Coracle making

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 September 2017



The course

Coracles are traditional riverboats. Round in shape, they are paddled with one oar. On this two-day course you will make a traditional coracle to take home, and try out your boating skills on the Museum’s millpond.

The tutors

Kevin and Ellen Grimley have been making coracles since 1995 and have led coracle workshops in a variety of locations including Donegal, Ireland. They often demonstrate coracles on the canals near their home in Leicestershire. In addition to workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations, they have built coracles for theatre, TV and film production, including for the BBC programme ‘Coast’ in 2006.

Participant information

Please wear stout shoes and working clothes. If possible participants should bring a cordless drill and bits, a hammer, a hand saw and small G clamps. (Please let us know if this will present a problem).
Please bear in mind that you will need a large vehicle in which to transport your coracle home. Dimensions are approximately 11.5” deep x 4’6” long x 4’2”wide
It is advisable to wear layers as Downland Gridshell can be cool.


£260 per person, to include all tuition. coffee, tea and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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