Weavers Guesthouse

A weekend Bronte art retreat with professional artist
Frances Ackland-Snow

4th to 6th September 2020

An expressive and creative experience, encouraging self-healing

Inspired by the Wuthering Heights, Frances invites artists of all ages and abilities to join her at Weavers for a weekend of expressive art. Create works in response to the moors all around us; the landscape that inspired 3 sisters to write some of the most famous books in history. Frances is a published and professional artist and teacher of art and will guide you through the weekend, whatever your level.

Read more about Frances and her work here

What is included?

Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Weavers.
Rooms types and prices vary (see below)
Check-in from 3.30pm on Friday 4th September, check-out by 2pm on Sunday 6th September

Frances will be holding two workshops; En Plein Air on Saturday morning and drypoint etching on Sunday morning

Food and drink
Friday evening - enjoy a welcome drink at the guesthouse
Saturday morning - breakfast at the guesthouse
Saturday lunchtime - lunch at the guesthouse or a picnic on the moors
Saturday afternoon - tea and cake
Sunday morning - breakfast at the guesthouse
Sunday lunchtime - lunch before departure
Refreshments provided throughout the workshops

Anything else I should know?

What do I need to bring?
Yourself! And a friend or partner, if you wish
A weekend bag of whatever clothes you need to feel comfortable and at home

Below is a list specifically for en plein air painting...

phone or and an iPad would be advisable, so if the weather is bad you can take photos and work from these during the weekend.
you also might already have a photo of a landscape/seascape etc in mind that you would like to try painting during your time, please feel free to print it out and bring it along.
small folding table
folding stool
paints of your choice
2-3 rags
rollup brush holder
pencils,eraser and sketchbook
folding easel
clamps for paper so it doesn't blow away in the wind!
warm clothes
wellies, walking boots/suitable shoes
insect repellant
watercolour paper
a bag for rubbish

On Sunday Frances will be running a drypoint etching workshop, all you will require are a selection of A5 photos, images, drawings that you might like to work from.

Some artists have specific media and materials that they like to use, such as acrylics, brushes, a particular size canvas etc so please bring your own if you would prefer. However, Frances will be supplying basic materials like canvases, watercolour paper, pencils, charcoal, etching equipment, limited acrylic colours and basic watercolour sets.

Will I get free time to explore Haworth?
Yes! Both art workshops will take place in the mornings, leaving Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon (you can leave bags with us after check-out if you want to go off) to explore Haworth, spend more time on the moors or perhaps visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

What is not included?
Travel to and from the retreat
Parking (we suggest our guests use one of the public pay and display car parks in Haworth)
Dinner on Friday or Saturday evening, so you can explore Haworth and its great pubs and restaurants

Read on for details about prices, room availability, how to get in touch to chat to us or make a booking and the retreat T&Cs.


We have different room types you can choose from, on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are per room, for the whole weekend and are all-inclusive of workshops, plus the food and materials as stated above. If you'd like to bring a partner or friend with you, who is not looking to join the workshops (perhaps to go off and do their own thing, on a little retreat of their own), they are most welcome. They will also be welcome at all meals provided by us over the weekend.

King room - one workshop attendee £470
King room - two workshop attendees £740
Twin room - one workshop attendee £470
Twin room - two workshop attendees £740
Single room - (small double bed) - £400

Places on the retreat can be purchased as a gift and a Weavers gift voucher issued for the purchaser to give to the recipient

Enquiries, Booking & T&Cs

As this is a special weekend, we ask that you please give us a call on 01535 643209 or email hello@weaversguesthouse.co.uk to make an enquiry, ask any questions you might have or to book you place. Bookings for the retreat cannot be made via our usual booking facility on our website. Please note, booking and cancellation terms for the retreat are different to our usual Weavers terms and conditions.

Bookings for the retreat close on 31st July 2020. 50% of the amount of your stay is payable upon booking, with the remaining 50% due on or before 31st July 2020. Due to the fact that the guesthouse will be set aside for exclusive use for retreat attendees on this weekend, plus the amount of preparatory work that both Frances and ourselves have done to make the retreat happen, we hope that you will understand that bookings are non-refundable, which is different to our usual cancellation policy. If you need to cancel and we can re-fill your place, then of course, we would refund you the full amount. We advise our guests to take out travel insurance to cover such eventualities. In the very unlikely event that we should need to cancel for any reason, then you would receive a full refund, regardless of when the cancellation occurred.

We're not usually huge fans of lots of rules (apart from ones that keep us safe!) but we hope you can appreciate that we're a small business and, well, needs must sometimes.

We can happily cater for most dietary requirements, as long as we know in advance. Please let us know upon booking of any dietary, accessibility or other requirements that we should know about in order to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Call us to talk over any questions you might have, anytime. We're very happy to help.

Weekend Bronte Parsonage Museum and Calligraphy Retreat
13th to 15th March

Join calligrapher Phylecia Sutherland and the Brontë Parsonage Museum for a perfectly planned weekend escape at our guesthouse. As part of your weekend itinerary, you’ll join Phylecia for a beginners calligraphy and lettering workshop, tread the moors like a true Brontë with an optional moorland walk, and the piece-de-resistance: an utterly unique opportunity to view handwritten Brontë manuscripts and treasures up close in the museum's research library.
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