About Us

Trading Places was set up in 2013 by Rockingham Forest Trust, an environmental charity that manages the visitor attraction Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire. Trading Places was established as a Heritage Lottery funded project and gave young unemployed people an opportunity to experience the traditional crafts and skills that could be found in nearly every village and town a hundred years ago.

We soon discovered that there was a much wider interest in learning about these crafts and in 2015 each course was offered to the public for the very first time…… and then had to be repeated to meet the high levels of demand!

Over the years we have increased the number and type of courses we run and, due to their popularity, the majority of courses sell out months before the course start date. We run introductory days and also some additional courses for those who would like to take their skills a little further.

Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All the courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn.

Visit the Stanwick Lakes website to find out about the courses on offer for 2021.

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