Learn a traditional skill in country park’s training barn

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People who fancy trying to learn a traditional skill such as shoe making, basket weaving or blacksmithing will get the chance to have a go.

A new programme of traditional skills training courses is taking place at Stanwick Lakes.

The one-day courses in blacksmithing, basketry, green wood working and dry stone walling have been designed to give a hands-on experience of the craft and on some of the courses, participants will be able to take home the items they have made on the day; a forged candle holder, a willow basket or a traditional wooden stool.

The three-day shoe making course is particularly special, as this is one of the few courses available in the UK that takes beginners through the complete process of making their own pair of shoes.

The courses are all suitable for beginners and take place in the purpose-built oak Training Barn at Stanwick Lakes.

Courses cost between £55 and £100 for a one-day workshop and are being provided by Rockingham Forest Trust’s Trading Places project. Details and prices can be found on the Stanwick Lakes website at www.stanwicklakes.org.uk.

To make a booking or enquire about the traditional skill courses; email tradingplaces@rftrust.org.uk or ring Stuart and Mark on 01933 460985.

Stanwick Lakes visitor attraction is managed as a social enterprise by environmental charity Rockingham Forest Trust. Income from visitors directly supports the cost of running the site, which is self-financing.