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Introduction to Building Dry Stone Walls

Introduction to Building Dry Stone Walls

Discover the ancient art of dry stone walling . This beginners’ course will not only teach you the fundamental skills to build a traditional dry stone wall but you will also be leaving a legacy onsite, as the parts of wall you help build will remain in the Beamish landscape for many years to come.

Introduction to Building Dry Stone Walls 

Dry stone walling is a traditional craft that has been practised for over 5,000 years in Britain and is still a common sight in the North East. You will learn about the history of how and when the walls were built. Dry stone walling is durable, natural and ecologically sound as it doesn’t contain mortar or cement and the perfect medium for blending in with the surrounding landscape. This ancient craft can be put to use in your own garden to create features such as boundary walls or raised beds.

This course is designed for those who have no experience of dry stone walling, it will give a taste of skills needed. The day starts with an introduction to dry stone walling, looking at those we have at Beamish, and seeing how they are constructed and discussing the different styles. The rest of the day is spent hands-on, learning the basic techniques and helping build parts of walls that will form the borders of farmland at Beamish.

On this course you will be outdoors all day so will need durable clothes and waterproofs or sunscreen depending on weather. Steel toe capped boots or other safety footwear are also essential. You can work at your own pace and are not under pressure but need to be reasonably fit as you will be lifting stones. Lunch and refreshment will be provided.

Course Dates:

  • New dates coming soon, please email Tanya Wills for more details.

Cost: £65 per person.

Loan of gloves and safety goggles and equipment needed for working on your wall

Included in your Traditional Experience:

  • Packed lunch and drinks
  • Necessary safety related instructions
  • Receive ‘hands-on’ beginners’ instruction by the Head of Rural Life at Beamish Museum
  • Practise different stages of stone wall building such as laying foundations, through stones and coping stones
  • Loan of gloves and safety goggles and equipment needed for working on your wall

Book your place now!

Please note: courses are currently only available for those aged 18 and over, tram and steam engine driver experiences are limited to those aged 21 and over.

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Museum reserves the right to change or alter course dates at any time. Should this situation arise, the customer will be offered an alternate date, a full refund or an option to attend a different course where possible. Download our full terms & conditions here.

To book a place on a course please contact 
Group and Venue Sales Team: 
groupandvenuesales@beamish.org.uk or phone 0191 370 4025 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

For further details on each course please contact Tanya Wills: tanyawills@beamish.org.uk.