"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.

New for 2018
If you enjoy nature and wildlife
check out our new Nature Courses & Workshops.
We will be adding to these course offerings over the coming months

Upcoming Courses

Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners *ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT*
24th March 2018 - 25th March 2018 - Lansdown, Bath
Spend a weekend in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Stone Carving - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
24th March 2018 - 25th March 2018 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
Spoon Carving
4th April 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Spend a day learning about the age old craft of green woodworking...and make you own spoon in the process!
Dry Stone Walling - Improvers (Retaining Walls)
7th April 2018 - 8th April 2018 - Naunton, 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.
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
18th April 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
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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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