"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Welcome to Cotswolds Rural Skills

The Cotswolds Rural Skills website is a one stop shop for  training courses and competitions in a wide range of rural skills and crafts throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. By working with local instructors, organisations, community groups and landowners we ensure that these courses are not only informative and practical but also make a noticeable and lasting contribution to the Cotswold landscape. So whether you want to try your hand at blacksmithing, stone carving, rebuild a 200 year old dry stone wall, or have a go at the ancient art of thatching, then one of these courses could be for you!  Booking online is easy just click on the course you're interested in, register and pay.

We are currently working on our autumn and winter course dates,
hedgelaying, horse logging and coppicing
keep an eye on our web pages for dates as they appear.

Upcoming Courses

Blacksmithing Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
6th August 2017 - Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Dry Stone Walling - Improvers (Retaining Walls)
8th August 2017 - 9th August 2017 - Naunton, Gloucestershire
This is a 2 day dry-stone walling improvers course, ideal for people with some experience of dry stone walling or have attended one of the Board's Beginners courses.
Introduction to Scything (including lunch)
16th August 2017 - Friary, Bath
Practical course that introduces the traditional skill of using a scythe. No prior experience required. BBQ LUNCH INCLUDED!!!
Lime Mortar - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
16th August 2017 - 17th August 2017 - Ebworth Centre, Gloucestershire
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restorating an authentic 18th century Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
19th August 2017 - 20th August 2017 - Sherborne, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Stone Carving - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
19th August 2017 - 20th August 2017 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
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