The Women’s Holiday Centre is in the small Yorkshire village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and is the only collective, non-profit-making, cooperatively ran holiday centre for women and children in the UK.
It was set up in 1980 as a charitable co-operative, by women involved in feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Since then, this volunteer-run women’s co-op has been making a difference to the lives of thousands of women and children from all over the country, by providing affordable holidays with a sliding scale for payments according to income.
We aim to keep the lowest charge for one night, including all the food you need to cook, at the daily rate of benefit entitlement. Other low-cost holiday options, such as renting a caravan or camping, can leave a woman feeling even more isolated and vulnerable than she does at home, with many more practical tasks to manage in a smaller space. In contrast, the Women’s Holiday Centre provides a uniquely supportive environment, where women often socialise together and share meals etc.
The Women’s Holiday Centre is for all women, with or without children, on their own, or with friends. Women from all walks of life are welcome and visit regularly. The house offers a safe and friendly environment, where women and children can feel at home and get to know each other. Items such as towels, toiletries, and both adult and children’s spare coats/hats/gloves/wellies etc are kept at the house so that those using public transport have less to carry.
The part B&B, part hostel style accommodation consists of a mix of private and shared bedrooms, plus two sitting rooms, a large playroom, large kitchen and garden. There is a very relaxed and informal self-catering arrangement, with vegetarian and vegan food provided. During mid-week term-times, the house can offer a quiet place that can be ideal for women recovering from various illnesses or stresses.
Disabled access is very basic at the moment, and we are currently working to raise funds for substantial alterations to improve this. Please contact us to discuss any particular requirements.
Mugs For Sale!
We now have some limited special edition, unique collectible handmade and hand designed women’s holiday centre mugs! These are for sale at the centre so you can take something away with you after your holiday to remember it by, as the illustrations on them were created at the centre, of the centre. We are asking for a suggested donation of £10 per mug, and you can collect your mug at the centre. Contact us if you really want one but can’t make it up in time before they sell out!
Is there somewhere you could put a poster or some leaflets for Horton?
For leaflets please send a stamped, addressed envelope to us.
For posters you will have to collect them from the house as they are A2. They may be big but they are originally hand drawn and now hand printed for you to take home and put up somewhere near you!
Or you can print your own one-off here any size you want. You may want to colour it in!
Print poster 1 poster 2 poster 3
With our limited budget, it’s always difficult to reach new women, so we rely on your help.
Please also help spread the word by sharing comments and photos of your visit on our facebook page, or sharing our facebook page. You could also tweet about us!