We run a variety of events at The Women’s Holiday Centre, from short afternoons of tea and cake with local women to weekend-long workshops.


Learn to Crochet 4th-5th May

At this weekend workshop you will learn how to crochet.  We will start with the basics; then there will be plenty of time for you to build up your skills to make a granny square and further explore the possibilities of making different patterns using basic stitches

There will be some yarn available to practice with but if you want to build your granny squares into a scarf or blanket you may want to choose your colours and bring your own yarn and hook.

We will start with a size 4 hook and double knitting yarn.

The workshop will run 10 until 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.  The afternoons will be free with the option of a communal dinner on Saturday evening.

Children aged 9 and above welcome to participate with parental supervision

Jenny Weston lives on the Yorkshire Coast and has taught for over 20 years.  She loves making beautiful things to wear and display.


Sisterhood Circle

You are warmly invited to join us for our monthly meet up, a chance to:

  • relax and refresh
  • drink tea/coffee/water
  • eat biscuits
  • share experiences in a tranquil setting
  • meditate
  • make new friends

No obligation – just come and meet us, we would love to meet you!

Meeting on Monday 29th January, 26th February, 19th March.

contact Gill – 01729 860382

Stone Divination – lead by Sorrel from the Shamanism weekend

May 11th to 13th. Friday evening to Sunday lunch time.

Over the weekend the group  will go individually on a `medicine walk `  A medicine walk  is a walk in Nature, with an intention.

On this walk the intention is to find a stone  that will help with a personal issue on which you would like clarity, guidance and insight.

This stone is brought back with you. Working with a partner you will learn to read the stone and find some answers.

The following day there will time for creativity to thank and honour the stone.

You will need to bring waterproof stuff for the walk, a scarf for the stone and a notebook and pen.

Work Weeks

Veg growing in the garden

Veg growing in the garden

We will be holding a big work week from 11-16th March to upgrade the kitchen in the house. Please see our Facebook group for details, or email us.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR OTHER 2018 WORK WEEK DATES – or contact us if you have specific skills you would like to trade for a free nights stay. We hope to do substantial work to improve the coach house following the building repairs and windows replacement in March.

The work weeks are usually held mid-week, twice a year, in order to take on specific major jobs eg. Gardening, repairs, redecorating, constructing. Recent work weeks have been well attended, with a satisfying list of jobs completed. Thank you to all you lovely women who have been so fab, the house couldn’t do with out you.

As you can imagine, with a house this size, there’s a wide range of jobs that need doing, so there should be something to suit everyone! In return for a minimum of 5 hrs work each day, you can stay for free. Travel expenses may be reimbursed. Email us for more details.

This is a great opportunity to share and learn skills, as well as to help keep the house looking lovely. Booking is essential, email the house for dates.

busy hands ...

We are always looking for women with particular skills in plastering, plumbing, painting, sewing, gardening etc. and of course women to help with lifting, cooking and cleaning. There is usually a range of jobs for a range of skills – from the DIY experienced to those of us who barely know one end of a hammer from another! It is always friendly and fun, and you are welcome to learn and share with others. For your efforts you will have lots of good food, good company and a free stay (you can also come for just a day or two). Please speak to a worker or email us for more details and to book a place, or to offer to cook or fundraise for a work week.

 Please see our support or fundraising web page for other ways you can offer either in the short or long term.

Older Boys Weeks

Occasional weeks or weekends are set aside for women to be able to bring boys up to their 15th birthday (boys up to their 11th birthday are welcome all year round). Please email us for more details. Boys up to their 15th birthday can also stay as part of a closed house booking at the discretion of the workers.

Older Boys Weeks 2018 are:

Friday 06 April to Thursday 12 April (Easter)

Monday 23 July to Sunday 29 July (Summer)


Three Peaks Challenge

On the weekend of 22 & 23 June 2018, we will be offering a free stay at the house (on Friday and Saturday night) to anyone who commits to raising £100 in sponsorship for us to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. Ours will be a little different – if you don’t want to or can’t complete the peaks in 24 hours, you are welcome to take the whole weekend, or just do whichever ones would be a personal challenge for you. The most important thing is to have fun and raise some sponsorship – if you call us to discuss we can give you advice on how to do this.

Why not organise a fundraising event?

You can be sponsored to do ANYTHING, ANYWHERE! How about a sponsored silence, tiddlywinks, bridge playing, bike ride, book reading, knitting, not smoking, doing circuits of your local park, etc. Every penny goes towards the House, and means we can continue to make improvements.
email us or speak to the workers for more info + sponsor forms.

Tod Disco

A women-only disco held in Todmorden (West Yorkshire), usually on the second Saturday of each month, (not January) which organises occasional benefit nights for Horton WHC.

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