Join Our Next Weekend Writing Retreat

Spend a weekend writing with us at a beautiful venue in the Buxton countryside!

Thirkelow Retreat

By popular demand, we’re coordinating our first residential weekend writing retreats, and we’d love you to come and join us.

Has your writing momentum slowed or stalled? Are you finding it difficult to find dedicated writing time? Could you benefit from a weekend of focusing on your writing, in a comfortable environment with beautiful nature nearby and a lot of delicious food? You’re in the right place.

We’ve got limited (4-8) residential spaces available on each of our upcoming weekend writing retreats happening in June 2019. You’ll have the option to attend for the full weekend, or just come for a day if that suits your schedule better.

Thirkelow Bedroom

We have solo and twin rooms available, all of which are quiet, clean and comfortable; perfect for writing and inspirational naps.

Thirkelow Lounge

There are plenty of cosy communal areas, as well as glorious walks within easy reach. So whether you find your ideas come from communing with nature or a glass of wine with your fellow attendees, we’ve got you covered.

And we’ll keep you well-fed too: we’ve worked with a local caterer to ensure fresh, homemade meals (as well as lots of cake, fruit and other snacks) to keep your creativity fuelled, and that there’s no need to be distracted by cooking or cleaning up!

Fancy it? Keep reading…



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Packages & Prices

We have two types of package available for these weekends: residential and non-residential.



Stay with us for the entire weekend. Arrive from 4pm Thursday and leave by 4pm Sunday, totaling three days and three nights of writing and restoration time. All meals included, along with optional half-hour one-to-one if required. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and we have one ground-floor bedroom  available should you have mobility requirements which make stairs difficult.



Have commitments that prevent you from staying away overnight? You can join us for as little or as much as the weekend as you’re able without staying over. Our non-residential passes include drinks, snacks and lunch each day, plus an optional half-hour one-to-one if required.


The purpose of these retreats is to give you time and space to work on your writing; as such, you’ll be expected to bring any materials you need and manage your own time, though we will have optional sessions for goal-setting, sharing and feedback. Communal space to write will be provided, and residential attendees will also be able to use their rooms to write if you prefer privacy.

Payment installment plans are available for all weekend packages. In the first instance, a £100 deposit is required for residential packages, or £45 deposit for non-residential passes.


Our venue for the weekend is the beautiful Thirkelow Cottages and Studio, located just outside of Buxton (SK17 0RR).

The venue is accessible by car, with free parking onsite, or by train to Buxton station followed by a 10-minute taxi ride. We are happy to recommend local taxi services, and facilitate ride-sharing where possible. The nearest airport is Manchester.

What They Say...

“After the retreat, I feel way more relaxed; like my brain actually has space to think about things properly for the first time in months. I feel less mentally scattered and my focus has improved so much. I especially loved the non-judgemental atmosphere and the space to work on our own projects at our own pace.”


“Jane created a safe and relaxed atmosphere where we could get on with our own projects without feeling like we should be adhering to any kind of production schedule or expectations.”


“I’m coming away triumphant! This was a great experience that helped me overcome a significant problem with my current writing project and offered loads of encouragement and uninterrupted writing time. A brilliant experience all-round.”


“I’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time, and kickstarted  my writing again after a long break. Jane always creates a really supportive environment and I’m really happy I came.”


“At the end of the weekend, I feel rested, motivated, pleased with what I have achieved so far and excited to keep going.”


“Super relaxing, incredibly well organised, good value, beautiful location and great company – all good!”

About Jane

Jane Bradley

Jane Bradley is a writer, performer and editor whose short stories have appeared in print and online around the globe. Her first full-length play, The Curse was supported by Arts Council England.

Jane has been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a Young Enigma Award, selected as one of Nokia’s fifty Remarkable Women, and participated in Commonword’s Women in the Spotlight programme.

Jane is the founder and director of For Books’ Sake, and the editor of short story collections Short Stack, Derby Shorts, Tongue in Cheek and (RE)Sisters.

Jane delivers creative writing workshops to young people and adults across the UK, collaborating with organisations including The Proud Trust, RECLAIM, Manchester Metropolitan University and more.

She regularly performs her writing at live literary events, arts venues and festivals, including at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Theatre, HOME, Polari Literary Salon and Edinburgh Fringe.

She is also a  co-director of Young Enigma, supporting queer emerging writers in the North West.