Experience Natural Building at Orchard Barn

Find out about our restoration project using  traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape

Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into walls

Find out about using woodland materials in construction

This Experience Day shows you how our ancestors built with their local landscape in low-tech and sustainable ways.

Building is fun and easy. Think small and local. Involve your friends and family. Celebrate a special event or birthday.

We run one Experience Day a month,(more in the summer) dates, themes and scope can be adapted according to your interests.  Come on your own or make up a party. Children over 12 years welcome.

Itinerary for the day
11.00-11.10 Intro to our 'Off-Grid' site over a cuppa
11.15-11.45 Guided Tour of restoration project - understanding traditional timber frames. Where do materials come from?
11.45-12.45 Woodland Craft - make a timber framing peg using a shave horse and greenwood tools
12.45-1.30 Lunch includes how to boil water using sticks
1.30-2.00 A look at Earth in our building
2.00-3.00 Making and using clay lump or daub

OPTION to upgrade (on the day) - stay until 4.00 Make a clay sculpture or hobbit house to take home (materials and skills tuition 15 per person)

Dates: Friday 20th, Saturday 28th July, Thursday 2nd or Thursday 9th August 2018

Timing: 11.00-3.00

Venue: Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY

Led by: Sarah Partridge

For bespoke family/group/party experiences: please email Sarah

Course Fee includes: tea/coffee and biscuits

Please bring your own drinking water and packed lunch.

What to wear? Stout boots and older outdoor clothes.

For Early Bird course fee book 14 days before date of experience

Course Fee





  Understanding a timber frame

sunburst crafted from cob