Tag: Residential

2023 Block 6 – Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 2nd December, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre
as part of our NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023
Cost £50 including lunch, tea and coffee provided by the venue.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique and learning tunes.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Melissa and Stewart.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

Details of all the options for the NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. Bookings open now in the Shop.


NEFS Winter Residential Weekend 2023

NEFS Residential Weekend
Fri 1st Dec, 5pm – Sun 3rd Dec, 11.30 am
Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre

After enjoying the December residential weekend last year, and with all the lovely feedback received, we have decided to repeat the event. We are delighted to be returning to Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre near Riding Mill in Northumberland and look forward to their wonderful hospitality.

This weekend will include our usual Saturday Workshop for Block 6, which will be on Saturday 2nd December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. There will be three tune workshops and a session during the day, which will give us a chance to learn new tunes, work on the relevant techniques, and play some of our NEFS tunes together.

In addition, we will begin the weekend on Friday evening with dinner and an informal session, and there will be an option to book Bed & Breakfast, so you can stay over, ready for the workshop on Saturday. After the workshop on Saturday, they is the option to stay for dinner, and to join us for the evening which will include a session. The bar will be open to purchase drinks and there is again an option of bed and breakfast, so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

There will be more tunes and technique on the Sunday morning, and this year we will be finishing with coffee before we head home at 11.30 am.

Full information can be found on the NEFS Winter Residential 2023 page. Bookings are now open via the website shop. Various packages are available for both day guests and residential. Places are limited, so don’t delay!


2022 Block 6 – Saturday

Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 3rd December, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre
Cost is £42 for the full day.
Tea/coffee included. Lunch available from the venue for an additional £5.

This day workshop will form part of our NEFS Residential Weekend.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Melissa and Stewart.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3.
  • The day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.

In addition to the Saturday workshop, we will begin the weekend on Friday evening with dinner and an informal session, and there will be an option to book Bed & Breakfast, so you can stay over, ready for the workshop on Saturday.

After the workshop on Saturday, they is the option to stay for dinner, and to join us for the evening. We are planning a short informal concert to inspire and entertain you, and this will be followed by a session. The bar will be open to purchase drinks and there is again an option of bed and breakfast, so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

On Sunday morning, some short 1-1 sessions with Stewart will be available for those who are interested, and we will recap Saturday’s tunes, or learn a new one, depending on what people would like to do. We will finish the weekend with lunch provided by Shepherds Dene before we head home.

Some or all of these options can be booked as packages, with residential and non-residential options available. For full details, see the NEFS Residential Weekend web page.

Block 6 Online Option will be available separately soon.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. To book your place, please place your order in the Shop.


NEFS Residential Weekend 2022

NEFS Residential Weekend
Fri 2nd – Sun 4th December 2022
Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre

For full details, see the NEFS Residential Weekend web page.

We will be holding our first in-person NEFS Residential Weekend at the beautiful Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre near Riding Mill on Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December 2022.

This weekend will include our usual Saturday Workshop for the block, which will be on Saturday 3rd December 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. There will be three tune workshops and a session during the day, which will give us a chance to learn new tunes, work on the relevant techniques, and play some of our NEFS tunes together. Tea and coffee is provided, and there is the option to add lunch provided by the venue. Otherwise you are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or to drive down into Riding Mill for something to eat. The lunch break will be 1 hour long.

In addition, we will begin the weekend on Friday evening with dinner and an informal session, and there will be an option to book Bed & Breakfast, so you can stay over, ready for the workshop on Saturday.

After the workshop on Saturday, they is the option to stay for dinner, and to join us for the evening. We are planning a short informal concert to inspire and entertain you, and this will be followed by a session. The bar will be open to purchase drinks and there is again an option of bed and breakfast, so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

On Sunday morning, some short 1-1 sessions with Stewart will be available for those who are interested, and we will recap Saturday’s tunes, or learn a new one, depending on what people would like to do. We will finish the weekend with lunch provided by Shepherds Dene before we head home.

We have come up with some packages to allow you to book the events you wish to attend. These include the following options:

  • Saturday Workshop (tea & coffee included, bring a packed lunch, or…)
  • add Lunch provided by the venue during the Saturday workshop
  • Evening meal and a session (Friday evening, and/or Saturday evening including the concert)
  • Bed & Breakfast on Friday and/or Saturday night
  • Sunday workshop and lunch

Some or all of these options can be booked as packages, with residential and non-residential options available. For full details, see the NEFS Residential Weekend web page.

Block 6 Online Option will be available separately soon.

Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. To book your place, please place your order in the Shop.