"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 - 2 Day Improvers **NEW COURSE**
23rd October 2017 - 24th October 2017 - Northleach
This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'
Lime Mortar - Beginners
25th October 2017 - 26th October 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
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
31st October 2017 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Woodland Coppicing
1st November 2017 - 28th February 2018 - Various
WINTER COURSE DATES WILL BE ADDED JULY ONWARDS. These courses are suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying and are run during the Autumn and Winter months.Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing. Courses are run during the Winter months.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) **COURSE FULL**
4th November 2017 - 5th November 2017 - Fosse Crosse, Gloucestershire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Photographic Composition Workshop
10th November 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach
This workshop is for the next level photographer with a good digital camera( DSLR/ Bridge/ advanced compact). We will concentrate on techniques to improve the composition of your shots for landscape, portrait and action shots, in particular the workshop focuses on depth of field, rule of thirds and techniques such as exposure compensation.
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Latest News

Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Competition 2017
Entries are now being taken for the 2017 championship which will be held on Saturday 18th November at Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6HS
Cotswolds Conservation Board reflects on the year looking after one of the nation's important landscapes
Cotswolds Farming Forum - Farming & the Cotswolds Landscape Post Brexit
JOB VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer

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