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Adult Workshop: Mushroom Alchemy

8 Oct 2022
11:00 - 15:00 (with lunch break)

Learning Centre

Age 16+

Advance booking required

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Image © Rhyze Mushrooms

Image © Rhyze Mushrooms

Join Rhyze Mushrooms for this beginner’s mushroom cultivation workshop. Learn how to grow oyster mushrooms from household waste, and come away with all the materials you need to get started at home.


£45 Adult

£40 Annual Pass holder, National Museums Scotland Member, National Trust for Scotland Member

£40 Concession (Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Over 60s)

All prices include museum admission on the day.

In this three-hour introduction to mushroom cultivation, led by urban growing collective Rhyze Mushrooms, learn everything you need to know to begin growing mushrooms in your own home.

Mushroom Alchemy in action! © Rhyze Mushrooms

What to expect

In this workshop you will:

  • Discuss why mushrooms are uniquely suited to urban cultivation and regenerative food systems
  • Learn about the life cycle of mushrooms and understand the needs of mushrooms and mycelium
  • Learn the basics of mushroom cultivation from spawn production to harvest
  • Explore different substrates, containers and fruiting spaces you could create from household waste
  • Inoculate your own cardboard spawn to take home
  • Inoculate your own bucket with sawdust, coffee grounds and mushroom spawn
  • Learn what all the jargon around mushroom growing means so you can feel like a real pro!

All participants will take home their own spawn burritos, inoculated buckets, skooshers, and a detailed workshop booklet explaining how to care for mushrooms at home and continue their cultivation journey.

Key information

  • The workshop will run 11:00–15:00 with an hour’s break for lunch. Lunch is not provided, however participants may choose to visit the museum café or bring a picnic to eat outdoors
  • Water, tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the workshop
  • Suitable for age 16+, maximum 15 participants
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Getting here

National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR

Maps and directions


  • Adapted toilets are available, including baby changing and an adult changing bench.
  • There is an induction loop in the cinema
  • Paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals. A tractor and trailer, the Farm Explorer, is provided for this purpose and is suitable for wheelchair users. This service is free of charge and runs regularly throughout the day.
  • The ground floor, but not the first floor, of the farmhouse is accessible by wheelchair.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

For more information, click here. 

Visiting safely

Safety measures are in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

Mushrooms © Rhyze Mushrooms

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