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August Folk Dance Holiday

Friday 10 Aug 4pm — Friday 17 Aug 10am, 2018

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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Prices for this event are half-board, but include Sunday lunch at the Manor, and a pub lunch & skittles on Wednesday. Packed-lunches can be ordered.

Half-board per person (workshops & evening dances, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £448 – single ensuite room
  • £417 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £417 – single non-ensuite room
  • £361 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (workshops & evening dances, activities, all meals):

  • £314

Non Resident (workshops & evening dances, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £263

Join us for our popular August dance holiday! This week began as the ‘Guildford Folk Dance Holiday’ in 1977 and has continued to bring together dancers to enjoy folk dance, Halsway and its surroundings to this day.

Hosted by Shirley Williams, popular caller Ivan Aitken will lead morning dance workshops and evening dances, with top-notch live music provided by Chris & Julie Dewhurst. The afternoons include optional organized outings* and activities, or you can relax and enjoy the Manor and its gardens, or explore the area under your own steam.

Prices are half-board, but include Sunday lunch at the Manor, plus a pub lunch & skittles one lunchtime.

* Some outings may incur additional costs.

“A lovely week with friendly people. Musicians very responsive”. Participant

Who’s is it For?

Dancers of all levels and abilities are welcome.

The Team

Ivan Aitken is a dancer and caller from Reading in Berkshire. He is a regular caller at local clubs, and also calls for dances and workshops at clubs and festivals throughout the country. Ivan calls for dancers of all abilities, and has worked with many well known bands. He has called at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Broadstairs and Bromyard festivals, at Halsway Manor and other dance weekends. Ivan likes to call a mixture of English, American and Scottish dances and is always on the lookout for new and interesting dances to add to his repertoire.

Chris & Julie Dewhurst: Chris and Julie are experienced dance musicians, often joined by son Nick to make the full band 3D. With a wide repertoire guaranteed to get you dancing, they are in demand for clubs, ceilidhs and events across the UK, as well as being firm favourites at Halsway!