Learn rural skills and crafts at courses and workshops all over the UK. Countryside skills and smallholding practices are not just incredibly useful but also great fun! Learn hedge-laying chainsawing, orchard maintenance, grow your own veg, animal breeding, rearing and butchery. If you have dreams or becoming self sufficient, you'll need these skills!
Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention.
Topics covered include:
What type of hive
Where to site your hive
Overview of sustainable management
Plants for your bees
Make your own traditional wooden rake to take home.
This course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a beautiful Woodland setting
Discover how to cleave the wood with a froe and shape with a drawknife and shave horse.
Have a go at making rake tines using the tine cutter.
This course will be run at our site near Warminster. Maximum course size 6 candidates
Learn the ancient art of stained glass in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and make your own panel to display in your home.
Whether you're a beginner who's never handled glass or someone who has approached this craft before Stephen will follow your every step and make sure you leave with a stained glass panel you'll be proud of.
Stephen is a stained glass artist who loves a modern approach and strives on creativity. He...
This is designed for people who have either attended the Introductory course and would like more information, or those who already keep bees and need to understand more advanced management techniques and methods, but within the ethical/sustainable framework
This course is also aimed at those who have been keeping bees conventionally but would like to understand a more bee-centred approach. There will be an assumption that you are familiar with beekeeping principles and terminology, but...
A One Day Beekeeping Experience
A great experience for anyone interested in Bees, or considering taking up Beekeeping. You will learn in a small group all about this cherished insect, getting the opportunity to see inside a working Beehive. Taking home; a certificate, a pound of honey, a bee related gift and notes about the honey bee.
Course Programme: Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm
1. Introduction to Bees
Learn all about these incredible creatures; the different...
This will be a fun, practical, hands-on day introducing you to some of the basic tools and techniques of greenwood working. You will enjoy cleaving, chopping and shaving greenwood, using a shavehorse and turning on a pole-lathe. During the day you will make several things to take home.
Course Programme: One Day, 9.30am - 4.30pm
1. Introduction To Greenwood Working
A brief introduction to greenwood working and the tools and wood we will be using....
Would you, your friends or your family enjoy a fun and informal session building a real dry stone wall in a stunning countryside setting?
Get out in the fresh air, be next to nature, and restore an important feature that defines the British landscape.
Dry stone walling is a positive and relaxing experience which promotes mindfulness and boosts wellbeing in an inspirational, natural environment.
Delivered by highly qualified craftsmen and instructors, these events span over...
Held in the lovely rural village of Temple just 15 miles south of Edinburgh, our half day candle making workshop will give you the basic skills to create a scented container candle made from 100% soy wax choosing from a selection of fine fragrance oils. Our groups are kept small (a maximum of 10) to allow for individual attention.
- Overview of the different types of wax and their differences in candle making....
Hens: 4th June 2019, 26th Nov; Hare 9th July; Sheep: 24th Sept; Deer 4th Oct; Angel 6th Dec 2018 and 6th Dec 2019.
Willow Hares: Make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do.
Willow Deer: Spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high - to graze in the corner of your orchard (if...
Come and ‘Have a Bash’ at Blacksmithing on a one-day introduction course! The process of heating and forging hot metal is fun, fascinating and should be enjoyed by everyone (albeit pretty hard work!!)
Jake Hedge is a fully accredited Blacksmith from the National School of Blacksmithing who now runs his own business from a small & charming forge in Ludlow, the heart of rural Shropshire. “Thanks to Jake’s patient and calm teaching” you’ll have no...