Fusion Dance Weekend September 20th – 22nd   2024














I’m thrilled by the amazing response to my Facebook post! Many of you have requested variations I hadn’t imagined, which is fantastic. However, I’ve had to make some adjustments to our accommodations since one provider decided to focus on being a retreat rather than hosting large groups.

I’ve also been working behind the scenes to include an option that doesn’t include accommodation. Here’s the updated plan:

  • Venue: We have reserved the Ambleside Parish Centre, which can host up to 100 dancers.
  • Accommodations: I’ve secured 5 cottages and Rydal Lodge, which together can house up to 54 people.
    • 5 rooms are available for single occupancy.
    • Freestyle & Food Tickets: 30 tickets are available for those who prefer to find their own accommodation.

    To confirm your spot, please reserve your tickets by July 1st, using the booking form below. After this date, I’ll provide an update on the available accommodation and freestyle tickets. 

    Base Camps

    We have two base camps:

    1. Rydal Base Camp: Located in the charming village of Rydal, offering limited accommodation. Rydal Lodge and Hart Head Barn, just 100 meters apart and 1.5 miles from the dance hall, will form this base camp. This option includes Bed & Breakfast.

    2. Bowness Base Camp: I’ve reserved three cottages in Bowness. These cottages are in secluded woodland above Bowness, close to each other, and just 5 miles from the dance hall. This base camp is self-catering.

    Rydal Water towards Grasmere

    National Geographic approached me to feature Rydal in their series on the world’s eight most beautiful locations. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the authority to grant permission. Bring your camera and walking boots to enjoy more than 20 iconic walks starting from Rydal.

    I took this photo 200 yrds from my garden. For more inspiration, please take a look at the Gallery, using the navigation bar above.  Most of the images were taken within 2 miles of Rydal Lodge.

    Bowness-on-Windermere, the largest holiday town in the Lake District National Park, is nestled on the shores of Lake Windermere. The views from Bowness across the lake and up to the mountains are some of the most breathtaking in the Lake District.

    Food & Drinks


    • Friday & Saturday Dinners: Simple dinners will be available at the Ambleside Community Centre.
    • Saturday & Sunday Lunches: Lunches will be provided along with tea, coffee, and biscuits throughout the day.
    • The hall is licensed, so alcohol will be available.

    Booking Details

    To confirm your ticket:


    • Deposit: £75 for accommodation packages or £30 for Freestyle with food. The balance must be paid by August 1st. The deposit is non-refundable, but if you can’t make it after paying the balance, I’ll do my best to find a replacement and return the balance (excluding the deposit).


    Prices Are Per Person


    Freestyle Rydal Lodge Rydal Barn Bownes



    BnB Self Catering Self Catering
    Double room – two sharing 295 295 295
    Twin room – two sharing 295 295 295
    Triple single beds  – three sharing 295 N/A N/A
    Quad room – four people sharing 295 N/A N/A
    Single occupancy N/A 450 450
    Freestyle, together with food 150
    Good housekeeping bond 200* 250*

    Good Housekeeping Bond*

    A good housekeeping bond is required for some cottages to cover potential excessive cleaning costs. If the cottages are left in a poor state and I am charged, I’ll pass the charge onto the cottage occupants. Failure to comply may affect your participation in future events.

    Dancing Venue:

    Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Rd, Ambleside LA22 9DH


    Travelling on Public Transport is easy in the Windermere area. The nearest train station to Ambleside is Windermere, 4 miles, with frequent buses/taxis from the station. Rydall is 1.5 miles from Ambleside.

    The 599 Bus will take you to Bowness, Ambleside on to Rydall and beyond.

    Journey time from Bowness to Ambleside is approximately 32 mins.

    Journey time from Rydall to Ambleside 7 mins.

    The following link will take you to time tables.  Most journeys cost £2, which can be paid by cash or card.



    We need to keep the car parking spaces outside the Community Centre for the Fusion Team to come and go as necessary.

    All 3 Ambleside car parks are 24 hour Long Stay & easy walking distance to the dance: Lake Road, Low Fold & Rydal Road

    Click on the link below to get all the info you need on each Car Park such as Hourly rates, how to register to Pay by Phone. How to buy a 3 or 7 Day pass which gives you the option to park in any of the eligible car parks with a green logo, including those listed above. (You can’t buy a pass online or in advance).



    FRIDAY Light Dinner at 7 pm with dancing until 11.30 pm.

    SATURDAY Lunch at 4 pm – with dancing continuing to dinner in the evening and more dancing to 11.30 pm.

    SUNDAY Lunch 1 pm with dancing to 5 pm. Organise your own Dinner and return for your final dancing of the weekend from 7 pm to 11.30 pm.

    Please complete the following booking form, indicating your room preference.  Then email it to: fusion@rydallodge.co.uk

    I will write and confirm if your preferred accommodation is available, together with providing my bank details. Rooms and cottages will be allocated in the order deposits are received.

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