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Christmas House Party (cancelled)

Wednesday 23 Dec 4pm — Sunday 27 Dec 4pm, 2020

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £ 530 single ensuite room
  • £ 495 sharing an ensuite room
  • £ 495 single non-ensuite room
  • £ 460 sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £ 370

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £ 350

Arrive a day earlier for the Dinner and Folk Dance: £ 60 per person with B&B and lunch on Thursday.* Please check with the office as the usual early folk dance has been cancelled.

Due to Covid-19 we are closed until 1 Feb 2021. We are therefore unable to run this course. Please contact us to transfer your booking, or to arrange a refund. Check back for dates in 2021!

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of your MC Gareth Kiddier, who will be cooking-up a fine programme of festive delights. This country house party won’t have the usual social dancing element due to COVID-19, but there will plenty to keep you entertained!

Expect enjoyable and varied folk activities – music, singing, quizzes, a film-night or two, informal concert, murder-mystery dinner and general merry-making. Plus great food, roaring log fires and convivial company. Bring your instruments – and walking boots too if you fancy a stroll – and prepare for a very Merry folk Christmas!

Who’s it For?

Everyone who would like to have fun at Christmas!

The Team

Gareth Kiddier (piano) has been playing on the folk dance scene for in excess of 15 years and is a passionate dancer, all of which shows in his driving rhythmical support of the dance tunes using well considered harmonic chords. When not with ECDB, he may be heard playing most weekends of the year with PolkaWorks and other occasional line-ups.

Linda Game (fiddle) has been playing folk based music for over 20 years since she escaped from the Classical world! In addition to being fluent in a number of styles she is able to take tunes into another dimension with her stunning improvisational ability and rhythmic sense, making her a particularly exciting dance musician! Over the years she has worked with the American Appalachian dance team Broken Ankles and pursued other American styles – Cajun, Texas swing, Old Time – with the band The Kitchen Girls. In addition to other projects she currently plays with The Fold, a Brighton based, international Folk Rock band, and until very recently with the acclaimed contemporary folk trio Zoox (who have now decided to go their separate ways).

Alasdair Paton (accordion) is one half of the duo Confluence, an instrumental meeting of cello and accordion. They join traditional music from the UK with melodies from continental Europe, and self-penned tunes. Their music weaves harmonic inventiveness with rhythmic drive, beautiful to listen to and enticing to dancers!