August 2021

Circus Fun Weekend – an extravaganza for all ages!

Date:
Fri 6 – Mon 9 August
Price:
Adult £175 • Child (5 – 21yrs) £150 (£100 second or third child in same family)
with…
Jacob-Hi Ho, Juggler Jim, Darine, and other Farm Yard Circus friends

Have you ever dreamed of running away to join a circus?
Well, now you can, because the circus is coming to Lower Shaw Farm, and you can be part of it!

No lions, no prancing ponies, and no performing seals. Simply nice people, good company, great tuition, wonderful workshops, and three days of pure circus fun!

There will be workshops, for complete beginners as well as for experienced circus enthusiasts, in juggling (balls, clubs, passing, and more …); staff spinning, plate spinning, devil-sticks, hula hoop, and more …; aerial hoop and silks; rope walking and slack-lining; acro-balance and human pyramids; uni-cycling; and performance skills.

There will also be a fire show, a mass fire club-swinging routine, and the lighting of a fire sculpture created on the weekend, by you!

After dark, we’ll have a cabaret, UV-light performance in fluorescent room, and a Cowshed party to write home about.

And on the last day, we’ll finish off, in the fully-matted play area, with a games session, using your new skills!

Families welcome, couples and singles welcome, and beginners welcome. Everybody is welcome, because anyone can learn how to juggle, how to really play, and how to develop and improve their circus skills. We'll show you how!

Jacob Hi-Ho, a multi-talented circus artist and former UK Slackline champion; and Juggler Jim, an experienced performer and workshop leader; and Darine Flannagan, an acrobat and play leader, will all help you learn new skills and explore your potential as an individual and as part of a group in a relaxed, friendly, and well-equipped setting.

And for anyone who just wants to watch, the workshop space also has comfy sofas!

This fully residential weekend, with great food, fun, and friendship, begins on Friday evening and finishes after a late lunch on Bank Holiday Monday.

Book Circus Fun Weekend

The Lower Shaw Farm Family Activity Holiday

Date:
Sun 15 – Sun 22 August
Price:
Adult £360 • Child £225
with…
Lower Shaw Farm residents and friends

This is a week for people of all ages. We will do things, make things, and have a lot of fun.

Mornings are likely to be spent art and crafting it in the big shed, while the afternoons will be filled with games, outings, and walking trips.

Evenings will find us round the campfire, telling tales or reading a good book, together, singing songs, and watching stars. And those are only the official bits! The rest is determined by who comes, who connects, and who makes things happen. In the past this has included juggling, philosophy, board games galore, origami, creative writing, pizza making, a cabaret, campfire cooking, walks, yoga, sauna, riding on the vintage red tractor, and lots more!

This is a perennially popular high-summer week of high action and laid back inaction. Children experience both freedom and structure, while adults can enjoy the companionship of other adults, as well as having fun and learning new skills alongside their children.

The week begins after 4pm on Sunday 15th, and ends mid-morning on Sunday 22rd August.

Book August Family Activity Holiday

Yoga and Massage Bank Holiday Long Weekend

Date:
Fri 27 – Mon 30 August
Price:
£195 veranda room, £225 room in main house
with…
Mary Mcinerney and Mary Maguire

A chance to unwind and be rejuvenated!

Yoga will be taught in the Iyengar style in a way that is suited to beginners and more experienced practitioners. The classes will focus on postures to improve flexibility, strength, and balance.

The weekend will also include sessions on giving and receiving a relaxing and toning massage, covering different areas of the body.

On Saturday there will be an early morning Pranayama (breath control) class, then following breakfast, a two hour asana (postures) class, and a massage class. After lunch the options are to relax at the farm, use the super rustic sauna, or go on a led walk in the local area. In the late afternoon there is a restorative asana session, and a massage class.

In the evening there will be either a guided meditation, or foot baths, or time for a sauna, or to relax around the wood burning stove, or campfire.

On Sunday morning, the programme will be the same as Saturday’s, with a late lunch, then on Monday there will be early morning Pranayama, and a last Asana Yoga session.

Departures during Monday afternoon, from about 3pm.

Group size: up to about 12.

Book Yoga and Massage Bank Holiday Long Weekend

2021 Yoga Weekends: Yoga and Massage 9–11 April, Yoga and Walking 18–20 June, Yoga and Massage 23–25 July, Yoga and Massage Bank Holiday Long Weekend 27–30 August, Yoga Weekend 17–19 September.

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