The Swaledale Squeeze

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The 12th Swaledale Squeeze will take place from 15 – 17 May 2009

at Grinton Lodge Youth Hostel, Grinton, Swaledale, N. Yorks., UK.

Why not banish memories of grey skies, wind and rain and look forward to a convivial weekend of concertina playing, meeting friends, music, concert, ceilidh, sessions, Black Sheep bitter, walks, the comfort of Grinton Lodge and fantastic scenery – what more could one want!! As usual, everything will be centred on Grinton Lodge (a former shooting lodge) which is now a Youth Hostel, based just outside Reeth, in the picturesque setting of Swaledale. The venue is excellent for our purposes and we are made to feel very welcome. All accommodation is in bunk rooms (bedding provided) and meals are included for those in bunks (with or without the Friday evening meal which will be served at 7.30pm).

Campervans and tents are also welcome but, because the dining room is relatively small, campers are asked to use the self-catering kitchen. There are also many B&Bs in the area if you would like more comfort/privacy – please let me know if you’d like a list. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to the ceilidh but not to consume at Grinton Lodge.

Friday consists of a walk in the afternoon (for those who can make it), a meal at 7.30 pm and informal sessions in the evening – a chance to unwind after your journey, play a few tunes and meet friends old and new. There will be workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a mini-concert on Saturday, a ceilidh on the Saturday evening, featuring ‘spots’; from participants, and a farewell concert on Sunday afternoon, including tutors’ spots. The ceilidh and concert will be held at Reeth Memorial Hall. Families and friends are welcome too – they may enjoy the area’s many craft shops, tearooms and outstanding walks.

The line up of tutors is as good as ever – see the flyer and application form PDF) for details.

Youth Hostel prices have risen again and I have had to reflect this in the fees. As I am busier than ever this year, I would very much appreciate receiving booking forms, deposits, balances, any odd requests etc in good time. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries – I look forward to seeing you there!

Jane Edwards
“Turning Tide”, 1 Coast,
Ross-shire, IV22 2LR

Tel: +44 (0) 1445-781225

Click here for flyer and application form with email address (PDF)