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 Christmas wreath Next running on: 15 December 10am

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

Also runs on: 14 December

Seasonal snail day: slow pace, beautiful space, nature connection and creative reflection. Next running on: 18 January 10am

This is a seasonal day of nature connection and experimental creativity.

Also runs on: 12 April, 12 July, 11 October

Fruit tree grafting Next running on: 2 March 10am

Learn the ancient skill of fruit tree grafting and propagating.

Breadmaking Next running on: 6 April 10am

Join us for a day of breadmaking and learn how to make loaves to be proud of!

From fleece to fibre Next running on: 13 April 10am

This one day course will explain the preparation of raw fleece including sorting combing and carding.

Also runs on: 22 June

Blacksmithing Next running on: 27 April 10am

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

Also runs on: 28 April, 04 May, 05 May ... and more dates

Poultry keeping Next running on: 27 April 10am

This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping hens and ducks is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward.

Hand stitching, embroidery and applique Next running on: 18 May 10am

Slow down and stitch for the day, be inspired and share ideas with like-minded people.

Peg loom and stick weaving Next running on: 19 May 10am

A one day beginners course covering stick weaving and the use of a peg loom to create simple projects.

Basic beekeeping Next running on: 25 May 10am

An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture.

Also runs on: 29 June

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 25 May 10am

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

Also runs on: 15 June, 13 July, 07 September

Spring preserves Next running on: 1 June 10am

In this preserving workshop you will make use of all that spring has to offer

Early summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 2 June 10am

Take a basket and wander through the meadows, investigate our hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material.

Split hazel basketry Next running on: 8 June 10am

Make a beautiful basket from hazel on this two day course. You will employ very old techniques developed over generations to split the hazel into thin flexible strips that are used to weave the basket.

Also runs on: 09 June

The herb garden Next running on: 15 June 10am

How to preserve herbs for a taste of summer in the depths of winter.

Patchwork, quilting and applique for beginners – an introduction Next running on: 16 June 10am

An introduction to the basics of patchwork, quilting and applique.

Bread and butter Next running on: 23 June 10am

Join us on this course to learn the art of making cheese and butter at home from whole milk.

Mosaic workshop Next running on: 30 June 10am

During this one-day mosaic workshop you will create a tiled pot stand approximately 20cms in diameter, using a variety of coloured glass and mirror tiles.

The fruit garden Next running on: 6 July 10am

This day is all about capturing the taste and fragrance of summer fruits.

Summer preserves Next running on: 13 July 10am

Learn how to make a variety of preserves with the smell of summer!

Make a chestnut garden gate Next running on: 3 August 10am

Spend a satisfying day developing your woodworking skills crafting a rustic garden gate from sweet chestnut.

Stained glass applique Next running on: 4 August 10am

During this one-day course you will learn and make your own small textile wall-hanging.

Victorian preserves Next running on: 10 August 10am

A look back to the heyday of preserving

Late summer dyes from the countryside Next running on: 18 August 10am

Take a basket and wander through our meadows, investigate the hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material in season.

Make a bent stick chair Next running on: 24 August 10am

Create your very own sculptural and natural bentwood chair from sustainably coppiced hazel.

Also runs on: 25 August

Decorative blacksmithing Next running on: 31 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: 01 September

Preserving with honey Next running on: 31 August 10am

A must-do course for any beekeepers

Print 'n' stitch Next running on: 7 September 10am

Have a lovely creative day printing on fabric with Indian print blocks and fabric paints.

Working with donkeys Next running on: 15 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.

Ploughing with heavy horses Next running on: 20 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: 21 September, 18 October, 19 October ... and more dates

Autumn preserves - the vegetable patch Next running on: 21 September 10am

Join us for a day of Easter baking. You will make hot cross buns, traditional Easter biscuits and put a twist on the traditional by making simnel cupcakes to share with your family and friends.

Breadmaking with heritage wheats Next running on: 22 September 10am

Step back in time and learn how bread should taste.

Introduction to keeping pigs Next running on: 28 September 10am

This one day course introduces participants to the processes and legislation that apply to keeping pigs from eight weeks to slaughter.

Orchard restoration Next running on: 5 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.

Fire skills Next running on: 6 October 10am

Learn the science and skill of how to light a fire.

Orchard preserves Next running on: 12 October 10am

Explore the orchard fruits' great versatility in the preserving kitchen.

Branching out your family tree Next running on: 13 October 10am

Do you have mention of ‘gentry’ or ‘ag labs’ in your family tree? Then this is the course for you.

Wheelwrighting Next running on: 18 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: 19 October, 20 October

Christmas in a jar - 1 Next running on: 19 October 10am

Winter preserving is usually undertaken with Christmas in mind, and using up the last of the orchard and vegetable bounty.

Crazy patchwork Christmas stocking Next running on: 20 October 10am

This one day course will give you an insight into the traditions of crazy patchwork

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.

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