Plein Air Creative Retreats

Discover new perspectives, learn new skills and make new friends

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Art retreats in Yorkshire at the Well House Haven Art Venue are tailored to your requirements

We provide artists with a unique opportunity to escape their daily routines and dive into their creative practice in a stimulating and inspirational environment.

Whether you come as a group or an individual you will find a friendly welcome.

Cozy accommodation is coupled with access to a large well equipped indoor art studio


People walking through the forest in Nidderdale


Find new ideas in the idyllic Yorkshire countryside

The tranquil and varied surroundings of Well House Haven allow you to find artistic stimulation removed from the distractions of modern life.

The location is certain to give you a fresh perspective on your chosen medium, what you find inspiring and maybe even yourself.

One of the most rewarding aspects of these art retreats is the opportunity connect with fellow artists with whom you can share ideas and build lasting friendships.

Two specific weeks during Spring and Summer will be designated art residency weeks aimed at individuals wanting accommodation and studio access with the possibility of meeting like-minded individuals. Dates will be confirmed shortly but expecting early May and early September.

At other times groups are welcome and we can tailor a package to suit.



Are you an artist looking to run a course?

Well House Have Art Venue is also available for professional artists wanting to run their own courses. Free access to the extensive studio capable of taking 10 students plus tutor is available as well as free tutor accommodation  - please enquire below.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the practical side of our creative retreats


Is there phone reception?

Being out in the rolling Yorkshire countryside, phone reception is poor unless you happen to be with EE. Look at it as an opportunity to step away from life’s commitments and focus on your craft.

Will I have access to wi-fi?

Like phone reception, wi-fi at the Well House Haven Art Venue is limited. You will be able to check your emails, but don’t expect to be able to stream Netflix!

Where’s the nearest venues for food?

There are pubs at Middlesmoor and Lofthouse - both a short drive or 20-40 min walk. Cafes are also open during the day at How Stean Gorge and Studfold Cafe, which are even closer.

Where’s the nearest shops?

Pateley Bridge (9 miles) or Masham (11 miles)

What do I need to bring with me?

Enough clothes to last you the length of your stay, a rucksack and some sturdy walking boots! Some courses will require you to bring your own materials, so please check the course listing for more information.

Is the venue easy to reach?

The country roads in the surrounding area are quite winding, as you would expect, but are very quiet. Please note that low-slung cars might have trouble clearing the driveway to the venue – You won’t need a 4x4, but you will definitely need something with some clearance.

What is available in the Studio?

The Barn Studio has 10 - 12 large workstations well lit by daylight lamps and a number of large floorstanding easels as well as A2 and A3 boards. There are also few easels which can be borrowed for field studies. We provide tea/coffee/cold drink facilities in the studio and a fridge for food storage.


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Who are these art retreats in Yorkshire intended for?

 Prospective attendees should:

  Be professional or semi-professional creatives looking for a tranquil, inspiring environment 

 Be physically capable of walking while carrying art equipment over some steep terrain

 Have access to walking essentials like backpacks, walking boots and walking sticks

 Enjoy the great outdoors, physical activity and the simple joy of exploring!


Unwind, create and connect!

If you have any questions please send me an email to

and I will help however I can.







Accommodation for my creative retreats

In the interest of convenience and full artistic immersion, there is limited B&B accommodation available at Well House complete with a continental breakfast for attendees and their partners. There will also be a shepherd's hut on site able to accommodate 2 people with separate shower facilities.

If you are considering a large group event and I'm not able to fit you in, don't worry – There is plenty of other accommodation available at the local villages of Middlesmoor and Lofthouse, and slightly further away at Masham and Pateley Bridge.








Find yourself falling in love with the Nidderdale AONB?

You and your partner are more than welcome to stay for a few days longer – If you would like to arrange this, please email me at