Shropshire Council

Rural crafts and courses

We offer a range of traditional rural craft and trade courses between April and November, where you can learn the forgotten skills of the past…

All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm unless otherwise stated. Please note, a few courses run over more than one day. Where this is the case, information will be included in the course detail, with just the start date shown in the course information at the top of each page.

Lunch is provided on all full-day courses, as well as tea and coffee throughout the day. Please notify us of any dietary requirements when you book.

Many of these courses make ideal presents. Please let us know if you would like the day to be a surprise!

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Easter baking Next running on: 02 April 10am

Join us for a day of Easter baking. You will make hot cross buns, traditional Easter biscuits and put a twist on the traditional by making simnel cupcakes to share with your family and friends.

Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 07 April 10am

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.

Also runs on: 29 September, 20 October

Introduction to keeping pigs Next running on: 08 April 10am

This one day course introduces participants to the processes and legislation that apply to keeping pigs from eight weeks to slaughter.

Also runs on: 30 September

Poultry keeping Next running on: 15 April 10am

This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping hens and ducks is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward.

From fleece to fibre Next running on: 22 April 10am

This one day course will explain the preparation of raw fleece including sorting combing and carding.

Breadmaking Next running on: 06 May 10am

Join us for a day of breadmaking and learn how to make loaves to be proud of!

Decorative blacksmithing Next running on: 06 May 10am

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.

Also runs on: 24 June, 15 July, 19 August

Blacksmithing Next running on: 13 May 10am

This one-day, structured course introduces beginners to some fundamental metal forging techniques.

Also runs on: 14 May, 10 June, 11 June ... and more dates

Willow hurdles and screens Next running on: 13 May 10am

Willow weaving is a very satisfying and ancient craft that still has huge appeal today.

Citrus preserves Next running on: 20 May 10am

With their aromatic acidity, citrus fruits are a wonderful ingredient for preserving.

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 20 May 10am

Spend the day learning how to care for heavy horses and how to work with them.

Also runs on: 18 June, 22 July, 09 September

Patchwork and quilting for beginners Next running on: 21 May 10am

Patchwork, quilting and appliqué, although very different in technique and skill, are often seen worked together in a complementary combination.

Build a cob oven Next running on: 27 May 10am

While fantastic for baking pizza, wood-fired ovens are capable of cooking any dishes you desire, from roasts through to breads and desserts. The only limit is your imagination! The course includes a delicious, home-made lunch freshly cooked in a cob-oven.

Also runs on: 29 July

Mosaic workshop Next running on: 03 June 10am

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.

Early summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 04 June 10am

Take a basket and wander through the meadows, investigate our hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material.

Basic beekeeping Next running on: 10 June 10am

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.

Also runs on: 29 July

Canal folk art - roses and castles Next running on: 11 June 10am

Learn to paint the traditional folk art of the canals on this practical one-day course.

Working with donkeys Next running on: 17 June 10am

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 for driving the cart and working in the field.

Also runs on: 16 September

Home dairying Next running on: 24 June 10am

Join us on this course to learn the art of making cheese and butter at home from whole milk.

Split hazel basketry Next running on: 24 June 10am

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.

Build a dry stone wall Next running on: 01 July 10am

A one-day introductory course to the craft of dry stone walling from scratch.

Also runs on: 15 July

Stone masonary Next running on: 01 July 10am

This course is very much a practical one: students will be guided through a step-by-step process, starting with the basic geometry used to create their template and progressing through hands-on use of tools, to shaping their stone.

Also runs on: 16 September

Whittling Next running on: 08 July 10am

Learn how to whittle a wonderful stick cockerel using a simple pocket knife.

Tool sharpening Next running on: 15 July 10am

Learn how to sharpen your 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.

Make a chestnut garden gate Next running on: 05 August 10am

Spend a satisfying day developing your woodworking skills crafting a rustic garden gate from sweet chestnut.

Make a bent stick chair Next running on: 12 August 10am

Create your very own sculptural and natural bentwood chair from sustainably coppiced hazel.

Late summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 20 August 10am

Take a basket and wander through our meadows, investigate the hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material in season.

Hedgerow harvest Next running on: 09 September 10am

Early Autumn heralds the start of the hedgerow season, where ripening fruit can be foraged to make wonderful exciting preserves.

Sweet and flavoured breads Next running on: 23 September 10am

On this full day of breadmaking you will make a sweet, enriched dough to make iced fingers, Chelsea buns or Shropshire butter buns and will learn how to transform your daily loaf with different flavours to make it special.

Peg loom and stick weaving Next running on: 30 September 10am

A one day beginners course covering stick weaving and the use of a peg loom to create simple projects.

Perfect pickles Next running on: 07 October 10am

Pickling is an age old method of preserving fruit and vegetables, traditionally making the most of the autumn abundance ready to be used in the depths of winter.

Wheelwrighting Next running on: 13 October 10am

During this three day course for just four participants with some woodworking experience, you will be guided through the many processes required to make a traditional wheel.

Hedgelaying Next running on: 14 October 10am

The purpose of hedgelaying is to restore a hedge that has become sparse at the base, or has grown without being trimmed.

Also runs on: 04 November, 11 November, 18 November

Christmas in a jar - 1 Next running on: 28 October 10am

Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty.

Orchard restoration Next running on: 28 October 10am

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.

Christmas breads Next running on: 04 November 10am

Come and learn how to make delicious breads to grace your Christmas table. You will make savoury loaves and sweet buns suffused with Christmas flavours.

Christmas in a jar - 2 Next running on: 18 November 10am

Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty.