"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.

We are currently working on our autumn and winter course dates,
hedgelaying, horse logging and coppicing
keep an eye on our web pages for dates as they appear.

Upcoming Courses

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
17th October 2017 - 18th October 2017 - Broadway Tower, Worcestershire
Spend a two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Smartphone and Tablet Photography Course
19th October 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.
Dry Stone Walling - Improvers (Skills & Technique) **COURSE FULL**
21st October 2017 - 22nd October 2017 - Burford, Gloucestershire
This is a 2 day dry-stone walling improvers course, ideal for people with some experience of dry stone walling or have attended one of the Board's Beginners courses.
Blacksmithing - 2 Day Improvers **NEW COURSE**
23rd October 2017 - 24th October 2017 - Northleach
This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'
Lime Mortar - Beginners
25th October 2017 - 26th October 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
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
31st October 2017 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
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Latest News

Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Competition 2017
Entries are now being taken for the 2017 championship which will be held on Saturday 18th November at Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6HS
Cotswolds Conservation Board reflects on the year looking after one of the nation's important landscapes
Cotswolds Farming Forum - Farming & the Cotswolds Landscape Post Brexit
JOB VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer

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