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 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

Blacksmithing Next running on: 8 August 10am

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

Also runs on: 09 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

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 5 September 10am

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

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.

Working with donkeys Next running on: 13 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: 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.

Make a Christmas Table Runner Next running on: 31 October 10am

Make a table runner to be proud of.

Autumn Berry Arrangement Next running on: 7 November 10am

Create your own Victorian berry posy arrangement using autumn foliage and herbs.

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.

Make a Christmas wreath Next running on: 12 December 10am

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

Victorian Christmas Swag and Table Ring Next running on: 19 December 10am

Create a beautiful table centre piece ready for Christmas using greenery from your garden.