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Bunk & Bake on Bessie

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Port: Charlestown, Cornwall
  • Where: Charlestown, Cornwall
  • Departure: 5 April 2019, 15:00
  • Arrival: 7 April 2019, 10:00
  • Duration: 3 days
Single bunk and bake£120 £30

Climb aboard Bessie Ellen for a weekend of baking whilst moored in the beautiful harbour of Charlestown, Cornwall.

Before she sets sail for the summer season, join Skipper Nikki and the lovely Oona from Oona’s Cakes, who will be running a weekend baking course onboard Bessie Ellen, whilst she is moored in Charlestown Harbour. So, if you are keen for a Cornish getaway, come on down and get baking with us!

This wonderful baking course tuition will include:

  • Sourdough Rye
  • Basic white dough mix for bread and pizza
  • Shortbread biscuits
  • Drying, pressing and sugaring edible flowers
  • Making piping bags using baking paper
  • Basic never-fail cake recipes!

Accommodation will be provided on board the fabulous Bessie Ellen, but if you would prefer a more private option then we can highly recommend  The Pier House Hotel  just a short stroll away and not too pricey.  (Please note, rooms at the hotel are not included in the price of your baking course but Breakfast, lunch and Saturday dinner are all included)

After each day’s tuition and activities, there will be time to explore this beautiful harbour town and for walks along the Cornish coast, completely at your own leisure. Situated on the South Coast of Cornwall, Charlestown Harbour is an unspoilt, original Grade II Listed Harbour. Used recently as a key location for the filming of the BBC’s remake of the 1970’s hit series Poldark.

We apologise but the course is not suitable for Coeliac or Gluten-free diets.

Please also note that Bessie Ellen will be moored for the duration of the weekend break so it does not involve any sailing.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Bunk & Bake on Bessie5 April 20193£120Enquire now

Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.

This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.

Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission free transport that Bessie offers.

Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.

Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10 day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.

  • Total number of berths : 20
  • Guest berths : 12
  • Day trips in sheltered waters : 60 (maximum)
  • Day trips offshore : 12
  • Reception/party on deck : 90
  • Luxury dinner in saloon : 32
  • Buffet in saloon : 40 (maximum)
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From: Charlestown, Cornwall

To: Charlestown, Cornwall