& Rural Skills

Welcome to Traditional and Rural Skills, Bath

We offer a range of certified vocational courses, as well as traditional, rural skills courses, events and demonstrations.

We are based at Friary – an historic location just outside Bath.

We have fully-qualified tutors, well-maintained machinery, good access to public transport, parking, catering and a comfortable classroom with washing facilities on site.

Vocational, career-designed courses

for people wanting to work on the land, get qualifications and set up their
own business.

Courses include: brushcutters and trimmers; using powered pole pruners; chainsaw maintenance; dry stone walling; first aid; health & safety; and business planning. Most courses are certified by LANTRA or an equivalent organisation.

Traditional skills, leisure courses and events

for individuals who do not require certification, but would like a good level
of competence.

Courses include: iron work; the preparation of wild game; dry stone walling (certification available); ditch and grass blade scything; an introduction to bee-keeping; wildflower meadow seeding; creating a sensory garden and cob
oven making.

Corporate team-building and
off-site adventures

with full catering and 5 AA star residential facilities. Private fishing and clay pigeon shooting available.

A valuable and unique experience in working and creating together.

Programmes are designed to order.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Start the day with welcome refreshments.

Sandwich and soup or ploughman’s luncheon is provided for all vocational courses and included in the price.

Equipment purchase advice. Good public transport access and parking on site.




Living Willow Workshop

Saturday, 9th March 10am - 12.30pm

Mary Cross of Organic Matters, Nunney, will be showing us how to plant willow to create arches, hedges, dens and tunnels or other interesting structures in our gardens. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and hot drinks before we start. You can also watch a video film on the history of Coates Willow showing the historical development of this thriving Somerset industry.  

To book click on date on calendar below

Early Birdsong Walk

Sunday, 28th April 7:30am - 10am

Join us to experience the wonder of the early morning birdsong at Friary.
Lucy Delve, a member of RSPB and Bath and District RSPB Members’ Group and Bath Natural History Society, will lead us on a circular walk of this scenic valley helping us to hear and see the extensive bird life in trees, river banks and meadows.
A hearty breakfast baguette and hot drinks at Friary on your return!
FREE...donations to the RSPB happily accepted.

 Sustainable Bee Gaurdian

Saturday, 22nd June 10am - 12.30pm

North Somerset Sustainable Bees have a nurturing approach, acting as ‘guardians’ for the bee population within their local environment. Members optimise this habitat by planting forage which is available for all insects throughout the year. They avoid chemical interference, to the extent of not treating for varroa, letting natural selection to take its course in order to encourage a genetically-strong, possibly varroa-resistant, bee population.

The honey is mostly left for the bees, which are allowed to swarm and mate naturally, allowing a robust bee population to thrive in harmony with its surroundings. Members meet monthly to share their observations and discuss best practices for their vital new method, a philosophy that encompasses the environment as a whole, supporting pollinators of all kinds with the focus on bees. 

To book click on date on calendar below

The Nowhere Forge

Sunday, 7th July 10am - 12.30pm

Simon Bushell and The Nowhere Forge will be visiting for an entralling demonstration.

This journeyman blacksmith and iron artist is totally unique in his field. An experience not to be missed.

To book click on date on calendar below

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Our events can teach you a host of amazing traditional skills from dry stone walling to iron work