Truffle hunting weekend
Friday 9th November – Sunday 11th November


Settle into one of our cottages on Friday any time after 4pm, enjoy a welcome drink by the fire in the Hall at 7.30pm followed by a talk about foraging given by John Wright (of River Cottage fame) then explore the local pubs and village ready for a truffle hunting day on Saturday.


Truffle hunting on Saturday will start at 10.30am with a greeting and information from James Feaver, an expert guide of Hedgerow Harvest, before being taken to a secret location with the UK Truffle Hunting Champion. Return to Norburton Hall where you will be served afternoon tea with truffled eggs. For the evening, a table has been reserved at The Wild Garlic with a fixed price three course foraging menu included in the price (drinks are extra).


On Sunday you will be at leisure to explore the Jurassic Coast. The Hive Beach Cafe and The Three Horseshoes or The Anchor Inn are all excellent places within walking distance for lunch or we have other favourites listed on Norburton Hall's website. Or talk to us about great things to do including fossil hunting opportunities and guided walks.


Included in the price are:

2 nights’ accommodation in one of Norburton Hall's comfortable, historic cottages and a welcome drink.

A talk about foraging by John Wright (of River Cottage fame).

All truffle hunting activities with an expert guide and the UK Truffle Hunting Champion, transport to and from the secret location and a light packed lunch.

Watersports, including sailing, is available at Lyme Regis and Weymouth and you can explore the many wrecks around the Dorset coast with Portland Diving Centre we can supply names and contact numbers, if you wish to pre-book.

Sailing and windsurfing facilities and courses are offered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy which is only 30 minutes away at Osprey Quay, Portland. For more information visit


Speed boats are available for:
• water taxis from West Bay to Lyme Regis
• trips along the World Heritage coast as far as Dartmouth and Poole
• waterskiing
• white knuckle rides
Pre-booking essential. 
Tel: 01308 423479


Paraglide and see the spectacular Jurassic coast from a different angle with Flying Frenzy. 
Tel: 01308 898777

Green Woodworking Courses – take home your own individually crafted product made in a Dorset woodland workshop. Guy Mallinson runs workshops led by specialist craftspeople to suit all interests for all ages from 10 upwards. For more details on courses and dates see

Cookery School – Lesley Walters runs her cookery school just a few miles away in Chantmarle Manor. The emphasis is to inspire, give confidence and have fun with many day courses incorporating local seasonal food. See for more details.

Swimming and racquet sports at West Dorset Leisure Centre, Bridport where there is a heated 25m indoor swimming pool and toddlers’ pool, fitness suite, squash and badminton courts, gymnasium, etc. 
Tel: 01308 427464


The 18 hole par 73 West Bay golf course on the outskirts of Burton Bradstock welcomes guests on weekdays, and is unrestricted on Saturdays after 9.30 am and on Sundays after 1pm. 
Tel: 01308 421491


Creative workshops – relax, tap into your creative potential and be inspired by your stay in Dorset. We arrange 2 or 3 day creative workshops for families or groups using resources from the natural environment as inspiration. Workshops can be designed to reflect your particular interests e.g. natural textures, the seashore etc. Combining yoga techniques for reflection and relaxation with innate artistic ability, you can maximise your creative potential in a stunning, rural coastal environment with the opportunity of working in various media including clay, wood, paint or plaster. The practical sessions will be led by Carolyne Kardia, an established artist practising in Dorset. Carolyne studied at St Martin's School of Art, before going on to specialise in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, where she was awarded her MA in 1977. She later completed a postgraduate diploma in Art and Psychology, at Hertfordshire College of Art and is a practising yoga teacher. To find out more or to plan your own course e-mail


What's on – check what to see and do while you are staying at Norburton Hall:

A simple truffle cookery demonstration and afternoon tea with truffled eggs.

A set foraging menu at The Wild Garlic run by Mat Follas', Masterchef champion and local forager.

You will need to bring wet weather gear and suitable walking boots. You will also need transport to get to The Wild Garlic or we can help with contact details for local taxis.

The weekend will introduce you to the wonderful scenery, relaxing environment and delightful food that West Dorset has in abundance.

Norburton Hall’s holiday accommodation has won multiple awards and is located in the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast.

James Feaver, a knowledgeable and experienced instructor is passionate about wild food, conservation and natural history. He has been running foraging courses for a number of years and regularly uses dogs to find wild growing truffles in locations around Dorset. He has undertaken botanical surveys for a number of Wildlife Trusts. In addition to running foraging courses our instructor routinely gathers a wide range of wild foods for his own use shellfish, seaweed, leaves, herbs, berries, fruit, nuts, fungi and wild meat.


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Please read the Terms and Conditions for Norburton Hall's accommodation and for James Feaver’s Truffle Hunting Course.