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Heritage crafts courses

Learn traditional heritage crafts at courses and workshops all over the UK. Heritage crafts are so important to our culture and living heritage - we need to keep these skills alive by learning and practicing them or they will not survive! Heritage skills can be as diverse as dry stone walling, wheel-wrighting, ploughing, rope making, gate and hurdle making, wattle and daub techniques, spoon carving, whittling and many more.

Leicestershire - Next course on 30th July 2019
Join Jacqueline on this 2 hour workshop to learn the basics of needle felting. After a short demonstration and explanation of tools and materials used you will learn how to make a basic shape that can be crafted into a bears head key ring or a flower brooch. A wide choice of colours of wool will be available.
Cumbria - Next course on 14th July 2019
For availability on courses please see our website above, thank you. Take artistic blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Lee from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmithing furnaces, 8 anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmithing day... Our Blacksmith for a day courses run throughout the year Ramshead Firepokers or Sculptural garden flowers. Please see our website for which course runs on which date. Adrian and his able...
Bread and Butter course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Join us for a day learning how to make bread and churning your own butter. You will make a selection of loaves using wheat and spelt flour, watch the farm’s dairy maid make butter in the end-over-end churn and then make your own butter using a table top churn. You take home all of your breads, butter and a recipe booklet packed with advice. You...
Cumbria - Next course on 9th November 2019
Over the course of the four days of this workshop you will build your very own bowl turning lathe to take home and spend some time learning to turn beautiful, functional wooden bowls. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. This workshop will be limited to 4 participants. The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas: • The skills required to build your own historic Viking style bowl turning lathe...
Shropshire - Next course on 14th July 2019
Build a Cob Oven at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one-day course shows you how you can build your own oven using simple techniques and materials. This is very much a hands-and-feet-on experience, tremendous fun and immensely satisfying. By the end of the day participants will have developed the skills they need to build an oven for themselves. While fantastic for baking pizza, wood-fired ovens are capable of cooking any dishes you desire, from...
Wiltshire - Next course on 21st September 2019
Adult bushcraft and survival skills course This is a great hand’s on day at our woodland site near Warminster Wiltshire. Learning basic survival and bushcraft skills. During your time spent with us you will discover how to: · Build a debris shelter · Purify water · Use natural tinder's · Light a fire without matches · Make cordage from natural plant fibres · Identify trees · Find North without a compass Minimum age is 18,...
East Sussex - Next course on 29th June 2019
A day in the woods foraging your materials to learn specific bushcraft skills, using ancient techniques. On offer is wild fire-making, wild cordage (string), bone needle-making, bark containers etc. The exact contents of the day are determined by the time of year, so please check the website courses calendar page, via the button above. Empowering, creative, skills for life... We aim to give you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away...
Wiltshire - Next course on 31st August 2019
This one day charcoal making course is one of our most popular courses and will run from our Warminster site from 9.30am to 4pm. The course fee is £55 per person. This course is well suited for small woodland owners, community woodland groups and conservation groups or anybody interested in low-volume charcoal production. The course will cover the following: • The history of charcoal making • Health safety • Making charcoal using a small traditional...
Highlands - Next course on 14th September 2019
Come and join us for a week of traditional craft, gentle walks and optional morning yoga - a truly relaxing week for creative people who would like a bit of the outdoors. Over the week participants can have a go at natural dyeing outdoors in the woods. Foraging for dye plants, making botanical dyes from what they have foraged and learning about ancient imported dyes. Guests will dye local fleece as well as fleece from...
Earth pigments are things like ochres - naturally coloured clays and rocks that have been used for colour since prehistoric times. They're strong, lightfast and permanent, and hugely versatile in how they can be used. As well as looking into the background of how the pigments have been used, this is a hands-on course. we'll use earth pigments as our prehistoric ancestors did, and then we'll look at the many ways we can use them...

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