Play Ukulele at Whitby
North York Moors
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The 4-stringed ukulele is cheap, portable, easy to learn and enormous fun to play. For complete beginners we'll tackle tuning, chord shapes and strumming patterns to accompany simple songs - anything from folk songs and music-hall favourites to pop classics by The Beatles.
- Play a simple accompaniment in your very first session
- Learn the 'three-chord trick' which enables you to play thousands of songs
- Enjoy learning together, laugh together, encourage each other and have a lot of fun
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all activities
- Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable leaders for each holiday
- Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – make music together, eat together and relax together
The splendid Georgian mansion, Larpool Hall, commands a wonderful position above the harbour town of Whitby. With excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms it is a most attractive base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
We also have a lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, ideal for families or groups of friends.
Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for at no extra charge.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
The lodge at Whitby
The Whitby lodge is a comfortable, self-contained lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, available to book for holidays.
The lodge has two twin bedrooms, one double bedroom, two bathrooms and a lounge with double sofa bed. It will sleep up to eight people, making it ideal for families, groups of friends or even couples who would like the luxury of some extra space.
You can book the whole lodge for any holiday at Whitby – Walking, Leisure Activities, and Country House Escapes. All holidays are Full Board, with breakfast and dinner served in Larpool Hall (only 30 metres away), and our famous self-select picnic lunch. When you book the lodge for 3 or more persons you can receive a discount of 15% off the price of your booking.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Larpool Hall has a large lounge with a central dance floor. This connects with the spacious bar and the outdoor terrace to provide a very comfortable and flexible space. There are also two smaller lounges and an attractive dining room. A range of board games and books is available. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.
There are extensive views from the front of the house across the Esk Valley. The gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk about Whitby's colourful history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. In summer our guests love our open-top bus ride around the town (most Tuesday nights in the summer). Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users
Arrival & car parking facilities
- There is a large car parking area at the front of the house for 30-40 cars
- There are 9 stone steps up to the front door, each of the steps is 2.4m wide and 5.5 inches high. Front steps have a handrail
- The outside area is made of large gravel with good lighting
- Disabled car parking for 2 cars in the back courtyard with a level access to the house via the back door. No steps
Main entrance & reception
- General office is situated off the entrance hall
- The entrance hall with tiled floor measures 10m x 6m
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The house has 3 floors. The ground floor consists of the entrance hall, 2 lounges, the dining room, a games room, a ladies rest room, the main function room and 2 guest bedrooms
- The bar area and the gents rest room are 6 steps down from the ground floor level. There is a handrail in the centre of the steps
- All carpeted, except the bar area, which have non-slip flooring
- All corridors on the ground floor are 5 feet in width, with no ramps or grab rails
Public areas - lounge & bar
- The lounge has comfortable chairs, tables and a fire place.
- The minimum main door width is 36 inches. The minimum back door width is 29 inches
- The lounge measures 5.8m by 5m
- Both the ladies and gents are situated on the ground floor. Gents accessed via 6 steps
- The door width to the ladies is 29 inches and the cubicle door width is 26 inches. Toilet seat height is 17 inches
- Main door to the gents is 32 inches wide and the cubicle door is 29 inches wide. The toilet seat height is 17 inches and the urinal height is 24 inches
- The carpeted dining room is on the ground floor with level access
- The door width is 35 inches
- It has 5 round tables (28 inches high), each seating up to 9 guests. The chairs (18 inches high) have soft fabric seats and wooden back rests
- All furniture is easily movable
- The breakfast / picnic room is off the dining room, accessed via 2 steps with a handrail to the right. Both steps are 7 inches deep
- Continental breakfast buffet with waitress service for cooked foods and hot drinks. Waitress service at dinner
- There are 14 acres of grounds and gardens. Excellent outdoor lighting
- Patio area with garden furniture and umbrellas. Level access to the patio
- There are another 4 bedrooms that are suitable for those with mobility issues
- All rooms are en-suite, most with shower
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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. Enjoy your first music session after dinner.
9.30am – 12.30pm: Music activity with a coffee break
Enjoy a house-based lunch, eg soup & sandwich
The afternoon is free for guests to relax in the Country House or explore the local area. Guests are welcome to continue playing if they wish.
5.30pm – 6.30pm: Music activity
After dinner: Music activity
Departure day: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
You will need to bring a ukulele. Most beginners start with a soprano uke, that's the smallest one, but the larger concert and tenor models are also fine as they are tuned the same (G,C,E,A) and are identical to play. The baritone uke is tuned differently and not suitable. 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. The banjo ukulele or banjolele, while fingered the same, is a noisy beast, more expensive to buy and probably best avoided at the learning stage. All the music and music stands will be provided. To ensure that we have the right music to cover all abilities, experience and instruments, please complete the pre-holiday questionnaire. The final evening may include an informal concert; if you would like to play something at this, please bring some music for a ‘party piece’.
Discover the North York Moors
During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:
Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk
Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com
Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info
Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Travel to Whitby
Our address is: Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND
The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is at Whitby, which is at the end of a long branch line from Middlesbrough.
However, most guests find that travelling via Scarborough station is 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).
The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £7 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. 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 Larpool Hall Manager.
The 93 bus runs regularly between Scarborough station and Whitby. As you approach Whitby, alight by the Larpool Industrial Estate. From here it is an 800 metre walk to Larpool Hall. See www.traveline.info for bus times.
Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teesside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles outside Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. After 500 metres turn left into the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A large car park is available in the grounds.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport is served by a range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Scarborough with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 2hrs 50 minutes to Scarborough - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Scarborough. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Scarborough (1 change at York) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Scarborough you can complete the journey to Whitby by bus or taxi (see above).
Robin is an Outdoor Education Teacher who lives in the Lake District. He plays harmonica (national champion 1999), guitar and percussion as well as ukulele. You can often find him at weekends in a pub, playing washboard with the Sun Street Stompers or performing with his Blues partner, Rex Haymes. He plays gigs and jam sessions around the north-west of England.
Passing on his skills and enthusiasm is now his passion, and he has recently completed a Certificate in Music course at Lancaster University. He has great fun playing and teaching the ukulele, a wonderfully accessible and versatile little instrument.
The success of the 'Play Ukulele' holidays has prompted him to branch out with holidays devoted to the Blues.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person