Here is a list of guitar holidays from around the world. Visit their websites by clicking on the links. If you think we've missed anyone out or you find any broken links please use the contact form to let us know.
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Women's Music Weekend, various locations
"Experience the joy and the power of making music with other women. No matter your age, musical ability or background, come and create, share, listen, learn, play, harmonize, heal, and sing with us. Sing your heart out. All weekend long. Choose from workshops that include: freeing the voice, lyric writing, jamming, creating melody, how to sing harmony, restorative yoga, and vocal improv. Join the weekend chorus, play in a pick-up band, or write your own song..."
Guitar Retreats, various locations
"Guitar Retreats are aimed at all levels of guitar players who want to learn new skills and increase their confidence in a group situation. We create a relaxed, supportive and inspiring environment for you to concentrate on your guitar playing. Our weekend long retreats and one day workshops take place in great getaway locations that include Cornwall and the Cotswolds..."
Guitar Getaways, various locations in England & Europe
"Guitar Getaways holidays are the perfect way to re-invigorate your playing, explore new musical directions, and learn cutting-edge techniques and theory, whilst enjoying a relaxing break in great venues across Europe Whether you are new to playing the guitar, or are an experienced musician, Guitar Getaway's professional teachers will help you move your playing forward, whilst ensuring that your learning is enjoyable and fun..."
Guitar Weekends, various locations
"We have been running fully residential weekend tuition courses since 1994 for beginners to semi-pros covering Blues to Jazz, Rock to Folk, Country to Rhythm, Django to ... well, you get the idea! We use fantastic venues in The Cotswolds, Wiltshire, Cumbria and Stirlingshire and employ top professional tutors. The courses are, first and foremost, group teaching weekends but fun is at the heart of everything with jamming sessions which often run late into the early hours..."
Guitar Weekends, Song & Guitar Weekends, London
"Guitar Weekends, Song & Guitar Weekends. Songwriter Weekends, holiday getaway residential retreat break for enthusiastic guitar players. Weekend or summer residential guitar courses. Have fun while you learn cutting edge techniques and theory plus brilliant guitar lessons in rock, blues, folk, pop, slide, country, jazz, fingerpicking & song writing classes. Guitar Holidays for YOU with the London Guitar Academy..."
Dillington Guitar Courses, Somerset
"Whether you are taking guitar lessons or are self-taught, sharpen your technique and hone your guitar-playing skills on one of Dillington House's guitar courses. Our guitar weekends and day course enable you to immerse yourself in music and the peace and tranquility of the idyllic South Somerset countryside. In a supportive group environment, we provide expert tuition on styles, techniques, accompaniment and chord work. If ensemble-playing is your enthusiasm, then our guitar summer school is for you. It runs alongside the Dillington Classical Guitar Festival, which provides entertainment and inspiration in equal measure. Our guitar weekends and day courses cater for various levels of ability. For further details,please check the individual course descriptions..."
Bath Guitar School, Somerset
Various holiday courses at Bath's only dedicated rock and pop guitar school.
The Rock Sessions, Hertfordshire
"We run cool Rock Band Sessions for young musicians aged 11-17 during the school holidays and half terms at Hemel Hempstead School in Hertfordshire. Our students are grouped into small rock bands (eg. vocals, guitar, keys, bass & drums) where they learn to arrange, play and perform as an ensemble under the guidance of a dedicated tutor. The climax of the two and three day sessions is the big showcase gig..."
The London Music School Summer Course, London
"The London Music School Summer Course is one of our most popular courses, combining intensive teaching with lots of fun. The two-week course is packed with group guitar classes, workshops with other instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as one to one tuition covering key aspects of your instrumental technique. Our Summer Course also offers students two performances a week, two recording sessions, seminars by well-known musicians, and concludes with a live gig at a London venue..."
Euroblues Promotions, various locations
"Blues Week provides an opportunity for blues enthusiasts to come together for a full week of music making. It is a chance to broaden your skills and knowledge in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The programme will offer morning and afternoon workshops and classes for all levels. The beginners class is for those who have little or no knowledge of their instrument. The intermediate and advanced classes are for those who already play to varying degrees of proficiency and are ready to learn new tunes, techniques and styles. The evening activities throughout the week will consist of a concert by the staff members, a student concert and nightly jam sessions..."
Cambridge Guitar Courses, Cambridge
"These courses introduce guitar playing for complete beginners and for guitarists with experience, they help you to improve your playing. You need a Spanish, classical or acoustic guitar. Courses run throughout the year and in the school holiday..."
Cambridge Guitar Holiday, Cambridge
"With a Cambridge Guitar Holiday you receive professional expert guitar tuition each weekday, Monday to Friday, at the guitar music studio in Cambridge. You can bring your own guitar or hire a guitar for you to play during your holiday..."
Acoustic Guitar Weekend at Halsway Manor, Somerset
"You can book on a course at Halsway and bring a friend who can explore the area while using Halsway as a base for meals and accommodation. Halsway Manor is in the Quantock Hills (England's first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)..."
Music Holiday Activities, West Sussex
"During every school half term and end of term holiday (including the Easter and the Summer holidays) the Shoreham Allstars have a packed schedule of fun music activity for children aged 7 to 18 years..."
Amberley Acoustic Guitar Retreats, West Sussex
"We run all inclusive weekend breaks in beautiful locations including Wales and Cornwall. We also offer week long courses in France and Portugal with more emphasis on singing and performing, plus songwriting courses for budding composers..."
Aynsley Lister Weekends, Middlesex
"Every year we have people of varying abilities; some have never played in front of anyone before and others play regularly in bands. The atmosphere is non-judgemental and very relaxed so you won't feel out of place whatever your level..."
Federation of Guitar Societies, Various
"List a variety of Guitar Summer schools, workshops or festivals..."
Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp Scotland, Various in Scotland
"Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp Scotland is a 4-day event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and taste! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you..."
Guitar and Bass Lessons, Nottinghamshire
"Reserve five hours per day of one-to-one guitar lessons with Carlos Thrale. Lessons are at the riverside studio, Fiskerton, Notts, UK. Accommodation, refreshments etc. are available. All music resources are provided. You don’t even need to bring a guitar..."
Kids Summer Music Holidays, Various Home Counties
"Started in 1977 by Gill & David Johnston from their passion is to involve children in meaningful and, above all, enjoyable music making. Over 500 people pass through our doors each week, and the shop has customers all over the world..."
Guitar Weekends, Various
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Martin Simpson Guitar Weekends, Yorkshire
"Martin's guitar workshops are open to players of all levels, you just have to be desirous of learning..."
Clive Carroll One-Day Guitar Workshop, Hertfordshire
"The workshop is given in a relaxed, no-pressure setting often with the guitarists playing through sections as a group... You probably need at least 2 years experience to gain maximum benefit from this workshop..."
Sore Fingers Summer Schools, Oxfordshire
"Offers two residential courses as well as other one-day workshops and activities throughout the year. Residential courses are held at the beautiful Kingham Hill School situated between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the Wold in the heart of the Cotswolds..."
Look for music making and singing tuition holidays in their catalogue - they often have guitar and ukelele related holiday courses.
Creative Vacances, Charente Maritime
"We offer a wide range of music workshops for Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, mandolin and Saxophone. Covering many musical genres - folk, Jazz, Blues, and rock all aimed at beginners through to accomplished musicians..."
Guitar France, Normandy
"The course runs for four full days with a strong emphasis placed on performance. It is intended for players from around Grade 6 standard through to advanced players and teachers. You will receive expert advice from experienced concert performers on playing in public, interpretation, technical development and practice. There will also be regular sight-reading and opportunities for ensemble work..."
Twenter Tainment Foundation, Burgundy
"In cooperation with the music camping site Les Grebes du Lac de Marcena, the Twenter Tainment Foundation is organising music holidays in 2015. These workshops - each lasts four days - will be hosted between the beginning of May until the end of September. It's an open project, so where possible we take into account the wishes and preferences of participants. Trainer on the workshops is Ton Karmiggelt. He is a Dutch musician, he sings and plays several musical instruments such as jazz guitar, accordion, recorder and blues harp. In addition to playing in Holland, Ton has performed in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France and Switzerland. He is a founder of the Twenter Tainment Foundation and also the foundation project manager. There will be three various workshops in 2015, each of them will be hosted several times. A workshop will be completed by one or two performances..."
The French House Party, Languedoc
Famed for its gastronomy and surroundings The French House Party provides creative arts tutored holidays including music-related courses. It also offers venue facilities for guitar and other tutors who wish to create and manage their own group holiday visits.
French Music Holidays, Poitou Charente
"Classical Guitar Course at the Chanterelle Music Centre. Set in beautiful countryside, Chanterelle is in the Poitou Charente in Southwest France. It is in two small farms (fermettes) that have been joined together to create space for music making. Participants can attend as soloists, or ensemble players and the daily timetable will include solo and small ensemble coaching sessions; technical workshops; warm-ups and finger aerobics and daily guitar orchestra rehearsals..."
Learn at L'Hirondelle, Limousin
"Come to France to improve your guitar playing in a friendly and informal atmosphere. You'll be on holiday so relax and enjoy yourself! Our holidays are designed to allow those new to guitar playing to improve their knowledge and technique, without pressure, in a relaxed setting where individual skills can be developed at your own pace..."
Northern Ireland & Ireland
Guitar Holiday, North Antrim
"At Guitar Holiday we deliver fully residential weekend tuition courses in guitar playing and song writing for beginners to semi-pros. We hold them at the superb seaside resort of Portrush sea in North Antrim which is famous for it's golf courses and all kinds of water and outdoor activites. The Guitar Holiday courses are, first and foremost, teaching weekends but we have lots of fun with jamming sessions which often run late into the early hours..."
DADGAD Guitar, County Kerry
DADGAD and standard tuning Guitar tuition holidays in Ireland for beginners
"Hi my name is Chris, welcome to my site. Now, I hate to complicate things straight away and I know this is called DADGAD guitar for beginners, but I've had lots of people wanting to know stuff about STANDARD tuning, so I'm afraid you're going to have to make a choice. The last thing I want is to put you under that kind of pressure so early in our relationship, but I think it's unavoidable if we're going to prevent confusion later..."
Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, Westmeath
"High quality residential professional recording studios in Westmeath, Ireland..."
Irish Music Holidays, Co. Clare
"Irish music retreats are held annually in the historic, market town of Ennis, Co. Clare. Live traditional session music is featured in many of the pubs, and we'll guide you to the best spots to play and hear music in a town buzzing from Irish music..."
International and European
Martin Taylor Retreats, International
Well established popular international retreats with highly acclaimed guitarist Martin Taylor and guest instructors. Various locations, various music genres, including accommodation, meals and full day workshops...
Helicon Arts, Europe
"Since 1998, Helicon Arts has run choral courses around Europe for amateur singers, and in recent years we have added photography and guitar holidays to our programme. Our venues are carefully chosen so the group can stay together close to places of interest, in spectacular locations. Throughout the week, a variety of excursions and activities are offered to enhance the holiday experience. A challenging creative programme and an active social schedule guarantee an unforgettable holiday..."
Guitar Breaks, Europe
"At Guitar Breaks we deliver bespoke guitar holiday adventures, specifically for guitarists, in beautiful surroundings. The ideal opportunity to get away from it all and just play guitar..."
Guitar Retreats, Europe
"We offer weekend breaks plus 4 and 7 night retreats both in the UK and in Europe, in fantastic venues and inspirational locations..."
Guitar Jamz and Getaways, Europe
"We only select high quality cottages or villas to host our retreats. We normally select a place with a good view, secluded and peaceful with nature walks nearby. Most of our retreats take place in the Scottish countryside and some take place abroad in countries like Spain and Portugal..."
Guitar Holidays, Italy
"Annual guitar courses led by eminent tutors offering immersive tuition in repertoire (solo and ensemble), guitar technique, theory, sight-reading, arranging and ensemble skills, culminating in a final performance in a local venue. The courses take the format of small group teaching, one-to-one sessions, masterclasses and ensemble coaching. Each student receives a tailored programme to match their individual requirements and needs..."
Guitar Music Course, Marche
"Workshop sessions will include repertoire (solo and ensemble), guitar technique, theory, sight-reading and ensemble skills and will build up towards a public performance at the end of the week in the theatre in Petritoli, which will raise funds for a local charity. Each participant will have an individual course of tuition based on their needs. There will of course be ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings and facilities at the Palazzo, which include two swimming pools, hot tubs, and several terraces with extensive views. In addition, participants can enjoy the various excursions planned during the week. Accommodation is based on two people sharing, but a limited number of single rooms are available for an additional supplement..."
West Lothian Annual Summer Rock School, West Lothian
West Lothian Annual Summer Rock School for primary and high school students, with Gary Clinton.
Music Retreats, East Ayrshire
Music Retreats in Scotland and Sweden. Short courses available cover guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, vocals, music business - "Whether you are an experienced musician looking for the opportunity to hone your craft or you are just starting out, courses are tailored to be comprehensive yet adaptable so students can expect to learn alongside others of a similar ability..."
Guitar Holidays, Andalucia
A wonderful opportunity to experience one to one and small group guitar lessons whilst on holiday in this magnificent mountain cortijo (farmhouse) above the white village of Capileira in Las Alpujarras. Whatever guitar style you prefer - flamenco guitar, classical guitar, blues guitar, rock guitar or jazz guitar, Mike Hynes is a highly qualified and experienced guitar teacher and performer. He will personalise the guitar lessons to suit your taste and skills..."
Guitar Holiday in Menorca
"Take your guitar playing to the next level on a sunshine Guitar Holiday in Menorca, Spain. Improve your guitar playing skills on a fully-tutored holiday. Have you been playing guitar for a little while and are you keen to improve? On this holiday you will take that next big step in confidence and skill. Over the week's holiday we will be working on a selection of classic songs - each with a Blues/Rock style - and this means we are inviting both Electric and Acoustic guitar players..."
Guitar Retreat, Andalucia
"We at Guitar Retreat Spain pride ourselves on bringing like minded people together to help them improve their guitar skills and music knowledge in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Catering for all levels of guitar playing we offer professional tutors who will help you learn, absorb, practice and demonstrate new found skills in a supportive and beautiful Andalucian environment. Guitar Retreat Spain currently offers both week and weekend courses at various times of the year with retreats to suit everyone..."
Flamenco Guitar Lessons, Seville
A GoLearnTo.com listing - also see a list of other courses from this source
The Songwriting Academy, Andalucia
The Songwriting Academy has courses on songwriting, music production and music business in London but also has a residential retreat songwriting workshop course in Spain.
Flamenco Dance and Guitar Courses, Grenada
An intense course of either Flamenco dance or guitar, set in the stunning retreat of Cortijo Romero in the Andalucían village of Órgiva, Granada. Over 18 hours of tuition, delicious vegetarian meals, excursions, free optional Spanish and Yoga or Tai Chi lessons and all tea, coffee and soft drinks included. This is an incredible opportunity to be immersed in Flamenco and enjoy a truly Flamenco ambiente, with collaborations between dance and guitar students on a daily basis...
La Fuente Holidays, Andalucia
"A wonderful opportunity for an intimate gathering with the purpose of sharing and learning with a team of delightful and generous teachers. You can: Have the holiday of a lifetime; Learn about playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, or singing; Work with some of the world's finest old-time country musicians; Make new friends; Enjoy a wealth of great experiences; Eat great food, swim, walk, play games, and become more relaxed and healthy than you ever thought was possible in connection with playing music..."
Clive Davies Guitar Workshop Holidays, Granada
"I have been holding my Guitar Workshops here in Montefrio, Granada since 2006. Guitarists of all levels have come to me from all over the world... from the heat of Dubai to the cold of the Canadian Arctic as well as from Australia, America, the U.K. and other parts of Europe...."
Guitar Holidays International
"Guitar Holidays International offers a lifestyle package! The package includes first-class guitar tuition for all ages and abilities, and a luxurious get away in a comfortable and relaxing surrounding for the guitar playing guests - partners are also welcome. You will be served good food, and get the opportunity to meet new people who share your passion. Whether you are a hobby player, amateur or semi-professional performer, we offer the perfect guitar player's holiday..."
John C. Campbell Folk School, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School - has a considerable range of courses including guitar and other fretted instruments - some even show you how to make them!
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Washington St.
"Each summer since 1974 the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop has taken place at a sylvan camp/retreat hidden away in the tall pines of Washington State. Each year we prepare a brochure describing the classes and activities that will take place during the upcoming summer. The brochure has grown to be a small book! Now you can browse the contents of this year's (and many previous year's) brochures on the World Wide Web..."
Guitar Workshop Plus, Various States
"Guitar Workshop Plus is much more than just a guitar camp or summer music camp. We offer week long workshops in a musical environment at superb facilities. Our faculty members are professional musicians and instructors with extensive experience teaching in summer music programs, workshops, private settings, and post secondary institutions. Along with receiving visits from world famous guest artists, our top ranked summer music program allows students to participate in daily classes, clinics, ensemble and student performances, and evening concerts..."
Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop Plus, Michigan
"In this 4-day program, you will work closely with Interlochen faculty members Matthew Schroeder, Tom Clippert and renowned guest artists. Participants will attend workshops covering the spectrum of fingerstyle guitar. Topics include arranging, composing, theory and technique, as well as performance tips and ways to stay inspired..."
Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp, New York
"Swing, Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Celtic, Pop, Folk and Countryóplus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions and song swaps. World class guitar instruction featuring a variety of levels and styles including flatpicking, fingerpicking and more..."
Robben Ford's Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp, New York
"The Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp enrollment is open to guitar buffs and guitarists of all levels. Participants will enjoy a fully immersive learning experience organized by Robben Ford..."
Recording Vacations, Hawaii
"[Music] Recording vacations can be a wonderful experience. You feel healthy and relaxed. You have time to compose and ready yourself to be in the studio. You can do the planning or the composing while your sitting on the beach. Studio time can be scheduled to maximize your vacation experience, and your productiveness. There are many wonderful lodging situations right on the ocean in Poipu Beach. Anywhere in the Poipu area is 3 miles from the recording studio (less than a 5 minute drive). There is also a lovely little town called Koloa that is less than one mile from the studio. This is the oldest town on the Island and is very quaint and beautiful. Koloa is a 2-3 minute drive to the beach and a 1 minute drive to the studio. We will be happy to help you find lodging that fits your taste and budget. Rental cars are picked up and dropped off at the airport. There are also some limited car rentals in Poipu Beach. There is some bus service to Poipu Beach and Koloa. Taxi service is available. The Poipu beach area is a wonderful vacation destination. Everything you would come to Kauai for is right there. Poipu Beach is excellent for surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, diving, hiking, and of course just laying on the beautiful beaches. There are hotels, restaurants, a shopping center, and great tourist amenities. Poipu has some of the best weather on the island..."
SummerKeys offers many music-related courses including a series of guitar workshops in the beautiful surroundings of close to the Canadian border.
NOTE: Descriptions in quotes are provided by their respective websites.
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