Practical thatching

Thursday 1 October 2020


The course

This is a practical, hands-on course, giving participants the chance to thatch on a practice roof using all the tools, materials and techniques of the craft. Depending on Museum projects this course may take place on one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.

The tutor

Chris Tomkins is a Master Thatcher living and working in West Sussex. He has lectured on a number of courses at the Weald & Downland Living Museum and has undertaken the thatching of many of its buildings. He has over 25 years’ experience in different thatching techniques and materials used both in the UK and overseas.

Participant information

Places will be limited to 8 participants. The course may take place outside so please wear suitable outdoor clothing, long sleeves, long trousers and suitable sturdy footwear, and bring a cordless drill if you have one.

Fee and refreshments

£150 per person, to include tuition, use of tools, materials, teas & coffees and a light lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.



Please read out terms and conditions before booking.

If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.