Bring Your Group!

Are you looking for somewhere to bring your group? We offer a unique and inspirational space in a special location.

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, is an independent charity. Since 1965 we have welcomed artists, folk clubs, dance groups and societies from all over the UK to run residential folk events, social events and creative retreats here.  With a warm and friendly atmosphere and a fascinating history that goes back six-hundred years, Halsway Manor is the perfect getaway. If you are looking for a venue to stage your own residential course, creative retreat, holiday break or private party – please give us a call.

Set in 6 acres of beautiful grounds with direct footpath access to the Quantock Hills (England’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), our facilities include a ballroom, great hall, dining room, folk library, bar/lounge, 28 bedrooms (single, double and family rooms,  20 have ensuite bathroom facilities, 2 are accessible), plus camping space for caravans and camper vans, and lots of free parking. We pride ourselves in looking after our guests, offering full-catering, comfortable bedrooms (serviced on request), and staff who are always on hand to support group leaders, tutors and guests, and help everyone to relax and feel at home.

Large groups (30+, max sleeps up to 68) can book the Manor in it’s entirety, but there’s also the option for smaller groups of 10-16 to share the Manor with another course.

“A lovely place to be and a wonderful holiday – thank you.” American Contra Week

“We enjoyed our stay at Halsway immensely. Everything was done to ensure our comfort. We look forward to coming back again next year.” Butterflies and Moths Study Week

The Manor’s natural setting is suited to inspire creative projects. The rolling hills and rugged coast of West Somerset’s countryside have fed the imagination of many folk artists who have composed new material on their visits, and some of England’s most esteemed poets and novelists. The magical landscape of the Quantock Hills and Exmoor and the picturesque ports and villages of Watchet and Porlock inspired Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’ and ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and saw life-long friendships with fellow poets Wordsworth and Southey flourish. The writer R.D. Blackmoore created his romantic novel ‘Lorna Doone’ from his holidays to Exmoor in the mid 19th Century. Two centuries later the hills and rugged moors have remained largely unchanged. It is in this magical spot that you will discover Halsway Manor a perfect place to come together with other artists/friends to create new work.

“I teach internationally, and all over the UK. This is, by far, the best venue, staff and location I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach in / with. A rare gem” Karen Tweed

Our staff will ensure your stay is comfortable. All our food is freshly cooked on site using local ingredients by our full-time chefs. We can provide whatever you want from welcome tea/coffee on arrival, formal served three course meals, more informal buffet style meals, family friendly menus, great breakfasts, packed lunches for trips out, outdoor barbeques and a proper job west country cream tea. We pride ourselves on meeting everyone’s dietary needs and putting together menus and timings to suit you.

“Great ambience, peaceful surroundings – love it!” June Japes

“Wonderful location, accommodation, food and facilities. Everyone was lovely and most helpful” Werca’s Folk

During your downtime if you want to explore outside the manor there are many places of local interest including – Dunster Castle, NT Selworthy Village, the West Somerset Steam Railway, Hestercombe Gardens, Coleridge Cottage. Exmoor is on our doorstep and the coast is just minutes away. Folk enthusiasts might enjoy Watchet where Cecil Sharp collected many sea shanties, the ruins of the cottage where folklorist Ruth Tongue lived and the village where William Winter wrote down many fiddle tunes in the early 19th century. History is all around you with prehistoric sites on the Quantocks to fossil remains on the beach near Kilve. There is plenty to do and inspire you all year round.

What Next?

We plan our programme a year ahead so please contact us well ahead of time to guarantee a booking. We have occasional gaps in the programme so we may be able to accommodate you at shorter notice so it is worth contacting us to explore what is possible.

To find out more and discuss availability please read this partnership event guidance note and application form.

The costs for hiring the manor are based on a room rate per person. You can view the costs here for Sept 2021- Aug 2022 and Sept 2022- Aug 2023

Contact Lata Walter our Bookings & Events Manager / 01984 618274 ext 1 to return your form, discuss dates and arrange your booking.