Cheese courses


We think there’s something magical about making cheese and we love sharing our passion for it through our one-day course. Join us in the cheese barn at the High Weald Dairy to find out the art of cheese-making and you’ll go home armed with a kilo of cheese and the knowledge to make your own simple cheeses at home.

Introduction to cheese making

Our one-day cheese course is led by our skilled cheesemakers who will give you a hands-on experience of making both a soft, fresh cheese and a hard cheddar-style cheese. Working in pairs, you will be guided through the main stages of cheese making to produce your own cheese in a relaxed and friendly environment. Your day will also give you a sneak preview of cheese-making on a larger scale with a tour of the dairy and the cheese maturing room. A maximum group size of eight ensures that you can ask questions and benefit from the guidance of the course tutors throughout the day.

Refreshments and a delicious homemade lunch are provided finishing with a tutored tasting of High Weald Dairy cheeses.

The course runs on selected Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30am-3.30pm (approx). Casual clothing is appropriate and white coats will be provided.

To find out what previous course attendees thought of the course, visit our page on Trip Advisor.


Friday 11th October 2019 – 3 Places

Saturday 12th October – 1 Places

Friday 22nd November 2019 – 2 Places

Saturday 23rd November 2019 – FULL


Mark Hardy is passionate about cheese and has had more than 25 years’ experience in cheese-making using cow, sheep and goat milk and covering most cheese types. He explains the process in simple down-to-earth language and ensures everyone has a relaxed but educational day and leaves with the knowledge and confidence to make cheese at home.

Gary is our newest cheesemaker and a fully trained chef. He provides support to course leader Mark in teaching and demonstrating cheese-making, as well as cooking the all-important lunch for attendees on the course.

Sarah Hardy organises the cheese courses and although she is not a cheesemaker, enables the smooth running of the day. She is likely to be your first point of contact when booking a course and makes sure that everyone attending feels at home on the day.


Cost of one-day cheese-making course including lunch and refreshments: £160

Each delegate will take the cheeses (over 1 kg)  they made during the day home, ready to eat immediately, or to mature on for 2 – 3 months until mature.

Some basic small-scale cheese-making equipment will be available to purchase, such as rennet, starters, cheese cloth, cheese molds, cheese presses, cheese making books, and small cheese making kits on the day.


The High Weald Dairy is on the outskirts of the village of Horsted Keynes.

By car: The Dairy is just 30 minutes’ drive from the M25. Take junction 6 (A22) or junction 7 (M23) on the M25. Sat nav: RH17 7EA.

By train: Haywards Heath is the closest train station to the Dairy. Trains from London, Victoria Station depart every 15 minutes to Haywards Heath. It takes approximately 50 minutes. Regular Trains depart from Brighton and take 20 minutes to Haywards Heath Station where there is a taxi rank. Taxis from Haywards Heath Station to the Dairy will take just 15-20 minutes. You can call to book on: 01444 410410.

From abroad: Gatwick Airport is close by (30 minutes), again with very regular trains to Haywards Heath Station.

Local accommodation:

Wild Boar Wood Campsite, Our glamping-only site just down the road, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7EA. Tel. 0800 6127390

The Crown Inn, The Green, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7AW. Tel. 01825 791609

The Burghurst Lodge, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7AH. Tel. 01825 790039

The Croft, Lewes Road, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7DP. Tel. 01825 790546

Saxons Cottage (self catering), Horsted Lane, Horsted Keynes. Tel. 01342 810821

Twyford Farm, Birch Grove, Horsted Keynes, RH17 7DJ. Tel. 01825 740726

The Pilstyes, Lindfield, RH16 2HS (3 miles from Horsted Keynes). Tel. 01444 484101

Holly House, Chelwood Gate, RH17 7DL (3 miles from Horsted Keynes). Tel. 01825 740484

The White Lodge, Nr Lewes, BN8 4TD. Tel. 01273 400151

For further local accommodation, please see the Ashdown Forest Tourism Association website.

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