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.