Shropshire Hills Folk Dance Weekend Holiday

Workshops and dances for more experienced folk dancers

Code: CSDFE

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Indoors

Holiday overview

Enjoy morning workshops, optional afternoon workshops and evening dancing on this weekend dedicated to Country Dancing, aimed at the more experienced folk dancer. This holiday offers live music for the morning and evening sessions with a folk band duo and 2 callers, providing excellent tuition & leadership. Afternoon sessions will use recorded music.

Holiday highlights

  • Live music from Double Dichotomy (Mollie Koenigsberger & Vic Smith)
  • Callers John Turner and Maggie Hosking
  • No partner required 

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

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

Friday: Arrival day

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. After dinner enjoy your first dancing session.

Saturday

7.45am – 9am Breakfast

9.30am – 10.50am Dance workshop with Maggie, Mollie & Vic

10.50am – 11.20am Coffee

11.20am – 12.40pm Dance workshop with John, Mollie & Vic

Lunch: Enjoy one our sumptuous self-select picnic lunches, then you’ve got some free time. There are fantastic walks right on the doorstep and our Discovery Points are ready to make the most out of your stay - there are plenty of maps and a selection of the best tried and tested walking and cycling routes to use, as well as local weather forecasts and public transport options too – plus those all-important personal insights on things to spot, places to stop, and things to do along the way.

4pm - 5pm Optional dance workshop with caller & recorded music

Before dinner you have the option of more dancing with your leader

7.15pm Dinner

After dinner dance/ceilidh with Maggie, John, Mollie & Vic, including a 20-minute break

Sunday

7.45am – 9am Breakfast

9.30am - 10.45am Dance workshop with John, Mollie & Vic

10.45am Coffee

11.15am – 12.30pm Dance workshop with Maggie, Mollie & Vic

Lunch: Enjoy one our sumptuous self-select picnic lunches, then you’ve got some free time. There are fantastic walks right on the doorstep and our Discovery Points are ready to make the most out of your stay - there are plenty of maps and a selection of the best tried and tested walking and cycling routes to use, as well as local weather forecasts and public transport options too – plus those all-important personal insights on things to spot, places to stop, and things to do along the way.

Before dinner you have the option of more dancing with your leaders.

7.15pm Dinner

After dinner farewell dance including requests, with Maggie, John, Mollie & Vic including a 20-minute break

Monday

Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Maggie Hosking

Maggie is a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Born in North Wales, she “discovered” folk dancing in 1990 after moving to Warwickshire. As dance teacher for Wayfarers, she enjoys display dancing and regularly performs at home and abroad. Maggie is a regular caller at Midland venues and also leads her local U3A folk dance group. Having called for many dance holidays, Maggie endeavours to bring enthusiasm, humour and clarity to the dance floor. Enjoying all genres within country dance, she will call a mixed programme. Other interests include walking, bridge, bowls, spending time with friends and volunteering at her local Victorian visitor centre. Maggie looks forward to sharing with you the “joy” of dance!

John Turner

John has been a folk dance caller for over 35 years. He calls for a wide variety of of folk events, including several of the UK's festivals. He enjoys a variety of dances including Playford, English traditional social dances. Hilary Turner is hostess for the event.

Double Dichotomy 

Our band comprises Vic Smith and Mollie Koenigsberger, on accordion and violin. For the last eight years their music has energised and delighted dancers at ceilidhs, barn dances, dancers' dances and festivals alike. Specialising in getting your toes tapping and your feet dancing, they are versatile and masters of many genres from contra to ceilidh to Playford.  

What to Bring

  • Loose and comfortable clothing
  • Both men and women should bring shoes with a smooth sole
  • Ladies should wear shoes with a low (or no) heel and ankle strap

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.

For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.

NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not readily available at Church Stretton railway station particularly between 2pm and 4.30pm . 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 Holidays 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 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.

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

John and Hilary Turner

John and Hilary started leading folk dance holidays over 30 years ago. Their aim is for their guests to have a relaxing yet stimulating holiday, learning the intricacies & delights of English Country Dance, a very sociable style of dance popular in England & in many parts of the western world in the era before the waltz & the polka were born. The music comprises traditional melodies & popular classical music alongside more modern compositions. John has called at many of the UK’s folk dance festivals in recent years, & assisted by Hilary, teaches a variety of English styles from Playford (mid 17th century) and modern compositions in the Playford style at one end of the spectrum, to New England Contras and Squares at the other & even a few Scottish country dances too.

John and Hilary were very welcoming, friendly and courteous to all regardless of ability or status in the dance scene.

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Dates & Prices

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