Sat 25 July – Sat 1 Aug: Singing on Lundy island

A singing week on Lundy, a unique island off the North Devon coast – a glorious, remote and tranquil place, set apart from the mainland world. We will sing each day in different places around the island including the top of the Old Light, with also plenty of free time to explore and relax. Led by Jane Harris, Director of Songways. Open to all.

PRICE £630 – £780 depending accommodation – full details below | INCLUDES all singing tuition, seven nights accommodation on Lundy, two-course meals in the Marisco Tavern on three evenings – Saturday, Sunday and Friday | EXCLUDES transport to and from Lundy.

DEPOSIT £100 (non-refundable)

BALANCE The balance will be due by 1 May.

** SOLD OUT **

If you would like to join a reserve list in case of cancellations, please email Jane.

Here’s what singers said about our Lundy singing week in 2018:

Inspirational leadership and a wonderful choice of songs

Organisation excellent and a perfect balance of singing and free time

Friendly, collaborative atmosphere

A truly outstanding experience

A total joy


Singing on Lundy Saturday 25 July – Saturday 1 August


Jane explains some of Lundy’s magic:

Lundy has no cars, so from the moment you step onto the island, life moves at walking pace. Only three miles long & half a mile wide, it is a place of immense natural beauty & amazing contrasts. I first visited Lundy with my family sixteen years ago and fell in love with the island. We have returned at least once a year ever since and are still discovering new delights.

My favourite place is the top of the Old Light, where we will gather to sing with a 360 degree view of the whole island… magical at any time of the day. We will sing in the church, the tavern & the houses in which we will stay. I will also lead singing walks to sing in wonderful spots around the island including the atmospheric VC Quarry on the sheltered East side.

Lundy’s beauty, community and way of life make a world apart. Join us for a truly memorable week.

Please note:

  • You will need good walking shoes or boots and waterproofs.
  • You will need to be physically mobile to enjoy the island to the full.
  • There is a half mile uphill walk from the jetty to the village when you arrive. Your main luggage will be delivered to your accommodation but you will need to walk up with your hand luggage.
  • The Old Light has 147 steep steps and we will sing at the top!

More about Lundy


The repertoire will include songs from a wide range of harmony singing traditions, including evocative English and Celtic folk songs, American harmony songs, songs of the sea, South African choruses and original songs by Jane inspired by Lundy. Many of the songs will reflect the natural beauty of the island. Songs will be taught by ear with some scores provided.


We will typically sing together each morning, have afternoons free and sing again for an hour or so before or after dinner. The singing will include singing walks, taking our songs to some of the beautiful sheltered spots around the island, and we will give an informal concert in the Church on the Thursday afternoon. We will be flexible to make the most of the weather, to give you the chance to join some of the Warden events if you wish to, or to go on a round the island boat trip, and to have time to walk, relax and enjoy the peace and freedom of the island. There will be one free day during the week and our departure day, Saturday 1 August will also be a free day.


Jane Harris is an experienced choir leader and Director of Songways, based in Bath. She has a clear, inclusive and enabling teaching style, uncovering the best in singers’ voices and drawing people together with heartfelt, resonant singing. Jane teaches by ear and loves to explore songs in different ways to enrich and deepen the singing experience. Jane has a rich, vibrant voice and has performed with the acclaimed Helen Chadwick Song Theatre. She also plays the violin and writes harmony songs, often inspired by the natural world.

An exceptional choir leader with a wonderful choice of songs


All 23 self-catering properties on the island are run by the Landmark Trust, a charity that rescues important buildings that would otherwise be lost and gives them new life as exceptional places to stay. The Landmark Trust has managed Lundy for 50 years, restoring the buildings & infrastructure, all in a distinctive way.

We will stay in Old House SouthGovernment House, The Quarters, Bramble Villa East, Bramble Villa West, Little St John’s, the Radio Room and Old Light Cottage. As with all Landmarks, every Lundy property is simply but elegantly furnished in a way that reflects its individuality. Historic paintings and photographs are carefully selected, as are the small libraries in the bookcases. There are no televisions, radios or telephones and the electric supply is usually turned off between midnight and 6am. There is some mobile phone coverage.

Old House South is an elegant and spacious house for five in a superb position in the heart of the village, with stunning views and its own terrace.
1 double bedroom £670 per person BOOKED
1 twin bedroom £670 per person BOOKED
1 single bedroom £700 BOOKED

Government House is a handsome house for five beautifully situated just below the village. It has spacious and elegant rooms all with sea views.
1 double en-suite bedroom £700 per person BOOKED
1 twin bedroom £670 per person BOOKED
1 single bedroom £700 BOOKED

The Quarters is a simple wooden building, comfortably furnished for five with a spacious, light living room and a maritime feel. It enjoys one of the best views of the island to the church and beyond to Hartland Point in one direction and to the Old Light in the other.
1 double bedroom £660 per person BOOKED
1 twin bedroom £660 per person BOOKED
1 single bedroom £690 BOOKED

Bramble Villa East and Bramble Villa West are two halves of a simple wooden villa each for up to four people well-situated in St John’s Valley. A five minute walk up to the Tavern and shop.

Bramble Villa East
1 double bedroom £630 per person BOOKED
1 twin bedroom £630 per person BOOKED

Bramble Villa West
1 double bedroom £630 per person BOOKED
1 twin bedroom £630 per person BOOKED

Little St John’s has a fine setting and views. It is a simple building, comfortably furnished with a cosy living room. Sleeps two. Lovely outside sitting spot.
1 twin bedroom £730 per person BOOKED

The Radio Room is a cosy self-contained property for one person in the heart of the village within the same courtyard as Old House South. Close to the Tavern, church and shop. £720 BOOKED

Old Light Cottage was the lighthouse keepers’ store, and is a self-contained property for one person. It stands close to the Old Light with a wonderful view to the north of the island. 10 minutes walk from the Tavern, church and shop £780 BOOKED


The Marisco Tavern serves excellent food. We will eat there on the Saturday, Sunday & Friday evenings, which is included in the holiday price. Monday to Thursday evening meal arrangements will be flexible – you can choose to eat in the Tavern (around £10 for a main course) or cook in your own house or cottage. Breakfasts and lunches will be self-catering or you can visit the Tavern. The island shop is excellent.


During the summer season, the Island’s own supply ship and ferry, the MS Oldenburg departs several times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe. Our sailings will be:

Saturday 25 July | Depart from Bideford at 9:30am (Check in at 8:30am)

Saturday 1 August | Arrive back at Ilfracombe at 6:30pm

Please note:

  • You will need to book your own boat ticket by calling the Lundy Shore Office (01271) 863636. 2020 Timetable and ticket prices | Further MS Oldenburg information
  • You will need to make your own way to Bideford for the boat. You may choose to stay overnight on Friday 24 July to be ready for the 8:30am check-in at the Shore Office.
  • The Lundy Shore Office can recommend suitable parking arrangements for your car while you are on Lundy.
  • A coach will be provided by the Landmark Trust to return you to Bideford where you will have parked your car.
  • If the boat is cancelled due to weather conditions, transport is likely to be by helicopter from Hartland Point, with a supplement payable. Further details

MORE INFORMATION about staying on Lundy


£100 deposit is non-refundable.

If you cancel after you have paid your balance but before 13 June, and we are able to fill the space with another person, we will refund 50% of your balance. If your place is not filled, no refund will be paid.

If you cancel after 13 June, we will be unable to provide a refund.

We strongly recommend that you take out your own travel insurance.

 You will be responsible for your own safety at all times.

REVIEW of the 2018 Songways Singing on Lundy week

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