"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 Courses

Hedgelaying Competition & Dry Stone Walling Competition
Course Dates Announced

Upcoming Courses

Dry Stone Walling - Beginners **COURSE FULL**
22nd September 2018 - 23rd September 2018 - Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Blacksmithing - 2 Day Improvers
22nd September 2018 - 23rd September 2018 - Northleach
This two day Improvers course will introduce students to a several new technical processes, and distinct parts of the 'Blacksmithing Vocabulary'
LANTRA Brushcutter/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation
24th September 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A one day course for those with some experience of using strimmers and brushcutters
Dry Stone Walling - Beginners
27th September 2018 - 28th September 2018 - Lodge Park, Gloucestershire
Spend two days in the glorious Cotswolds landscape rebuilding a historic dry stone wall.
Lime Mortar - Beginners
29th September 2018 - The Old Ebworth Centre, The Camp GL6 7ES
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restoring an authentic Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques
Introduction to Weaving
5th October 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
A practical insight into the traditional Cotswold craft of Wool Weaving
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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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