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English Country Dancing

17th Mar 2019 - 22nd Mar 2019

Leader(s): Ann Welch

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £395

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

This very popular holiday is back with our fantastic caller Ann Welch and music from Rod & Francis Stradling. Suitable for all dancing enthusiasts, there will be morning dance workshops and evenings filled with music and dancing

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Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information


English Country Dancing

17th Mar 2019 - 22nd Mar 2019

Leader(s): Graham Smith

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £380

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

Enjoy a week of varied styles of Country Dance in Sidholme’s splendid Music Room. Each morning we'll dip into different dance fashions using workshop techniques which will include practising basic steps and figures, moving quickly on to dance some Playford era, then Contras & Squares, not forgetting our very own English Country Dances. Each evening will have a social atmosphere re-running some of those workshop dances in a more convivial atmosphere, and afternoons will be free to choose from organised local walks or visits or just to do as you please. So bring your walking shoes to visit beautiful Devon; bring your dancing shoes and we’ll have a ball!

Enjoy a week of varied styles of Country Dance in Sidholme’s splendid music room.

Each morning we will dip into different dance fashions using workshop techniques which will include practising basic steps and figures.

Moving quickly on to dance some Playford era, then Contras & Squares, not forgetting our very own English Country Dances.

Each evening will have a social atmosphere re-running some of those workshop dances in a more convivial atmosphere, and afternoons will be free to choose from organised local walks or visits or just to do as you please. So bring your walking shoes to visit beautiful Devon; bring your dancing shoes and we’ll have a ball.

Includes: Half board, expert tuition, refreshments and evening entertainment.

Sample Programme:

SUNDAY       

4.00pm – 4.30pm

Afternoon Tea served from the back hall

8pm-10pm

Meet & Greet Social Dance

MONDAY      

9.45am – 12.30pm

Brushing up on Country Dance Techniques

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Something for everyone in the Music Room

TUESDAY     

9.45am – 12.30pm

Challenging dances to great Music

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Re-run some dances from today’s workshop with more on today’s theme

WEDNESDAY           

9.45am – 12.30pm

New Squares & Contras-testing times!

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Relax and rerun some Squares & Contras from today’s workshop.

THURSDAY  

9.45am – 12.30pm

Dip into Pat Shaw and John Playford dances

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Evening Party Dance- Your “top ten” favourites from the week

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Singing for Pleasure

31st Mar 2019 - 5th Apr 2019

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £395

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Join us for this joyful, uplifting and sociable singing holiday culminating in a gala performance on the last evening. The afternoons are kept free for you to explore the local area before an evening full of musical entertainment.

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Spring Music Week

5th May 2019 - 10th May 2019

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £400

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

What better way to welcome spring days than with music? Join us at Sidholme with musical performances through the week. Rejuvenate yourself with spring tidings, music, good food and fellowship.

What better way to welcome spring days than with music? Join us in Sidholme’s Music room for this popular week. Due to popular demand the first musical event will be held on the Sunday 29th April at 3.30pm.

There will be musical performances through the week during the day or evenings from Woodbury Wind Octet, Sid Vale Association Concert and a few more to confirm

Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information


Sidmouth Summer Play Festival

22nd Jul 2019 - 27th Jul 2019

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £435

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

Due to popular demand by a lot of our guests we introduce this new break to include theatre by the seaside. Enjoy a short break in beautiful Regency Sidmouth with two plays included. Guests need to make their own way to the Manor Pavilion, just a 10 minute walk away.

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Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information

 


Circle Dancing

28th Jul 2019 - 31st Jul 2019

Leader(s): Jen Larner

Code: 0

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £270

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

Circle dancing is a tradition in many cultures for marking special  occasions and strengthening community and modern circle dance adds new dances to modern songs and classical music. The aim always is to experience the joy of dancing with others and create a sense of well-being through enjoyable gentle exercise!

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Sidholme Folk Week

2nd Aug 2019 - 10th Aug 2019

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £768

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

Join us for this week-long seaside celebration as our Regency coastal resort comes alive to the sights and sounds of Sidmouth Folk Week. The festival is a unique celebration of music, dance and song. The town’s streets and venues host a festive atmosphere as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in a music-based holiday to remember. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events, there is a promise of ‘something for everyone’ - from top name concerts to family entertainment and colourful dance displays

A family holiday at Sidholme is the perfect opportunity to escape and enjoy quality time together. Your time with us can be as relaxed or as activity-packed as you like.

With daily activities planned for both Kids and adults, at Sidholme or visiting one of our many Family oriented adventure parks nearby, or just unwinding, relaxing or enjoying our heated Indoor pool, this break will certainly recharge you for the hectic school schedule ahead.

Activities included: games, craft making and evening entertainment for all to enjoy.

Around Sidmouth you could always make time for:

The Donkey Sanctuary

Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you, completely free of charge. Explore our exciting new Visitor Centre, Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Hut, and discover just why donkeys are so special. Also enjoy our scenic farm trails, guided tours, outdoor play area, Nature Centre and Maze. Head to the new Gift Shop for donkey-design items for every pocket. When it’s time to take a break, relax in our new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen and enjoy freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce alongside stunning views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free.

Norman Lockyer Observatory Sidmouth

Norman Lockyer Observatory is both a historical observatory and home to an active amateur astronomical society. It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy, and the promotion of science education. an Lockyer was a Victorian amateur astronomer, who discovered the element Helium in the Sun’s corona in 1868 and was one of the founders of the science journal Nature in 1869. He became the director of the Solar Physics Observatory at South Kensington and the first professor of astronomical physics in the Normal School of Science (now the Royal College of Science) in 1887. He was knighted in 1897.

After his retirement to Sidmouth, Lockyer obtained support in 1912 for the building of the Hill Observatory, renamed the Norman Lockyer Observatory following his death in 1920.

Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas Sidbury

Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas is a working alpaca stud farm not far from the seaside resort of Sidmouth. It is situated in the Roncombe Valley which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as alpacas, there are angora goats, horses, ducks and geese, so there is plenty to see on your visit here. The staff can tell you all about alpacas and their amazing fleece and what they make with it. The wool, socks, bootliners, raw fleece etc can be bought at the farm and online through the link.

In the summer months you will be able to see very young cria (baby alpacas).

Alpaca trekking around the tracks and bridleways near the farm is a great way to spend an hour or two. These beautiful inquisitive animals are a pleasure to handle. The farm is a ten minute drive from Honiton or Sidmouth and there is plenty of parking.

World of Country Life Exmouth

World of Country Life is Devon's multi-award-winning whole family day out, whatever the weather! There are over 2 acres indoors with loads to do: crawl through the themed soft play areas, whizz round the mini electric go kart track, get up close to the animals in the nursery and petting centre, climb aboard the good ship Lady Suzannah in the pirate ship play area while mum and dad have a rest in the indoor beach hut, tuck into some tasty home cooked food in the farm themed restaurant. Watch the daily ferret racing show in the Barnyard Theatre, explore the past in the museum of farm machinery, take a trip down memory lane in the Victorian street, cruise around one of the south west's largest collection of vintage vehicles in the Hall of Transport (and see vehicles that have appeared on TV in Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Parades End) and view the famous Reg Imray motorcycle collection.

The fun doesn't stop indoors: there's plenty outside too! Hand feed the llama and deer on the Deer Train Safari, watch the daily falconry display from the fantastic Hawkridge Bird of Prey team, take a goat for a walk, shoot down the big blue slide or play a round of crazy golf-phew!

Please call Sidholme Hotel on 01395 515104 for more information


Music in Autumn

6th Oct 2019 - 11th Oct 2019

Code: 0

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £390

Hotel: Sidholme Hotel

Location:Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast, Devon

Contact Tel: 01395 515104

Email: sidholme@christianguild.co.uk

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


Gilbert & Sullivan

6th Oct 2019 - 11th Oct 2019

Leader(s): Margaret & Peter Featherston

Code: 0

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £435

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

The Mikado — Your chance to take part in Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular comic opera. No previous experience necessary.  Morning and evening rehearsals with expert guidance over three days leading to a concert performance on the Thursday before a local audience.

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Choral Week

12th Oct 2019 - 19th Oct 2019

Code: 0

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £490

Hotel: Treloyhan Manor Hotel

Location:St Ives, Cornwall

Contact Tel: 01736 796240

Email: treloyhan@christianguild.co.uk

This holiday is ideal for anyone with a love of music — those who not only like to listen, but also to take part. Throughout the week there will be daytime choral workshops, a visiting choir and musicians to entertain you in the evenings, plus a trip to Truro Cathedral for Evensong. The grand finalé will showcase the talents of the newly-formed Treloyhan Choir!

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Please call Treloyhan Manor Hotel on 01736 796240 for more information


English Country Dancing

10th Nov 2019 - 15th Nov 2019

Leader(s): Francis Richardson

Code: 00000

Holiday Type: Music and Dancing

Ensuite Package Price: £395

Hotel: Willersley Castle Hotel

Location:Nr Matlock, Derbyshire Dales

Contact Tel: 01629 582270

Email: willersley@christianguild.co.uk

This very popular holiday is back with our new caller Francis Richardson accompanied by Rod and Francis Stradling. Suitable for all dancing enthusiasts, with morning dance workshops and evenings filled with music and dancing.

Coming Soon

Please call Willersley Castle Hotel on 01629 582270 for more information



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