Writers’ Retreat at Lumb Bank

Tutored Retreat: Non-Fiction

Monday June 28th - Saturday July 3rd 2021

Lumb Bank

Give your writing the time and space it deserves on this Tutored Retreat: Non-Fiction course at Lumb Bank. We are offering the opportunity for up to six writers to spend five nights (Monday to Saturday) at Lumb Bank with a daily one to one tutorial with experienced Arvon tutor, Horatio Clare (Tuesday to Friday).

Our retreats are fully catered, leaving you more time to sit at your desk and write, or walk in the beautiful landscape. This is a unique opportunity to develop your writing, with expert support and plenty of time to write. The course will end with group readings to celebrate your progress.

If you have attended our Tutored Retreats before, please note that there are currently no evening activities planned, to make your stay more Covid safe.


Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner’s house in West Yorkshire which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland, with breathtaking views to the valley below – a Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge. Lumb Bank’s terraced gardens offer spectacular views of the wooded valley, Lumb Chimneys and Colden Clough.

You will get a spacious room, with writing desk, lounge chair, fridge and tea making facilities. Each room has its own dedicated private bathroom, either en-suite or just across the landing. There is a maximum of 6 rooms available on each retreat

£815 per person for five nights.

Our retreats are fully catered, with home-cooked meals made from fresh produce.  Writers are not required to undertake any cooking or washing up all week, meaning more time to write. Meals will be served to you in our large dining room in the main house.

You’ll have access to:

  • The large barn space with sofas and desks, well-stocked library, and a cosy living room (some restrictions will apply to the communal spaces due to Covid measures*)
  • Lumb Bank’s terraced gardens which offer spectacular views of the wooded valley, Lumb Chimneys and Colden Clough.
  • Easy walks to the local historic village of Heptonstall with two pubs and local shops and to bustling, trendy Hebden Bridge with its array of independent shops, cafes and bars.
  • Miles of footpaths and historic packhorse trails to explore directly from the house in the breath-taking high Pennine landscape on our doorstep.
  • The large barn space with sofas and desks, well-stocked library, and cosy living room (some restrictions will apply to the communal spaces due to Covid measures).
  • Wi-fi and 4G coverage.

*A full refund will be available if the retreat has to be cancelled due to Covid rules. See booking terms and conditions.

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.

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Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

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