For anyone who loves the Great British Bake Off, how about giving them a cookery course?


If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves watching the Great British Bake Off or Masterchef, what about giving them a food or drink experience?  

The first thing to think about is what sort of experience they would prefer.  

Have a go experience!

These are usually cookery courses or workshops - you give the cooking or baking a go yourself. Uusally these are done in groups and you get a chef or cook showing you what to do and then you have a go.  Many give you recipes to take home where you can try out your new skills at home.  This is a great way to meet other people who are interested in food, too

Let somebody else do all the work! 

This is ideal for people who want to put their feet up and wait for delicious food to arrive, ready for them to indulge in.  They don't have to do anything, apart from order, eat, drink and enjoy.   The downside is that you don't learn a new skill as such although you may pick up ideas to try at home.  But it's ideal if you just want to chill and chat with a friend or relative, and really treat yourselves. 

Virgin Experience Days, Buy a GiftRed Letter Days and Into the Blue for gift ideas. There are gift ideas below.  

The National Trust Book of Scones
A beautiful book full of mouth-watering recipes!
£9.99 from the National Trust Shop

Chocoholic Afternoon Tea for Two at 5* The London Hilton Park Lane

Chocoholic Afternoon Tea for Two at 5* The London Hilton Park Lane
This is a truly out-of-the-ordinary indulgent treat for two, crafted by pastry chefs Emmanuel and Sam, winners of Bake Off: The Professionals 2018!  

Treat a friend or family member to this great treat.  Better still, Buy a Gift have this treat for only £49 - it was £78 - and save yourself 37% in the process!!!

Go and indulge at Buy a Gift here

View the range of cookery experiences available through Virgin Experience Days

Cookery class experiences provide a fun and informal way to discover new skills in the kitchen and try something new.  Whether you're having fun with chocolate or trying your hand at baking and bread making, there's a range of cookery experiences available through Virgin Experience Days. From £22.00.  Click here to see these experiences. 

Bread baking experiences from Red Letter Days Bread baking experiences from Red Letter Days
Red Letter Days have a number of bread making experiences, with locations in London, Devon (that's 
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage), Derbyshire, Hertfordshire and Kent.  Go to Red Letter Days here
My Family Cook Book with Optional Personalisation

My Family Cook Book with Optional Personalisation
For £19.99 (engraving is extra).  Fill this cook book with family recipes, photos and more - you can pass it down the family.   There's space for over 80 recipes, and there are cooking tips and tables at the front of the book as well. This could be a great cooking gift for a budding chef.  And it can be personalised with 4 lines of text on the cover.   Available from

The Smart Bake Off

The Smart Bake Off  
From £39.00
A Half Day hands-on  baking course lasting around 3 hours.  Learn from specialist chefs and take course notes and recipes home with you.  Join a group of up to 10 guests.  Tasters and soft drinks will be served.  Choose from 4 locations in South East England.  Find out more from Into The Blue

Classic French Desserts Cookery Class

Classic French Desserts Cookery Class
Head to Islington for this introduction to classic French desserts and basic pastries. After a class instruction, roll up those sleeves, don an apron and start cooking. Create four sensational French desserts under the watchful eye of the head chef.  At the end comes the best part - sit down and sample each French dessert with a well-earned glass of wine. Bon appetit!  Go to Red Letter Days for more information

Cupcake Decorating for Two with Eric Lanlard at Cake Boy, London

Cupcake Decorating for Two with Eric Lanlard at Cake Boy, London  
Meet Eric Lanlard, master patissier and decorate 12 delicious cupcakes.  Refreshments are provided, and you'll take home a box of your lovely cupcake creations!  Find out more from Red Letter Days

Bake it Great: Tips and Tricks to Transform Your Bakes from Everyday to Extraordinary, from a Great British Bake Off 2014 finalist

£13.60 Hardback
Luis Troyano, a trained graphic designer, beekeeper and baking obsessive, was a finalist on series 5 of The Great British Bake Off.  Louis achieved "some of the most stunning bakes to ever grace the Bake Off tent".  A self-taught cook, Luis has a passion for experimenting with new flavours and ingredients.  His book has recipes, tips and tricks for you to try in the kitchen. Available from Amazon.  

Organic Chocolate Making Workshop for Two

Organic Chocolate Making Workshop for Two 
Was £98, now £63.70
Cut, dip and decorate your own chocolate creations with this Organic Chocolate Making Workshop, in London, Brighton or Manchester. Together you’ll learn new chocolate crafting skills and gain knowledge which you can later use to impress your friends and family at home.  Click here for more information from Virgin Experience Days on this special offer - watch the voucher length!