Discover Calligraphy at Bourton-on-the-Water

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Indoors

Holiday overview

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. Our professional calligrapher will guide you through the structure and principles of Italic, a versatile flowing calligraphy and probably the most often-used style in contemporary lettering, with consideration for design, materials, colour and bookmaking. There will be individual personal tuition, with demonstrations and discussions that will develop your calligraphy and design skills. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Our professional craft leader will guide and encourage
  • Discover the secrets of beautiful writing in Italic
  • Share inspiration and exchange ideas
  • Gain knowledge to continue calligraphy at home

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation and tuition from our expert leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Harrington House
  • Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment

Image courtesy of Celia Lister

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period, and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• At the very top of the house is the observatory 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

Monday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.  Celia plans to offer you an introduction to your calligraphy weekend before dinner, continuing afterwards with an introduction to calligraphy including the history of Italic lettering.

On other days:

After our lovely breakfast, we get together each morning to enjoy our first calligraphy session of the day. After a tasty light lunch together, we once again immerse ourselves in this fascinating and rewarding craft. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon there's a short break to enjoy a well-earned cuppa.  Our evenings are free to chat together, enjoy the sociable evening activity on offer after our delicious dinner - or simply relax in the bar or in a quiet lounge at the Country House.

Tuesday: Italic Calligraphy, the art of lettering

Your first day will introduce you to Italic calligraphy covering the principles of making good letterforms using the broad edged pen, working towards writing short sayings, at a pace that is comfortable for you. 

Wednesday: Exploring and developing our calligraphy and design skills

Step by step guidance is given to encourage you to develop confidence. with Italic calligraphy working in black and introducing you to colourful lettering in 2 nib sizes. Layout and design; making a small calligraphic piece in Italic with the addition of small ‘colour’ blocks that will enhance your design. 

Thursday: Slip cover concertina books - using our italic calligraphy

You will design and make a folded concertina book with a slip cover with a saying in Italic and small ‘colour’ blocks, paying attention to your development of your lettering. This course is about exploration, and the only requirement is an adventurous spirit! 

Friday: depart after a leisurely breakfast

What to bring

  • HB pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • 1 small artists' paintbrush for mixing and loading the nib, synthetic is ideal
  • Comfortable dark clothing (we are working with ink and paint!)
  • Calligraphy nibs & holders (also available from Celia for £5 on the holiday)
  • If you have any short favourite words/sayings/prose that you would like to use please bring with you. There will also be selection of words/prose for you to use
  • Optional: any calligraphy equipment already owned. Including inks, gouache, watercolour paints, mixing palette and watercolour paper. Please bring all that you can comfortably carry with you, but don’t buy especially

All other materials and equipment will be provided

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Moreton-in-Marsh station 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

 Bus heading to Bourton-on-the-Water

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Celia Lister

Celia lives and works in Cornwall. With a graphics background, she has worked with calligraphy for over 19 years, is a graduate of The SSI Advanced Training Scheme and a Fellow of Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. Celia is an enthusiastic, friendly, and supportive tutor, and as a Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Accredited Tutor, offers a high standard of tuition. As a freelance Calligrapher she produces work for exhibition, select craft fairs, and commissions both public and private. Celia’s personal creative journey is the expressive qualities of text, colour and illustration, inspired by the countryside and sea of the West Country

Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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