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What holidays and dates are you planning?

Escape to Capernwray 1 (Adults and families), Saturday 3 – Friday 9 July
Escape to Capernwray 2 (Adults and families), Saturday 10 – Friday 16 July
Escape to Capernwray 2a (Adults and families), Saturday 17 – Friday 23 July
Escape to Capernwray 2b (Adults and families) Saturday, 24 – Friday 30 July
Escape to Capernwray 3 (Adults and families), Saturday 7 – Friday 13 August
Escape to Capernwray 4 (Adults and families), Saturday 14 – Friday 20 August
One Parent Family Week, Saturday 21 – Friday 27 August
Equipped (Adults), Saturday 28 August – Friday 3 September
Men’s Weekend (Adults), Friday 3 – Sunday 5 September

We will also be running two Winter Holidays:

Introducing Israel (Adults), Thursday 11 – Thursday 18 November
New Year Starter (Adults and families), Wednesday 29 December – Monday 3 January

When do bookings open?  

Bookings are now open and are being taken online through this website. New Year Starter bookings will not open before September.

What is an ‘Escape to Capernwray’ week? And One Parent Family Week?

IT WILL BE DIFFERENT!  The four ‘Escape’ weeks are for families of all ages to come away together plus adults on their own are welcome too – we can relax and be refreshed together. Our fifth family week is especially for One Parent Families. At all these there will be Bible teaching (see below) and we hope to offer some suitable activities. Not only can you ‘escape’ the confines of home by staying at the Hall, we offer a great location for you to explore the areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surround Capernwray and enjoy God’s creation in Lancashire, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks.

We can promise….

  • A warm welcome and Capernwray hospitality
  • Excellent Bible teaching (see below)
  • Tasty food
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Campfires 
  • Swimming pool, Tennis courts
  • Frisbee golf (new for 2021)
  • And a beautiful parkland setting (170 acres)

We can’t promise that we can offer everything we have done in the past – even though we would like to! 

Bible teaching

  • Our hope is that guests can gather indoors for a mixture of all-age Bible teaching sessions, age group sessions and movie nights for everyone. 
  • If this is not possible, we can at least teach outside or stream teaching to your rooms.
  • We cannot yet promise to offer age-group-specific teaching for young people and children at the Escape to Capernwray and One Parent Family Weeks, so please do not book if that is essential for you.
  • As for singing, if we can’t sing inside, we plan to sing outside and hopefully we can gather around a bonfire and sing our hearts out!  

What will Equipped and Men’s Weekend look like?

Equipped and Men’s Weekend are open to adult guests. Each break contains multiple Bible teaching sessions as well as time to relax and enjoy some recreation. We hope and anticipate that our Bible teaching sessions can be held in the Conference Hall as usual. This will allow our three Guest Speakers at Equipped to unpack their teaching in the three morning and one evening lectures. We hope that Men’s Weekend will be able to follow a similar programme to previous years with morning and evening Bible teaching and some recreational options through the days.

What covid rules will you have in place?

If you book a holiday with us you are agreeing that you will comply with the covid-secure rules Capernwray has to adopt or considers necessary for the safety of staff and other guests; and you are agreeing that you will respect others’ choices where they have freedom to differ from you.  

Hands, Face, Space are our guiding principles

Hands: We have added more sinks in the Dining Room for hand washing as well as lots of hand sanitizer available around the site.

Face: As with most indoor public spaces, those of us over 11 are all required to wear facemasks unless we are seated and eating or drinking (whether in the Dining Hall or elsewhere). Please bring face coverings and be prepared to wear them when required.  We have predominantly been singing as a group outdoors including in the courtyard to start the day which has been a wonderful blessing – we plan to continue this new tradition! We also sing indoors occasionally, but only do so where there is plenty of space and good ventilation (i.e. the Conference Hall).

Space: We have drastically reduced the number of guests coming to Capernwray each week. A ‘full’ Escape to Capernwray week will have a maximum of approximately 80 guests. This will provide more space in the Dining Room and limiting the number of people who will be using all the facilities at Capernwray, will give you and your family lots of room to yourself if you prefer. We are following the Government’s latest guidance on ‘acting carefully and remaining cautious’. For this reason, we will continue to operate a one way system in the Main House where the corridors are fairly narrow. We are pleased to be able to offer age related Bible Teaching sessions to the children – if you are coming with children and do not want them to mix closely with others we will understand if you want to bring them with you to the adult Bible teaching sessions.

We look forward to the day that we can say goodbye to each and every restriction and get back to the activities and interaction that we love to offer you. Until that day we need to know that you support us in keeping everyone at Capernwray as safe and as healthy as possible.

General Health, Vaccination and testing

We do not expect anyone to arrive at Capernwray knowing they have an infectious disease! Please do all you can to keep our site healthy so that all can enjoy their holiday. We do not require you to have had the covid vaccine before you come on holiday, but we will most likely ask you to complete a covid health declaration on arrival. We are encouraging you to take an asymptomatic lateral flow test before you arrive (or if that is not possible, on arrival – we will have test kits available for you to use) and receive a negative result to be confident you are not bringing covid with you. Find out how to do that here.

What if a guest has Covid symptoms or tests positive for Covid after they arrive?

We will follow Government guidance and the necessary protocols for ‘test and trace’.  As of April 2021 close contacts of a symptomatic or positive case are required to self-isolate.  That includes, for example, anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes less than 2m away.  We will follow any advice our local public health team gives us.  

Will you be Covid-secure?

Capernwray already carries the “We’re Good To Go” official mark from Visit England that recognises we are following the Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, and that we have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. We have also passed a Health and Safety Executive spot check which affirmed the measures we have implemented make us Covid-secure for our current Bible School.  We continue to keep all our measures and our Risk Assessments under review as law and guidance changes.

What are the prices?

We have simplified our pricing structure for 2021.  

Escape to Capernwray, One Parent Family Week & Equipped: Choose for each adult the Ensuite Bathroom price of £385, or the Shared Bathroom price of £350. Children (0-17) pay a reduced rate of £0 – £280 depending on age, irrespective of bathroom. 

For each holiday we will ask you to pay a deposit of £40 per person to secure your booking.

The booking form will give you the opportunity to apply a 10% discount for One Parent Family Week.

“Ensuite” and “Shared” Bathrooms for 2021

Ensuite bathrooms are private bathrooms attached to the bedroom and for the use of guests in that bedroom. Shared bathrooms are not attached to the room but are on the corridor and are usually shared by several bedrooms on that corridor. For 2021, we do not anticipate that households will be sharing bathroom facilities but most likely will be designated a specific bathroom for their household’s use.

How many people can book in?

Book early!  The number of guests we can accommodate each week will be less than usual. Not all of our rooms can be used, and we will only book one household per room so not every room will be fully occupied. 

Can I / will I have to share a bedroom with other guests who are not in my household/bubble?

No. We shall only book people from the same household or bubble into the same bedroom.

Can we share tables with other households?

This will depend on what rules are in place for social distancing – we expect it to be one household per dining table, or two single person households sharing a table.  We have a spacious Dining Hall to enable distance between tables.

Will we be able to sing?

We will be following the relevant Government guidance in force at the time, so although we anticipate we shall at least be able to sing outside, we do not know what will be possible inside.

Will there be Bible-teaching for adults and children?

Proclaiming Jesus Christ through biblical teaching is at the heart of all we do at Capernwray, so we can guarantee that in some form or other there will be Bible teaching at each of these holidays.  However, we cannot yet promise to offer age-group-specific teaching for young people and children at the Escape to Capernwray and One Parent Family Weeks, so please do not book if that is important to you.

Why are they starting on a Saturday and finishing on a Friday in the summer weeks?

We have had to increase the amount of time needed to get the site clean and ready for the arrival of the next group of guests and also to manage the staffing schedule appropriately.

Arrival times

The Hall will be open to you and your room will be ready by 4pm on the Saturday you arrive (4pm Friday for Men’s Weekend). Please aim to arrive at our main Reception between 4pm and 5.30pm, ready for the first meal together at 6pm.  Please do not arrive before 4pm.

Train arrivals

If you are travelling by train, we are able to meet the trains which arrive at Carnforth station between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on the day of arrival.  If you need to arrive outside those times, either book a taxi to bring you to Capernwray or contact us at least seven days before your holiday starts to see if we can help you. Please do email holidays@capernwray.org at least a week before your arrival if you need us to meet you at the station.  

Meals, meal times and special diets

Meal times for guests are usually 8.30am, 1pm and 6pm each day. On some days you will be able to order packed lunches if you wish to go out for the day.  

We can cater for vegetarian (but not vegan), gluten free and dairy free diets.  If you have any of these dietary needs, you must tell us on your booking form.

We will try to cater for other medically essential diets if possible, if you give us details when you book, but we cannot guarantee to be able to do so.  

Cancellation and refunds

Full payment is due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday. Once a booking has been received and confirmed our usual Terms and Conditions will apply, as set out below, and also on our website: 

The outstanding balance is due six weeks before the start of your holiday.

A cancellation of a booking is only acceptable if received in writing. In the event of a cancellation, the deposit is forfeited, and if the cancellation is made 28 days or less before the start of the holiday, the following charges will apply: between 28 and 14 days prior to arrival, 50% of the total holiday cost is forfeited; between 14 and 7 days prior to arrival, 75% of the total holiday cost is forfeited; less than 7 days prior to arrival, 100% of the total holiday cost is forfeited. 

If we have to cancel the holiday for any reason, we shall offer a full refund.

Travel insurance and medical insurance

We encourage all guests to take out holiday travel insurance to cover the risk and expense  of cancellation due to a change in your circumstances. We no longer offer our own cancellation ‘insurance’ to guests.

What if I am travelling from abroad?

We realise that international travel this year is likely to be difficult.  We would advise you not to book until you have certainty that quarantining will not be required. We also advise guests to take out their own travel insurance to cover you for medical care and if you find you cannot travel. If you are a visitor to the UK from an EU country, you can continue to use a valid and in-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your home country to access healthcare but it is not an alternative to travel insurance. If you don’t have one, you will have to contact the relevant health authorities in your country to apply for one and it can take up to 2 weeks to arrive.

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