"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

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
28th September 2019 - 29th September 2019 - Lodge Park, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
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.
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation **COURSE FULL**
3rd October 2019 - Breakheart Quarry. Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6ER
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Hedgerow Coppicing
5th October 2019 - Manor Farm, Sopworth, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Blacksmithing - Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
5th October 2019 - VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Introduction to Horse Logging
5th October 2019 - East Ruggers Green Wood, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
A chance to gain practical experience of traditional horse logging and woodland management within the Cotswolds AONB.
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