"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.

Upcoming Courses

Blacksmithing - Taster Day
19th January 2020 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Hedgerow Coppicing (day 1) and Somerset Hedge Laying (day 2)
25th January 2020 - Manor Farm, Sopworth, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing and hedge laying.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
1st February 2020 - 2nd February 2020 - Fosse Crosse, Gloucestershire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Winter Tree Identification **NEW COURSE**
4th February 2020 - Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS
A fantastic one day course focusing on basic identification of native broadleaved trees in the winter season, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
6th February 2020 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
8th February 2020 - 9th February 2020 - Whichford Hill Farm, OX15 5BX
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
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