"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: February 2021

We'd really like to thank everyone for bearing with us while we sailed the choppy waters of 2020. Last year threw up many challenges, and we have been grateful for the understanding and patience of our trainers, course trainees, landowners, venues and suppliers as we amended and adapted our Rural Skills programme in line with ongoing guidance about coronavirus from the Government.

Although the Rural Skills programme is currently suspended, we are very busy 'behind the scenes' setting up a new programme of courses from May 2021 onwards. As part of this new programme, expect a few fantastic surprises once we start to run courses again, as soon as we can safely do so!

As these courses are finalised with landowners and instructors, we'll be in touch with everyone who has kindly retained their booking, to find a course for you at a convenient location and date.

In the meantime, please email us with any queries or concerns that you might have: ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

 

Upcoming Courses

Woodland Coppicing **COURSE CANCELLED**
6th March 2021 - Voltaire's Wood, Gloucestershire
Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of coppicing.
Hedgelaying - Beginners (Midland Style) **COURSE CANCELLED**
8th March 2021 - 9th March 2021 - Cranmore Farm, Shipton Moyne
This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedgelaying
Woodland and Bushcraft introduction **COURSE CANCELLED**
20th March 2021 - 21st March 2021 - 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 **COURSE CANCELLED**
25th March 2021 - 26th March 2021 - 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
Stone Carving - Beginners
10th April 2021 - 11th April 2021 - 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
Woodland and Bushcraft introduction
17th April 2021 - 18th April 2021 - 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!
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