"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.




Upcoming Courses

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
27th June 2017 - 28th June 2017 - Chedworth, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Practical course that introduces the traditional skill of using a scythe. No prior experience required. BBQ LUNCH INCLUDED!!!
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
5th July 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Introduction to Weaving
7th July 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A practical insight into the traditional Cotswold craft of Wool Weaving
Smartphone and Tablet Photography Course
8th July 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach
This workshop is designed to get the best out of your phone or tablet. These devices have great cameras with many advanced features, there is much to learn.
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
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