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2023-24 Weekend Courses - Book now!

With both residential and non-residential places available, our Weekend Courses offer the opportunity to learn from some of our finest academics in the inspirational setting of Madingley Hall. Over the course of each weekend there will be plenty of opportunity to get to know your tutor and fellow students, take part in lively classroom discussion and explore the beautiful landscaped gardens.

Course delivery and format

All courses follow a similar format: seven 1.5hr sessions delivered between Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime. The courses begin with dinner on Friday evening, followed by the first session. There are four sessions on Saturday: two before lunch, and one before and after dinner. There’s a break on Saturday afternoon just after lunch, offering time to rest, read, or explore Madingley’s beautiful grounds. The final two sessions take place on Sunday morning, and the course finishes with lunch. 

Stay at Madingley Hall

Our Weekend Courses take place in the beautiful setting of Madingley Hall, where you can book accommodation in comfortably furnished rooms with pleasant views over the woods, gardens and courtyard. Each en suite room has internet access, digital television, a direct-dial telephone, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. Non-residential course places are also available. As a student on our Weekend Courses you will enjoy award-winning cuisine in our elegant Dining Hall.    

Who can attend?

Designed for personal interest and professional development, our weekend courses are open to anyone over the age of 18. Although they are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level, no academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject.

2023-24 Weekend Courses

12-14 July 2024

Creative editing: how to revise your manuscript - Dr Joseph Reed
From violent Expressionism to Neo-Romantic sunset: the operas of Richard Strauss - Dr Robert Letellier 
Closing the health/wealth gap? An introduction to the sociology of health and illness - Dr Nigel Kettley
Love and war: readings from Rome in the 50s BC - Dr Charlie Weiss

16-18 August 2024

Unexpected pasts: ancient discoveries that should not exist - Dr Matthew Symonds
Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution - Dr David Smith
The essentials of astronomy: a beginner’s guide to the Universe - Dr Matthew Bothwell
An introduction to mental health conditions and clinical disorders - Dr John Lawson

Creative Writing Retreat 2024

You may also be interested in booking onto one of our forthcoming Creative Writing Retreats.

Upcoming dates

Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 August 2024 Book now!

Save the date!

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October 2024 

Friday 28 February - Sunday 2 March 2025

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 May 2025

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 August 2025

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