4. Weekend Events

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We are delighted to be able to let you know that we have been able to arrange a dance weekend for this year (2023).  It will be held at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren, Devon, from Friday, September 29 to Sunday October 1, 2023.

The hotel will be providing half board, from the Friday evening dinner to breakfast on the Sunday morning.  There will be a dance on the Friday and Saturday evenings, a workshop on the Saturday morning, and a dance/workshop to finish on the Sunday morning.  If you then wish to stay for Sunday lunch, or bar snack, that can be independently arranged and paid for.  The hotel has a website if you wish to find out more about the facilities they offer (which will be available to us Friday through Sunday).  We will have exclusive use of the ballroom.

The cost for the weekend will be £245 per person if sharing a double or twin room, and £277 (including a single supplement of £32] for those of you wishing to have a single room.

We have decided not to organise a coach from Honiton as the hotel is only 17 miles from Honiton, and there is ample free parking at the hotel.

If you would like to book a place, please let me know by replying to this email by February 26, 2023, and providing the following:

  1.  A deposit of £50 per person, payable to Gittisham Folk Dance Club – preferably on line to account number 33097060 sort code 30-94-36, or by cheque if on line is not possible [if paying by cheque, please let me know].  Please put as a the reference on the bank transfer your name and the initials LCH.
  2. Any dietary requirements.
  3. Your room preference – i.e. single, double or twin – and whether you would be happy to share a twin room.
  4. A contact telephone number.

The balance of your booking will be payable by June 30, 2023 and this will be non-refundable, unless another person takes your place.  In view of this, you may wish to consider taking out travel insurance should you be unable to travel, or for any other unexpected occurrence.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you will be able to join us on another of our very enjoyable dance holidays.

Much as we enjoy folk dancing in East Devon, it’s nice sometimes to get away – but not too far! So we do like to arrange a weekend with dancing friends; and this year (2022) we are fully booked to go to the Isle of Wight (again!).

Isle of Wight 2022: (14th June to 19th June)

A full report of the weekend will appear here after the event.

Isle of Wight 2019: (28th June to 2nd July) 

Gittisham Folk Dance Club
Dance Weekend

. . . and what a wonderful time we had! The weather was wonderful, the hotel was very comfortable, the company was excellent, and the IOW was an interesting place, as always. For some of us (alright me) the improvement in dancing due to the sessions on the superb dance floor in the hotel has been noticeable.

Here is the Trouville hotel (notice the open windows in the lovely weather) –


Here are some views from those windows –



Here is a band –


Here is a caller –


. . . and here are some dancers –


Is this a hay or a reel?

I.O.W. Dance Wkend (7)

Oh, they are the same thing of course!

IOW photos and a few more pics here.

Isle of Wight 2018:

Gittisham Folk Dance Club
Dance Weekend 2018

This year we decided to do something a bit different!

Following a recommendation from a club member we booked a weekend at The Trouville Hotel, Sandown, Isle of Wight which was offering a bargain weekend package to dance clubs travelling by coach. It seemed too good to miss and so we booked ourselves a coach which we had no difficulty in filling to capacity. The coach trip added greatly to the weekend with everyone getting in a holiday mood and enjoying the journey as we drove through the New Forest in glorious weather and relishing the short ferry trip across the sparkling Solent.

The Trouville is an hotel dedicated to providing holidays for dance clubs. It is in a superb position, situated on the Esplanade at Sandown, seconds from the beach. The hotel has a huge ball room and also, and this suited our club perfectly, a function room on the first floor with plenty of space, a wonderful dance floor and stunning views over the sea.

Our music was provided by Jigs for Gigs, one of our favourite bands who have accompanied us on most of our dance weekends. Iain, Margaret and Nick provided us with their usual wonderful selection of tunes, played superbly.

We had a warm welcome from the hotel and soon all 56 of us were unpacking in our comfortable bedrooms and itching to get out and enjoy a stroll along the beach.

Mary Marker got the weekend off to a swing as our caller on the Friday night with an interesting variety of dances.

Rosie Shaw led two very well received workshops on reels which were informative and most enjoyable.

Gill Spence had us all dancing our socks off to contras and squares on Saturday night and the weekend was rounded off on Sunday with a great evening of club callers, singers, a bit of Appalachian, in fact a real ceilidh!

It was not all dancing of course. Many people spent the days exploring the Island which offers miles of lovely walks, pretty little villages and beautiful beaches, amongst other delights.

iow1View of bech from top of cliffs

And we must not forget the icing on the cake -the weather. Our weekend fell on the first Bank Holiday of the year and it was hot! The sun shone, the sea sparkled invitingly (tempting some of us in for a very brief dip) and we all enjoyed ourselves enormously.
So much so that we are booked to go again next year!

Paignton weekend 2016:

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, with 5 in the band, Paignton 7 2016 cropped3 callers/dancers, and 58 others who mostly (apart from the two dogs) came to dance  – all this and the Red Arrows as well. Paignton was crowded with those Paignton 6 2016 croppedwatching the Torbay Air Show, but escaping the masses was easy by venturing east or west along the coast – as one group did on the Saturday by taking the bus to Brixham and walking the coastal path back.

Paignton 8 2016 croppedWe kicked of on Friday night with Simon ably directing the proceedings, and followed that with a back-to-basics workshop with Frances on Saturday morning, which took us on a tour of Britain whilst reminding us of some of the key elements to aid our better dancing.

After dipping into the airshow in the afternoon the main event was the ‘posh-frock’ evening dance with its red, white and blue theme and best crown competition – won by Janet “One-is-very-pleased” Newton. Gill kept us well in order to dance to some great music from Gigs for Gigs:

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……. but it has to be said that the afternoon’s 6 mile walk finished some of us off early. (Perhaps the lovely wedding anniversay cake and glass of bubbly kindly provided by the ‘newly-weds’ Val and Mark didn’t help much, either).

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Another workshop with Frances kicked off Sunday mornng, entitled “Which Way?”, perhaps better re-phrased as ‘which way up is down?’ for at least one of the dances and a question several of us never succeeded in answering.

Paignton 2 2016 croppedA diminished group enjoyed the Sunday lunch and participated in the afternoon dance with club callers – which produced its normal mix of amusement, muttering and mayhem.

The hotel proved to be much better than its somewhat drab exterior would have suggested; friendly helpful staff, good hot food and well refurbished bathrooms. Just a few irksome rules, not least having to have doors and windows shut for the dances, despite the heat, because the neighbours objected to the noise – folk fearing Philistines!

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