Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED TO BRING MY INSTRUMENT WITH ME?
Yes, everyone will need to bring their own instrument(s) to our retreat.
Sort of goes without saying, but we've said it anyway.
Amps for singers, guitarists, bass players, and electric keyboard players. Please note those of you bringing bulky instruments and equipment: we’ll let you know at check-in where everything goes.
Microphones and leads, for you singers.
Music stands — there are some available at Ardingly, but we suggest you bring your own to be sure you'll have one. Please make sure it’s labelled with your name.
A notebook for jotting down the incredible things you'll learn. Music staff paper is preferred so you can make notes.
Please also bear in mind you may need an extension lead. Please bring your own with you as these will not be available onsite.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK FOR MY STAY?
Clothes. The dress code is casual, but you might want to bring dressier things for the evening Jazz and Blues Club.
Bath and hand towels – please note that these are not provided by Ardingly.
The bedding provided by Ardingly is made of synthetic materials, so if you prefer natural fibres, you should bring your own duvet cover, pillowcase, and/or under sheet. All the beds are singles.
A bottle for water and/or hot drinks
Exercise kit for running, tennis, and/or swimming.
Umbrella or other rain protection for getting between the buildings in inclement weather.
I NEED ACCOMMODATION FOR THE NIGHT BEFORE OR AFTER THE RETREAT, WHERE CAN I STAY?
There are a couple of hotel options in the local area. Please note you will need to make the booking for the additional nights using the below information. These do not form part of the retreat or retreat payment. Here are some of the recommendations from our past participants.
Premier Inn Haywards Heath hotel
Perrymount Rd, Heath, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN• 0871 527 8000
The Wheatsheaf Inn
Broad St, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath RH17 5DW• 01444 454078
The Ardingly Inn
Street Ln, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6UA• 01444 892214
WHICH IS THE CLOSEST RAILWAY STATION TO ARDINGLY COLLEGE?
Haywards Heath Station – West Sussex
Commercial Square, Haywards Heath RH16 1DJ
It takes an average of 1hour to travel from London to Haywards Heath by train.
Once at the station it takes approximately a 12 minute taxi drive to Ardingly College
You can either pre book a taxi using the contact details below or hail a taxi once you arrive at the station.
Smiths Taxis 01444 300 800/ 07779 151 151
HP Taxis 01444 672 300
USING SATELLITE NAVIGATION
When arriving from the north via the M23, please exit at junction 10 not 10a, your satellite navigation should then re-route you via the A264, B2028 and College Road as described above.
When arriving from the south, please continue on College Road past the entrance to Ardingly Reservoir and the Early Years Prep School.
The main entrance to the school is a further 600 yards up College Road just before a pedestrian crossing.