DAYS & RETREATS INFO PAGE
All you need to know about travel, food, arrivals & departures... and more
ARRIVING ON THURSDAY EVENING
For those who've booked an overnight the evening before our session
If possible arrival from 6pm is ideal for me (and preferably pre 7pm)
When you get here I’ll warmly welcome you, show you around, and get you settled in. Then when you're comfortable and ready for your evening, I’ll retire to my part of the house and you’ll have the evening to yourself, including your own lounge, and use of the grounds.
In terms of food for that evening, the fridge in your lounge will be stocked with picnic-style yumminess (see food section below), which you can tuck into. If there’s anything in particular you’d like (for eating cold or microwaveable), then let me know and I’ll try and have it waiting for you in your fridge. You are welcome to bring your own food as well/instead.
If you feel like going on an adventure to eat out and you have come by car, there’s a lovely riverside pub a few minutes drive away:
We also have a small but surprisingly well-stocked village shop which you can drive to if you come by car, or which we can stop off at on the way back from the station:
YOUR FRIDGE STOCKED WITH YUMMYNESS
For Friday day-sessions, please arrive for a 10am start
Whatever day you're arriving, if you’re driving then the only sure way to arrive at the gate (and not a random spot on the M5) is to put ‘Showborough House Sculpture Garden’ into Google Maps and it will take you straight here. (See pictures below for some reassuring visual cues to guide you in).
I will leave the gate open, please just drive down the gravel drive and park in front of the house and ring/text to let me know you’re here.
(If I forget to open the gate, ignore the ‘closed’ sign on it, and just open it/close it and then proceed down the drive)
If you’re coming by train the nearest rail stations are Pershore and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury.
I’m more than happy to pick you up from the station, or if you’d rather you can book a taxi. Either way it’s about a 15-minute drive. If you're up for Todd's VIP welcome wagon, then please let me know what time your train gets in, and to what station.
LOOK OUT FOR THE WHITE RABBIT NEAR THE GATE
HOUSE NAME BY THE GATE
HEAD DOWN THE DRIVE & PARK BY THE HOUSE
Food is provided, but if you'd rather bring your own, please let me know.
For those staying overnight on Thursday:
Please choose from one of these options (or let me know of something else you’d rather):
Salmon, cream cheese and bagels
Granola and yoghurt
Cereal (of your choice) and milk (of your choice)
Croissants and (whatever you like on croissants?)
For all sessions, whether you're arriving Thursday or Friday:
On the Friday we’ll be having lunch together (if that works for you - everything is customizable!). I normally provide a picnic spread of some kind eg salad, chips and dips, coleslaw, a soup option, some meats (chicken legs, pastrami etc). See picture below, from a previous fireside Discovery Day picnic.
If you'd like to enjoy the spread on offer, please let me know of any preferences or allergies eg vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free etc. And if you're happy with the picnic style, I'm happy to pick up anything in that department that you particularly like, again, just let me know!
In terms of departure time, the day 'officially' finishes at 3:30pm, but if you'd like we can have some time afterwards to relax with a cup of tea and let it all land before you catch your return train or drive home.
We may have spoken a bit about what you’d like to get out of the day - and we'll be contracting around that on the Friday morning when you’re here - but if there’s anything you want to share ahead of arriving in terms of what kind of day you want to have/what you hope to leave with/anything else, I’m happy to hear via email where you’re at if it feels right to share.
So you can be in touch on the day if needed/desired, my mobile number is 07800 575 804.
If you’re comfortable to do so, please send me your number in advance so I know that it’s you calling or texting.
If you'd rather not exchange numbers, we can always use eg Facebook or Instagram messenger. If that's your preference, please let me know.
LOOKING FORWARD TO IT : )
Anything else you need or want to express - feel free to email me!
I'm really looking forward to our time together.