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Rural crafts courses

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
Worcestershire - Next course on 21st March 2019
This workshop is the perfect introduction to the ancient art of basket making and will see you making an attractive platter and a small herb basket - in a day! Making baskets is a fascinating skill to learn and the process can be extremely therapeutic. Your experienced tutor has been making baskets since the early 1990's, preferring to work with unstripped willow, a lot of which she grows herself. This workshop is a suitable for...
£155
Herefordshire
Two day willow basket making course in Ledbury. Over the weekend beginners will learn a variety of techniques using unstripped willow to complete a round basket with a handle. Students with previous experience can contact Jenny to discuss a possible project.
£65
County Down
Discover the magic of basket making On this workshop we will be making a form of traditional potato basket or sciathog. Commonly made throughout Ireland but there was a great centre of basketmaking in the North of Ireland in and around Gawley’s Gate, Aghagallon and Aghalee in the south east corner of County Antrim close to the shores of Lough Neagh where the potato baskets were made in great numbers. The small versions we will...
£325
Shropshire
Courses run monthly in the summer from Saturday to Sunday, 10 am to 4.30 pm. For course availability please get in touch. Deposit to reserve a place - £50 per person. (Balance 6 weeks before course.) The tutor The course tutor is Charles Millar. Having escaped the corporate world he is now a freelance management consultant and apostle for the joys of beekeeping.. He has been keeping bees with great enthusiasm for 12 years., and...
£149
Lincolnshire - Next course on 30th March 2019
If you've ever wanted to keep bees, there's no better time to begin! Whether you're keen to learn everything you need to know to get you started in hobby beekeeping, or simply extremely interested in the idea of keeping bees, this 1-day fun and interactive workshop will teach you the fascinating secrets of the honeybee and how to care for and keep bees in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. Our Bee Keeping for Beginners...
£150
Cardiganshire
Explore an ever-growing and immensely popular pursuit. Bee populations across the world are collapsing catastrophically and we may lose one in three of every bite we eat. Keeping bees on a domestic level can be a vital way of supporting the bio-diversity that bees foster. We offer courses in beekeeping in association with New Quay Honey Farm. The Beekeeping Weekend offers and introduction to the principles of beekeeping over the course of a weekend. The...
£48
East Sussex - Next course on 22nd March 2019
A 3 hour morning course discussing chicken keeping. Learn about the pleasures and perils of keeping hens in your garden, their suitability as pets and the joys of having your own fresh free-range eggs. What you need to know if you are just setting up and their care needs. A follow-on course is held in the afternoon, covering caring for your chickens. If both courses are booked for the same day we provide a complimentary...
£75
Shropshire - Next course on 11th May 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...
£57
Somerset - Next course on 26th January 2019
This is a hands-on short course for beginners is how to design and build your own bird box or bug/bee house from recycled materials. which you take home at the end of the session. General information about the course. You will gain practical skills and experience of materials, tools, and construction used in upcycling. The course will be held in Glastonbury, Somerset. 10% DISCOUNT WHEN BOOKING TWO OR MORE PLACES ON THE SAME DATE. What...
£48
East Sussex - Next course on 22nd March 2019
A 3 hour afternoon course - both a practical and theory session. The more you handle your chickens the more friendly they become. Some people plan to spend a lot of time with their hens and others simply like to know how to handle them should it become necessary. This course is aimed at all chicken keepers wishing to feel confident that they can carry out a basic health check, caring for and handling their...