You can arrive to the Summer House via car, or take a train to the nearest station and get a taxi or the House minibus to pick you up. For more detailed information, see our Getting There page.
If you want to hitch a ride, check out Rideshare page (it's password protected; guests will receive the password in a confirmation email).
The Wellbeing Team is an independent, voluntary group for pastoral care and accountability. They're role is to provide guests with support around wellbeing, difficult emotions, conflict, and consent. Read more about the Wellbeing Team here.
Guests will have the option of long-table family style dining for breakfasts and dinners, as well as choosing from our food truck vendors for all meals. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food (and food storage).
If you need a break from the action, you're welcome to use our Wellbeing Team's quiet space.
The craft den, run by Shannon, is where you can find meet all your creative & DIY needs. It's also your go-to if you need any help or advice with your costume for the Friday night party!
With the stunning success of last year's Queer Only Play Area, we're bringing it back this year! This will be a separate space for kink and play that is an exclusive safe/r space for queer people, free from the cishet gaze.
More info to follow!
Finding kink events to go to is usually as easy as typing something into a Search Engine, but learning how to play in a kinky environment is bit harder. The only classes are usually very expensive 1-on-1 sessions, or too Specific Interest, and you may not even be interested in that portion of Kink. Four years ago a few of us got together and decided to propose the Fungeon, a safe place at the Summer House to experiment with and learn new kinks — but also a place to talk about things light heartedly, as there's too much seriousness in it all!
This year come and join Bea, Ben, Jon and Phopy as we help introduce you to new skills and fine-tune the ones you already have. no question is too silly, and remember, above all the purpose of this is to have Fun in the Dungeon!
- Intro to the Fungeon: Meet the crew that are going to be helping you out throughout the weekend!
- KINK 101: Want to learn about Kink and BDSM in general, or have questions about anything? Come along for a cool Q&A session, no judgement!
- String Flingers*: Learn about Shibari, or Rope Play, in a safe and fun environment. Beginners absolutely welcome! - with Bea and Anna
- Intro: Welcome to the Fungeon
- Free Play
- Impact Play; Or, How to Hurt Your Partner In A Really Good Way But Not So Much That It Hurts In A Bad Way. 101: We'll be exploring the different kinds of hitty things you can use on people, good techniques and aftercare! - with Jon and Ben
- Scene Play: How to craft a scene with your partner/s, what's a good start and how to take it from there! - with Phopy and Mia
- Fungeon Party! Come along and test out what you've learnt over the weekend, and basically come and enjoy yourself!
- Free Play: Come and have a chilled out play with friends, or ask any questions that have arisen over the weekend!
Every Summer Houser gets assigned a Pod, separate from the Pod their PAL is in. The Pods meet every morning to form a small sharing circle. The Pods and Sharing Circles are opportunities for you to meet Summer House guests who aren't your PAL, and to share your experiences (ups and downs) with a group who will listen without judgment; it's also your chance to offer non-judgemental listening to the rest of the circle.
More info to follow!
More info to follow!
Do you hate speed dating? Men move around, women sit down, the same questions over and over again and the pressure to choose someone at the end of the evening. It all feels just a *little bit* forced. So we decided to throw the rules out of the window and create something entirely different. We will be starting with establishing consent and boundaries, followed by a series of fun questions and activities get stuck into. Everyone will be talking to everyone as we don't do gendered seating and we will be adopting our motto of #friendsoverdates because you can never have too many friends.
Access: Mostly sitting around, or short movement in space
Duration: 120 mins
sex+zine team Kim & Phil
Kim is a Somatic Sex Educator who specialises in women's sexual empowerment and healing through bodywork and coaching. Kim believes that pleasure is our birthright and that overcoming sexual shame is the key to joyful, powerful lives and relationships. Kim facilitates workshops and panel debates on a variety of topics and promotes inclusivity in the sexuality industry by leading Diversity For Sexuality Professionals - a practitioner group that provides support and best practice to widen access to sexuality-based services and training.
Phil is an Editor of sex+ and Somatic Sex Educator working to serve, nurture and expand the sexual landscape of her clients. They have many years of experience of empowering others through mind and body in the areas of mindful, sensory based movement, clinical hypnotherapy and sensual touch. More recently, they have trained as a Sexological Bodyworker and is enjoying sharing the expanded vision and nurturing that this work offers. Phil runs workshops and builds community around consent, overcoming shame and exploring new possibilities in the sexuality field.
Treat your Saturday night to a generous squirt of warm, thick Cocoa Butter! Founded, curated and hosted by velvet-toned songbird Sadie Sinner, The Cocoa Butter Club’s roster of queer performers of colour is one of the most sought after black books around! THEIR MISSION?…. To moisturise a thirsty performance scene with representations of The Other in everything from neo-burlesque and poetry to drag, live music and voguing. So, lotion up, baby, because their performances are bold enough to have you screaming ‘yaaaaas queen, smell like cocoa butter up in hurr!’
Nudity: Partial nudity might occur
Duration: 22:00 - 00:00
As a velvet-toned songbird or powerhouse of a host, "a bad girl with a good voice and a lot of loving to give..." Sadie Sinner is a creative force! Founder and curator of the Cocoa Butter Club, Sadie performs a seamless repertoire bursting with the RnB, blues, jazz, Motown, funk and neo-soul that raised her. Sadie brings entire rooms to their feet - her vocal and vibe, compelling them to dance the night away!
The Sensation Seekers Diner is an interactive experience for one where the guest chooses what they want to receive. Our mission is to serve and provide food for the soul, although the menu offers absolutely nothing to eat…
With two waiters giving a boundaried sensual encounter, there are dishes to suit even the most nervous guest. Dining is free and sittings last approximately twenty minutes. For a taste of what to expect please refer to our menu.
Access: Booking essential
Nudity: Partial nudity might occur
Duration: 20 mins
Sarah and Tony Pletts – artists and life explorers – head up a team of sensitive, playful people from the Summer House community who are experienced in negotiating boundaries and staying present in order to serve the meal of your choice at the Sensation Seekers Diner. Please note, the staff are willing volunteers, not professional chefs or masseurs. The Diner is delighted to be back for its fourth time at The Summer House to cater for your culinary* needs. (*food free)
Morning Gloryville ~ Rave Your Way Into The Day! is an immersive morning dance experience for those who dare to start their day in style.
Start your day in a positive way, with some mindful meditation. We will guide a practice that is different each day and will help you to feel more in tune, more aware and to set clear intentions for the day ahead. We use sitting, sound and sharing in this workshop.
Access: sitting still
Duration: 60 mins
Alice is a performance maker, sonic artist and singer. She has been involved in facilitating workshops for many years in theatre and live performance, vibrational healing through the voice, body work and music. She is currently part of a punk duo 'asthma' and is in the process of re-writing and performing her solo show. She is passionate about the power of theatre and voice work for self-expression and healing and is currently training as a Dramatherapist. She looks forward to creating a safe holding space for the participants of Summerhouse 2017.
Neil - I'm a mindfulness practitioner, dancer and passionate about kindness and positive, independent thinking. Aside from this I love to rock climb, I'm incredibly kinky and I'm passionate about consent and clear communication in all these things. I've been teaching blues dancing since 2016 and Mindfulness since 2014.
Come and sing! Humans have done it together since they were on this planet, bonding communities tight. Whether you consider yourself a singer or not doesn't matter; you're welcome and encouraged to come along and there’s no audition. We’ll perform on Saturday evening, leading the rest of the summerhouse in song. You don't need to be able to read music (though sheet music will be available should you want) as all the parts will be taught by ear. You only need to come to one rehearsal, but the more people who come to both, the better the choir will sound. Guaranteed to release endorphins and create a shared, happy buzz.
Duration: 90 mins
Neil is a musician and sound artist who creates scores for theatre, film, video games and inter-disciplinary works. When not making music himself, he helps others to make it, facilitating shared musical experiences. He is passionate about music as a fundamental means of human connection which can bring about well-being, self-esteem, collaboration and shared joy. Neil leads the Wayward Choral Society, a voice-positive, sex-positive choir which meets monthly in London and Bristol. He delivers workshops in such settings as Womad, Winter House, Bath Festival and Haus of Fluff. He’s performed all over the world including SXSW in Austin, Texas, Glastonbury and Singapore National Theatre. He has composed for various clients including BBC and Scottish Opera and has taught sound design at Bristol University for the past 15 years. He’s played in many bands, notably Angel Tech for the last two decades, and has recently begun work on a new solo album.
Nudity: Full nudity likely
Duration: All day