Costa del Folk Festival

Duration: 21st January to 4th February 2021
Location: Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol
Price: From £794

 

The spectacular 4* Hotel Amaragua, Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol will host the 2021 WINTER FOLK AND CONTRA DANCING Holiday from the 21st January – 4th February 2021.

From the moment you arrive you will become immersed in a truly joyful and happy atmosphere, with lots of music, lots of dance and bags of opportunities to mingle and mix with really nice people. You will, without doubt, be made to feel welcome from the outset and even if you can’t dance, there will be bags of opportunities to learn at the workshops! These are conducted under the stewardship of Ivan Aitken, Frances Oates  and Maggie Hosking all of whom make the learning process so much fun! The music of course is presented by a group of thoroughly professional musicians and it is a absolute joy to just sit and listen to them even if you never put a foot on the dance floor! Their reels, jigs and hornpipes etc. are delivered in a foot tapping, handclapping style that is difficult to resist!

We are delighted to include one week of Contra Dancing (commencing the 28th) alongside the English Folk Dancing into this Winter Folk And Contra Dancing festival on the Costa del Sol. This form of dancing can be found all round the world but mostly in the United States and in the UK. It will sit very comfortably with our Winter Folk and Contra Dancing friends. Although it has a rather mixed pedigree, coming from English, Scottish, Irish, and French dance styles it has one great advantage – You can attend without a partner! As the lines of dancers are formed and throughout the dance you can progress up and down the lines and dance with several other people and what’s more you will have excellent callers including Cis Hinkle, on hand to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes like dancing with two people at the same time! Sounds fun though! Eh!

Join Musicians; Bill Keys, Meg Winters, Frances Oates, David Bradley, Mike Green, Rosie & Brian McMinn, The English Contra Band, David Bradley, Frances Oates, Brooke Friendly and callers; Frances Oates, Geoff Cubitt, Maggie Hosking & Ivan Aitken  for a fortnight of live music and English country dancing from 1651 to the present day, along with daily workshops and activities in this amazing location.

Book online or feel free to call 01254 445050 if you have any questions 

*Flight from Gatwick and Stansted (£25 supplement may apply from other regional airports) 

*20 kg bag allowance included

*Meet & Greet at Faro Airport

*Transfer by coach/car to and from Hotel

*7, 10 or 14 nights accommodation (subject to flight availability on specific dates)

*Dinner, bed and breakfast commencing with dinner on the evening of the day of arrival and concluding with breakfast on the day of departure

*Wine, beer or soft drink served with dinner each evening

*Great entertainment every day and evening

*Music tutorials and workshops every day

*Artist and callers as show with more to be added

*Full time services of the Enjoy Travel team

*Fully protected for your peace of mind (ATOL 6227)

*If ATOL does not apply then IPP (Intl. Passenger Protection) is provided instead

*All taxes and service charges included

*NO HIDDEN EXTRAS – THE PRICE YOU SEE IS THE PRICE YOU PAY!

*EASY PAYMENT TERMS ALSO AVAILABLE


Pre & Post extensions available please ask for details.

                               

 

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
Book before the 31st March 2020 and save £25 per person

 

WINTER FOLK DANCING 2021
    
    
ROOM TYPE STERLING
 7 NIGHTS10 NIGHTS14 NIGHTS
Twin/Double£794£970£1,188
Junior Suite£892£1,110£1,384
Executive Suite£969£1,220£1,538
Single Room£969£1,220£1,538
* FLIGHTS INCLUDED FROM UK   
    
ROOM TYPE US DOLLAR
 7 NIGHTS10 NIGHTS14 NIGHTS
Twin/Double$765$991$1272
Junior Suite$891$1172$1525
Executive Suite$990$1313$1724
Single Room$990$1313$1724
* FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED FROM USA   
    

 

Deposit amount is £200 per person

IVAN AITKEN – FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

From Reading in Berkshire, Ivan is our Festival Director and an expert caller with many years of experience.  He is in demand all year round by many local clubs, dance weekends, and folk festivals including Broadstairs, \Bromyard, Chippenham, Eastbourne, Sidmouth, Southam and Whitby.  He is noted for his wide and interesting repertoire of dances which includes Contras, Squares, Playford, Scottish and modern English Dances.  He is noted for always delivering with care, humour and attention to detail.

LINDA GAME & GARETH KIDDIER – ENGLISH CONTRA BAND

This is a two-piece band playing a wide and varied programme for Contra Dancing.  Linda is an absolutely superb musician and plays a driving fiddle style accompanied by a solid piano rhythm expertly provided by Gareth.  Although they are from different music traditions, English Traditional and Rock, they compliment each other beautifully and have adapted extremely well to the American high energy style of Contra dance music.  As a dancer once said “How can two people make such a wonderful beautiful noise?”  Don’t miss them this year!

CIS HINKLE

Last year was the first time that Enjoy Travel had the pleasure of working with Chris, but it certainly won’t be the last!

All the way from the USA, Cis has been delighting Contra and Square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, her welcoming manner and her playful enthusiasm and her masterful selection of dances!  She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England and Denmark and we are delighted that she has agreed to be with us again in Spain in 2021.

BILL KEYS

Bill started dancing aged 4 and hasn’t stopped since.  The airline had difficulty getting him to stop dancing up and down the aisle while they took off and landed!  He plays the penny whistle, and the bones (AT THE SAME TIME?) No! But I’ll bet he would have a go if someone would hold the whistle for him!  Bill is a very likeable individual with a good sense of humour and loves playing for English Country Dance and Contra.  He has almost twenty years of experience playing at UK folk festivals and dance clubs including Sidmouth, Broadstairs and Whitby.

MEG WINTERS

Meg is a mighty rhythm player and has played with several folk dance bands since the 1970’s including many great musicians like the Alterationsd who together presented new ways of making and understanding music and art.  Meg now plays with Momentum, Meg ‘n’ Mor and other combinations known as Moonlighting!  Meg devotes a lot of her time to classes on the events so be sure to pop in to one of her sessions!  You will not be disappointed!

MIKE GREEN

Mike plays mandolin and octave mandolin with numerous midlands folk dance bands and is a long time musician for the Wayfarers country dance display team, which is affiliated to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and was officially formed in 1966 by a group of enthusiastic dancers and musicians with the aim of displaying British traditional dances to a wider audience and developing and maintaining international relations by forming links with similar groups overseas.  Mike has played at dances and festivals in the UK and abroad and enjoys every style of dance music from Playford to American Contra.

MAGGIE HOSKING

Maggie is a member of the EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) and she discovered folk dancing in 1990 after moving to Warwickshire.  As a dance teacher for the Wayfarers, she enjoys display dancing and regularly performs at home and abroad.

BRIAN McMINN

Brian discovered toe joys of folk dancing in his late twenties.  Then after jamming on the piano in a folk music session, he was introduced to the piano accordion.  Since then he has played as a regular musician at several midland dance clubs. As the leader of Jovial Crew  he has played at several national festivals, dance weekends and holidays and regularly for dances.   He has played at Sidmouth Folk Festival and at Halsway Manor.

ROSIE McMINN

Rosie started folk dancing about thirty years ago.  She replaced her clarinet for a Yamaha wind synthesizer so that she could start playing in the family band PATCHWORK.  She has played with Brian for over ten years.  She now provides flute, recorder, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, etc.  She can add bass or melody lines to the band sound and has no problem with extra baggage with Ryanair!  She is a joy to listen to as well as to dance to so  if you want to hear her or indeed dance to her, get booking this trip now!

DAVID BRADLEY

FRANCES OATES

BROOKE FRIENDLY

GEOFF CUBITT

The entertainment featured above is correct at the time of publishing. In the unlikely event that an artist is unable to appear for whatever reason, Enjoy Travel cannot be held responsible. However, Enjoy Travel is happy to confirm that the entire programme will still be fully performed.


 

Situated on the beachfront, Hotel MS Amaragua stands opposite the Mediterranean Sea, separated from its waves only by the beach promenade of the famous La Carihuela district where the gastronomy culture of “pescaito frito” (fried fish) reaches its peak. La Carihuela is a charming area in Torremolinos in the Province of Malaga. This is an internationally recognised area that is hugely popular among tourists. It is an old fishing neighbourhood located along La Carihuela Beach and the town’s beach promenade. Benalmadena’s famous marina, Puerto Marina, is just a few minutes’ walk away from the establishment.

At this superior 4-star hotel, the functional distribution of spaces – with the sea as the protagonist – and strong, individual decoration have combined to create a stylish, classic and practical Mediterranean hotel.

Enjoy side sea view or mountain view rooms, balconies, air-con, TV, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, free wi-fi and double or twin beds in each standard room all decorated with traditional Mediterranean warm terracotta or burnt orange colours at this superior hotel. We also have room upgrades available, indulge in the Amaragua’s luxurious Junior Suite which offers frontal sea views, spacious rooms with a jacuzzi and independent shower. The other facilities are restaurant, indoor swimming pool, snack bar, lobby bar, several function rooms, large outdoor pool, sun terrace, direct access to the beach from the hotel, spa and fitness centre, 24 hour reception, luggage storage room and laundry service.

A very exciting and fulfilling programme of excursions has been prepared to add extra enjoyment to your holiday.  Here is a basic description with a more detailed version available on our website, www.enjoytravel.co.uk  All pick-ups are from the hotel. 

The prices shown are a good guide in Euros but may be subject to some minor changes:

Excursion to Nerja & Frigiliana €45

Visit to incredible white village, narrow streets, beautiful flowers and its Moorish centre. Then Nerja to the famous Caves.  Been there for 75 million years and only discovered in 1959.    
          
Mondays only     

Caminito del Rey plus Winery and Tapas €45

This is a must for the walkers.  Approx. 7 kms long walking an elevated pathway between the walls of the gorge. The scenery is spectacular and after the walk return to a local winery for a sample with tapas!  Can’t be bad eh?

Must bring comfortable shoes and clothes.  No toilet facilities on the walk (approx. 3 hrs.) 

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH VERTIGO!  
  
Wednesdays only   

Gibraltar €20

Panoramic visit including Europa Point to look at the Straits of Gibraltar, plus St Michaels Caves and the Monkey Reserve.  Free time to visit city centre. 

Don’t forget your passport!           

TBA Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday    

TANGIER €90 (inc. Lunch)

Sail Tarifa or Algeciras by fast ferry, then panoramic bus tour with local Moroccan guide, then Medina.  Stroll through the SOUK & enjoy the fragrances, colours, perfumes, spices fabrics and souvenirs etc.  

Thursday

Ronda & Setenil   €42

Enjoy magnificent mountain scenery and the houses built under the rock face, then the bridge over the gorge, (120 mtrs), followed by the wine museum with time for a stroll and optional lunch.                  

Tuesday & Saturday  

Cordoba €58     

Visit the Mosque-Cathedral, symbol of the city and a world heritage monument.  Then the Jewish quarter with a visit to the Synagogue.  A rich monumental historical quarter preserving the Roman, Arab and Christian periods.                                                   

Thursday   

Granada  €72 incl. Entrance                          

Alhambra Palace a world-renowned Heritage site.  A unique testimonial to the Islamic culture on the Iberian Peninsula.  Also Charles V Palace  

Tuesday & Friday         



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Winter Folk Dancing

ENGLISH CONTRA BAND

Winter Folk Dancing

MEG WINTERS

Winter Folk Dancing

BRIAN MCMINN

Winter Folk Dancing

CIS HINKLE

Winter Folk Dancing

MIKE GREEN

Winter Folk Dancing

ROSIE MCMINN

Winter Folk Dancing

BILL KEYS

Winter Folk Dancing

MAGGIE HOSKING

Winter Folk Dancing

IVAN AITKEN

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