Shropshire Council

Events and courses

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

All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm unless otherwise stated. Please note that 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'd like the day to be a surprise!

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You'll also find here all of the fabulous events we've got scheduled for 2018.

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Basic beekeeping Next running on: 24 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: 28 July

Decorative blacksmithing Next running on: 24 June 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: 14 July, 15 July, 18 August ... and more dates

Mosaic workshop Next running on: 30 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.

Blacksmithing Next running on: 7 July 10am

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

Also runs on: 08 July, 11 August, 12 August

Whittling faces Next running on: 7 July 10am

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

Knife sharpening Next running on: 8 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.

Build a cob oven Next running on: 21 July 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.

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 28 July 10am

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

Also runs on: 08 September

Make a chestnut garden gate Next running on: 4 August 10am

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

The vegetable patch Next running on: 18 August 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.

Late summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 19 August 10am

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

Make a bent stick chair Next running on: 25 August 10am

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

Also runs on: 26 August

Working with donkeys Next running on: 16 September 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.

Autumn preserves Next running on: 22 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.

Introduction to keeping pigs Next running on: 22 September 10am

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

Classic condiments Next running on: 25 September 10am

With Christmas just around the corner, how about learning to make those special flavoured cheeses to impress your friends and family?

Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 28 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: 29 September, 19 October, 20 October ... and more dates

Bread and butter Next running on: 30 September 10am

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

Orchard restoration Next running on: 6 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.

Perfect pickles Next running on: 6 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.

Peg loom and stick weaving Next running on: 7 October 10am

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

Wheelwrighting Next running on: 12 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.

Also runs on: 13 October, 14 October

Christmas in a jar - 1 Next running on: 3 November 10am

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

Christmas in a jar - 2 Next running on: 17 November 10am

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

Make a Christmas wreath Next running on: 15 December 10am

Make your own Christmas decoration. A lovely way to prepare for the festive season.