Smallholder Days / Heavy Horses

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    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected] or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • HedgelayingSaturday 4 - Sunday 5 February 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-4pm The course An introduction to hedgelaying. You will learn how to thin out and lay. Working in pairs, the selected material will be cut and layered to form a mini stock proof hedge The tutor Phil Hart has 25 years experience, lecturing in Agriculture and countryside at Plumpton College, He is chairman of the... (more info)
  • Beekeeping for beginnersSunday 2 April 2017
    10.30am-4.30pm The course On this introductory day, you will have the opportunity to learn about types of bees and how they live and bee friendly flowers. You will see different types of beehives and their component parts and discuss where you can (and can’t) keep bees. There will be an introduction to honey bee management... (more info)
  • Hand shearingSaturday 20 May 2017
    FULL
    10am-4pm The course A completely practical day learning how to shear sheep by hand, on a farm local to the Museum. This course would particularly suit people with a small number of sheep would like to tackle shearing for themselves. The tutor Phil Hart is a British Wool Marketing Board Sheep Shearing Instructor, Gold Seal... (more info)
  • Scything: Learn to mowSaturday 1 July 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn a brief history of the scythe, how to select the right blade and snath for the job and set them up, peening, sharpening, the mowing technique, how to avoid damaging the blade and how to care for the scythe. There will be hands-on sessions with the chance to use the scythe... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course A day for those with an interest in and a desire to use the traditional English scythe. The day will focus upon the maintenance and restoration of these vintage tools (the blades being last made in the 1960’s and 70’s) as well as the adjustment and mowing technique. Participants are encouraged to... (more info)
  • Scything: Learn to mowSaturday 12 August 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn a brief history of the scythe, how to select the right blade and snath for the job and set them up, peening, sharpening, the mowing technique, how to avoid damaging the blade and how to care for the scythe. There will be hands-on sessions with the chance to use the scythe... (more info)
  • Introduction to coppice managementSaturday 4 November 2017
    9.30am-4pm The course A day combining discussions, presentations and practical experience. We will cover the historical background of coppice management, good practice in coppicing and showing the benefits to wildlife in well coppiced areas. Students will be shown how best use can be made of coppice materials with safe and effective use of the traditional... (more info)
  • Horse loggingSunday 2 April 2017
    FULL
    10am-3.30pm The course For those with some heavy horse experience. A day working with heavy horses extracting timber from local woods. Participants must be physically fit. The tutors Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal Parks, where he was... (more info)
  • 10am-3.30pm The course A mix of theory and practice using the Museum’s team of heavy horses. An introduction to stable care, feeding, harness and safe handling of draft horses. The tutor Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal Parks,... (more info)
  • Driving heavy horsesSunday 21 May 2017
    10am-3.30pm The course Harness up and drive the Museum’s draft horses in the field and on the track, chain harrowing, and shaft and pole work. Beginners and improvers equally welcome. The tutor Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal... (more info)
  • Driving heavy horsesWednesday 14 June 2017
    10am-3.30pm The course Harness up and drive the Museum’s draft horses in the field and on the track, chain harrowing, and shaft and pole work. Beginners and improvers equally welcome. The tutor Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal... (more info)
  • Driving heavy horsesWednesday 28 June 2017
    10am-3.30pm The course Harness up and drive the Museum’s draft horses in the field and on the track, chain harrowing, and shaft and pole work. Beginners and improvers equally welcome. The tutor Mark Buxton is the Museum’s horseman. He has wide experience in working with horses and has come to the museum from the Royal... (more info)
  • Ploughing with heavy horsesSaturday 18 November 2017
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    10am to 3.30pm The course A day giving participants the opportunity to work with the Museum’s team of heavy horses and have a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course is hands-on and very physical. On this day participants will learn the basics of ploughing, including preparing the harness and the plough for work in the field.... (more info)
  • Ploughing with heavy horsesSunday 19 November 2017
    FULL
    heavy horses
    10am to 3.30pm The course A day giving participants the opportunity to work with the Museum’s team of heavy horses and have a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course is hands-on and very physical. On this day participants will learn the basics of ploughing, including preparing the harness and the plough for work in the field. Beginners... (more info)
  • Ploughing with heavy horsesSunday 10 December 2017
    heavy horses
    10am to 3.30pm The course A day giving participants the opportunity to work with the Museum’s team of heavy horses and have a thoroughly enjoyable day. The course is hands-on and very physical. On this day participants will learn the basics of ploughing, including preparing the harness and the plough for work in the field. Beginners... (more info)