Learn a new skill

Make time to do something new and learn a new skill by signing up for one of our courses. You could become a better gardener on one of our experience days or even find out how to survive in the wild on a bushcraft skills course.

Costumed volunteer does rag-rugging in kitchen at Charlecote

Back to Backs, Birmingham

Discover Rag Rugging, 24 Apr & 19 May 

Rag rugging was an essential part of life in back-to-back houses, as bits of cloth and some hessian sacks were turned into rugs, chair covers and mats. This spring, join our expert crafters who will teach you to create your own traditional rag rug decorations.

Brimham Rocks in the sunshine, North Yorkshire.

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Photography Workshops, 15 Jan & 19 Feb 

Want to practice your photography amid the wild landscape of Brimham Rocks? Join experts from Brimham Photographic Society for one of their regular workshops, covering everything from astrophotography to editing in Photoshop and much more.

Two girls sitting round campfire toasting marshmallows

Dudmaston, Shropshire

Wilderness Girl, 12 May 

Led by experts from only Wildlife Survival School, this ladies-only bushcraft experience is perfect for women who want to connect with their wild side. Learn to survive in the great outdoors by building shelters and fires, gathering food and navigating via natural landmarks. Some challenges are designed to take you out of your comfort zone, but in a supportive environment.

People doing woodwork at Footprint

Footprint, Cumbria

Greenwood carving courses, 20 & 24 Jan 

Learn a new skill and rekindle your connection with nature in the peaceful woodland at Footprint. Woodworking experts will show you the tools and techniques you need to craft a greenwood bench or carve a bowl, and whatever you make will be ready to take home at the end of the day.

wood carving workshop

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Green Wood Carving, 17 Mar & 14 Apr 

Ever wanted to craft your own implements? This wood carving workshop is the perfect introduction, where you’ll learn to use traditional carving tools safely to make a butter knife or wooden spoon.

Try your hand at stained glass making in the Hayloft Learning Centre at Knole.

Hayloft Learning Centre, Knole, Kent

Heritage Crafts 

The Hayloft Learning Centre at Knole offers a range of heritage workshops, talks and activities - all led by expert crafters. From landscape painting to stained glass and perfume making, it's the perfect opportunity to try a new hobby or develop your skills.

A group of people laying a hedge

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Three day Hedge Laying course, 18 & 25 Feb & 4 Mar 

Join organic Farmer Mike Amos at Lower Failand Farm and learn how to lay a hedge from start to finish. Over three Sundays you’ll get an introduction to the practical skills needed for this traditional craft, and learn how best to conserve hedges for wildlife.

Rangers weaving binders to secure laid hedge

Strangford Lough, County Down

Hedge Laying, 20 January 

Hedge laying has long been a part of traditional land management, as it prolongs the life of a hedge and makes it dense enough to keep in livestock. Now you can learn this country skill for yourself in a hands-on workshop, with one of our experts to teach you the best techniques.

Sandham decoupage for xmas

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire

Spring workshops 

Sandham Memorial Chapel has creativity in its foundations, as it was originally built to house 19 murals by acclaimed war artist Stanley Spencer. Today the artistic tradition continues with regular one-day workshops throughout the spring season. Covering everything from lincocuts and papercraft to jewellery and decoupage, the courses are suitable for beginners as well as experienced crafters.

The start of a

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Hedge Laying Course, 17 March & 20 Oct 

Ever wanted to learn to the skills behind a proper Midland-style hedge? This introductory course will take you through everything from (safely) wielding axes and billhooks to staking and binding your newly-laid masterpiece.

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Garden experience days 

Keen to gain some green fingers? Why not spend a day with a Head Gardener at one of our iconic gardens. You'll discover what it takes to look after historic plants and landscapes, and even have a chance to get stuck in.