Ahoy there! Shiver Me Timbers! And lots more nautical terms that, given this is a fantastic day out on the Thames, not the ocean, are not really appropriate! 

Big Boat on the Thames gives ukulele players a wonderful day in the capital, beginning with a boat trip aboard the Dixie Queen, the largest entertainment vessel on the river. On 2 April 2016, we'll board this craft at 10am at Canary Wharf pier, taking a leisurely cruise out to the Thames Barrier, before heading back towards the centre of the city. During this time, we'll learn some skills with the amazing Ben Rouse and his on-board workshop. We'll also have a live performance from the quirky and talented, The Martini Encounter. And before we reach our destination, travelling underneath a raised Tower Bridge, we'll have a lovely light lunch to keep us going!

After learning and listening, we'll be eager for some playing when we alight at Tower Pier. A short walk past the Tower of London and over the bridge to Potters Fields Park will get us in the mood for a big strum and singalong out in the open air. With songbooks provided, we'll all sing and play (more or less!) together. 

Our party will then transfer to three vintage London buses for a tour around London, looking at the sights and playing as we go if you wish! We'll take in all the major attractions, travelling in style, before making our way back to Canary Wharf and its glistening towers. After a spell of free time to get ready for the evening, we'll meet at the Hilton Hotel for a drinks reception. Then, we'll enjoy a three course banquet, followed by live performances from hosts Feckless & Fuddle, The Martini Encounter, Dead Mans Uke and Ben Rouse!

A wonderful day out, and more than a ukulele event - a life experience that will be remembered forever. Imagine sitting on deck jamming along with your friends and singing as the boat slides past the Shard. Or sitting on the top deck of a double decker playing Queen songs as you pass by Buckingham Palace! All of this, with all your food, bands, workshop, performances and travel thrown in! Fantastic value at £125. 

We also have some great savings on accommodation, with one and two night stays at the Hilton Canary Wharf available, at around two thirds the cost of their regular cheapest rate based on two people sharing. Or, travel down on the day, choose a budget hotel nearby or stay with friends... just make sure you're all aboard the Big Boat on the Thames!

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to Feb 21

Big House in the Country

This information is about the 2016 edition, which has passed. The information on the 2017 edition is in our events shop.

The Big House is back! After the hugely successful sell-out event in early 2015, we're delighted to announce we can repeat this fantastic weekend. At a time when, lets face it, there's not much to look forward to, the winter blues can be beaten with this brilliant full-board hotel break. The Big House is hosted by the Gilsland Spa Hotel, on the Cumbria / Northumbria border, set in unspoilt countryside. The whole hotel, with a capacity for nearly 150 guests will be taken over by ukulele players and performers. This grand Victorian hotel will see ukulele performances, workshops and activities take place, all in a laid back atmosphere.

The friendly staff will look after you, and the chefs will too - with very good food on offer, from a buffet after your arrival on the Friday afternoon, through to a hot buffet on Saturday lunchtime and a gala dinner before the big Saturday night show. Oh, and of course, full breakfasts each morning too!

Confirmed artists include Ukulele Uff & the Lonesome Dave Trio, Zoë Bestel, Dead Mans Uke, Peter Moss, Feckless & Fuddle and, back from Bermuda by popular demand, the fabulous Mike Hind! This brilliant lineup will entertain during Friday and Saturday night concerts, while for the rest of the weekend, they'll be staying in the hotel with everyone else (the sense of all being in it together was one of the key successes of Big House One).

Throughout the day, there are workshops and a big sing and strum session, with an alternative guided walk for those who want to take some fresh air (sometimes known as 'ukulele widows walk')! And any time before or after the arranged entertainment, you'll be sure to find loads of other ukulele players jamming along.

There are five ticket types, all of which apart from the Saturday only ticket offer two night's full board accommodation with all entertainments included. This costs just £169 per person! There are a limited number of single rooms, but such was the demand for them last year that we've made some twin rooms available for single occupancy (unfortunately they are a little more expensive at £199).

The Saturday day only ticket gives you access after breakfast to the hotel, including all workshops, big sing and strum, hot lunch buffet, gala dinner and evening concert. (No accommodation included!)

Take a look at last years highlights from Big House in the Country.

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to Nov 8

The Uke Express

(There's now a 2018 event in Minehead- for more information - visit our events shop)

The Uke Express is back! This hugely successful event from 2014 is steaming into view again this November! Not only that, it is bigger and better than before! We take one classic steam engine, plenty of vintage rolling stock and three hundred and fifty ukulele players for a day out to remember on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. 

Based in Pickering, North Yorkshire, this fantastic steam train travels across the picturesque moorland landscape, taking about an hour and a half to reach the lively and lovely seaside town of Whitby. Here we have an extended lunch break, with three hours free time to get some fish and chips and head to the sea front afterwards for a 'Big Strum & Singalong', led by the madcap duo, Feckless & Fuddle. Then, back to Pickering, singing all the way using Uke Express songbooks that will be distributed nearer to the event.

If you want to extend the Uke Express into a weekend for even more great memories, we also have two nights of ukulele concerts from great acts for those who choose a train and gig package. We have two venues in Pickering which will fit half of our Uke Express passengers in each. So, we're running a Saturday and Sunday concert in each of the venues, so everybody sees both lineups! 

For many passengers, last year's Uke Express was one of the year's highlights. This year there is more music, more uke players, more songs and more fun than ever! 

Check out highlights of last years Uke Express in our showcase of past events.

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