Shropshire Council

Events and courses

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of Britain’s leading working farm museums.  Originally the Home Farm of the Acton Scott estate, the site remains untouched by modern farming practice. The farm staff care for traditional breeds of poultry and stock, and all seasonal jobs are undertaken using horse-drawn machinery. The wheelwright and blacksmith produce goods for the farm, the farrier shoes the working horses, butter is churned by hand and traditional farm fare is cooked on the cottage range and in the bread oven.

We continue to preserve those often forgotten and fast-disappearing rural skills through the collection and preservation of the stories and artefacts of the past. At the same time, we aim to share those skills among a wider audience through a programme of courses, helping to keep them alive and finding a place for them in the 21st Century.

All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm unless otherwise stated. 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.

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Make a Christmas wreath Next running on: 14 December 10am

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

Also runs on: 12 December

Fruit tree grafting Next running on: 29 February 10am

Learn the ancient skill of fruit tree grafting and propagating.

Breadmaking Next running on: 4 April 10am

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

Make a papier-mache mirror frame Next running on: 18 April 10am

Learn how to decorate the outside and inside edge of the frame, looking at raised, cutaway and textured effects.

Poultry keeping Next running on: 19 April 10am

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

Blacksmithing Next running on: 25 April 10am

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

Also runs on: 26 April, 02 May, 03 May ... and more dates

From fleece to fibre Next running on: 25 April 10am

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

Also runs on: 20 June

Working with donkeys Next running on: 26 April 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: 13 September

Spring herbal remedies Next running on: 16 May 10am

Learn how to make cleansing herbal tea infusions, a spring tonic, herbal vinegar, flower infused oils and a healing skin salve.

Peg loom and stick weaving Next running on: 17 May 10am

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

Split hazel basketry Next running on: 23 May 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.

Also runs on: 24 May

Spring preserves Next running on: 30 May 10am

In this preserving workshop you will make use of all that spring has to offer

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 30 May 10am

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

Also runs on: 13 June, 04 July, 05 September

Build a cob oven Next running on: 6 June 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: 11 July

Creative writing – Animal magnetism Next running on: 6 June 10:30am

Join writer Kate Innes as she leads a creative writing workshop.

Early summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 7 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: 13 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: 27 June

Patchwork, quilting and applique for beginners – an introduction Next running on: 14 June 10am

An introduction to the basics of patchwork, quilting and applique.

Bread and butter Next running on: 21 June 10am

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

Eco printing with nature Next running on: 28 June 10am

Learn how to fix the natural colours from flowers and leaves onto watercolour paper and fabric to make beautiful eco prints.

Fundamentals of preserving Next running on: 4 July 10am

This course is all about learning the key processes, principals, skills and concepts of preserving.

Mosaic workshop Next running on: 5 July 10am

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.

Summer preserves Next running on: 18 July 10am

Learn how to make a variety of preserves with the smell of summer!

Blooms and berries Next running on: 19 July 10am

This preserving workshop is all about capturing the tastes and fragrance of summer berries and blooms.

Make a chestnut garden gate Next running on: 2 August 10am

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

Also runs on: 23 August

Advanced preserving techniques Next running on: 22 August 10am

This course is all about taking your preserving knowledge to the next level.

Late summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 23 August 10am

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

Decorative blacksmithing Next running on: 29 August 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: 30 August

Preserving with honey Next running on: 29 August 10am

A must-do course for any beekeepers and their family.

Fabulous felting Next running on: 30 August 10am

Create a colourful wet felted purse, glasses case or small bag and embellish with dry needling techniques, stitching and beads.

Make a bent stick chair Next running on: 5 September 10am

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

Also runs on: 06 September

Print 'n' stitch Next running on: 12 September 10am

Have a lovely creative day printing on fabric with Indian print blocks and fabric paints.

Autumn herbal boost Next running on: 13 September 10am

Learn how to make an immune boosting syrup, an autumn tonic and fiery vinegar. You will also make a soothing muscle rub with infused comfrey and arnica oil and a relaxing balm with calming essential oils.

Autumn preserves Next running on: 19 September 10am

Join us and learn how to make Classic piccalilli, Tomato, fig and caramelised onion jam and Crab apple and rosehip jelly

Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 19 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 September, 03 October, 04 October ... and more dates

The hedgerow Next running on: 20 September 10am

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

Introduction to keeping pigs Next running on: 26 September 10am

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

Advanced peg loom Next running on: 27 September 10am

On this course you will create simple ideas for patterns and shapes using a peg loom which will include semi-circles, circles, block patterns and using recycled materials.

Orchard restoration Next running on: 3 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.

Orchard preserves Next running on: 10 October 10am

Explore the orchard fruits' great versatility in the preserving kitchen.

Christmas in a jar - 1 Next running on: 11 October 10am

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

Wheelwrighting Next running on: 16 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: 17 October, 18 October

Exciting enamelling Next running on: 17 October 10am

Experiment with colourful enamel powders and copper shapes.

Crazy patchwork Christmas stocking Next running on: 18 October 10am

Learn about the traditions of crazy patchwork as well as the practical skills learnt to put together the fabrics and embellish with decorative stitching.

Christmas in a jar - 2 Next running on: 24 October 10am

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

Pewter casting for Christmas Next running on: 7 November 10am

A chance to be an alchemist and watch molten pewter form into beautiful textural designs.

Christmas in a jar - 3 Next running on: 14 November 10am

Spend a lovely day creating wonderful Christmas inspired preserves.

Make a papier-mache Christmas robin Next running on: 14 November 10am

Spend a day learning to make a Christmas robin out of paper, card, wire and glue.