"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: 1st September 2020 

We have re-start the Rural Skills programme and are gradually adding new dates so please keep checking this website.

 Our courses will currently be restricted to 5 participants only with the instructor, and additional measures in response to Covid-19 will also apply.

 These measures include, but are not limited to:

Covid-19 specific risk assessments, pre-course briefing documents, and safety talks;

 - Signage and cones to ensure that participants and instructors keep the required distance from each other;

 - Hand sanitation facilities and cleaning stations.

Our courses will be reviewed and finalised on a monthly basis, until the programme is operating at full capacity.

We are prioritising course places for participants who retained their bookings to attend at the earliest manageable date. As our courses were postponed from April 2020 onwards, we are working through these courses in date order, to enable people to attend as soon as we can possibly arrange.

Many thanks for your patience while we set up and allocate course places.

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


Upcoming Courses

LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
2nd October 2020 - Breakheart Quarry. Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6ER
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
3rd October 2020 - 4th October 2020 - 417 Bike Park, Crickley Hill Farm, Crickley Hill, Witcombe, Gloucestershire. GL3 4SS
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Woodland and Bushcraft introduction **10% OFF**
17th October 2020 - 18th October 2020 - 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!
Stone Carving - Beginners
17th October 2020 - 18th October 2020 - Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Rd, Stroud GL6 7QW
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
25th October 2020 - Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill
Spend a day learning about the age old craft of green woodworking and its connection with our native woods!
Woodland Coppicing
31st October 2020 - Voltaire's Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
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