"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

Blacksmithing - Taster Day *COURSE FULL*
10th September 2016 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Thatching - Taster Day *COURSE FULL*
10th September 2016 - Northleach
Spend a day learning the age old art of straw thatching.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners *COURSE FULL*
10th September 2016 - 11th September 2016 - Cotswold Farm Park
Spend a weekend in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Stone Carving - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
10th September 2016 - 11th September 2016 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
Building Cheek Ends - Dry-stone Walling Course
12th September 2016 - 14th September 2016 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Dry-stone walling course suitable for those with Level 1 certificate or a fair amount of dry-stone walling experience
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
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