"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.

Autumn/Winter Course Dates
are now being added for our
Hedgelaying & Horse Logging Courses

Hedgelaying Competition
Date Announced

Upcoming Courses

LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation **COURSE FULL**
13th December 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Lime Mortar - Beginners **NEW VENUE**
15th December 2018 - 16th December 2018 - 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
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midlands Style)
12th January 2019 - 13th January 2019 - Sopworth, Wiltshire
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying.
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
12th January 2019 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Woodland Coppicing
19th January 2019 - Ullen Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
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Latest News

Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Competition 2017
Entries are now being taken for the 2017 championship which will be held on Saturday 18th November at Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6HS
Cotswolds Conservation Board reflects on the year looking after one of the nation's important landscapes
Cotswolds Farming Forum - Farming & the Cotswolds Landscape Post Brexit
JOB VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer

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