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Holiday Activities

skills, inspiration, passion

Writing Retreats

Writing courses are available at both holiday centres in Greece - Atsitsa Bay and The Skyros Centre, as well as writing course weekends in the UK.

Skyros writing retreats offer writers, thinkers and dabblers the opportunity to learn from distinguished writers, share the joys and struggles of the creative process, discover their strengths and polish their skills.

In an idyllic holiday environment, far away from the demands and routines dictated by a busy life, writing holiday course participants can navigate beyond old boundaries and emerge with pieces of writing of which to feel proud. 

Former Writers’ Lab participants such as Susan Elderkin, Crysse Morrison, Shani Solomons, Emma Darwin or Grace Wynne-Jones have gone on to publish books or to stage plays they started, developed or completed in Skyros. 

Writing courses are open to novices with a secret passion for writing as much as to writers who already have a book under their belt. The tutors enjoy helping people at any stage of development – so do come with work in progress or just an empty page. 

The Skyros Writers’ Lab has built up an excellent reputation over the years. Steven Berkoff, Rachel Billington, Margaret Drabble, Hanif Kureishi, D M Thomas, Sue Townsend, Marina Warner, Hugo Williams and many others, including Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Hilary Mantel, James Kelman, Barry Unsworth, Bernice Rubens and Alison Lurie, have graced the centre with their presence over the years and given hundreds of people the benefit of their experience.

Intellectual rigour, spiritual encounters and good old-fashioned rioting in the evening’. The Times

Thu 30 Dec - Sun 2 Jan 2022 (3 nights)

At a glance

This is a four-day New Year celebration with courses, coastline walks, games, fabulous food and the company of inspirational leaders and soon-to-be new friends. Socially distancing and other measures will be in place according to the latest government guidelines.

About

Skyros attracts mostly solo travellers from all over the world. Although all ages are represented, approximately 70% are between 35 and 65. The Grange is a stunning Georgian country house, surrounded by greenery and close to Shanklin's sandy beach, cosy pubs and restaurants and the local train station.

Accommodation

Share a room with a friend of family member. Or choose single occupancy of a room. The supplement for single occupancy is £105 for three nights.

Inspiring Courses

9 hours of course time split between two inspiring facilitators plus evening events and afternoon walks.

Food & Drink

All meals are included and are tailored to dietary requirements.

Guide Itinerary

30th December
16.00: Arrivals
18.30: Welcome
19.30: Dinner

New Year's Eve
07.30: Breakfast
09.30: Demos (news of the day)
10.00: Oekos (home groups)
10.45: Masterclass
14.00: Lunch
17.00: Afternoon courses
19.30: Dinner & Celebrations

New Year's Day
07.30: Breakfast
09.30: Demos (news of the day)
10.00: Oekos (home groups)
10.45: Masterclass
13.00: New Year's Day Lunch
17.00: Afternoon courses
19.30: Dinner & Nightlife

2nd January
07.30: Breakfast
09.30: Demos (news of the day)
10.45: Masterclass
13.00: Lunch followed by Departures

Average Temperature

As with much of the UK, weather is changeable. Although the Isle of Wight does boast a micro-climate and it is one of the sunniest places to visit, it's likely to be cold.

Location

Summary

Cost
£475.00
Location
The Grange

What's included?

New Year at The Grange is all about abundance. The price includes:

  • All meals, tailored to dietary requirements
  • All courses, activities and events
  • Three nights twin shared accommodation at The Grange

What's On

Travel

The easiest way to reach The Grange is usually by train. Buy a return rail ticket to Shanklin via Portsmouth Harbour and your ticket will include crossing the Solent in 15 minutes by FastCat. An island train meets the FastCat at Ryde Pier Head and takes you on to Shanklin in 25 minutes. Outside Shanklin station, take a cab for the 3-minute journey to Eastcliff Road or walk to The Grange in around 15 minutes.

If you decide to drive then book your crossing online with Wightlink or Red Funnel Ferries. Call 01983 867644 or email us at stay@thegrangebythesea.com for ferry discount codes.

There are several ways to get in touch, and we'd love to hear from you…

Telephone: +44 (0)1983 865566

Email: holidays@skyros.com

Or Chat to us online using the link in the corner or your screen

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