The Light-hearted Dance Weekends
Venue: The Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren, Devon. 18th - 20th October 2019.

A weekend of English Country Dance to suit all tastes (#42 last in the series), with dances from the period c1650 to the present day including New England Contras and Squares.

The weekend commences with dinner on the Friday evening and concludes with a farewell dance on the Sunday afternoon. There will be a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore the local environs.

The series is organised and led by John & Hilary Turner. It is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy their dancing and aspire to improve their skills, and knowledge of English Country Dance, but not at the expense of courtesy and cordiality.
The calling is shared between John and our 'Guest' Caller, and the music is provided by our 'Guest' Musicians . The emphasis will be firmly on enjoyment.

GUEST CALLER - Maggie Hosking
Maggie, A member of the EFDSS, “discovered” Folk Dance in 1990 after moving to Warwickshire. As dance teacher for the Wayfarers she enjoys display dancing & regularly performs at home & abroad. Having called for many dance holidays, Maggie endeavours to bring enthusiasm, humour & clarity to the dance floor in a varied programme. This will be her third Light-hearted Dance Weekend and she looks forward to renewing & making new friendships & sharing with you the ‘joy’ of the dance.

GUEST MUSICIANS - Pete and Sue Hall
Pete and Sue, an accordion and recorder duo from Fareham, have been playing for dancing for more than 40 years, and often work with John at dance clubs in Southern England (they were also dancers at John's first public dance as a caller)! Over the years they have played for a range of dance events and clubs, as well as spending a short time playing for display dancing at festivals. Pete and Sue particularly enjoy a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to modern compositions, and always try to provide a danceable sound at a pace suited to the capabilities of the dancers.’


The Langstone Cliff Hotel is a short drive from both Exeter and Torquay and is set in 19 acres of woodland overlooking the Exe estuary in Devon, with beautiful views across the river to Exmouth & beyond. It is a 3 star hotel with a spacious ballroom & large, comfortable public rooms. There are also indoor & outdoor swimming pools. All bedrooms are ensuite, and are available for Double, Twin / Shared or Single occupancy. The hotel is approx 10 mins walk from Dawlish Warren railway station.
Try their Website: The Langstone Cliff Hotel


The charges include Full Board from Dinner on Friday Evening to Lunch on Sunday including Morning Coffee / Tea both days, and a cuppa before departure on the Sunday Afternoon at approx 4.00pm.

The cost of the weekend is £237.00 per person (The standard rate). A deposit of £95.00 per person is required when booking. A discount of £5.00 per person will be deducted from the balance, for bookings made by 24th June 2019.
All rooms will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis, bearing in mind the need to create a reasonable gender balance.

There are no single supplements for the first 7 single rooms booked. For those requiring a single room, a willingness to share (same gender of course!) may gain you a place at the above rate, but please note that if your room-mate is forced to cancel you may incur the ‘extra’ single room charge if we are unable to find a suitable replacement. Please annotate your booking form appropriately.

Extra single rooms may be available but a supplement of £13.00 per person per night is payable, we will contact you before committing you to this extra payment.


To book for this event please download a copy of our Booking Form, complete as appropriate and forward together with your cheque for the correct amount (£95.00 per person) to the address on the form. Please make your cheques payable to 'HM Turner'.

Rooms will be allocated on a 'first come-first served' basis, whilst maintaining a reasonable gender balance. A cheque for the full deposit is necessary to reserve your booking. No reservations will be accepted by phone or email.

If you have any special dietary requirements or prefer decaffeinated coffee please include the information on the booking form so that the staff at the hotel can be notified.

If the event is already fully booked, we will add you to our waiting list unless you tell us otherwise & return your cheque. You will be contacted by phone if an appropriate vacancy occurs, You are under no obligation to accept any vacancy offered.

NB. Special arrangements apply to non-UK residents, please apply without deposit in the first instance.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

NB. The balance of payment is due on 27th August 2019.

Once your booking has been confirmed the deposit may be non-returnable. If you are forced to cancel, we will endeavour to re-fill the vacancy. If successful, we will return your deposit minus a small administration fee. However we reserve the right to charge the full amount if we incur cancellation charges. Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended.

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If you have joined our waiting list, we will contact you by phone if an appropriate vacancy occurs. You are under no obligation to accept the vacancy. If you do accept then we will require your deposit to secure the booking. If it is later than 27th Aug 2019 when you accept we will require the full payment.


Although this is the last 'Light-hearted Dance Weekend' #42 in the series, John & Hilary will continue to lead dance holidays for 'HF' Dancing Holidays & occasional events at Halsway Manor etc. To receive information by email only regarding these events please complete the Email List request.

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