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.

In recent years 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 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 include Seasonal days.

Mastering Marmalade January-February
Mastering Jams and Jellies July-August
Mastering Chutneys and Pickles September-October
Mastering Winter Preserves ( Mincemeat, Lemon Curd, Citrus)

Fees from £250 for a 1:1 day



Tel: +44(0) 7790 842382


“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 on Twitter

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

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


My preserving books

Vivien Lloyd Mastering Marmalades

Vivien Lloyd Mastering Jams

Vivien Lloyd Mastering Fruit Curds

Vivien Lloyd Mastering Chutneys