Mowden Hall – Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July 2024

£350.00

Sing, socialise, walk and eat with The Unthanks at Mowden Hall, Newton, located in the heart of the Tyne Valley. Set in many acres of the Tyne Valley near Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall, our Mowden Hall events are designed to combine maximum tranquility with excellent transport links and simple budget friendly group accommodation.

We hope that our Mowden Hall events are particularly well suited to individuals and groups of friends, with accommodation organised into single gender dormitories. Plenty of free parking, reachable by train plus short taxi, or we’re providing optional transport to and from Newcastle Central station.

Gorgeous walking terrain and excellent local pub!

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

Note, if you want to buy both male and female tickets, add one gender to your basket, then return to this page to add the other.

Add shuttle transport from Newcastle Central station to Mowden Hall. £15 per passenger including return journey (info on times etc below) Please enter number of passengers:

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Description

Built in 1835 by the distinguished northern architect John Dobson, the hall served as a home for the Joicey family who owned much of the collieries of County Durham. The beautiful grounds provided a church and school to the local community. Today the hall serves as a preparatory school, and its beautiful grounds and facilities provide the perfect setting to host our singing residentials.

Your ticket includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in dormitories
  • Meals and hot drinks (welcome tea and cake upon arrival, dinner on first night, 3 meals on second day, brunch on last day)
  • Workshops, activities and excursions
  • Performances by The Unthanks

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

FINISH: Event closes midday Sunday.

All hospitality and workshops are provided by The Unthanks themselves and family.

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 Mowden Hall at 12:30pm to arrive at Newcastle Central Station for approximately 1pm on Sunday, (subject to traffic conditions). Please book the rest of your travel with reasonable contingency of these times. The cost is £15 per person (£7.50 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. The shuttle bus will depart Newcastle Central Station at approximately 2:30pm on Friday (depending on popular incoming train times). Returning transport will depart Mowden Hall at 12:30pm to arrive at Newcastle Central Station for approximately 1pm on Sunday, (subject to traffic conditions). Please book the rest of your travel with reasonable contingency of these times. The cost is £15 per person (£7.50 each way) and can be added when selecting your ticket type.

If you do not wish to book our shuttle bus, there are trains from Newcastle to Prudhoe and Corbridge. Ecocabs 01434 600600 and Advanced 01434 606565 are both Taxi companies that operate from these stations. Please note that Taxi’s in the area are few and far between so we advise pre booking is essential.

From the west, there are frequent trains to Hexham or Corbridge from Carlisle and the 685 bus service. Ecocabs 01434 600600 and Advanced 01434 606565 are both Taxi companies that operate from these stations. Please note that Taxi’s in the area are few and far between so we advise pre booking is essential.

5. How do I get from Newcastle Airport?

You can get the Metrolink from the airport to Newcastle Central Station.

In order to avoid the infrequent local transport options, 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 Mowden Hall at 12:30pm to arrive at Newcastle Central Station for approximately 1pm on Sunday, (subject to traffic conditions). Please book the rest of your travel with reasonable contingency of these times. The cost is £15 per person (£7.50 each way) and can be added when selecting your ticket type.

If you do not wish to book our shuttle bus, there are trains from Newcastle to Prudhoe and Corbridge. Ecocabs 01434 600600 and Advanced 01434 606565 are both Taxi companies that operate from these stations. Please note that Taxi’s in the area are few and far between so we advise pre booking is essential.

 

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. 

8. 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. 

9. 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.

10. 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 us 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. 

11. 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.

12. Can I take photos and make recordings?
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. Our events afford you the opportunity to come and sing and enjoy yourself without being observed or exposed in any way. In our world of live experiences devalued by the sharing of poor quality recordings, the weekends are designed to be an experience just for you and you alone. It is up to you to keep your recorded memories private, so that you can each participate without judgement or observation. 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. 

13. Access 

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

14. 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

Here is a map showing the location

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.