"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.

Autumn/Winter Course Dates
are now being added for our
Hedgelaying Courses

Hedgelaying Competition & Dry Stone Walling Competition
Course Dates Announced

Upcoming Courses

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners
18th August 2018 - 19th August 2018 - Lodge Park, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Lime Mortar - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
18th August 2018 - 19th August 2018 - The Old Ebworth Centre, The Camp GL6 7ES
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restoring an authentic Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Blacksmithing - Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
19th August 2018 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
22nd August 2018 - The Friary, near Bath
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018 - Burford, Oxfordshire
This 2-day dry stone walling course is suitable for beginners with no experience.
Stool Making
28th August 2018 - 29th August 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Spend 2 days mastering the basics of greenwood furniture making...and create your own bespoke stool in the process!
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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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