What’s Included

Included in course fees for 1 person 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 (en-suite is £10pn extra)
  • Breakfast (juice, cereal, hot selection, toast, tea/coffee)

Materials vary with each course, and often depend upon what individual students wish to use. Students are responsible for their own materials.
Where applicable, materials will be supplied at cost by the Tutor.
Each Course Programme contains details of what to bring.

Courses and Events are open to all levels unless otherwise stated.


Full fees for Days and Events are payable on booking.

Longer courses reserved by £50 deposit (£25 of which is non-transferable) with balance due 4 weeks before course.

The safest way to pay is over the phone with your Credit or Debit card.

If you ring and there is no answer, it is usually because we are dealing with another customer. There is usually someone in the office 7 days a week from 9 to 5.

Please make cheques for courses payable to
Higham Hall College Limited’.

Course Programmes are generally sent along with your Booking Confirmation (either by post or email) when you have booked and paid your deposit (if applicable), and will contain information on the course content and any equipment required.
If you do not receive this information, please let us know and we will resend it.

Unavoidable changes may sometimes be necessary. We will always strive to deliver a top-notch course based on the skills and knowledge advertised. We do recognise, however, that some courses are unique to individual Tutors, so could not be delivered by anyone else.


It is advisable to take out your own Travel Insurance.

We do 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).

Remember your deposit secures your place on a course, and, once booked, can preclude others from booking that place, or having a certain type of bedroom. In rare cases, withdrawal of a place on a course might put the viability of an entire course in jeopardy. Therefore deposits are not returnable. However, we may consider transferring half of a deposit to a future booking if you ask nicely! 


Meals and Refreshments

Meal and Break Times

08:00 Breakfast [Residential Students] (Have ‘the works’ if you wish!)
10:30 Break (Coffee/Tea and homemade biscuits)
12:30 Lunch (Hot option counter-served, salad table and pudding!)
15:45 Break (Coffee/Tea and homemade cake)
18:30 Dinner (Starter, Main, Dessert & Tea/Coffee served at table)

You may treat yourself and indulge, (after all, you are on a kind of holiday) but we always do have ‘healthy’ options if you wish to keep your halo shining brightly. Mum always told me “A little of what you like does you good.”

Our kitchen strives to cater for those who must avoid certain foods – let us know in good time.

Our food is prepared from scratch properly, in the real, traditional manner by Cooks who know how to cook and take a pride in what they do. Higham has a reputation for proper food and we are proud to uphold the tradition. Mealtimes are an important part of the Higham formula and are an enjoyable social element we value.

As we are a working college, usually with courses needing to run their sessions, we tend to stick to these times, with occasional variances for certain activities.

Meal Information

Receiving genuine constant praise, we have 5 gifted Cooks (including one just for biscuits and cakes!) and several serving staff to look after you in the Dining Room.

We prepare food from the best ingredients we can obtain through local suppliers, and try to provide a good balance so you may both indulge and abstain, should you need to. Prepared from scratch – this is proper cooking by Cooks who take pride in the quality of what they do.

We ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements when you book. If you need to talk to the kitchen about your food, please feel free, but do it in advance so we can prepare things right for you. 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 might be amazed at what different diets we cater for!

Our catering is very high quality, unpretentious, and a tried and tested successful element of the Higham experience.

Higham Bedrooms Overview

Higham consists of an 1828 manor house (the Hall) with the main amenities for our typical activities and two properties used mainly for extra accommodation each about 100m from the Front Door: the Cottage Bungalow (level access possible across the rear car park) and the Gatehouse (by the main gate).

Whilst 21 of our 32 bedrooms are En-suite, the ‘Standard’ rooms are all less than 25 paces to their nearest bathroom. Indeed, four of these ‘standard’ rooms are spacious with the enviable front-facing view with our other largest rooms, naturally, have priority for sharing pairs of students.

Be aware that we cannot guarantee the exact bedroom you will get as we strive to meet many different needs. Whilst bedrooms all vary in size, the same basic facilities are provided in each.

Being a typical older building, there are a few steps to negotiate now and then. Please let us know if you have a genuine need for as few steps as possible and we will do our best to find a suitable room.

Bedroom Summary

  • 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
  • En-suite supplement £10 pppn
  • Discount £5 pppn if sharing, or in Gatehouse or Bungalow
  • Additional D,B&B may be available – see TARIFF

What is Provided

  • bedding (fresh sheet, duvet with fresh cover, pillow with fresh cover, extra blanket available
  • hand and larger towel with hand soap and bathroom mat
  • tea and coffee sachets, milk capsules (we use decent quality), sugar sachets
  • dressing gown (in standard bedrooms 11-14 and 23-25) for toddling to the loo!
  • hot water bottle, hair dryer
  • reading lamp, radio.

We keep a small stock of convenience items (shampoo, toothpaste etc.) for sale in the Office.

Rooms are centrally heated but a Fan heater is available on request.

We have a couple of dressing gowns to borrow, of particular help for those having to toddle across or along the corridor if they have a Standard Bedroom

Accommodation for students and carers associated with a course is not subject to VAT.


Alternatives to our Bedrooms

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 a nominal charge (£10pppn (discount if sharing and on a course) on our upper car park:

  • 3 x Electrical hook-up points
  • Water and outside flushable Sluice Room by Bungalow
  • Use of Hall showers & WCs, Drying Room, Bar & Library available 7am to 11pm
  • Meals & refreshments bookable in advance, if required

Other places to stay

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, Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, Keswick and, of course, Cockermouth – all within 9 miles. A tried and tested selection are presented here:

LINK HOUSE – 0.75 mile
Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Pete & Katie  017687 76291
Link House offer a 10% discount offered to Higham users

Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Tim & Karen  017687 76358

Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria, CA13 9YD
Stephen & Claire  017687 76322

JANE WOOSEY – 4 miles
4 Belle Vue, Papcastle, Cockermouth, CA13 0NT
Jane 07714 485876  jwoosey758@gmail.com


Also, in Cockermouth (5 miles):

www.Travelodge.co.uk       www.PremierInn.com

And don’t forget we are in the Lake District National Park, so there are hundreds of other places to stay.

You might find the following local tourist information sites useful:

www.cockermouth.org.uk      www.keswick.org


Assisted Places and Bursary Scheme

You may receive up to 20% towards the cost of your course.
You may also be eligible of a discretionary one-off Bursary from the Friends of Higham up to 70% of the remainder (if you have not received one before and are on a limited low income)

For either case respectively, you need to provide appropriate and up to date Evidence:

  • If you are receiving a State Benefit for YOURSELF (copy of letter, statement etc.)
  • If you are aged between 18 and 25 (copy of relevant section of some official ID)
  • For a Bursary, a letter stating the reasons you feel you should be considered for one.

Extra Instructions:

  • You should reserve a place on the course before applying by ringing us on 01768 776276 and obtain a Course Code.
  • Download the form:APPLICATION for an ASSISTED PLACE
  • Print out, complete and send your form to us.
    Once approved, you will need to pay your Deposit immediately.
    Any Balance, after any applicable discounts, will be due a month before the course runs. Deposits are non-returnable unless we cancel.

Assisted places are funded by and awarded at discretion of the Educational Trust that runs Higham and Bursaries are funded by the Friends of Higham. Both funds are administered and allocated fairly and sensitively by the College.

Disability Support

Features to make life easier for those who need them

  • 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 are 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.


Bringing Companions (two- or four-legged)

Human Companions

Human companions who are not participating in a course, can stay at our standard bed and breakfast rate plus VAT.


Doggies are welcome to stay in our GatehouseCottageBungalow 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.


Gift Vouchers

An ideal present available on request for any amount.


Places of Interest to Visit

Higham Hall Walks Book

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.

Map of the 12 Walks from Higham


Example page from Walks from Higham

Places our students and guests tend to visit include: