Payment and Cancellation
Included in course fees are, where appropriate:
- Expert Tuition
- Refreshments (tea/coffee and a nibble!)
- Lunch (2 courses: main with salad selection, dessert & tea/coffee)
- Dinner (4 courses: starter, main, dessert, cheese & tea/coffee)
Residential fees also include:
- Standard room accommodation
- Breakfast (juice, cereal, hot selection, toast, tea/coffee)
Materials vary with each course, and often depend upon what individual students wish to use. Where applicable, quality materials will be supplied at cost by the Tutor.
Courses and Events are open to all levels unless otherwise stated.
It is advisable to take out your own Travel Insurance. We offer optional Cancellation Protection: £5 per night when paying balance. Covers refund of 80% of fee (less deposit) if cancelled through illness or injury of self, partner or close relative (doctor’s certificate required).
Full fee for Days and Events payable on booking.
Longer courses reserved by £50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit with balance due 4 weeks before course.
Cheques for courses payable to ‘Higham Hall College Limited‘.
Course Programme will contain information on the course content and any equipment required.
Unavoidable changes may sometimes be necessary.
Meals and Refreshements
08:00 Breakfast (Residents)
Receiving constant praise, we have 5 gifted Cooks including one just for biscuits and cakes! We prepare food from the best ingredients we can obtain (ideally locally) and try to provide a good balance so you may both indulge and abstain, should you need to.
Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet style, with Dinner being set and served at table.
We ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements when you book. We plan quantities around the information we receive so that we can ensure the highest quality and correct ingredients for everybody.
For Allergens information, our kitchen staff can inform you about the ingredients we use. You’d be amazed at what different diets we cater for!
- 17 en-suite (with showers) and 8 standard rooms (with sinks) upstairs in the Hall
- 4 standard rooms in the Gatehouse sharing 2 bathrooms upstairs and a WC downstairs with a lounge
- 4 en-suite ground floor rooms in the Bungalow (from early 2017)
- En-suite supplement £10 pppn
- Discount £5 pppn if sharing, or in Gatehouse or Bungalow
- Additional D,B&B may be available – see TARIFF
Provided: bedding, towels, hand soap, tea and coffee facilities, extra blanket, hot water bottle, hair dryer. We keep a small stock of convenience items (shampoo, toothpaste etc.) for sale in the Office.
Accommodation for students and carers associated with a course is not subject to VAT.
If we are full, or if you prefer, you may attend as a day student, pay the ‘Non-residential’ fee and stay very close by.
Caravans and Motorhomes welcome at £8pppn on our upper car park:
- 3 x Electrical hook-up points
- Water and outside toilet available
- Use of Hall showers & WCs, Drying Room, Bar & Library available 7am to 11pm
- Meals & refreshments bookable in advance, if required
Higham is on the north-western edge of the Lakes National Park so there are plenty of other wonderful family-run guest houses, hotels and self-catering close by in and around Bassenthwaite, Brathwaite, Thornthwaite, Keswick and, of course, Cockermouth – all within 9 miles. A tried and tested selection are presented here.
You might find the following local tourist information sites useful:
Rowan Atkins 017687 76291
5 LITTLE ORCHARD – 2 miles
North Row, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RG
Ann & Brian Reay 017687 76083
(Brian is also our local Taxi driver with special reasonable rates for pick-ups from Penrith, Carlisle & Keswick: 07968 599241)
An outstanding option with pool, sauna etc. but family-run:
6 LYZZICK HALL – 8 miles
Underskiddaw, Keswick, CA12 4PY
Lucy and David Lake 017687 72277
Assisted Places Scheme
You can receive up to 20% towards the cost of the educational part of a course and, if you have not received one before, also a one-off Bursary from the Friends of Higham.
You need to provide up to date evidence of:
- You receiving a State Benefit for YOURSELF (copy of letter, statement etc.) or, if you are aged between 18 and 25:
- Your age (copy of relevant section of your driving license, birth certificate or passport)
- Download: application-for-an-assisted-place
- Portable Hearing loop available on request
- Vibrating pillow fire alarm available on request
- Stair lift on main stairs up to Hall Bedrooms
- Platform lift on stairs to the Bar, Cedar Room, Harness Room and Courtyard Studio
- All the ground floor and gardens generally accessible to wheelchair users.
- Accessible WC
- Designated parking close to the entrance
- Ground floor bedrooms available in the Bungalow – 1 twin room has lower beds
- Accompanying Carers, if sharing, can claim a discount and will only be charged for meals
- We’ll try to help with bags if you need us to
Higham’s main building dates from 1828 and, as such, can pose challenges in the form of the odd step here and there. We are striving to make things as accessible as we can for all our users.
Bring a Companion
Non-participating human companions can stay at our standard bed and breakfast rate plus VAT.
Doggies are welcome to stay in our Gatehouse, Bungalow and in caravans, and to enjoy our grounds (providing no traces are left!). We love our four-legged friends here, but we do respect that fact that not everyone who comes to Higham might have the same enthusiasm for them.
An ideal present available on request for any amount.
Friends of Higham
Friends of Higham is a separate charitable organisation supporting the college with bursaries and special projects. Money raised by the Friends has made a real difference to Higham’s facilities and our ability to stand on our own two feet. Higham is self-sustaining and does not receive funding – nearly all our income is from the fees charged for courses, talks and events with our wonderful tutors.
Membership is currently just £10 a year and members receive newsletters and a copy of each Higham course brochure. This is a real way in which support can be given to Higham, even if you do not attend our courses or events. For those who do, it is an extra way of showing support and belief in what Higham is all about.
To become a Friend please address any correspondence to:
The FOH Membership Secretary
c/o Higham Hall
Places of Usefulness & Interest
Places our students and guests tend to visit include:
- Within 5 minutes:
Lakes Distillery, Pheasant Inn
Walks: Elva Plain, Dubwath Silver Meadows Wetland Nature Reserve, Sale Fell, Ling Fell, Bassenthwaite Lake (Ouse Bridge)
- Within 20 minutes:
Wordsworth House, Jennings Brewery, Gallery Artemis, Castlegate House Gallery, Banks Heritage Museum, etc.
Cash Points, Castlegate Surgery, Allison & Son Chemist,
Useful shops include: Cockermouth Arts & Crafts, The Silver Beaded Needle, Billy Bowman’s Music Shop, Firn’s Hardware, Meglan’s Computer Repairs
Cash Points, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Museum & Gallery,
Derwentwater Jetties, Hope Park, Friar’s Cragg etc.
Walks: Derwentwater, Binsey Fell, Newlands Valley, Cat Bells, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Borrowdale, Skiddaw, Dodd Wood Osprey Viewing Point, St Bega’s Church, Caldbeck (home of the Woolclip), Heskett Newmarket
- Within 40 minutes:
Walks: Loweswater, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Newlands Pass, Honister Pass, Grange, The Bowderstone
Higham Hall Walks
We have a full colour Walks from Higham book, professionally written by Ronald Turnbul, containing 12 local forays from Higham with full route descriptions and OS Map sections.
This excellent showcase for our wonderful locality is paperback A5 landscape (same as our brochure) and is for sale from the Office for £5, with all proceeds going to Higham.