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July 2017

TALK & TEA: THE RIDDLE OF GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA

July 16th at 14:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Not quite 17 in 1918, rumours persist that the youngest daughter of Nicholas II survived her family's massacre. The answer to this riddle is partially dealt with after 30 years of research in Steven's historical novel Lost Eagle, but there is more... Steven Ingman-Greer (Somerset www.highamhall.com/steven-greer) £16 including refreshments Follows Steven's 2 courses. See them for a special offer.

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APPRECIATING SHAKESPEARE: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

July 28th at 18:30 to July 30th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Sir John Falstaff and his unsavoury sidekicks muscle in on an Elizabethan small town. Will the locals be easy meat for the larger-than-life conman? Will his charm melt the ladies? Shakespeare's only play to concentrate exclusively on ordinary people (plus one who is quite extraordinary) in his own social world. Lots of frothy fun, but there is vice to overcome and folly to amend. Includes a ticket to our outdoor performance by the Festival Players on Saturday (bring a chair)…

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

July 29th at 15:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Bring a chair, enjoy Shakespeare comedy in the open air (whatever the summer weather). As good luck would have it, the misadventures of Falstaff - a character who the Bard used no less than 3 times and whose persona has graced many other works since, will divert and delight you. Open 1.30 pm for picnics. Doggies welcome - hey woofie, woofie! The Festival Players www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk Tickets adults £13.50, school children £10 Included in our APPRECIATING SHAKESPEARE Weekend with Hugh Parry…

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August 2017

JAZZ CONCERT with special guest ‘the great’ Alan Barnes

August 12th at 20:00 to 23:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A lively and diverting intimate evening of mainstream jazz with special guest Alan Barnes, one of Europe's finest jazz players, and our Jazz Summer School. Tickets £7 Bar available Special Guest: Alan Barnes (www.highamhall.com/alan-barnes) Co-ordinator: David Black (www.highamhall.com/david-black)

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4th ANNUAL EARLY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

August 13th at 16:00 to August 19th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For competent singers, viol and recorder players, covering music c1450-c1650. Instruction in choral/solo singing, viol and recorder playing, lute, plus vocal technique and various consorts. Plenary music-making sessions, lectures and opportunities to try something new (instrument or voice). A marvellously rich musical cocktail! FURTHER INFORMATION In General. This Early Music Summer School is essentially a practical course, aimed in particular at proficient singers and players of viol, recorder and (of any playing standard) lute. It will include sessions in choral…

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TALK & TEA: JOHN SINGER SARGENT, LAURA KNIGHT & THEIR CONTEMPORARIES

August 27th at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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John Singer Sargent and Laura Knight took one view, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzezka took another, in their depiction of figurative art in the early C20th. All had remarkable stylistic virtuosity in the emergence of the great diversity of British and European art. Their legacy remains to influence the present day. Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) £16 including refreshments

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October 2017

TALK & TEA: BATTLE OF LITTLE BIG HORN & ITS PLACE IN THE SIOUX WAR OF 1876

October 22nd at 14:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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An iconic battle on American soil that disproved military theories of the day. Hear about the campaign timelines of the wider Sioux War and the key engagement between the US 7th Cavalry and combined Northern Plains tribes in Montana Territory in June 1876. NEW TUTOR: Tom McMullen (Colonel W. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tom-mcmullen) £16 including refreshments

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November 2017

A JOURNEY INTO CUMBRIA’S PAST … WITH TEA

November 5th at 14:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Rare cine films bring Cumbria's fascinating past to life once again. Much of the material has never been seen before. Complemented by atmospheric old photographs, enjoy a unique experience where you can soak up the nostalgia of the county over the decades. All presented in a lively, entertaining but immensely informative way by television producer Andrew Leitch and editor Jim Bownass. NEW TUTORS: Andrew Leitch & Jim Bownass (Cumbria - www.highamhall.com/andrew-leitch-jim-bownass) £16 including refreshments

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RETREAT: GATHERING IN GRACE, GRATITUDE, LAUGHTER & ENLIGHTENMENT*

November 26th at 18:30 to November 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* A wonderful (non-religious) Retreat, supported by gentle music, if you feel drawn towards meditation, opening to your true self and that "Your truth is an experience, not a belief". (*Philip uses the acronym GiGGLE for this course,and asks you to view his short 4 min video before registering.) NEW TUTOR: Philip Wade (N. Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/philip-wade) Supported by Harp & Flute Music by Omnisphere: Tara Annette & Ken Cook Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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March 2018

TALK & TEA: WHAT IS THE POINT OF RELIGION IN A SECULAR AGE?

Sunday March 18, 2018 at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Commonly regarded as outdated, how can Religion be intellectually justified when many scientists deny its cognitive claims and refute the reality of spirituality? Yet our age is not settling down to a comfortable unbelief, and secularisation may open up new possibilities for faith and different futures for Religion. NEW TUTOR: Trevor Pitt (Co. Durham www.highamhall.com/trevor-pitt) £16 including refreshments

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