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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Contact Name: Tamara Burgess

Telephone: 01694 781307

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Address:
Wenlock Lodge
Acton Scott
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 6QN

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm's Courses

£65
Shropshire - Next course on 1st June 2019
There will be plenty to keep you pickling and preserving throughout the year using ingredients from your garden, orchard and allotment. Nothing will be wasted as Sara-Jane guides you in using the available products season by season. At the end of each course you will take home your preserves and the recipes so you can carry on in your kitchen. Keep your cupboards well stocked or delight your friends with a gift handmade by you....
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 25th May 2019
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...
£40
Shropshire - Next course on 13th October 2019
Branching out your family tree 10am – 3pm Do you have mention of ‘gentry’ or ‘ag labs’ in your family tree? Then this is the course for you. Spend an enjoyable day exploring the lives of rural families and communities. Learn about the work they did, the skills they had and the social and economic conditions surrounding them. During the day you will visit the church, school, farm, dairy and cottage, stroll the fields and...
£100
Shropshire - Next course on 23rd June 2019
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...
£100
Shropshire - Next course on 6th April 2019
Breadmaking course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Join us for a day of breadmaking and learn how easy it is to make your own delicious bread at home. You will try out a range of dough making techniques using wheat and spelt flour, then learn how to shape your dough into loaves. One of your loaves will be baked in the original wood-fired bread oven in the farm’s Bailiff’s Cottage, you will also make...
£110
Shropshire - Next course on 22nd September 2019
Breadmaking with Heritage Wheats Step back in time and learn how bread should taste, on this course you will make bread using the heritage wheats: khorasan, einkorn and emmer. You will leave with the bread you have made and a booklet full of bread making advice and recipes. This course is Suitable for vegans. Kath runs her own cookery school ‘Veg Patch Kitchen’. She is passionate about bread making and baking and loves to cook...
£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...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 19th October 2019
Christmas in a Jar at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty. Spend a lovely day creating wonderful Christmas inspired preserves that will liven up your Christmas store cupboard or be given as handmade gifts. All Christmas in a Jar courses are suitable for vegans. There are three dates for this course in 2019, participants can come...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 20th October 2019
Victorian Crazy Patchwork Stockings course This one day course will give you an insight into the traditions of crazy patchwork as well as the practical skills learnt to put together the fabrics and embellish with decorative stitching. Gather together all your little scraps of sumptuous velvets, lace, buttons, beads and ribbons and bring them along to create a traditionally Victorian crazy patchwork Christmas stocking. Predominantly hand sewing. Bring a sewing machine if you have one....
£230
Shropshire - Next course on 31st August 2019
Decorative Blacksmithing at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This two day course will cover a series of basic blacksmithing techniques. It is suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of the craft. Day one will cover the most fundamental aspects of forging, and day two will explore further and include decorative elements. Participants will be supervised and encouraged as they apply the techniques to making a piece of ironwork to take home. You will...
£35
Shropshire - Next course on 6th October 2019
Fire Skills 10am – 1pm Learn the science and skill of how to light a fire, you will use modern and traditional techniques including the use of feather sticks and a ferrocerium stick. You will light the cottage range, the fire in the cottage parlour and an outside fire in the woodland craft area. Suitable for those with no fire lighting experience. Please bring a whittling knife if you have one, a part of this...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 13th April 2019
Spinning course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day course will explain the preparation of raw fleece including sorting, combing and carding. Ann can advise on the choice of sheep breeds to enable successful spinning. Each student will be able to master the art of spindle spinning and will learn the basics of the spinning wheel. Each student will leave the course with a small amount of hand spun yarn. You may bring...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 2nd March 2019
Fruit Tree Grafting Learn the ancient skill of fruit tree grafting and propagating. You will go home with a new skill and the confidence to start grafting your own trees. You will also leave with 3 trees that you have grafted to plant in your own garden. If you have a favourite tree you want to propagate then feel free to bring your own cuttings. You will need to bring: secateurs. Tutor: Tom Adams Accessibility...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 18th May 2019
Hand Stitching, Embroidery and Applique. Slow down and stitch for the day, be inspired and share ideas with like-minded people. You will work with small squares of fabric trying out different techniques, embroidery stitches and applying fabrics. The squares can then be patched worked together to create a wall hanging or picture. Throughout the day you will share ideas and create beautiful little squares which you can continue to create at home. You will need...
£80
Shropshire - Next course on 9th November 2019
Hedgelaying - one day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. The purpose of hedgelaying is to restore a hedge that has become sparse at the base, or has grown without being trimmed. Hedgelaying thickens a hedge therefore giving more shelter for livestock on farms and a habitat for nesting birds and wildlife. During this one-day introductory course, you will learn the techniques of hedgelaying and have a go at transforming a wild unkempt hedge...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 28th September 2019
Introduction to Keeping Pigs at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day course introduces participants to the processes and legislation that apply to keeping pigs from eight weeks to slaughter. We will cover buying, housing and rearing weaner pigs including feeding and basic health checks. Participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to start keeping pigs for meat. You will need to bring: A pen, wellies and wear old clothes/overalls Tutors: Noelle Wilson &...
£200
Shropshire - Next course on 24th August 2019
Make a Bent Stick Chair, two day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Create your very own sculptural and natural bent-wood chair from sustainably coppiced hazel. These traditional rustic chairs are immensely pleasing to the eye, very satisfying to make and can be tailored for your comfort. The finished chair will demand centre stage in any home or garden. You will need to bring: Secateurs, a cordless drill and a claw hammer Tutor: Dave...
£80
Shropshire - Next course on 3rd August 2019
Make a Chestnut Gate Hurdle at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend a satisfying day developing your woodworking skills crafting a rustic garden gate from sweet chestnut. First you will cleft and peel the wood, then shave the rails and staves with a draw knife. Then you will mortise the staves by hand and carve tenons, before fitting it all together, clenching over the nails in the traditional way. The finished hurdle will be approximately...
£15
Shropshire - Next course on 14th December 2019
Make a Christmas Wreath Learn how to make your own Christmas wreath with materials from nature. A lovely way to prepare for the festive season. This half day workshop is suitable for adults and families with children aged 8 and over. All materials provided but you may bring your own ribbons etc. to make the wreath more personal to you. You will need to bring: Secateurs Tutor: Sarah Green Accessibility Acton Scott Historic Working Farm...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 30th June 2019
Mosaics at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm - beginners welcome. During this one day mosaic workshop you will create a tiled pot stand approximately 20cm in diameter or a selection of smaller coasters, using a variety of coloured glass and mirror tiles. The workshop will enable you to experience designing, cutting and attaching tiles to a backing board and then grouting between the tiles. No previous experience needed, all tools and materials provided. Lindsey Kennedy...
£120
Shropshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Introduction to Blacksmithing course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day, structured course introduces beginners to some fundamental metal forging techniques. Step-by-step demonstrations will be given, and participants supervised and encouraged as they apply the techniques to making a piece of ironwork to take home. You will need to wear: old clothes (non-synthetic) /overalls and sturdy boots. Please bring leather gloves if you have any. Frazer can provide weekday courses for groups of...
£70
Shropshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
Orchard Restoration at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. The course is aimed at gardeners and smallholders, and will cover siting an orchard, choosing suitable species and varieties to plant, and how to look after them. You will be shown how to plant a tree and protect it from animals and strimmers, and learn how to prune your tree to make it a pleasant shape and fruitful. You will find out about the pests and diseases...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 16th June 2019
Patchwork and Quilting for Beginners at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. An introduction to the basics of patchwork, quilting and applique. During the course of the day we will create a needle case incorporating each technique. A beautiful souvenir to take home and cherish. No experience necessary. You will need to bring: a basic sewing kit. e.g. scissors, needles, pin cushion. Tutor: Stephanie Jacobs Accessibility Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 19th May 2019
Weaving course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. A one day beginners course covering stick weaving and the use of a peg loom to create simple projects. Each person on the course will produce a place mat using methods learned on the day. No previous knowledge required, all materials and equipment provided. Tutor Sue Prestwood is a retired teacher with an interest in crafts and history. She is passionate about rural crafts and a member...
£200
Shropshire - Next course on 20th September 2019
Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. In this two day course you will learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field. Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, this course is physically demanding. You will need to dress for the weather...
£35
Shropshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Poultry Keeping - morning course with tutor Alex Logan at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping poultry is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward. All aspects of care, housing and breeding are covered including breed selection for eggs/meat, feeding, common ailments and diseases, incubation and rearing chicks, hen keeping and the law. You will need to bring: wellies and dress for the weather as most...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 15th June 2019
There will be plenty to keep you pickling and preserving throughout the year using ingredients from your garden, orchard and allotment. Nothing will be wasted as Sara-Jane guides you in using the available products season by season. At the end of each course you will take home your preserves and the recipes so you can carry on in your kitchen. Keep your cupboards well stocked or delight your friends with a gift handmade by you....
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 7th September 2019
Print ‘n’ Stitch Have a lovely creative day printing on fabric with Indian print blocks and fabric paints. Many different effects can be achieved with the blocks and there will be tips on ways of making your own blocks using lino and other materials. In the afternoon we will relax with some creative hand stitchery and Indian ‘Kantha’ work to embellish the prints further. The stitched prints can be made into cushions, book covers, cards,...
£70
Shropshire - Next course on 18th January 2019
Seasonal Snail Day: Slow Pace, Beautiful Space; Nature Connection and Creative Reflection. This is a seasonal day of nature connection and experimental creativity. It will run once in each season and you can attend just one or book for all four. We will explore the natural spaces at the beautiful setting of Acton Scott and really look at the natural surroundings and see what we can find. We will play with creativity and see how...
£210
Shropshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Make a beautiful basket from hazel in this two day course. You will employ very old techniques developed over generations to split the hazel into thin flexible strips that are used to weave the basket. This course is a masterclass in green hazel working that will leave you with a huge respect for the humble tree as well as a wonderful basket that will look like no other around. These baskets are rarely seen but...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 4th August 2019
Stained Glass Applique Stained glass windows have been around for centuries with their bold patterns and rich colours and are an inspiration to textile artists. During this one day course you will learn and make your own small textile wall-hanging, creating a strong design to frame vivid colours in order to imitate the appearance of stained glass. You will need to bring: Sewing machine with zig zag foot (essential) and basic sewing kit. e.g scissors,...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 2nd June 2019
Summer Dyes from the Countryside - one day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Take a basket and wander through the meadows, investigate our hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material. Participants will prepare dye baths of vibrant colours and dip and dye wool samples to take home. The historic use of dye plants and fibres will be explored through studying examples from the museum social history collection. Early Summer Dyes...
£295
Shropshire - Next course on 18th October 2019
Wheel-wrighting three day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. During this three day course, participants will be guided through the many processes required to make a traditional wheel. You will lathe turn an elm log into a hub before mortising it, cut, shape and fit the oak spokes, cut the tangs, and fit the four felloes. On the final day you will tyre your wheel in a dramatic and unforgettable experience. You will take...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 15th September 2019
Working with Donkeys at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Dusty, a rescued seaside donkey, joined the farm in 2002. He is a very useful working animal around the farm, pulling the cart and a range of light machinery for ground work – his small hooves can be a real advantage! During this half-day course with resident waggoner, Simon, you will learn how to care for a donkey and how to harness up and prepare Dusty...
£95
Shropshire - Next course on 25th May 2019
Working with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend the day learning how to care for heavy horses and how to work with them. You will start by grooming one of Acton Scott’s heavy horses, understanding the importance of foot care, feeding regimes and general horse husbandry. You will then learn how to put the harness on before going out into the fields to begin driving a cart and undertaking fieldwork. Suitable for...