What's it all about?
One of the longest running residential ukulele weekends is now in new hands. The Bracklesham Bay Ukulele Festival was set up in 2015 by Antony Hawkes and his wife Ange at the South Downs Holiday Village in Bracklesham Bay. Over the past 7 festivals, the gatherings have gone from strength to strength and have featured many performers including Andy Eastwood, Phil Doleman, Sam Brown, Pete Brown, Dave Soothill, Peter Moss, The Mersey Belles, The Hedge Inspectors, Opera-lele, Elisabeth Pfeiffer and many more! The event moved from Bracklesham to alternating between Eastbourne on the South East coast and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and in October 2019, Ant and Ange stepped down from hosting the festivals and now there are some new kids in town! Opera-lele have taken over the reins and now act as hosts for the Bracklesham Ukulele Weekends.
Why people choose Bracklesham:
At all of our weekends, many workshops are included in the cost of your ticket with others available for just £5. We bring you some of the top ukulele players in the world who share their know-how with you in an intimate environment.
We invite performers from across the globe to come together to perform especially for you. Over three nights, you will get to hear support and headline acts for your entertainment. This includes our ever-popular Late Night Cabaret.
We endeavour to give as many attendees the maximum number of opportunities to perform on this platform. With Open Mic slots spread across the weekend, there is no excuse not to dust off your fancy pants and play your heart out!
We use our bespoke Bracklesham Ukulele Weekends Songbook (downloadable here) to sing and strum together. Led by Opera-lele or guest artists, these are fantastic opportunities for us all to perform together! The emphasis is on fun!
Our Spring Weekends take place in the Shanklin Hotel in Shanklin on the beautiful Isle of Wight. The hotel boasts a swimming pool and is a very short stroll to the sea (with some rooms benefitting from a sea view). There is a bar and lots of areas to relax when you're not busy in workshops, being entertained or eating! Free parking is available on site and your ticket price includes ferry crossing from the mainland. FROM JUST £189 per person.
In the Autumn, we spend the weekend in the grand Queen's Hotel in Eastbourne. With views of the Eastbourne Pier and right on the sea front, the location is simply stunning. There is free parking on site. Performances take place in the grand ballroom with a bar, conservatory and snooker room! We can also let you know where to get the best fish & chips in town! FROM JUST £195 per person.
What attendees say
“Brilliant events, great workshops, friendly people and fabulous, talented acts!”
“I was lucky enough to catch several workshops and they were, without exception, superbly informative and life changing! Hats off to this festival. May it enjoy many, many years of utter success!”
“Fantastic weekend. Meeting up with friends from the previous Bracklesham events and enjoying great ukulele playing and jams.”
“I have been fortunate enough to have attended 2 Bracklesham events with one more later this year. There is literally something for everyone from a novice to experienced.”
Meet our team
Our weekends rely on many people. Your bookings, travel arrangements and accommodation are sorted by the award-winning Isle of Wight Tours. Your MCs and hosts for the weekends are the award-winning duo Opera-lele.
Isle of Wight Tours run the weekends
George & Mandi from Opera-lele are your hosts
Click the link above to download the 2020 Songbook for use at all of our 2020 weekends.
Click the link above to download the programme for our March 2020 weekend in Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Click the link above to download all that you need to know about the workshops in Shanklin 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions....
I am hard of hearing. Is there any provision for deaf people?
Although we can make no promises, there will be a PA system in place and on offer for all workshop leaders to use. Please let the workshop leader know that you need them to use a microphone and feel free to position yourself close to the speakers.
Will there be printed copies of the songbook available to buy for those who struggle with technology?
Yes. We will have a limited number of copies of the songbook available. They will cost £2 per copy - this is just to cover our printing costs.
What do I have to wear on formal night?
You do not need to dress up for formal night, but if you would like to, feel free! You can dress to impress. Black tie, lounge suit, ball gown or little black dress, feel free to go to town!
Can you confirm the start and finish times for the weekends please?
Sure thing! On the Friday, check-in time is 4pm and checkout is 10am on Monday. The musical proceedings begin at around 6pm on Friday night.
I'm a member of a ukulele club. Can we come to one of your weekends as a group?
Yes, of course. Get in touch with Oli to discuss if there are any offers available.