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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, 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

Blacksmithing Taster Day (COURSE FULL!)
6th December 2015 - Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation - 1 day course
10th December 2015 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Flax Working Course
12th December 2015 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A chance to learn the art of processing flax for spinning and weaving
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
16th January 2016 - 17th January 2016 - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
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