A better Medway

Family cookery classes

Cooking with your family is a great way to:

  • spend time together
  • try new ingredients
  • learn useful skills.

To get you started we have a range of free cookery courses you can join in with.

Little Chefs is aimed at families and children aged 2 to 4 while Tri Cookery welcomes school aged children.  

Little Chefs

Little Chefs is a fun filled cookery group for families with children aged 2 and a half to 4.

Gain confidence in your cooking skills and learn how to involve your little one in preparing food.

Children will find out where food comes from, how it grows and why we need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy.

Each week we'll explore themes like 'eat a rainbow' and 'plants give us food' through cookery, craft activities or a story time.

Chatham course times


  • Tuesday 9 January 2024 to Tuesday 6 February 2024
  • 1pm to 3pm
  • All Saints Family and Children Hub, Magpie Hall Rd, Chatham ME4 5AZ.

Gillingham and Rainham course times


  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 to Wednesday 7 February 2024
  • 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Deanwood Primary School, Long Catlis Road, Parkwood, ME8 9TX.


  • Friday 12 January 2024 to Friday 9 February 2024
  • 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Riverside Wellbeing Centre, Riverside Primary School, St Edmund's Way, Rainham, ME8 8ET.

Rochester and Strood times


  • Thursday 11 January 2024 to Thursday 8 February 2024
  • 1pm to 3pm
  • Delce Children and Family Wellbeing Centre, Green Close, Rochester, ME1 2QD.

Please email change4life@medway.gov.uk if you would like to be added to our waiting list.

Tri Cookery

Tri Cookery is a course that helps school children to learn new cookery skills, find out why it’s important to eat a balanced diet and try out some tasty, healthy recipes.

This free 5-week course runs during term time across Medway and is suitable for families with children aged 5 to 17 years.

Session times run from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Course starting dates

  • Tuesday 9 January 2024 to Tuesday 6 February 2024 - Rainham School for Girls, Derwent Way, Rainham, ME8 0BX
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 to Wednesday 7 February 2024 - Brompton Academy School, Marlborough Road, Gillingham, ME7 5HT
  • Thursday 11 January 2024 to Thursday 8 February 2024 - Chatham Grammar School, Rainham Road, Chatham ME5 7EH.

To register your interest in joining us at one of our family cookery groups, phone 01634 333 741 or email change4life@medway.gov.uk with your preferred area.

Healthy adult cookery

Join us for 6 weeks of cookery where you will learn how to make healthy and budget friendly recipes that will support a balanced and varied diet.

This course is aimed at adults with basic to intermediate cooking skills who want to improve their knowledge around healthy eating to help them make better and more informed dietary choices.

You will be provided with a course information booklet and recipes and a list of ingredients that you will need for each session. Please call 01634 333 741 or email change4life@medway.gov.uk to register.

Course starting dates

  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 to Wednesday 7 February 2024
  • 5pm to 7pm
  • Mid Kent College, Medway Campus, Medway Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1FN.