From planning recipes for Christmas day and festive parties to thinking up the perfect gift idea, the buzz of Christmas planning can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But this December, the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS) has a feast of festive foodie courses to help keep that buzz at a pleasant simmer. From 'Christmas Baking' to 'Easy Entertaining' and 'Children's Baking', these courses are designed to inspire festive flavours, add some Christmas sparkle to a party, or simply distract the kids while Christmas shopping gets completed.

Fiona Burrell, principal of the school, said: “Christmas is a great opportunity to slow down the fast pace of everyday life and enjoy time with family but the planning can easily sweep you up and seem almost overwhelming.

“Our festive courses aim to inspire and instil confidence; to teach preparation skills which can help alleviate the stress and allow participants to enjoy the festive period to the fullest. On our courses everyone works together in a relaxed atmosphere, learning useful tips and recipes and enjoying tasty treats along the way. It's the perfect way to get in to the swing of Christmas.”

Attending a course is great fun, but the joy can be spread further by giving a gift voucher for any of the school's many courses. Vouchers are valid for 12 months.