Cider & Perry Production Courses and COVID-19

Cider & Perry Production Courses and COVID-19 (November 2020 Update)

In light of the ongoing occurrence of COVID-19, we want to reassure you that we continue to carefully monitor the situation and incorporate all necessary steps to address the health & safety (H&S) of those enrolled on courses, other clients and our own staff and partners. Appropriate consideration is taken of advice provided by expert health professionals and governments and we will obviously implement any restrictions introduced by the UK authorities.

Additionally, as many course delegates require the use of local accommodation and restaurants, we will continue to precheck the situation in the locality with respect to feasibility of running a specific course.

Courses in 2021

After the highly successful operation of a number of COVID-Safe courses in the early Autumn of 2020 (Delegate feedback: “Very well set out and COVID safe, well looked after”), we plan to re-launch our world-renowned Cider & Perry Production training programme in the Spring of 2021, with the Master Class Foundation (P&P) course commencing 17th May 2021 and the advanced courses re-commencing in the Autumn.

As we are expecting some COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place into - at least - the first half of 2021, we are currently planning to restrict the number of participants on each course and will only be using the Orchard Centre venue, to enable appropriate physical distancing. Initial priority for attendance on these courses will be for those who have already paid course fees for cancelled courses in the Spring & Summer of 2020 and have postponed attendance until 2021. Once these individuals have been re-booked onto the dates on offer, places will then be available for others, in strict order of booking. Dates and details of all courses planned for 2021 can be found on the website and it is recommended that bookings are made are made as early as possible to ensure a place is reserved for you.

For new bookings, course fee invoices will only be issued when we can be reasonably certain that a specific course will go ahead as planned. Prompt payment will then be required and a booked place can only be confirmed on receipt of payment. Once payment has been received, you must notify us at least 20 working days before its scheduled start if you either want to cancel or transfer to another date. If we do not hear from you at that stage and if the specific course does go ahead as planned, then our standard Terms & Conditions (T&Cs – see booking form) will apply.


In line with our standard T&Cs, if it is appropriate to cancel a specific course at the last moment, all existing paid-up delegates will be offered attendance on another date in the future. In this situation, Activity Transfer Fees will not be charged. If you are unable to attend any of the new dates offered to you, then the course fees you have already paid will be fully re-funded, less any bank, card or transfer fees that you may have been previously charged.

Please note that we are not liable with respect to any payments you have made to others, or any other costs incurred, such as for travel or accommodation associated with course attendance. You are therefore advised to contact these ‘Third Parties’ as soon as possible.

Course Operations

When running courses, we will be taking all appropriate precautions to address the H&S of all participants and a COVID-Safe Code of Practice will be issued prior to attendance. Appropriate personal protective equipment and hygiene materials will be available and hygienic practices will be emphasised. Please do note that the Lead Tutor on all courses is a fully trained and highly experienced microbiologist. As detailed below, although on-line video sessions are available, we still firmly believe that the best way to learn how to make cider is by doing it, hence we will continue to offer significant hands-on training within all courses.

On-Line Video Sessions

Subject to specific requests, we can host (using Cisco Webex) one-to-one or small group on-line video training sessions and ‘virtual’ meetings. These can take the form of simple Q&A consultations through to more formal presentation-led seminars on a wide range of introductory or advanced cider production topics of specific interest. Sessions can be provided on a one-off basis or scheduled to run as a series on a number of different dates and/or times. Please contact us if you are interested in this service.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.            Wishing you all well and thank you for all your support.

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