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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

Charcoal Making
18th September 2014 - Coberley, Gloucestershire
A practical insight into the ancient rural craft of charcoal making
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners COURSE FULL!
27th September 2014 - 28th September 2014 - Tetbury
Spend a weekend in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
11th October 2014 - 12th October 2014 - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners COURSE FULL!
11th October 2014 - 12th October 2014 - Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
This 2-day dry stone walling course is suitable for beginners with no experience.
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Vacancy Cafe Manager
16th September 2014
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A student of one of our Dry Stone Walling courses has finally seen the fruits of their labour and what an achievement it is!
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