"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

BIRD IDENTIFICATION **PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION**
19th May 2019 - New venue: Greystones Nature Reserve, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.
A fantastic one day course focusing on bird identification, involving a combination of field identification and class-room learning
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.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
25th May 2019 - 26th May 2019 - Burford, Oxfordshire
This 2-day dry stone walling course is suitable for beginners with no experience.
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.
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
1st June 2019 - 2nd June 2019 - Estcourt Estate, Tetbury, Gloucs, GL8 8XF
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification
1st June 2019 - 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
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