"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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Two Day Stool Making Course >>>

Upcoming Courses

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
6th May 2017 - 7th May 2017 - Burford, Oxfordshire
This 2-day dry stone walling course is suitable for beginners with no experience.
Photographic Composition Workshop
11th May 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.
Lime Mortar - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
13th May 2017 - 14th May 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
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Thatching - Taster Day
20th May 2017 - Northleach
Spend a day learning the age old art of straw thatching.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
20th May 2017 - 21st May 2017 - Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
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