Creative Projects with your Camera in the Shropshire Hills

Chruch Stretton

Code: CSEIP

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Food & drink
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills
From £464.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

You have a wealth of cracking photographs but will they ever get shared and enjoyed? Be guided through the process of creating a high quality picture book for your coffee table, a presentation to impress your local club, a calendar to give to friends or even your own website. You will be walking up to 2 miles (3km) on some days.

A basic knowledge of using a digital camera and laptop computer are essential.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Find out how to bring your images to life
  • Create your own picture book, presentation, calendar or website
  • Spend most of the day indoors, with the photography leader’s expert guidance on hand

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Central lounge
  • Three additional rooms, can be used for other purposes
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Patio
  • Large heated swimming pool
    (open May to September)
  • Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
  • Sculpture trail

Dining

An example of Church Stretton evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. 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

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

More details on Church Stretton accessibility

Additional Information

  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times.
  • Fire evacuation notices are displayed in the bedrooms and throughout the hotel. Each room has its own smoke sensor and fire alarm. In the event of a fire a very loud continuous alarm sounds and emergency lighting comes on. We have portable Deaf guard fire alarm system for those who are hard of hearing. This consists of a vibrating pad to go under the pillow and a bright strobe light. The Deaf guard is triggered when main alarm is activated.
  • In the case of evacuation there are fire exits in every function room, bar and restaurant as well as the main front entrance. On the first, second and third floors there are fire exits at either end of the corridors which open to an emergency fire escape stairwell.
  • Please advise reception on check in if you think you would require assistance in the event of an emergency. Door hangers are available in the rooms which can be used to indicate a need for assistance. Fire extinguishers are found throughout the building, as are fire call points. If you discover a fire please call 9-999 from your room phone, raise the alarm and alert a member of staff.

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

After dinner we’ll enjoy an introductory presentation showing how digital images are taken and prepared for online books, PowerPoint presentations, websites and calendars.

Nuts & Bolts and a Photo-shoot

In the morning we will look at the ‘Nuts & Bolts’ of hardware and software necessary for various output applications. We’ll look at:

  • On-line book publishing – Blurb, etc.
  • Presentation programmes – PowerPoint, Pro-show Gold
  • Websites – Adobe Muse and web hosting
  • Calendars
  • Planning a project
  • Establishing and identifying the components for a project – book, presentation, web.
  • Does the project require a production plan and specific images?

In the afternoon we’ll head into Bourton-on-the-Water for a photo-shoot, and after dinner we’ll spend some time downloading and preparing our images.

Perfecting our Projects

We’ll spend the day preparing either a book, presentation or website using the photographs taken the previous day, all under expert guidance and supervision. Additional photographs can be taken around the local area, if required. In the evening we’ll delight the other guests staying at The Longmynd House with a presentation of our work.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. 

What to bring

  • Digital camera 
  • Memory card
  • Battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual
  • Laptop (Windows or Apple/Mac, preferably with a recent operating system, Windows 10 or Apple OS X10 Sierra)
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images

Optional camera accessories:

  • Spare memory cards
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare camera (you never know)
  • Small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example

Although all of the creative projects will be demonstrated, it will not be feasible for guests to complete all project options during the holiday; therefore it will save time if your computer is preloaded with the necessary software for either a: Presentation, Picture Book, Website or Calendar. If you haven’t decided then feel free to download software for more than one and make your choice once on the holiday. Some software is free and some is available as a trial version with a time limit so it may be best to download these nearer to the holiday.

  • All Projects

For all projects the full version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (currently 15) is recommended. The latter can be downloaded from the Adobe website as a 30-day trial. Adobe Lightroom is an option, but not essential.

Download at http://www.photoshop.com

  •  Presentations

PowerPoint for presentations is a standard programme on Microsoft Office, so you may already have the necessary software. There are alternatives, such as Proshow Gold.

Download PowerPoint at https://products.office.com/en/try

Download Proshow Gold at http://www.photodex.com/proshow/gold

See one of Derek Forss’ productions at https://youtu.be/ZfE3l3xVF_M

  •  Picture Books

Blurb software for a book can be downloaded free from the Blurb website. It is not time limited.

Download Booksmart or Bookwright at http://www.blurb.co.uk/bookmaking-tools

See one of my books at http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/5415690-london-s-countryside-discovering-the-unexpected-in

  •  Websites

There are several website authoring packages, some are free, others like Adobe Muse available on subscription that includes web hosting.

Download Adobe Muse at http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/muse.html

See Derek Forss’ website at www.derekforss.com

  •  Calendars

For a calendar consider Vistaprint. Wi-Fi connection essential.

Go to Vistaprint at http://www.vistaprint.co.uk

There are many other alternatives, the above are suggestions. If you are already familiar with other software packages, please bring them along and Derek will be pleased to offer support and guidance. Similarly if you already have a completed project (e.g. a calendar or a picture book), please bring this along with you to share with the group.

 

 

Local area

Discover Shropshire

During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Shropshire:

The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk away. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
Easily reached by  train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buldings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlowcastle.com

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge Gorge
A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.svr.co.uk

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon Scott Working Farm
Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum is a living museum based around a restored Victorian farm. In recent years this has featured in the BBC2 series Victorian Farm and Escape in Time. www.actonscott.com 

 

 

Shrewsbury
Also easily reached by train, or a 30 minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. 

Much Wenlock
The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Hereford
The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org

Attingham Park
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Powis Castle and its surrounding gardensPowis Castle
This former medieval fortress has been remodelled  over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. Theworld-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. The castle is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle

 

Walls of Chirk CastleChirk Castle
Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

 

 

Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus

Travel

Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended, particularly if you have heavy luggage.

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).

NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not available at the station and there is no taxi service in Church Stretton. If you call for a taxi on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service to Longmynd House is £18. We therefore recommend booking a HF station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. 

Driving to us

By car:

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Leaders

Derek Forss

Derek has been leading Photographic Holidays for HF Holidays since 1995. In addition to providing clear and straightforward explanations (for beginners and the more experienced) of photo-techniques that are devoid of gobbledegook, he also has an in-depth understanding of the British countryside; essential for teaching wide-ranging aspects of landscape and architecture photography.

Derek created a nice relaxed, happy atmosphere in which we could learn how to improve our photographic skills. The programme of short local walks & excursions by coach to more distant locations gave us the opportunity to photograph a variety of different scenes under varying lighting conditions. We came away having learnt a lot.

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