"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.

LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation

New 2017 dates now available >>>

Upcoming Courses

Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) *ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT*
25th February 2017 - 26th February 2017 - Fosse Cross, Gloucestershire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Great shots on your iPhone or iPad
25th February 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach
This workshop is designed to get the best out of your phone or tablet. These devices have great cameras with many advanced features, there is much to learn.
Photographic Composition Workshop
2nd March 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.
LANTRA Level 2 (Intermediate) Dry-stone Walling Course - 3 DAY COURSE - ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT!!
3rd March 2017 - 10th March 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Accredited Dry-stone walling course suitable for those with Level 1 certificate + 6 months experience OR wallers with 2 years experience in the trade.
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style) **COURSE FULL**
11th March 2017 - 12th March 2017 - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
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Latest News

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
Billhooks at the ready for the Cotswolds Hedgelaying Championship this weekend

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