Bring your family to a creative and fun Summer folk break at Halsway!
There’s a programme of activities each morning and evening, focused around children but suitable for the whole family – mum, dad, aunties and uncles, granny and grandad, even close family friends! – to join in with. You’ll be able to spend quality time together exploring creative and accessible folk activities (no experience necessary) and we’ll make the most of Halsway’s beautiful setting and outdoor spaces to inspire us!
Typical activities include:
- Singing for everyone – perhaps creating some of our own Halsway songs…
- Fun Folk Dancing for everyone – using up some excess energy or refining your best moves!
- Music-making for all, where everybody can join in whatever their age, instrument or experience, and make a great sound together
- “Have a go” workshops where we create new dances or learn something new or perhaps try new musical instruments
- Games, crafts and outdoor play exploring the environment around us
All activities are optional, so if you want to take some time out to relax or do your own thing that’s fine, but we do expect children to be supervised by a member of their family at all times.
Afternoons are free-time, for trips around this lovely area; there’s plenty to see and do 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 if you prefer.
Stay in our beautiful Manor house – large family rooms are available, and also comfortable double / twin rooms for accompanying grandparents for example – or you can set-up camp in our lovely grounds. All meals are provided, so you can relax and enjoy yourselves in a convivial, family-orientated atmosphere!
Who’s it For?
The holiday is for families and children of all ages who want to experience a fun and creative folk break together. We are only accepting bookings from family groups including children. Your ‘family’ group can include close friends and relations of all ages, but please note that the organised programme is aimed squarely at providing inclusive family activities, there won’t be any activities aimed solely at adults.
David Faulkner is a multi-talented musician, dance caller, band leader, vocal coach – you name it! – with many years’ experience in running inclusive and creative folk arts activities and projects in all kinds of community and education settings. He is a regular tutor at Halsway – at last year’s Family Folk week, and many times as a key tutor on our annual Bagpipe Weekend! He has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus, and performs regularly as a duet with accordionist Steve Turner. He has toured in Europe, Canada and America and taught piping courses in the UK and abroad and has worked as a community musician for nearly 20 years.
Alison Rowley is a versatile and capable folk musician, ceilidh caller, workshop leader and private instrumental teacher, underpinned with a solid Cambridge University musical education. With Shooting Roots, she has led festival workshops at Sidmouth, Broadstairs & Towersey. She has worked as a tutor / project leader for many folk music projects including adult Ukulele & Folk Bands for Rainbow Music, ‘Call Me Ceilidh’ Youth Folk Ensemble for Cambridgeshire Music, Youth Folk Band for Kent Music, and as a lead tutor and composer for EFDSS. Since 2015 she has been a member of The ‘mAy’ Team, demonstrating dances and facilitating audience participation in maypole and historical dance performances at large events such as BBC Countryfile Live and Spring Live.
Helen Napper is a qualified and experienced Senior Speech and Language Therapist. However she’s better known locally for her work as a music coordinator in several West Somerset Primary schools. She has established choirs and school singing sessions, offered group tuition in guitar, ukulele and percussion, all with an emphasis on fun and inclusivity.
Special Guest Michael Loader will be dropping in for an evening of storytelling. Michael is the founder of Somerset Storyfest and has been the resident storyteller at St George’s in Bristol. Having worked in education and the arts for over 25 years, he works with the young, old and everyone in-between, showing every group the power of stories and imagination.
Further team details will be added shortly.