A Handefull of Pleasant Delites

An Elizabethan Revel: Dancing, Music, Masking & Other Delights to Drive the Cold Winter Away

This event is open to all ‒ both experienced dancers and those with only an emergent interest in Elizabethan dances. The programme will be led by Anne Daye and

Ann Hinchliffe from the Historical Dance Society.

Outline programme

On Friday evening, after dinner, there will be informal Elizabethan dancing – suitable for all.

Saturday morning offers Elizabethan and Italian dance workshops, for both experienced and nov- ice dancers, and there are various options for the afternoon, including rehearsals for a Masque to be performed at the Revel, music-making, and making a banquet. In the evening there will be the Revel ‒ for which we encourage you to wear period costume.

After a talk on the Tudor masque, Sunday morning workshops will be on la Volta, court dances for performance and country dances for fun. The event will finish after tea.

About the venue

Halsway Manor (Tudor, with 19th-century extensions) has a splendid entrance hall with a real fire; a bar and parlour; a well-run Folk Library; and the Long Room, where we eat and dance. Bed- rooms are all upstairs, except for one ground-floor twin room with a wheelchair-accessible shower room; a few bedrooms are en suite. Across the gardens is the Mews, with good hostel-type rooms, all en suite, and one ground-floor room accessible for wheelchair users. Please let us know of any special requirements (e.g., mobility difficulties) on the booking form.

Good-quality home-cooked food is included in the cost of the residential weekend. The staff are happy to cater for all diets ‒ please let us know about your needs on the booking form.

There is plenty of parking space, and pitches for tents, caravans and camper vans.

See www.halswaymanor.org.uk for more information.

HDS Leaflet


Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts

Halsway Lane
TA4 4BD Crowcombe, Somerset
United Kingdom


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