Jobs & Volunteering


Bookings and Events Manager

Reports to: Chief Executive
Location: Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Somerset
Pay: £20,000
Working Pattern: Full time (37.5 hours, 7.5 per day excl breaks).  28 days paid holiday including bank holidays.

Halsway Manor – National Centre for Folk Art is a charity and the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. Set in six beautiful acres of gardens and grounds and unique in the UK it hosts over 345 days of residential and outreach activity every year covering all facets of folk arts from instrumental music, song and dance to traditional storytelling, crafts and instrument making.  has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a range of comfortable bedrooms, great food and a beautiful panelled bar.

We are seeking a Bookings and Events Manager to manage telephone, online and person to person bookings for courses and events at Halsway Manor. Working as part of small team, this position will also play an active role in ensuring visitors enquiries are dealt with and dealing with day to day office support and administration.

Click here for a Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply: Please send your CV to the Chief Executive, Crispian Cook with a short covering letter outlining why you want this position by 5pm on Tuesday 14th September 2021. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 22nd September.

No applications will be accepted without covering letter and CV or through Facebook.

House Assistant – No vacancies at present

Halsway Manor – National Centre for Folk Arts has vacancies from time-to-time for part-time House Assistants, working as part of a small team for this unique charity situated in a beautiful manor house nestling in the Quantock Hills.

The roles will be spent servicing the needs of the organisation and our guests and will include cleaning bedrooms and communal areas, serving food at meal times and undertaking any other house tasks requested by the House and Facilities Manager. This role includes some evening and weekend shifts; we aim to be a fair and flexible employer and we won’t expect you to work every weekend and evening – unless that is what you want!

These are permanent, year-round roles that includes statutory benefits such as sick pay and annual paid leave.

To apply: Please email Caroline Sweeney – – outlining your experience.

For more information or for an informal chat please email Caroline on or call 01984 618274 Ext 2.


Applications from potential new Trustees are welcomed by the Board of Halsway Manor Society.

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, is the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. The ‘home of folk’, his unique, financially self-supporting charity runs a year-round programme of residential courses as well as wide-reaching creative learning and artist development programmes from its 28 bedroom Grade II* listed manor house in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK.

Having recently undergone an extensive restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Country Houses Foundation and private donations, the charity is going from strength to strength, with  new and improved spaces to meet the ever increasing demand.

Board Members help to increase the visibility and profile of the charity locally, nationally and internationally and ensure it has the capacity and skills to deliver the next phase of its artistic and commercial plans. We welcome applications representing the full breath of our supporters in order to increase our relevance to and representation within diverse communities.

Board membership is voluntary and unpaid, and trustees are expected to attend four board meetings per year as well as other activities when appropriate. New members are particularly sought with expertise in the following areas:

  • Legal
  • Human resources
  • Fundraising

Further information is available here.

Prospective candidates should send an application form to Julie Williams, Chair of Halsway Manor Society

For an informal chat about Halsway Manor please contact Crispian Cook, Chief Executive: