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Albufeira, Portugal, Winter Folk Dancing In The Sun

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 by Enjoy Travel


The spectacular 5* Grande Real Hotel in Albufeira on Portugal’s stunning Algarve will host the 2020 WINTER FOLK DANCING Holiday from the 23rd January – 6th February 2020.

From the moment you arrive you will become immersed in a truly joyful and happy atmosphere, with lots of music, lots of dance and bags of opportunities to mingle and mix with really nice people. You will, without doubt, be made to feel welcome from the outset and even if you can’t dance, there will be bags of opportunities to learn at the workshops! These are conducted under the stewardship of Ivan Aitken, Hilary Vare and Maggie Hosking all of whom make the learning process so much fun! The music of course is presented by a group of thoroughly professional musicians and it is a absolute joy to just sit and listen to them even if you never put a foot on the dance floor! Their reels, jigs and hornpipes etc. are delivered in a foot tapping, handclapping style that is difficult to resist!

We are delighted to introduce one week of Contra Dancing (commencing the 26th) alongside the English Folk Dancing into this Winter Folk Dancing festival on the Algarve. This form of dancing can be found all round the world but mostly in the United States and in the UK. It will sit very comfortably with our Winter Folk Dancing friends. Although it has a rather mixed pedigree, coming from English, Scottish, Irish, and French dance styles it has one great advantage – You can attend without a partner! As the lines of dancers are formed and throughout the dance you can progress up and down the lines and dance with several other people and what’s more you will have excellent callers including Cis Hinkle, on hand to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes like dancing with two people at the same time! Sounds fun though! Eh!

Join Musicians; Bill Keys, Meg Winters, Hilary Vare, David Bradley, Mike Green, Rosie & Brian McMinn and callers; Hilary Vare, Maggie Hosking & Ivan Aitken for a fortnight of live music and English country dancing from 1651 to the present day, along with daily workshops and activities in this amazing location.

Either book online or if you require more information please call us now on 01254 445050.



  • Flight from Gatwick and Stansted (£25 supplement may apply from other regional airports)
  • 20 kg bag allowance included
  • Meet & Greet at Faro Airport *Transfers by coach / car to and from Hotel
  • 7, 10 or 14 nights accommodation (subject to flight availability on specific dates)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast commencing with dinner on the evening of the day of arrival and concluding with breakfast on the morning of the day of departure
  • Wine, beer or soft drink served with dinner each evening
  • Great entertainment every day and evening
  • Music tutorials and workshops every day. The same artists and callers have been invited to return
  • Full time services of the Enjoy Travel team
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind (ATOL 6227)
  • All taxes and service charges included


Location: Albufeira, Portugal, (map does not show exact location)
Address: , Albufeira,  Portugal
Contact: Call - UK: 01254 445050 / Ireland & Europe 00 44 1254 445050