Guitarfest course details


Come and enjoy spending an exciting weekend in an area of outstanding natural beauty, meeting and playing with other guitarists, classes with top professional players and teachers, concerts and playing opportunities all in a friendly, fun, relaxed environment.

This is suitable to attend as a single person or with a partner or friends. It is open to all ages from 18 years upwards. There will be plenty of socialising including enjoying sea view evening meals together. In the breaks there will be people to relax with or a chance to have time to yourself. The ensemble music will be arranged to suit all levels and music will be sent out in advance. If you wish to play in the master class, please email Alison asap (all course members will observe, enjoy and learn from the master class but places will be limited to play).

The classes and concerts will take place in the pretty historic twin fishing villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, an artist's paradise. One of the concert venues is by the rocks on the water's edge and the master class venue overhangs the sea and has a balcony for the coffee break! All the venues are in easy walking distance from each other. The sea and beaches ,with excellent bathing water, are easily accessible as are cafes, pubs, shops & galleries.

The course begins on Friday 11th September at 2.30pm with a delicious arrival cream tea. The first class will start at 4pm. The last class will finish at 5pm Sunday 13th September (to allow people time to travel home) and will include an informal play through of ensemble music covered on the course. 

If anyone would like to extend their stay, Alison will be around on Monday and there will be lots on offer such as stunning coastal walks, surfing lessons with Adventure Bay Surf school, paddle boarding ,Kayaking, coasteering, chilling on one of the beaches, Segways in Mount Edgcumbe Park or exploring it's 835 acres, house, formal gardens, National Camellia collection, craft shops, visit St Antony House, a National Trust property used as a film set for Tim Barton's film Alice in Wonderland, a boat trip to Plymouth's historic Barbican, sea front and National Marie Aquarium, fishing, golf and much more!

Cost : £245

To book your place, a non – refundable deposit of £80 is required. The balance is due by 1st July

Please take out holiday insurance to cover any cancellation

Whats included

3 professional concerts :

Eden Stell Guitar Duo, Friday evening, Alison smith, Saturday after lunch, Craig Ogden Saturday evening.

Ensemble classes with Alison Smith

Workshop with the Eden Stell Guitar Duo

Master class with Craig Ogden

Interviews and a question & answer session with Craig Ogden, Eden Stell Guitar Duo & Alison Smith

Informal playing opportunities

Delicious arrival cream tea in the iconic historic Grade 2 listed clock tower overhanging the sea.

Friday evening pre concert dinner at The Bay Bar/Restaurant, an excellent local eatery with idyllic views overlooking Cawsand beach (drinks not included)

Saturday evening special pre concert dinner with beautiful views overlooking Whitsand Bay at a top local restaurant The View, which has appeared in ITV's Cornnwall with Caroline Quentin and retained a Michelin Bib Gourmande for 8 years (drinks not included)

All coffee/tea, cakes and biscuits in the breaks

Collection point if coming on public transport (email Alison for details)

 What's not included:

Accomodation (plenty of options, see list also ask me if you need any help)

Breakfast and lunch (plenty of friendly cafes, shops, pubs)


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