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Forage for mushrooms and distil your own gin on a Devon farm this bank holiday

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Desperate to get out of London for the bank holiday? Pitch up (literally) at River Cottage in Devon for two days of camping, music, talks and really, really good food.

The rural retreat, restaurant, cookery school, events space and working farm set up by chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is the setting for a weekend of wholesome and tasty treats. Learn how to forage fungi, distil gin, ferment veg and make your own herbal home remedies.

Thank you #rivercottage for a delicious #rivercottagefestival #rivercottagefestival2017

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Hear folk-rock and gypsy-jazz on the main stage, or talks from the likes of the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Prue Leith, before feasting inside the River Cottage farmhouse or over a fire pit with the chefs behind Honey & Co.

Nights can be spent stargazing with the Wessex Astronomical Society before you hit the hay.

Sat Aug 25-Sun Aug 26. Campsite opens Fri Aug 24. From £10. Find out more at

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