"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.

Update: January 2021

We'd like to wish you a Happy New Year.

We'd also like to thank everyone for bearing with us while we sailed the choppy waters of 2020. Last year threw up many challenges, and we have been grateful for the understanding and patience of our trainers, course trainees, landowners, venues and suppliers as we amended and adapted our Rural Skills programme in line with ongoing guidance about coronavirus from the Government.

As soon as it is safe and practical to offer courses again, we will be back. Meanwhile, if you are someone whose course booking continues to be affected by the pandemic, please stay in touch.

Unfortunately, with another period of national lockdown, the programme is suspended until further notice. We will continue to adapt our position as Government guidance is updated, and hope to be back with you at the earliest possible opportunity.

Please email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk with any queries.

 

Upcoming Courses

Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midland Style) **COURSE FULL**
8th February 2021 - 9th February 2021 - Cranmore Farm, Shipton Moyne
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Woodland Coppicing
20th February 2021 - Voltaire's Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Woodland and Bushcraft introduction
20th February 2021 - 21st February 2021 - West Ruggers Green Wood, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
Spend two days - with the option of staying overnight - in the woods, learning a range of bushcraft skills and techniques!
Introduction to Lime and Lime Plastering - Beginners
4th March 2021 - 5th March 2021 - Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Gloucestershire
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restoring an authentic Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Woodland Coppicing
6th March 2021 - Voltaire's Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midland Style) **COURSE FULL**
8th March 2021 - 9th March 2021 - Cranmore Farm, Shipton Moyne
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
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