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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Christmas in a jar - 2 Next running on: 26 October 10am
Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty.
Steam threshing Next running on: 26 October 10am
For the last two weeks of our season, we're visited by the steam engine to power our threshing machine and bailer.
Also runs on: 27 October
Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 1 November 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: 02 November
Christmas in a jar - 3 Next running on: 2 November 10am
Spend a lovely day creating wonderful Christmas inspired preserves.
Hedgelaying Next running on: 9 November 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: 23 November
Make a Christmas wreath Next running on: 14 December 10am
Make your own Christmas decoration. A lovely way to prepare for the festive season.