Truffle Hunting Experience Days

Picture shows a very proud truffle hound with the results of a successful truffle hunt
A very proud truffle hound with the results of a successful truffle hunt

Would you like to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of truffle hunting with dogs? Follow our truffle hounds through the woods and experience the surge of excitement as they locate this edible treasure. We offer truffle hunting experience days in Dorset and Wiltshire. These comprise:

  • Introductory talk on truffles
  • Lunch
  • 2 hours truffle hunting
  • Afternoon tea including sampling of a truffle dish

Our truffle hunting experience days have made Countryfile Magazine's list of the "Top 10 foraging courses".

Places on our truffle hunting experience days are £150 per person. You can book truffle hunting gift vouchers here.

Our West Dorset days start and end in Burton Bradstock near Bridport. This is on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast, make a weekend of it and enjoy more of the area's many culinary delights. Our West Wiltshire site is near the beautiful city of Salisbury. Days start at 10 AM and end at around 4:30 - 5 PM.

If you have any questions about these days please contact us.

We also offer exclusive, private truffle days for your group - a special occasion or corporate event. Again, please contact us to discuss this.

Landowners, we are looking for additional sites to allow us cope with the demand for these days.


The truffle hound has indicated that there is a truffle present. Over to the truffle hunters to carefully excavate the right spot.
The truffle hound has indicated that there is a truffle present. Over to the truffle hunters to carefully excavate the right spot.

Occasionally truffles break through the ground surface.
Occasionally truffles break through the ground surface.

Sampling the taste of success - shavings of very fresh truffle topping truffled scrambled egg. Picture courtesy of Norburton Hall.
Sampling the taste of success - shavings of very fresh truffle topping truffled scrambled egg. Picture courtesy of Norburton Hall.


Feedback from previous guests:

I thought it was a great day and well organised. Your timings, venue location & preparatory info was sent well in advance which was appreciated. 10am -4:30pm is about right to fit it all in. The venue was lovely. Teas/coffees and a super lunch. I liked the format with the presentation first to build the picture and give you the background info then heading out for hunting. Nice to return for a second hunt after lunch. Tasting the shaved truffles on scrambled eggs worked well. Nice and simple to get a good flavour. So all in all very good.
MO - Lincolnshire

Thank you for a very instructive, interesting and enjoyable day.  I didn't realise how exciting it would be to scent for yourself the smell of the truffle in the ground after Max had indicated where to look.  And, then to actually discover the truffle in the ground……! DR- Gloucestershire

It was a really great day last Saturday, I very much enjoyed the experience and thought that it was a great mix and balance of learning and hunting! I am pleased we had success and I ate the truffle I took home on Sunday night over pasta and it was delicious. Many thanks for an excellent day. WP - London

Many thanks for a great day truffle hunting in Wiltshire. Insightful classroom sessions, a lovely lunch, super truffley nibbles, charming hosts at the farm and great fun out in the woods with you and Max truffle hunting. I learned a lot and we found a surprising number of Truffles. A top day out in the countryside. Perfect. PS: the truffle infused Somerset Brie went down a treat at the dinner party last night. TK - Surrey

Thank you for a great day out on Saturday, the whole experience was really great from your well considered address first thing, the scrabbling about in the woods, the nice pub lunch and eating the fruit of our spoils in the evening. It was a great present to get and the couple who bought it for me were very pleased that I had such a good time. I have recommended you to my friends so you should get a few more customers. JC - London

Many thanks for a great day yet again. Thoroughly enjoyable and very pleased to come away with a truffle. The day was informative, fun and well paced. Claire MacDonald - Principal, Leiths School of Food and Wine - London

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Thanks James and a special thanks to Max. Great truffling in the woods. Max is a superstar albeit with a mind of his own! Had a lovely day and also a very nice stay at the Marquis de Lorne. Very friendly and accommodating with very nice food and cosy rooms. Delicious lunch in Lyme Regis at Hix Oyster and Seafood house. JM & SM, London

Thank you so much for a lovely day. It was a very enjoyable experience and well worth the trek down from London! SA & JA - London

Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed every part of the day. JM, BM, & JM - Kent

Many thanks for an excellent day on Saturday, great dog , great truffles and good company. SS & SS - Dorset

The day exceeded our expectations and we thought you did a superb job of working with the group. Thank you. PB & EB - London

Thank you so much for such a great day. Marvellous truffles and a marvellous day for hunting them and I thoroughly enjoyed your talk. RS - London

Thank you for such a great day today truffle hunting! Loved everything about it. AR - Staffordshire

A truly marvellous experience and highly recommended. A great day out in the countryside with James and his truffle dog, who found plenty of pungent truffles. AG - Cheshire

James gave us a very good working knowledge in a relaxed but structured talk about truffles and their likely habitat. Then we actually walked some woodland where we found the real articles, one weighing in at over two hundred grams! He talks the talk and his loveable dog walks the walk ! A thoroughly enjoyable day out. SC - Hampshire

Great way to spend a weekend, very informative and the best fun - like digging for Gold (Black Gold). D&D - Wiltshire

What a brilliant day! from arrival to departure I loved every moment. Thank you, I am inspired!! SB - Dorset

Great day really enjoyed it, learnt a lot. We both a really good time with a good group. We would highly recommend the whole day. MW & DD - Berkshire

A big thank you to you for a fascinating and gourmet day. I felt I learned loads and had some great exercise in the fresh breeze. I really liked the format of the day. SHT - Hampshire

Thank you for the most marvellous and enjoyable day on Saturday. I will be recommending your courses to friends and family. TP - Hertfordshire
Just to say thank you very much for such an interesting and informative day. Next step is to find a clever dog and retire! SE - Dorset


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Our 2015/2016 truffle hunting days are now complete, below are our 2016/2017 dates to book. You can also buy  truffle hunting gift vouchers here for a recipient to join us on a date of their choosing.

1 October 2016West DorsetFully booked
2 October 2016West WiltshireFully booked
5 November 2016West WiltshireFully booked
12 November 2016West DorsetFully booked
3 December 2016West Wiltshire1 place available
11 December 2016
(revised date)
West DorsetPlaces available
7 January 2017West WiltshirePlaces available
14 January 2017West DorsetPlaces available


Please note that truffle hunting will require walking on some steep slopes and although we will hunt on sites where we have previously found truffles, finding them cannot be guaranteed. We regret that you are not able to bring your own dog on these days as they will distract our truffle hound.

We ask you to read our booking terms and conditions. In booking places you are agreeing to these. Your attention is particularly drawn to the below extract:

If the booking is cancelled by the client(s) (for any reason) the following cancellation charge will arise:

  • Cancellation 2 weeks or more before the course, 50% of course fee payable
  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the course, 100% of course fee payable

And the client acknowledges that it is reasonable for such penalties to arise, given the need for The English Truffle Company to make preparations for a truffle hunting experience day substantially in advance of the day.

Please select the date and location you wish to book places on taking into account the above availability.

If you wish to book more than one place, change the "quantity" on the shopping cart after you have added the below.

Truffle Hunting Experience Day
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Date/location :

We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your place(s) and provide details of the meeting point and notes on what to wear / bring.

You can book truffle hunting gift vouchers here.