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Family Folk Week

Saturday 31 Jul 4pm — Friday 6 Aug 10am, 2021

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

  • £450 - single ensuite room
  • £415 - sharing an ensuite room
  • £415 - single non-ensuite room
  • £375 - sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £295

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

  • £275


  • Ages 11 - 18 - 50% of prices above
  • Ages 5-11 - £63
  • Under 5 - free

After many years’ service, Ted and Pat Morse have bowed out of running Family Folk Week this year. While we’ll miss them enormously, we’re also delighted to announce that David Faulkner has agreed to lead the team in 2021. He’ll be joining course regulars Sue Peterman, musicians Philip & Joyce Rowe for a week of creative and folky family fun.

Either choose to stay in the manor or camp in the grounds and relax while our great staff do all the catering for you and your family. There’s a programme of activities each morning and evening, while afternoons are free for trips around this beautiful area including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor. One day a week is left free for you to plan your own day trips, or to relax at the Manor!

Planned activities include:

  • Singing for children and families
  • Fun Folk Dancing for everyone – using up some excess energy or refining your best moves!
  • Big Band and Family Music Workshops
  • “Have a go at” workshops where we create new dances or learn something new or perhaps try making music by ear!
  • Playing Ukuleles
  • Games, crafts and outdoor play exploring the environment around us!
  • AND MORE!!!!

“Wonderful week, lovely people, friendly leaders who went the extra mile to make sure my family had a lovely time” Participant

Who’s it For?

The holiday is for families – parents, grandparents, and children of all ages! NB. parents are responsible for their children during their stay.

The Team

David Faulkner is a multi-talented musician, dance caller, band leader, vocal coach – you name it! – with enormous experience in running inclusive community and schools-based creative folk arts activities and projects. To date, he’s best known at Halsway as a key tutor on our annual Bagpipe Weekend!

Sue Petermann will be organising various games, activities and creative folky stuff with a little bit of craft and science mixed in.

Joyce and Philip Rowe have broad experience of providing music for most kinds of folk dance. They are best known for the long-running folk dance band ‘Knotted Chord’ and their family band ‘Stray Chords’. Joyce plays fiddle and ukulele; Philip plays accordion, fiddle and cello. They will lead the band for dance events during the week and run daily music workshops suitable for musicians of all ages and levels.