Yes! YES! We think we’ve created the perfect environment in which your innate creativity can emerge and be developed. We aren’t here to judge, we’re here to encourage and help. If you think you are starting at zero and we get you to one, well…that’s progress! Our aim is for you to experience real enjoyment and to be stretched as little or as much as you want. It’s not a competition!
Absolutely…but you may feel braver about getting your work out there at the end of your stay. Or you may want to stay private. That’s fine!
We can give you a list of the things you really will want to own and tell you where you can buy them. Most tutors will have stuff you can borrow or buy but check the kit list on each course first.
We'll put up reviews as we get them. We ran a pilot with artist Christine Allison Dec 6/7/8 and are sharing the feedback on Facebook. To give you confidence:
1) the venue is well-established and you can check that out and the reviews;
2) the tutors are all experienced and, in many cases, well-known;
3) the course director is modelling the experience on established course providers. Standards are high.
A lot of us won’t have shared a house with strangers since school trips or university. Not everyone will like everyone, it’s true, but the shared purpose is a terrific ice-breaker and like minds tend to be drawn to and by the same things so we reckon you’ll find kindred spirits aplenty. The house is large enough to allow you to vanish if you need some me-time. No-one is going to force anyone to socialise but, in our experience, the camaraderie is one of the best things about a residential course….and camaraderie needn’t be as boisterous as it sounds!
Typically 6-8, up to a maximum of 12 for the writing courses, 10 for art. You are going to get a lot of attention if you want it.
It’s your holiday! We’d recommend you do all the morning activities or you’ll miss out on some great tuition but if you want to go off to Lyme Regis or Bridport in the afternoon or just potter round the fields, well, that’s fine. See how it goes when you are here. You can also crash out with a book in one of the comfy (with)drawing rooms or go for a swim in the indoor pool.
No problem. We have a reduced rate for them ( contact us directly) and can make plenty of suggestions about how they could spend their time. If they change their mind and want to join in ( and there’s space), we can charge accordingly.
By all means so long as you are the first to book! We could always lay on a bespoke course at another date if not. Depending how many of you want to come, we may have to tailor the course anyway. We can talk detail when you ask us.
We can arrange for it to be delivered to your home at cost through one of the competitively-priced delivery firms.
What do I pay and what if I need to cancel?
Course fees are normally payable 100% up front. This has become standard practice for course providers because many have found that people drop out on a whim and then leave them with a course which is no longer viable. However, we have introduced 10% deposit tickets for courses which are more than 20 weeks ahead. You buy a deposit ticket and then we send you a voucher code to give you 10% off the balance, which is payable 8 weeks before the course start date.
Payments are non-refundable UNLESS WE CANCEL and cannot be transferred to another course. You can send someone in your place,however, and there's no extra charge for that unless it requires a room change. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAKE OUT INSURANCE TO COVER THE COURSE FEE IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND FOR ANY REASON!
What if Moorbath Creative cancels a course?
We'll try to avoid doing this but if we absolutely have to, we will give you as much notice as possible. We'll refund your course fee and deposit.
What if there are changes to the course? We will always make every effort to ensure that the course runs as described but we may have to make a change if a tutor is taken ill or prevented from taking the course due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. We reserve the right to substitute a tutor should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.
What do the fees cover?
The residential fee covers tuition, full board and accommodation.
The non-residential fees cover either tuition and lunch/refreshments or tuition, lunch, dinner and refreshments depending on whether you opt to leave at 5pm or stay on for the evening activities.
Tutors will specify 'kit lists' and will also explain what they will provide for your use. Some materials supplied by tutors will have a purchase cost attached.
Check in and check out times:
Usually 4.30/5pm onwards on Monday and check out by 10am Friday.
Non-residential students should arrive on Tuesday/Wed/Thurs at 9:55am
General points regarding booking: Room choice is on a first come, first served basis, so book early. If you have any dietary requirements ( allergies/intolerances/just don't like etc) please let us know at the time of booking. We may not be able to accommodate complex medical regimes and will tell you if it's beyond our scope.
Moorbath Farmhouse is an old building with quirky level changes and some low beams upstairs in the hallway. The outside paths are a mixture of cobbles, paving and gravel. It's not geared to people with mobility issues.
See the course details for materials and equipment etc. Some you bring, some you can buy. Otherwise, it’s good to be equipped for all weathers and to bring a pair of wellies or walking boots…in case! Slippers for inside the house unless you are happy to pad about in socks. Swim stuff, too. The pool and jacuzzi beckon!
Yes, but you’ll be too busy to use it…!
Is there good mobile reception?
No! You can get a signal in the garden but it's not great. In your course info email, we will give you a landline number for the house so that you can receive incoming calls.
We don’t have a licence so we can’t sell you anything or include it in our board. You are welcome to bring your own or to nip out to the shops in Bridport. Most groups go off on a pub trip one evening at least.
Loads of parking. Put DT6 6HN in your satnav.
Catch the train to Crewkerne. We suggest you catch the 14:20 from London Waterloo...travel in the correct portion of the train ( usually the front 3 coaches). This arrives at Crewkerne just before 5 and gives you plenty of time to settle in. Going home on Friday: 10:19 am gets you to London before 1. Heathrow folk can get on and off the same train at Woking, Gatwick folk: Clapham Junction.
If you could let us know if you are coming by train, we can try to coordinate the taxi so people can share the cost.