• enjoy
    ...our year round programme of courses, events and activities for all.
  • explore
    ...new activities and interests.
  • learn
    ...from leading practitioners, performers and artists and our folk library and archive.

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, provides a permanent home for the enjoyment, study and development of folk music, dance and culture in England and draws on traditions from across Europe and beyond. Unique in the UK it hosts over 340 days of residential and outreach activity every year covering all facets of the folk arts from instrumental music, song and dance to traditional storytelling, crafts and instrument making. Halsway Manor is committed to excellence and opportunity for all with a broad programme that covers amateur exploration, professional development, the creation of new work and stewardship of our heritage. We are based in West Somerset - easily accessible by road or public transport - situated with in the beautiful Quantock Hills, the UK's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

HALSWAY HOTHOUSE FESTIVAL IS COMING! Click here to be redirected to the Halsway Hothouse website.

SIMON MAYOR & HILARY JAMES MANDOLIN & VOICE WEEKEND: New date! We're delighted that Simon and Hilary will be joining us in March for the re-scheduled workshop weekend and concert. The two courses run Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March 2016, with a concert on Saturday 26 March (open to everyone) at 8pm. Bookings are open now. Follow these links for further information for the Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend, the Hilary James Singing Weekend and for their concert!. 

200 CLUB LATEST: £1150 donated to Halsway Manor in 2015. Click here for latest draw results, and to see you you can join!

MEWS RENOVATION: We are in the midst of extensive repair and renovation to the courtyard area at the rear of the mews to create a new workshop space for crafts and instrument making. Click here for more details.

FAUSTUS ANNOUNCED AS 2016 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE. Click here for details of this exciting partnership, supported by Arts Council England.

TELLING TALES: With 50 interviews now planned or completed, the Halsway story is really taking shape.
Join us to share your memories of Halsway! Click
here for more detailsHalsway Manor Society celebrates 50 years in 2015 – and is embarking on a major oral history project to uncover their unique story as part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations! The project -TELLING TALES - is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



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What's on

What's on
Jon Swayne Bagpipe Workshop Weekend 2016
12th - 14th Feb 2016
A weekend for players of Jon Swayne border bagpipes and other compatible bagpipes, for pipers with ability to read music of pick up tunes fairly easily by ear.
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The 5th Big Hurdy-Gurdy Workshop Weekend 2016
12th - 14th Feb 2016
An intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions, concert/dance. With Germán Díaz, Cliff Stapleton, Claire Dugue & Mike Smith.
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Concert: Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipes 2016
13th Feb 2016
German Diaz, Cliff Stapleton, Paul James, Jon Swayne plus guests
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Singing Weekend : Madding Crowd 2016 (P)
19th - 21st Feb 2016
The Madding Crowd research and perform the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.
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Kyndred Spirits 2016 (P)
25th - 28th Feb 2016
A long weekend of English country dance and music.(Formerly Andrew Shaw's 'Further Improvement of Dancing Weekend'.)
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