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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Basic beekeeping Next running on: 26 July 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: 03 August

Wheels and wagons Next running on: 27 July 10am

Wheels and wagons at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Also runs on: 28 July

Blacksmithing Next running on: 3 August 10am

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

Also runs on: 04 August, 10 August, 11 August

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.

Also runs on: 18 August

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

1940s dance Next running on: 17 August 6:30pm

Enjoy a nostalgic evening of food and dance.

Wartime farm Next running on: 17 August 10am

Life on a home-front farm during the war.

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.

Decorative blacksmithing Next running on: 24 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: 25 August, 31 August, 01 September

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

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.

Also runs on: 08 September

Working with heavy horses Next running on: 7 September 10am

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

From fleece to fibre Next running on: 11 September 10am

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

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.

Seasonal snail day: slow pace, beautiful space, nature connection and creative reflection. Next running on: 11 October 10am

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

Family history weekend Next running on: 12 October 10am

Come to Acton Scott and see how your ancestors would have lived and worked.

Also runs on: 13 October

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.

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

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.