Consultancy- Mastering Preserves

If you are new to preserving or experienced, looking to develop your skills, join me for a customised day making traditional preserves, free from artificial additives and recipes designed simply to be different.

The volume of information about preserving in print and online has reached epic proportions and much of it does not provide reliable recipes that work. Frequently they mislead the preserver into thinking the end result was a success, or makes them dispirited when the preserve ferments or turns mouldy.

My customised days will provide answers to questions, recipes that work, and inspiration to start making successful preserves.

How to book a day

Once you have emailed me with an enquiry, we’ll have a telephone conversation to determine your needs for a day.

Our practical session will run from 10am-4pm ( including lunch) on a mutually convenient day, in my kitchen in north east Somerset.

Preserving is generally governed by the seasons and my days reflect that cycle, although I am happy to discuss dates at other times of the year.

Mastering Marmalade January-February
Mastering Jams and Jellies June-September
Mastering Chutneys September-November
Mastering Edible Gifts November-December

Fees from £300 for a 1:1 day


Tel: +44(0) 7790 842382

If you would like to stay overnight, please enquire about the availability of our B&B.


“She’s amazing. I thought yes I can make marmalade….wrong…she takes you to another level. Can’t recommend her enough” Patricia Maunder @SomersetMembri1

“My day spent training with Vivien was invaluable – she is passionate, knowledgable, immensely approachable and a great teacher.” Hazel Griffiths @FruitMagpie

“Had a top day with @VivienLloyd, learning to make good Whisky Marmalade. What she doesn’t know about Marmalade is not worth knowing” @Ranty_man

“Vivien has judged a great number of competitions and is a fountain of knowledge on what makes the perfect preserve…”

“Vivien is extremely knowledgeable and upholds very high standards. She is an expert in her field and her passion for preserving is infectious.” @rustybearsmum


My preserving books