"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.

2018 Course Dates Now Available

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Upcoming Courses

Stone Carving - Beginners
27th January 2018 - 28th January 2018 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
Stone Carving - Beginners
1st February 2018 - 2nd February 2018 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Somerset Style)
12th February 2018 - 13th February 2018 - Westonbirt, Gloucestershire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Blacksmithing - 2 Day Improvers **NEW COURSE**
13th February 2018 - 14th February 2018 - Northleach
This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
17th February 2018 - 18th February 2018 - Kingham Hill School, Oxfordshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
19th February 2018 - 20th February 2018 - Sopworth, Wiltshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
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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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