Dry Stone Wall Workshops

Dry Stone Wall Workshops in the Cotswold

Richard Gray gives talks, tours and lectures on the history and practice of dry stone walling. He has instructed for the Cotswold Conservation Board’s Beginner’s Courses and BSI, Lantra and led DSWA professional certification over the last 7 years. A qualified teacher, he was for several years an external examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University. After setting up Hillrise Stonework in 2006 he passed the DSWA Level 2 Craftsman Certification scheme examination and became a professional member of the DSWA. He believes in promoting greater understanding and knowledge about traditional dry stone walling which until recently was in decline and perhaps taken for granted by much of the population.

Dry stone walling courses in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, courses are held at Notgrove Estate and Burford (Whitehill Quarry) we also run courses at other Cotswold locations. Beginners 2 day courses at £150 are now scheduled and being led by Richard and other highly skilled and experienced professional members of the Dry Stone Walling Association.  Whether you just want to have a go at something completely new, or develop your skills towards a qualification, our trainers teach at every level. Our courses run throughout the year, but not in inclement weather.

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Dry Stone Walling Courses


– Perfect for beginners, no experience necessary

– 2-day course

– £195 per person

– Suitable for people aged 16 and over

– The course is taught outside so please bring weather-appropriate clothing: warm clothing / layers, waterproofs, gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, hat, and sun cream.

– You will also need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, plus a pair of working/gardening gloves.

– All other tools and equipment will be provided.

– A portable toilet will be provided where toilet facilities are not available, with details provided in course joining instructions.

– Parking will be available with further details provided in the joining instructions.



Our dry stone walling beginners courses will run on the following dates for 2024:

-10th-11th  April
-25th-26th May
-25th-26th June
-20th-21st July
-20th-21st August
-28-29th September
-16-17th October



Nr Cheltenham

Gloucestershire GL54 3BT

For Accomodation

There is accommodation on site through Notgrove Holidays in the cosy Glamping Pods which have a lovely view over Notgrove and the surrounding countryside.  They are heated, warm and cosy with a double bed, wet room with loo, galley kitchen, TV and relaxing seating area.  If you wish to book for two nights, please go to:  https://notgroveholidays.com/glamping-pods/

If you are staying at Notgrove Holidays your glamping pod is self-catering so you can bring your own food supplies with you and use the galley kitchen which includes toaster, kettle, single hob, microwave, kettle and mini fridge.  There is also the Nuttery Café in the village which is a 3 minutes walk of your glamping pods and there are several local pubs nearby in Cold Aston, Naunton and Guiting Power.

(Please note accomodation is subject to availability, so please do book in advance)


Terms & Condition

Notgrove Holidays Glamping Pods Accommodation terms and conditions are on our website

Cancellation Policy

If we have fewer than five confirmed bookings on any dry stone walling course, we will be forced to cancel the course and you will be offered an alternative date.  If you are unable to make any of the scheduled date, a full refund will be given. Please see our website for our full cancellation policy details in our Terms & Conditions https://notgroveholidays.com/glamping-pods/

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