Come and join the

FOREST UKULELE RETREAT

Speech House, The Royal Forest of Dean, 

30th JUNE - 2nd JULY 2023

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A WHOLE WEEKEND OF IMMERSIVE LEARNING

We have invited six of the best ukulele teachers from around the world to come and teach you. Lessons will be in small groups so you'll get to soak up heaps of incredible tuition and ask plenty of questions. As well as small group lessons there will be a teacher's concert to inspire you, and a student concert where you'll get to perform in a small group in a supportive and fun atmosphere

A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION IN THE HEART OF THE FOREST

This year we'll be located at Speech House, a  beautiful 17th Century Hunting Lodge built for King Charles II. We're right in the heart in the Forest of Dean and will be taking advantage with ukulele walks and wellbeing sessions too. You can stay in the lovely rooms on site and you'll be supplied with great food all weekend.

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TICKETS INCLUDE:

SMALL GROUP TUITION WITH ALL OF THE GUEST TUTORS

TEACHER'S CONCERT SATURDAY EVENING

UKULELE MEDITATION SESSIONS / UKULELE WALK

SMALL GROUP TUITION AND STUDENT'S CONCERT SUNDAY

LUNCH AND EVENING 2 COURSE WARM BUFFET SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

COFFEE & PASTRIES WEEKEND MORNINGS

TICKETS

£379 pp

You can purchase from our secure shop HERE or click on the box to the left.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS DO NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION

 

See links to the right where you can book one of many options for rooms, bed and breakfast on site with a 10% discount. Book early to avoid disappointment. There is also a list of local campsites, hotels and B&Bs.

Please email matt@theukeroom.com with any dietary requirements for the inclusive meals for the weekend.

If you would like to stay at Speech House for the weekend you can read more about their superb rooms and options HERE.

All attendees get 10% discount on all rooms. To book at discount please call the Speech House team on: 01594 822607 and mention you are attending the Ukulele Retreat. You can also email the Speech House team at: 

info@thespeechhouse.co.uk

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PROVISIONAL
SCHEDULE

To help you plan your time here

Your tutors

Our UK based tutors

We will be announcing more tutors in due course, including renowned tutors from overseas.

This year we will have more tutors so all levels of ability are made welcome and supported. If you think you might struggle with a particular workshop an alternative will be available at all times.

We have carefully chosen teachers to cover a wide variety of styles including Pop, Blues, Country and Classical.

We will shortly announce more tutors, further to our UK based teachers, covering further styles including Hawaiian.

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CONNECT WITH NATURE &
OTHERS

This year we will have a focus will be on nature and wellbeing and the power of music in bringing people together. As well as our normal tuition sessions we will have a ukulele meditation session by the lake and a ukulele walk around the beautiful arboretum and nature reserve next to the site. We want you to feel good, have fun and make lasting friendships.

Our beautiful location at Speech House is set in the centre of 110km of one of the last surviving 
ancient woodlands in England. You can explore the grounds and local woodlands between sessions, soaking up the healing power of nature. As well as the Forest you will be just a few miles from the Wye Valley Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Why not stay for a whole week and explore the area?

If you'd like some more inspiration for exploring the are have a look at this website
HERE:
https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/


 

FRIDAY EVENING From 7pm - Welcome drinks and Kanikapila
In the Edwin Tauber Suite with views of the ancient woodland. Get to know your fellow students and tutors. Join Matt and your tutors for an inclusive and fun live jam.

SATURDAY
MORNING From 9:30am - Small group sessions with all the tutors

Very small groups so you get to soak up the learning & ask questions of our experts. Coffee and pastries. Four different classrooms throughout the site.
LUNCHTIME - Buffet for all
Refresh and fill yourself up. If it's sunny perhaps take a stroll around the garden and lake?
Ukulele Meditation - 
Let go of any tension and immerse yourself in a relaxing ukulele mediation session in the gardens. Learn to fall in love with the sound of your ukulele. Another optional class will be available here too.
AFTERNOON - Small group sessions with all the tutors
EVENING 2 COURSE HOT BUFFET
Freshly made with local produce.
EVENING - Tutor Concert
Sit back in the impressive  and historic Verder's Court for an evening of entertainment and inspiration courtesy of your talented tutors. A bar will be available so you can relax with a drink or two, alcoholic or otherwise,
FINISH AROUND 10PM

SUNDAY
MORNING
 From 10am - Repertoire sessions with tutors
On Sundays we do things differently! Each tutor will take one of the small groups through a piece of fun repertoire. There will be something for everyone, whether strumming simple chords or showing off with a super solo. You will learn new skills and have a really cool piece of music to take away. As a group you'll perform together in Sunday evening's Student Concert.
LUNCHTIME - Buffet for all
UKULELE WALK - We'll take a guided walk around the arboretum and the beautiful local nature reserve, where if we're lucky we'll get to see a host of wildlife including birds of prey, deer, wildfowl, songbirds, wild boar, and butterflies. Those wanting to stay on site will have the option of an extra lesson or just some chill time.
AFTERNOON - Repertoire sessions with tutors
EVENING 2 COURSE HOT BUFFET
Freshly made with local produce.
EVENING - STUDENT CONCERT
Now your turn to show off and perform in the historic Verderers Court. You'll perform the repertoire you learned earlier, in a small group and joined by your tutor. By now we're all friends (if we weren't already!) and we all support each other. There's no pressure - any shrinking violets can hide at the back!
FINISH AROUND 10PM

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Other places to stay

If you missed out on a room on site, would like some other local options or want to camp in the area, here are a list of some places to explore.

CAMPSITES - For a list of local campsites click HERE

B&B - For a list of local Bed and Breakfasts click HERE

HOTELS - For a list of local hotels click HERE

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LOCATION

The Speech House Hotel

Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 7EL