HOW DO I BOOK?
You can secure a place at The Retreat by completing the registration form and paying a £50 deposit.
Once your place is confirmed, we will send a link to make additional payments. After that you can pay in instalments providing that you pay:
- At least £50 of your ticket price must be paid at the time of booking
- At least 50% of the total ticket price must be paid by 15 February 2020
- The full ticket balance must be paid by 30 March 2020
WHAT’S THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
The rooms at The Barns are mostly twin rooms, with en-suite or private bathrooms. Expect comfy beds, cosy duvets, and slippers and robes provided for during your stay. Many have televisions, and all are beautifully decorated.
A limited number of single occupancy King Sized rooms are available, with en-suite bathrooms. These are available for a supplement of £30 per weekend, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The bedrooms are split between three buildings, each with their own seating area and dining room.
All bedding, towels, soap and shampoo will be provided.
If you are happy to share a room you can let us know who you’d like to share with, and we will arrange this for you. If you’re happy to share but not sure who with, then we will have a Facebook group where we will match attendees with friendly room mates we think you’ll get along with!
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR SESSIONS?
We use Sched.org to manage our event schedule.
Once you have booked a ticket at The Retreat, you’ll be invited to join Sched. Here you’ll be able to browse sessions and find out more about our plans.
Approximately two weeks before the event, we will open up the Schedule so you can book into workshops, and add your personalised schedule to your computer or mobile phone.
Sched will also help you to find other attendees, and connect with them on social media. Your Sched planner will also update with any changes or additions to the schedule.
IS THE EVENT SUITABLE FOR NEWBIES?
The event is suitable for bloggers and social media users at all levels.
Our events are based on small group sizes with lots of time to give one-to-one support where it’s needed. Our trainers will also be given a list of attendees before each workshop, so they can tailor the content to the level of experience in the group.
Please don’t feel you need the latest camera or amazing video skills to come along – our sessions are small and friendly, and you’re welcome to simply use your mobile phone for photography, if that’s what works for you!
IS THE VENUE ACCESSIBLE?
The Barns is an old, converted building and there are multiple sets of steps and some steep drops. The outside drives and paths are mostly gravel. Some bedrooms are on the ground floor, and some bathrooms are accessible.
If you have specific requirements then please contact us before booking your ticket so we can advise you of what facilities are available.
WHAT IF I HAVE ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL NEEDS?
Please advise us of any important issues when you book your ticket, so we can ensure your needs are catered for. We will offer a range of meals, including vegetarian and vegan options.
If you have more specific requirements, we will work with our suppliers to try to accommodate you. In the event that we’re unable to do so, please note there are self-catering kitchens available to guests, and we are happy for you to bring your own supplies where needed.
HOW DO I GET TO THE RETREAT?
If you are driving, we will email detailed directions to the venue approximately four weeks before the event along with step-by-step photos. There is ample free parking on-site.
If you are travelling by train, then the nearest station is Leominster, approximately 10km from the venue. You are advised to travel to the event by train as this is considerably faster than driving. Please plan to travel to Leominster station, where there will be a shuttle to take you to The Retreat.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
The dress code for the event is ‘relaxed’ so casual clothing is preferred. Some of our activities will be outdoors, so be sure to bring suitable clothing for changeable Spring weather. We suggest cotton layers, a waterproof jacket and sturdy shoes! For the evenings you may wish to bring comfortable slippers/house shoes to keep the floors clean.
Please bring along your camera and mobile phone, as our workshops are designed to be hands-on, and you’ll be taking plenty of photos. You may also wish to bring a laptop but this isn’t a requirement. Don’t forget chargers and memory cards!
If you’d like to use the hot tub, bring a swimsuit and suitable footwear.
IS THERE WIFI?
Free WiFi is available throughout the house. It isn’t suitable for streaming or downloading large files, but is sufficient for browsing and email. There is a reasonable 3G/4G signal in many places at The Retreat, depending on your mobile network provider.
IS FOOD AND DRINK INCLUDED?
Main meals and refreshments will be provided, including vegetarian options. We will also provide plenty of tea, coffee and water, along with regular snacks during the day. If there are specific things you’d like, then you are welcome to bring along your own beverages and snacks. We will not be supplying alcohol, but you are free to bring your own.
If you have special dietary requirements and are likely to need very specific foods, you are welcome to bring these and store them in the house fridges. Cooking facilities are also available if required.
IS MY TICKET TRANSFERABLE?
Yes. If you can’t get to the event, you can transfer your booking to a colleague or friend. Please let us have any changes to your booking no less than 10 working days before the event. After this date, tickets may not be transferable.
IS MY TICKET REFUNDABLE?
Sadly, we cannot refund your ticket if you are unable to attend The Retreat, or fail to pay the balance for your ticket in full. We may also cancel your ticket if you do not meet the payment schedule outlined above.
Bloggers who have paid for their ticket in part or in whole, but are unable to attend are welcome to transfer their booking to another blogger.
If you would like to request a ticket transfer or refund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY TICKET TO THE EVENT?
This will not be necessary.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about the event or your booking, you can contact the Fleamail team by email at email@example.com. If you would like to speak to the event organiser, please contact Sally Whittle at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07400 450 893.