Allendale – Friday 7th-Sunday 9th June 2024

£100.00£390.00

Sing, socialise, walk and eat with The Unthanks in the unique village of Allendale, Northumberland. All hospitality and workshops given by The Unthanks themselves.

You ticket includes:

  • Onsite accommodation
  • All meals and hot drinks (welcome tea and cake upon arrival, dinner on first night, 3 meals on day 2, brunch on final day)
  • Workshops, activities and excursions
  • Performance by The Unthanks
  •  Small number of Participatory Tickets available with no accommodation or meals for Local Residents within 20 miles of Allendale.

Add shuttle transport from Newcastle Central station to Allendale. £20 return per passenger (£10 each way) more info on times etc below. Please enter number of passengers:

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Description

START: Access on site is from 3pm on the first day. Arrival window in which you won’t miss anything key is 3-5pm.

FINISH: Event closes midday on the final day.

Accommodation includes rooms in Dale Manor and Allendale Bunkhouse next door. Located in the heart of Allendale, workshops and performances will be staged around the local venues and facilities. More details on the specific properties can be found at Dale Manor and Allendale Bunkhouse

Ticket Types Available:

  • Ticket for Two with Ensuite with King Size bed in Dale Manor
  • Ticket for Two people in an Ensuite Double room in Dale Manor
  • Ticket for Three people in Ensuite room with one King/Double bed plus 2 separate Single beds in Dale Manor. It is possible for 4 people to stay in these rooms, if you wish to add an extra person to this ticket please email us after booking.
  • Ticket for Two people in an Ensuite Private Double Bedroom in the Bunkhouse
  • Ticket for One single bed in a 4 or 5 bed bunkhouse dormitory with ensuite facilities or a private bathroom. Male and Female dorms are separated.
  • Participatory Ticket with no accommodation or meals for Local Residents within 20 miles of Allendale.

Reduced Room Occupation

If you are attending this event unaccompanied, and would prefer your own private room to a bunkhouse dormitory. You may wish to book a Double room with a single occupancy discount of £100. Tick the reduced room occupation box when selecting your ticket.

Shuttle Transport

If you are travelling by rail or air, you may wish to add shuttle transport to your ticket. The shuttle bus will depart Newcastle Central Station at approximately 2:30pm on Friday (depending on popular incoming train times). Returning transport will depart Allendale at 12:20pm to arrive at Newcastle Central Station for approximately 1:30pm on Sunday, (subject to traffic conditions). Please book the rest of your travel with reasonable contingency of these times. The cost is £20 per person (£10 each way) and can be added when selecting your ticket type.

 

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Who will be at the event?

There is usually a mix of ages from teens to pensioners, couples, friends, small groups, and lots of people come on their own. You will be looked after by a mixture of Unthank band and family members.

2. I want to look into my travel. When does the event start and finish?

On the opening day there is an arrival ‘window’ between 3 and 5pm, during which tea and cake is served. Please note you are not permitted to arrive on site before 3pm unless you have particular unforeseen circumstances. We finish at midday on the final day.

3. If I am late will I miss anything?

The initial 3-5pm arrival window is entirely informal. The first proper singing session starts at 5.30pm, but if you miss it, don’t worry, it will not impact too much on the rest of your weekend. Dinner is served on the first night at 7pm. If you are later than that, we will save you some.

4. What is the best way to arrive by rail?

The most direct route to arrive is via Newcastle Central Station. In order to avoid the infrequent local transport options, you may wish to add shuttle transport to your ticket (details on product page). The shuttle bus will depart Newcastle Central Station at approximately 2:30pm on Friday (depending on popular incoming train times). Returning transport will depart Allendale at 12:20pm to arrive at Newcastle Central Station for approximately 1:30pm on Sunday, (subject to traffic conditions). Please book the rest of your travel with reasonable contingency of these times. The cost is £20 per person (£10 each way) and can be added when selecting your ticket type.

If you don’t wish use our shuttle, there are trains to Hexham and Haydon Bridge from Newcastle, or if you’re coming from the West, from Carlisle. From Hexham there is the 688 bus service to Allendale (it only takes 20 minutes but currently runs only every 2 hours!). Ecocabs and Advanced Taxis are both Taxi companies that operate from Haydon Bridge and Hexham.

5. How do I get from Newcastle Airport?

You can get the quick and easy Metrolink directly from the airport to Newcastle Central Station, then use our shuttle or transport links in info above in point (4).

6. Travel share

Before the event you’ll be sent a link to a message board on which you’ll be able to exchange travel offers and requests with other attendees, eg. car share, lifts from train stations, taxi shares etc.

7. What do I need to bring?

Sturdy shoes, waterproof and warm clothes for our walk.

10. I’m worried about singing!

The onus of the weekend is on inclusiveness. You do not have to be an experienced singer to attend or enjoy the weekend. For us, singing is about joining in. Participation over performance. You will not have to sing on your own (though there are points in the weekend when you can if you want to). Some sessions will involve a little harmony work if you are able, and you will hopefully leave knowing a good few more songs than when you arrived. Just don’t expect to learn anything technical on our weekends. We aim to create an environment that is less about learning and more about the enjoyment of group singing, and the social aspects of being with other people who share a love of folk song. The only criteria is that we do expect you to join in.

11. I’m worried about the walk.

Our walks tend to be around 2-3 miles, lasting an hour and a half or so. Walks sometimes end with a singing session at the pub or similar. If you have restricted mobility and cannot do any walk, we can provide transport to and from the singing session.

12. Are children allowed?

The workshops are intended for adults, but if you have a sensible child who wants to sing and you feel will cope well on an adult singing weekend, we are not going to put a minimum age limit on your child’s maturity, so there is discretion involved and its best to ask on an individual basis. To give examples, we’ve had one or two who have come around the age of 13 and have been every year since with a parent. We wouldn’t imagine that a child of much younger would work out too well. Ultimately, many attendees come to get away from their children, so its important for the greater good that any child coming behaves and participates as an adult would. The successful examples have been when it is just one child, not two or three. Children with other children are more likely to behave as children, while a child in exclusively adult company is likely to fit in more seamlessly.

13. I have specific dietary requirements. Would this preclude me from attending?

At all meal times there are usually two options, one being vegetarian. Those with specific needs or wishes such a vegans,or those with intolerances to gluten, lactose etc, will always be catered for individually, which we are very happy to do. Of course, catering semi-professionally for

such a lot of people at once, we rely on the majority being ready to adapt their desires to just two choices, but looking after genuine dietary needs is nothing but a pleasure and a duty. You will be sent a menu questionnaire prior to the event.

14. Can I take photos and make recordings at the weekend?There are conditions, but yes you can. The main condition is that under no circumstances must you share or post anything publicly or online. This is more to protect you than it is us. The weekends afford you the opportunity to come and sing and enjoy yourself without being observed or exposed in any way. In a world of illegal downloading and live experiences devalued by poor quality recordings, the weekends are designed to be an experience just for you and you alone. We have turned down travel articles from The Telegraph and The Times in the spirit of maintaining your freedom and while we do our bit, it is up to you to keep your recorded memories private, so that you can each participate without judgement. Futhermore, each weekend has a private Facebook group which you can join, where you are allowed to upload files, share photos and keep in touch with people you have met at your weekend, so in fact you can share, but just amongst yourselves.

15. Access

Unfortunately neither of our current venues have full access, sorry. We are working to improve this.

16. What happens in the event of bad weather?

In the unfortunate event that bad weather or other “acts of god” prevent you from attendance, refunds cannot be made. Cancellation due to bad weather, is so late that we have already incurred the accommodation, catering and staffing costs of your stay, without being able to recoup them ourselves. However, just as with any event booking or holiday, you may of course elect to insure your booking and travel costs with an event/ holiday insurance company.

Location

Visit Allendale 

Dale Manor

Allendale Bunkhouse

Allendale on a map

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy: 

1, Cancellation with 3 months notice or more carries no penalty other than a £50 administration fee.
2. Cancellation with less than 3 months but more than 1 months notice incurs a £150 admin/cancellation fee
3. Cancellation with less than 1 months notice incurs the full fee unless we are able to resell the ticket(s), in which case a £150 admin/cancellation fee will apply
4. Cancellation in special or sensitive circumstances will be considered but is at the discretion of The Unthanks.
5. Cancellation in the unfortunate event of bad weather cannot be accepted. Cancellation due to bad weather is so late that we have already incurred the costs of your stay, without being able to recoup them ourselves. You may of course wish to insure your booking, you can do so with any event/holiday insurance company. 

Health and Safety: 

While every reasonable measure is taken to ensure your comfort and safety, The Unthanks are in no way responsible or liable for accidents, injuries, ill-health, lost or stolen property during the weekend, whether on or off the venue site. By accepting these terms you are accepting responsibility for your own health and safety during the event.