"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

Stool Making
29th August 2017 - 30th August 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Spend 2 days mastering the basics of greenwood furniture making...and create your own bespoke stool in the process!
Woodland Coppicing
1st September 2017 - 31st December 2017 - Various
WINTER COURSE DATES WILL BE ADDED JULY ONWARDS. These courses are suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying and are run during the Autumn and Winter months.Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing. Courses are run during the Winter months.
Introduction to Horse Logging
1st September 2017 - 31st December 2017 - Coberley, Gloucestershire
WINTER COURSE DATES WILL BE ADDED JULY ONWARDS. A chance to gain practical experience of traditional horse logging and woodland management within the Cotswolds AONB. Courses are run during the Winter months.
Blacksmithing - Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
2nd September 2017 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
LANTRA Level 1 & LANTRA Level 2 (Intermediate) Dry-stone Walling Course - 3 DAY COURSE
8th September 2017 - 16th September 2017 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Accredited Dry-stone walling course. LANTRA 1 will need to have attended a two day Dry-stone Walling for Beginners course or have some experience of dry-stone walling; LANTRA 2 suitable for those with Level 1 certificate + 6 months experience; OR wallers with 2 years experience in the trade.
Photography : Your Retirement Hobby
8th September 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach
A hands on guide to getting to grips with photography as a new hobby.
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