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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!

£75
Wiltshire - Next course on 9th June 2018
This course will be run at our site near Warminster. One Day Course 10am to 4pm Maximum course size 6 candidates 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.
£45
Midlothian - Next course on 13th May 2018
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% natural soy wax choosing from a selection of fine fragrance oils. Our groups are kept small (a maximum of 10) to allow for individual attention. Workshop Content - Overview of the different types of wax and their differences in candle...
£85
London - Next course on 2nd June 2018
These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will take down a dry stone wall (DSW) and stack out in the appropriate manner. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering terms and descripton of stones used. You will receive, and discuss, an overview into the construction of...
£45
Cheshire
Learn to spin your own yarn, with Diane Fisher of Murmuring Wheel, at Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Cheshire. Please get in touch to enquire or book your place. Further dates will also be planned for later in 2018. The day will cover basic spinning techniques and plying - aiming to finish with one or more skeins of your own handspun yarn! The course is aimed at beginner spinners but I can cater for any level of...
£78
Cumbria - Next course on 24th May 2018
Thurs 4th May - Hares, Wed 11th July - Sheep, Fri 21st Sept - Hens & Cockerels, Wed 10th Oct - Deer, Thur 13th Nov - Hares, Thur 6th Dec - Angels 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 -...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 1st June 2018
Basic Beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture. Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the Queen, Worker and male Drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 21st July 2018
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) baskets and woven spherical polyhedra.
£195
Gloucestershire - Next course on 8th September 2018
How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? This weekend Course on sustainable beekeeping is run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.  The Course covers the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Course content: Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a...
£75
Gloucestershire
Discover Britain's forgotten crop - Flax. All true linen is made from flax. During the day you will be shown all the processes for working flax from seed to cloth. You will also have the opportunity of working through the processes to produce fibre ready for spinning and/or cord and rope making. A chance to dress a distaff and have a go at drop spinning. Anyone interested in the process and practice of weaving and...
£65
Bedfordshire - Next course on 19th May 2018
One-day dry stone walling course. A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !! These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...