"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.

New for 2018
If you enjoy nature and wildlife
check out our new Nature Courses & Workshops.
We will be adding to these course offerings over the coming months

Upcoming Courses

Stool Making
24th July 2018 - 25th July 2018 - Northleach, Gloucestershire
Spend 2 days mastering the basics of greenwood furniture making...and create your own bespoke stool in the process!
Blacksmithing Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
5th August 2018 - Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Dry Stone Walling - Improvers (Retaining Walls)
10th August 2018 - 11th August 2018 - Naunton, Gloucestershire
This is a 2 day dry-stone walling improvers course, ideal for people with some experience of dry stone walling or have attended one of the Board's Beginners courses.
Introduction to Scything
11th August 2018 - Discovery Centre, Northleach, Gloucestershire
Practical course that introduces the traditional skill of using a scythe. No prior experience required.
Blacksmithing - Taster Day
11th August 2018 - Northleach
Spend a day learning about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths.
Stone Carving - Beginners
11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018 - Northleach
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch
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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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