"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 July 2020

We are planning to re-start the Rural Skills programme with a limited number of courses only, from July 2020 onwards.

 Our courses will also 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.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

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

Upcoming Courses

Pond Flora and Fauna Identification **COURSE CANCELLED**
4th July 2020 - Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire
A fantastic one day course focusing on basic identification of pond wildlife, particularly plants and invertebrates associated with aquatic habitats, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning
Blacksmithing - Taster Day **COURSE CANCELLED**
9th July 2020 - The Old Prison, Northleach
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.
Lime Mortar - Beginners **COURSE CANCELLED**
18th July 2020 - 19th July 2020 - TO BE CONFIRMED
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restoring an authentic Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification
18th July 2020 - Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire
A fantastic one day course focusing on basic identification of plants in grassland and meadow habitats, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
22nd July 2020 - Breakheart Quarry. Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6ER
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
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