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Three Choirs Festival

22nd Jul 2017 - 29th Jul 2017

Leader(s): John & Muriel Moffoot

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £581

Hotel: Lindors Country House Hotel

Location:Lydney, Gloucestershire, Wye Valley

Contact Tel: 01594 530283


The 2017 Three Choirs Festival is based in and around the magnificent Worcester Cathedral. This break will include three trips into Worcester for some of the highlights of the festival, with time to enjoy more of the atmosphere in the Festival Village, or to explore this delightful city.

The Programme:
The detailed programme is currently being finalised, but the Break will include visits to Worcester Cathedral for the following events:

Sunday 23rd July:
We will visit Worcester Cathedral for the morning service

Tuesday 25th July: Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius
We will depart from Lindors Country House Hotel, to visit the museum dedicated to the English Composer Edward Elgar, including his Birthplace Cottage.

We will then travel on to Worcester Cathedral for the evening concert featuring Martyn Brabbins, as guest conductor.

Thursday 27th July: Fauré, Requiem & John Dove, There was a Child

We will visit the Cathedral for the evening concert, where the cathedrals youth choir will perform Gabriels Fauré, Requiem together with John Dove’s, There was a Child.

We have a limited number of tickets, so early booking is recommended.

Guests will be able to attend other events at the Festival if they wish by purchasing tickets when they go on general sale from 11 April. Full details are available from the Festival web site:

English Country Dancing - Ron's Final Year

17th Sep 2017 - 22nd Sep 2017

Leader(s): Ron Coxall

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £385

Hotel: Abbot Hall Hotel

Location:Grange-Over-Sands, South Lake District

Contact Tel: 015395 32896


Ron’s breaks are very popular and it’s easy to understand why! Daily workshops will help you with your dancing, whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, and you’ll enjoy dancing both morning and evening, with the afternoons free to take in the fabulous Lakeland scenery.

Meet one of our guides....

Ron Coxall
Ron has always danced, earning his first medal with the Empire Society Teachers of Dance (ESTD) at the age of ten. He first met country dancing in 1969 with Hitchin Staplers in Hertfordshire and took to it like a duck to water. Ron was soon encouraged to call and now he is well known nationally and internationally through his dance compositions.

He has called for Club Dances, Balls, Festivals, Workshops, and Dance Holidays, here, on the Continent and in Australia. "I do like the atmosphere at the occasions when I call to be relaxed and friendly; the dancers should be able to feel free to concentrate on dancing and fun without nervous stress and tension."

Ron has a great following within Christian Guild and his weeks get booked up very early so it is recommended to book as soon as possible

The Holiday

We want you to relax, socialise, enjoy your Country Dancing and the atmosphere of our Abbot Hall Hotel.  The itinerary for this holiday is intended to balance all of these aims.

The programme for your dancing holiday is planned to give you the maximum amount of dancing tuition, relaxed dancing and free time.

There will be interesting morning dance workshops, with free afternoons and evening of social dancing, so if you do have any particular technique you wish to explore you can ask Ron for his expert help and advice.

Anyone, from enthusiastic novices to seasoned dancers, will be able to improve their fancy footwork on these fun and friendly Country Dancing holidays.

During the holiday, we will also offer optional local tours.

Gilbert & Sullivan

8th Oct 2017 - 13th Oct 2017

Leader(s): Margaret & Peter Featherston

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £400

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270


A must for lovers of Gilbert & Sullivan. Join Peter and Margaret to rehearse ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’, the end product being a concert performance on the Thursday evening before a local audience. This is a hugely popular musical break that is sure to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information

Music In Autumn

8th Oct 2017 - 13th Oct 2017

Code: 0

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £350

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104


As the days wane, the nights close in and the trees don their vibrant hues, a chill creeps into the air. Leaves take to the air in an elegant dance, pirouetting around the tree trunks to their own orchestral rustling; not the bite of wintry blusters, but just a nip to let us know a new season is at hand. Welcome it with our ‘Music in Autumn’ break, with local talents entertaining you in our magnificent Music Room on select evenings and enjoy the vibrant colours on offer during the day in and around Sidmouth.

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Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information

Circle Dancing Break

22nd Oct 2017 - 25th Oct 2017

Leader(s): Jen Larner

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £192

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270


The 3 night Circle Dancing Break draws on the rich and diverse traditional dances of many countries around the world, as well as a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music and contemporary songs. Dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective.  Though the dances chosen reflect the abilities of the group, the aim is always to experience the joy of dancing with others and to create a sense of well-being and community. Whatever your age or ability you can circle dance! Each dance is taught, so no experience or partner is necessary.

Meet one of our guides....

Jen Larner          

Born in Essex, Jen has lived in many areas of the country, with a very varied career, mostly in community work projects including running a year-long festival to celebrate John Skelton, setting up a dial-a-ride bus scheme, arranging work placements for students on vocational courses, being a warden at Quaker meeting houses and teaching Esperanto at evening class. 

Jen started doing international folk dancing in her 20's at a time when it was all very new.   She continued this 'circle' dancing wherever she moved to, loving the variety of music and the chance to try out dances from all over the world.  Liking the differences in the dances - from slower, meditative ones to fast and furious!   As a single person Jen appreciates the fact that you don't need a partner, and yet you are not dancing alone but in a supportive group.

Jen really enjoys  seeing people experience circle dancing, usually for the first time, and the process of their assimilating the steps through working as a group and building a sense of community, through laughter as we invent  'variations', and fun!   Jen relishes the challenge of adapting dances for those with more limited mobility, including those confined to chairs, and has done a lot of work in nursing and residential homes. It's very satisfying to see people who thought their dancing days were over moving to stimulating music.

The Holiday:

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Based on Mews Accomodation

Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information

Special Offers

The Lake District, the Peak District, the Wye Valley; each is packed with a wealth of attractions
to keep your whole family entertained this summer
And in case caves, castles, walks and watersports weren't enough to whet your appetite, we're also extending our fabulous children's discounts so your children 10 and under can stay for free!

The offer extends to all our fantastic summer family holidays at Abbot Hall, Lindors Country House and Willersley Castle hotels, so whether it's Cumbria, Derbyshire or the Welsh-English border, that family holiday just got a little bit more appealing.

We have also added a fabulous offer from £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast on selected dates for our Summer family breaks between 15th July to 2nd September at the hotels below.

Abbot Hall Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Lindors Country House Hotel, nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire

Willersley Castle Hotel, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire

Prices on selected dates £60 per person Dinner Bed and Breakfast, 3 night Minimum Stay. Other package options are available to suit your family's particular holiday requirements. Please call the hotels for dates when this offer is available and further details.

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