Ukulele Bonanza in the Southern Yorkshire Dales

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Making Music

Enjoy a weekend of workshops, focusing on styles and techniques such as finger-picking, jazz, classical, blues and even George Formby-style. Learn new pieces each morning and perform them each evening, playing along with other musicians. Spend time in the evenings soaking up the live music, sharing tips and advice or jamming with your fellow ukulele players. These breaks are a unique opportunity to meet and play with other ukulele players and create some beautiful ukulele sounds. Our expert leader will be there to guide you and provide some personalised tuition.

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

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader in a small group, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All music

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Enjoy mornings of expert group tuition with a break for tea & coffee.

Afternoons are free for you to practise independently or perhaps explore the local area.  We have a wide selection of walk directions at our in-house Discovery Point.

Enjoy informal after dinner playing sessions. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in southern Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.

 

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted Courtyard rooms, which have been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.

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. Food at Newfield Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Newfield Hall

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Essential Information

Please bring a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele. These will be tuned to C at the start of the holiday. It’s best not to bring a baritone ukulele for tuning reasons. The soprano uke is the smallest one. It looks like a tiny guitar with only four strings. If you’re buying, 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.  There may be an informal concert on the final night; feel free to bring your own music for this.

Chris McShane

Chris McShane formerly worked for Barnsley Music Service as Curriculum Development Officer for Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal studies and Music ICT and is now a freelance musician and instrumental teacher. In recent years, Chris has been active in promoting and teaching the ukulele. This teaching has ranged from full classes of 30 children in schools to groups of seniors in retirement homes. Chris also runs workshops at festivals and summer schools. He also runs a monthly ukulele club which is in its fifth year with over 60 members attending. Chris is also the musical director of the Uke Power festival.

A most enjoyable course. I learned a lot and Chris was very patient, thoughtful, good humoured, sociable and funny.

Andy Webster

Andy was for many years a professional French horn player until 5 years ago when a friend gave him a Ukulele! Since then his French horn has sat covered in dust and he devotes his time solely to playing the Ukulele as a solo artist and with League of Ukulele Gentlemen, He also runs 4 big Ukulele groups up North as well as running workshops and performing at festivals around Europe and the UK.

Ralph Shaw

Ralph has been an entertainer all his working life for all kinds of audiences. The common thread through it all has been the presence of a ukulele (or three!). Fascinated at an early age by the untapped potential of the ukulele as an instrument for the general public, Ralph discovered its suitability for conveying the music of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s eras.

For the past decade he has been Canada’s ‘King of the Ukulele’ (also the name of his first solo CD in which he vowed to bring respect to the ukulele!). Ralph’s appreciation of tin-pan-alley era song writing influenced his own original compositions, creating an ever-growing following of fans who appreciate the heart and wit he brings to his music. He leads a monthly get-together of 100+ ukulele strummers. Ralph says: “This instrument brings together so many people in ways that nothing else can.”

Originally from Yorkshire, Ralph now calls Vancouver in Canada home but he travels all over the world to attend festivals and to lead HF Holidays ukulele breaks.
You can find out more about Ralph’s love of the ukulele on his website.

Guest Reviews

Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Making Music

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