"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.

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Upcoming Courses

Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
29th March 2017 - 30th March 2017 - Chedworth, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners
1st April 2017 - 2nd April 2017 - Lansdown, Bath
Spend a weekend in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Dry Stone Walling - Improvers (Retaining Walls)
5th April 2017 - 6th April 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.
Spoon Carving *ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT*
5th April 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Spend a day learning about the age old craft of green woodworking...and make you own spoon in the process!
Introduction to Digital Photography
20th April 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach
This workshop is designed for beginners wanting to understand more about photography and their digital camera, any camera type.
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Latest News

JOB VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer
Board Member Vacancies at the Cotswolds Conservation Board
Cotswolds Stepping Stones Programme
Paid opportunities for Level 1 dry-stone wallers!
Become an Accredited Dry Stone Waller for just £95!
Gain an industry recognised qualification in Dry-stone Walling from the Cotswolds Dry-stone Walling Academy

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