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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Contact Name: Sarah Green

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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 22nd September 2018
Autumn Preserves Autumn is the time the wooden spoon really starts working and it is the time that most preservers are at their busiest. There is so much to choose from, from the gluts of the vegetable garden and orchard to the fruitful hedgerows. We will make" Classic Piccalilli Tomato, fig and caramelised onion jam Crab apple and rosehip jelly Tutor: Sara-Jane Brough Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for your course and bring a...
£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...
£90
Shropshire - Next course on 30th September 2018
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 to spread on to it. You will make a selection of loaves, watch the farm's dairy maid churn butter in the barrel and then return to the Black Barn to make your own butter. You Take home all of your breads, your own butter and a 20 page recipe booklet...
£90
Shropshire - Next course on 12th May 2018
Breadmaking course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Join us for a day of breadmaking and learn how to make loaves to be proud of! You will try out a range of dough making techniques to make savoury and sweet loaves. One of your loaves will be baked in the wood-fired bread oven in the farm’s Bailiff’s Cottage. You will leave with the bread you have made and a booklet of bread making advice and...
£75
Shropshire - Next course on 26th May 2018
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,...
£76
Shropshire - Next course on 30th June 2018
Build a Dry Stone Wall at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. A one-day introductory course to the craft of dry stone walling from scratch. Under the guidance of an expert dry stone waller, learn how to select the right stone, create the footings and build a retaining wall. By the end of the day you will be able to attempt your own wall. Tutor: Dave Marpole Accommodation If you are considering staying overnight or attending...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 3rd November 2018
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. There are two dates for this course in 2018, participants can come to either or both. 3rd November: Cranberry and apple cheese,...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 2nd June 2018
One day preserve making course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. With their aromatic acidity, citrus fruits are a wonderful ingredient for preserving. On this day you will explore all things citrus from oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits to make a beautiful array of zesty preserves. You will make Preserved lemons, Lemon curd, Lime Marmalade, Grapefruit Squash Please bring an apron and something sturdy to carry the preserves home in. Tutor: Sara-Jane Brough Sara-Jane’s ethos...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 25th August 2018
Classic Condiments Course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm An explorative day looking at how oil, vinegar and salt come into play to make wonderful preserves that can liven up the store cupboard. You will make: Garden Pesto, harissa paste, herb oil, shrried plum sauce, lovage mustard and traditional barbeque sauce. Tutor: Sara-Jane Brough Please wear suitable clothing for your course. Accommodation If you are considering staying overnight or attending the course as part of...
£230
Shropshire - Next course on 23rd June 2018
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 subject. Day one will cover the most fundamental aspects of forging, and day two will explore further and include some decorative elements. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a range of forging techniques and make a decorative piece of ironwork to take home....
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 21st April 2018
Spinning course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day course will explain the preparation of raw fleece including sorting combing and carding. It will 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. Tutor: Ann Lloyd....
£72
Shropshire - Next course on 13th October 2018
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 22nd September 2018
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. Tutors: Noelle Wilson & Sue Bayliss Noelle has taught land based subjects in a variety of...
£75
Shropshire - Next course on 8th July 2018
Knife Sharpening course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Learn how to sharpen your small edge tools (and keep them sharp!). We will explore the science behind sharpening, steel tempering and honing, discovering cutting edge trade secrets along the way. A wide range of hand sharpening stones (both water and oil based), electric bench sharpener, and honing materials will be available to use. Please bring your own sharpening kit if you wish along with a...
£200
Shropshire - Next course on 25th August 2018
Make a Bent Stick Chair, two day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Create your very own sculptural and natural bentwood 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. Tutor: Dave Jackson Dave Jackson is a self-employed coppice craftsman from the Malvern Hills in...
£80
Shropshire - Next course on 4th August 2018
Make a Chestnut Gate Hurdle at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend a satisfying day developing your woodworking skills crafting a rustic gate hurdle 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...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 30th June 2018
Mosaics at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm - beginners welcome. During this one-day mosaic workshop you will create a tiled pot stand approximately 20cms in diameter, using a variety of coloured glass and mirror tiles. The workshop will enable you to experience designing, cutting and attaching tiles to a plywood backing board and then grouting between the tiles. No previous experience of tiling or mosaic required and all materials and tools will be supplied. Lindsey...
£120
Shropshire - Next course on 12th May 2018
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. With only two participants per course, you will receive plenty of individual attention from the tutor. Tutor: Frazer Picot With only two participants per course, Frazer can be flexible....
£70
Shropshire - Next course on 6th October 2018
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...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 20th May 2018
Patchwork and Quilting for Beginners at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Patchwork, quilting and appliqué, although very different in technique and skill, are often seen worked together in a complementary combination. This one day course will provide a clear introduction to the basics involved with each craft, and by the end of the day you will have a deeper understanding of the individual techniques. You will have made a small sample of work incorporating each...
£60
Shropshire - Next course on 7th October 2018
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 simple place mat using methods learned on the day. No previous knowledge required. Tutor Sue Prestwood is a retired teacher with an interest in crafts and history. She is passionate about rural crafts and a member of the Shrewsbury Guild...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 6th October 2018
Perfect Pickles - cookery course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Pickling is an age old British method of preserving fruit and vegetables, traditionally making the most of autumn abundance, ready to be used in the depths of winter. A preserving technique that is often overlooked, pickling done well and with a little imagination can turn the humblest vegetable into a special accompaniment for the table. You will make Pickled red cabbage, Thai pickled shallots,...
£200
Shropshire - Next course on 28th September 2018
Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field in this in-depth two day course (course runs Friday/Saturday). Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, with a maximum of four participants per course. This course is...
£35
Shropshire - Next course on 28th April 2018
Poultry Keeping - morning course with tutor Alex Logan at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping hens and ducks is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward. All aspects of care, housing and breeding are covered including breed selection for eggs and/ or meat, feeding, common ailments and diseases, incubation and rearing chicks, hen keeping and the law. It was a visit to Acton Scott that...
£210
Shropshire - Next course on 9th June 2018
Make a beautiful basket from hazel on 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 master class 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...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 3rd June 2018
Summer Dyes from the Countryside - one day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Take a basket and wander through the meadows, investigate the hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material in season. Berries and barks, roots, flowers and fruits all provide wonderful natural ingredients. Participants will prepare dye baths of vibrant and glowing natural colours and dip and dye samples to take home. The historic use of dye plants and...
£65
Shropshire - Next course on 18th August 2018
For people with allotments, home vegetable gardens or generous neighbours and friends who love to grow veg, there is likely to be a time of year when bags of green beans, beetroot, pumpkins, courgettes, onions and carrots are full to overfilling. This abundance is perfect for any passionate preserver and can soon be turned into delicious preserves to brighten up the dark days. You will make: Runner bean pickle, Autumn Gluttony Chutney, Spicy Vegetable Relish...
£295
Shropshire - Next course on 12th October 2018
Wheel-wrighting three day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. During this three day course (Friday to Sunday), for just four participants with some woodworking experience, you 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 on the mortising machine. Then the oak spokes are cut out, shaped and fitted, the tangs cut, and the four felloes fitted....
£75
Shropshire - Next course on 7th July 2018
Whittling course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Learn how to whittle little character faces in sticks using a simple pocket knife. You will be taught a variety of carving techniques to allow you to continue your new hobby safely at home, knives will be provided. Tutor: Dave Jackson Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for your course and bring a waterproof jacket. Accommodation If you are considering staying overnight or attending the course as...
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 16th September 2018
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 tip 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...
£95
Shropshire - Next course on 19th May 2018
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 Charlie or Joe before taking him out into the fields to begin driving a cart and...