"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 Improvers - Tongs forging **COURSE FULL**
30th July 2019 - Cogges Manor Farm Church Lane Witney OX28 3LA
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths to make a set of tongs.
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
3rd August 2019 - Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
A course for parents / carers and children, learning about the skill of blacksmithing in a friendly, accessible and above all fun way.
LANTRA Level 2 (Intermediate) Dry-stone Walling Course
9th August 2019 - 16th August 2019 - VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED
Accredited Dry-stone walling course suitable for those with Level 1 certificate + 6 months experience OR wallers with 2 years experience in the trade.
Introduction to Scything **NEW LOCATION**
10th August 2019 - Lord of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
Practical course that introduces the traditional skill of using a scythe. No prior experience required.
Blacksmithing Improvers - Strap hinge forging **NEW COURSE**
12th August 2019 - Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths to make a strap hinge.
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