

Many thanks to Sharon for a wonderful Saturday morning sourdough masterclass, it was a great way to learn the art of sourdough, with a totally enthusiastic and committed teacher.

There was also the benefit of a friendly team of fellow participants, keen to help and exchange ideas, while tasting the fresh made sourdough.

We have progressed from little idea of sourdough, to going away with so much knowledge and very keen to actually make sourdough products with the starter ingredients supplied.

Response from Learn Sourdough:

It was a pleasure meeting you both. Thank you for your outstanding review. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the event. It was a lot of fun wasn't it. I look forward to seeing you both again at another Learn Sourdough event. Sincerely, Sharon

Online course
- - #25775

Have been making sourdough every other week after the confidence your demonstration gave me!

Response from Learn Sourdough:

I'm delighted you're fired up. Thank you for your review. I look forward to seeing you again at other Learn Sourdough events.

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