Ukulele Bonanza Weekend in the Peak District

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Making Music
from £365pp £340pp

Join our Uke tutors for a weekend of workshops, group strum-along sessions, and concerts. Workshops will focus of styles and techniques such as finger-picking, jazz, classical, blues, even George Formby-style. Join others in playing along to pieces of music and enjoy or even take part in the evening concerts.

Holiday Highlights

  • Learn new pieces in the morning and perform them in the evening
  • Play music with other enthusiastic musicians
  • Be part of a unique experience – lots of Uke players together in our Country House
  • Our expert leader will help you get the most from your holiday

What’s included

  • Full-board en-suite accommodation
  • Full programme of tuition from our knowledgeable leaders

Trip Notes

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Arrival day

You're welcome to check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. After dinner there's a warm-up strum-along session, and more information about the workshops that you can sign up for.

Saturday & Sunday

There'll be 3 workshops, based on styles and techniques, which you can sign up for on Friday evening. They will be repeated on Saturday (morning and afternoon) and Sunday (morning) so you can enjoy all the sessions. You can always take time out to get some fresh air and be inspired by your surroundings - it's your holiday. On Sunday afternoon there's free time or individual tuition with the leaders if you want to brush up on some techniques.

After dinner concerts

Saturday night's concert put on by your tutors

Sunday night is your chance to shine!

Monday: Departure day

Depart (on a high note!) after a leisurely breakfast

The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

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What to Bring

Please bring a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele (C tuning). The soprano uke is the smallest one. It looks like a tiny guitar with only four strings. For big fingers you might prefer the larger concert or tenor models. They are all tuned and fingered the same. If you’re buying for the first time, go for a cheap wooden bodied uke. Any good music shop will advise you. Most are of Far Eastern origin and will cost you around £15-£30. A spare set of strings is also a good idea.

Please also bring a music stand. All music will be provided. You may like to bring some music of your own for a party piece at the final night concert, or to jam in the bar!

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
18 Oct / 21 Oct 2019 Itinerary £365 £340 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Making Music

3 nights from £365pp £340pp

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