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Events 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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Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 29 September 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: 20 October

Introduction to keeping pigs Next running on: 30 September 10am

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

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.