Courses - National Stone Centre


Mark Eaton is a professional sculptor and mason and an excellent tutor.  He continues to run the successful Stone Carving courses here at the National Stone Centre.

No previous experience or artistic skills are required for this course - enjoy yourself, discover your own creative abilities or take the first steps to a new craft career.

For those who book on the Taster and Two Day courses, if you find you want to do more carving, you can extend your course to do an extra day. Just speak to the tutor on your course.

For 2017, Mark is introducing a new four day course on restoring/creating carved building masonry. This course will include local visits to buildings featuring important masonry elements. This is the tutor’s speciality.

All courses take place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except the Restoration course which includes Wednesday).

The Taster Days are the first day of each course.

Gift vouchers are available for all courses.

Please contact the National Stone Centre for further information.

The course workshop area is set up beside the Discovery Centre from where ....

"Time Out" and "Lunch Time" refreshments can be purchased with the minimum of lost tutorial  time.

Prices : Range from £95 to £279 depending on the number of days, please check course details.

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Building a dry stone wallThe National Stone Centre continues to hold the very popular dry stone walling course.

This course will give instruction in the basic dry stone walling skills and covers the geological context and stone sourcing. A brief conducted visit to the Millennium Wall will be included.

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General conditions for all courses: All participants are accepted on the understanding that they are fit and capable of enjoying the course. A number of the courses involve frequent lifting of stone. All courses are offered in good faith but small changes may have to be made after the initial advertisement.

No refund of fees will be given after the course has begun but in the event of a course having to be cancelled, a full refund will be given or alternative dates will be offered. For all courses, tools and materials will be provided.

Mobility: There is ready access to the Discovery Centre and activity area at the National Stone Centre via separate parking. If you have any special requirements please telephone the National Stone Centre office for further information.

Suitable clothing:A number of these courses are held outdoors in all but the very worst weather, and it is recommended that suitable strong shoes/boots are worn and waterproof clothing brought to the course if the weather is unsettled.

Café area: A small range of food and drink can be purchased from the Discovery Centre while on these courses.

Gift vouchers: are available, a perfect surprising gift for family or friends! Contact us now for more information. Vouchers are 'open date' so that firm dates can then be booked by the recipient (subject to space being available).

One day taster days are available for Working with Lime or Stone Carving - please contact for more details.