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Real Bread Week 2018

6th May 2018

…will return 6-14 May 2018!
Real Bread Week is the annual celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery and baking your own.

The rest of this page is about the 2016 edition and will be updated ahead of the 2018 slice.

The theme for this year is: doughing it for the kids.

Bakeries, baking school, mills and all other dough lovers: Please add details of your Real Bread Week events to our calendar asap.

What is Real Bread Week?

Get involved

Limited edition t-shirts and aprons

What’s going on near me?

Make some noise!

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Raising dough to do good

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What is Real Bread Week?

Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009*, this is the annual, celebration of Real Bread and its makers.

In 2016, we’re particularly encouraging people to help children to discover the delicious delights of Real Bread and the joy of baking it for themselves.

Doughy digits

One of the two main aims of Real Bread Week has always been to encourage more people to bake addtive-free loaves at home. In 2016, we are particularly keen to see more children learning to bake Real Bread, whether at home, a bakery, baking school or in the classroom.

Not only is this great fun, but it’s a way helping them to avoid all of the artificial additives that turn up in industrial loaves. It can also be a way of steering them towards healthier food – you’d be amazed at the number of children who ‘don’t like wholemeal’ but love it when it was lovingly made by their own mitts.

Lessons in Loaf (guide for baking with schoolchildren)

Home baking


Real Bread classes/courses

Discounts on ingredients, equipment, classes

NB loaves raised with baking powder / soda fall outside our defintion of Real Bread

Bigging up little bakeries

It’s time to kick the additive-laden industrial loaf habit and support YOUR local Real Bread baker!

Small, independent, locally-owned bakeries help to:

support more jobs per loaf for people in your local community – skilled jobs at that

keep more money circulating in your local economy, helping to keep your high street alive

They may also offer social benefits, from being a place where older people at risk of isolation can see a friendly face and stop for a chat, to those that are set up to offer training and employment opportunities for people facing one of a range of challenges.

Don’t be fooled by so-called ‘artisan’ loaves turning up on supermarket shelves: insist on the real deal.

Look for The Real Bread Loaf Mark

Discover a local Real Bread bakery

Why support a local Real Bread bakery

Get involved!

How will YOU be helping people to celebrate Real Bread Week this year?

Whether you’re a teacher, professional or amateur baker (or even a non-baker), there are plenty of ways to help children and other people in your local community enjoy Real Bread…and maybe even raise dough for the Campaign at the same time.

Here are just a few ideas of events and activities. You could organise a Real Bread:

beginners’ workshop

tasting dinner or pizza night – perhaps in association with a local pub or eatery

lunchbox masterclass to share all the great Real Bread alternatives to soggy factory loaf sarnies with parents at a local school

club event to bring friends colleagues and neighbours together to bake

The more the merrier

Perhaps you could involve a community group such as your local:


Youth club

Scouts, Guides or other local youth organisation

WI group

Farmers’ market

Country Market

Slow Food group

If you are planning a class or other public event/activity, please add details to our events calendar NOW!