What a weekend course involvesListed on April 17, 2014 in Blogs!
At Madingley Hall weekend courses begin with dinner on Friday and normally comprise seven teaching sessions (one and a half hours including discussion) up to lunch on Sunday. Students are likely to have some free time on the Saturday afternoon unless an excursion or field work forms part of the course.
Some longer courses are offered: either extended weekends or mid-week courses and these courses generally start with dinner on the first evening and end with lunch on the final day.
Courses rarely exceed 15 students and may be as small as 6. No academic qualification is required of applicants, and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. A booklist, course syllabus and detailed timetable are circulated as far as possible in advance of a course.
Madingley Hall itself is an attractive house dating back to the mid-16th century. The decoration of the Saloon and the formal Stair Hall was carried out 200 years later, and the whole fabric was renovated with great care around 1900. About four miles from the centre of Cambridge, the Hall stands in several acres of well-maintained gardens and overlooks a landscape which has changed relatively little since it was laid out by Capability Brown.
Accommodation for residential courses is provided in single, twin or double study bedrooms. All rooms are equipped with digital televisions, internet access, room safes and beverage-making facilities. Rooms are centrally heated and all have en-suite facilities. Unfortunately it is not possible to accommodate requests for particular rooms or facilities.
Non-residential places are available on most weekend and short courses. The fee includes all meals on the course except breakfast.
Our popular weekend courses at Madingley Hall are open to everyone, with most requiring no background knowledge or experience.