Chatsworth offers families lessons in rural crafts this half-term holiday

Learn how to build a drystone wall at Chatsworth from May 25 to 27. Photo by shoot-lifestyle.co.uk for Chatsworth House Trust.
Learn how to build a drystone wall at Chatsworth from May 25 to 27. Photo by shoot-lifestyle.co.uk for Chatsworth House Trust.

Families can have plenty of fun learning traditional crafts at Chatsworth this half-term.

The traditional Derbyshire custom of well-dressing, in which wells, springs and other water sources across the county are decorated with designs created from flower petals, is just one of a host of rural skills being taught.

Well-dressing is joined by dry stone walling, fly fishing, wool weaving and spinning, in a series of hands-on sessions open to children and adults.

There will be demonstrations of how to dress a shire horse, including plaiting and mounting brasses, while a farrier will demonstrate hoof care.

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Budding young farmers, aged between 6-11, will be able to join the farmyard team for some hands-on involvement in caring for the animals.

Currently featuring on Channel 4’s Puppy School, Chatsworth has a programme of doggy fun in the garden including an agility course for your four-legged friend.

The programme runs from May 25 to June 2. For dates and times of workshops and activities, visit www.chatsworth.org.