Exploring country crafts in the Shropshire Hills
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm encapsulates and reflects the best of working traditions in the area – little wonder then that this is such a great place to come to get the lowdown on old country crafts and to learn how to apply them in the 21st century.
The extraordinary variety of country craft courses ranges from jam-making to ploughing with heavy horses.
As most courses last only a day, you can easily slot a course into weekend or longer holiday. A few more specialist courses, such as blacksmithing, are a bit longer.
Courses planned include bee-keeping, baking bread, churning your own butter, building a cob oven, jams and preserves, yarn-spinning, pig-keeping, knife-sharpening, chair-making, gate-making, smithying, orchard restoration, pickling, ploughing, poultry keeping, basketry, wheelwrighting – and many more!
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, at Craven Arms, also hosts courses on a countryside theme, on subjects from foraging to hedge-laying, as well as practical courses on skills, such as operating a chain saw. Watch the website or register to find out about planned courses.
Westhope College includes traditional country crafts in its learning portfolio, including a variety of different one-day courses in basketry, working with materials including bullrush and willow. Techniques include weaving rush baskets, training living willow for gardens, making coil pots and mould work.
Westhope have a vast range of courses of varying lengths – from Leatherwork, Embroidery, Patchworking, Quilting, Soft Furnishings, Enamelling, Glasswork, Printmaking, Photography…. and more added through the year.
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