What we're about

We are a music school founded on the spirit of rock and roll offering paid for courses, free workshops, free events and holidays.

Only some of what we offer is listed on Meetup so come and learn more about what we do on our website https://www.theguitarsocial.com/

The Guitar Social began in 2014 based on the simple idea that playing and learning guitar is more fun if you do it with other people. It had one class, and twelve learners. Since then, it has become something else.

Today The Guitar Social is a place to meet new people. It's a place to learn new skills. To develop your musical confidence. To try things you have never tried before. It's the starting point on a great adventure. It's a community. It's about making friends. It's about going places. It's a class on a rainy Sunday. It's a jam on boat on a blue ocean. It's a pint in a pub. It's a shared pot of coffee at one of our camp retreats.

It's many things to many people, but most of all, it's the people within it, that make it what it is.

We can't wait to have you along for the ride.

Upcoming events (2)

Bandcamp - woodland camping and guitar workshops in Kent

Online event

Head here to book: https://www.theguitarsocial.com/retreats/august-band-camp/

The Guitar Social has been all over the world, from the Jungles of Cambodia to the dive bars of Berlin, but no retreat is adored quite as much as this humble weekend in a countryside paradise in Kent.

The weekend
Our location is a private hidden jewel in the rolling hills of Kent. Spread across a woodland, a meadow and open fields and with luxury toilet and washing facilities, with hot water. The site has quickly become a home away from home in the summer months for the guitar social. We went and visited the site four times in 2020 and the site owners have become quick friends of The Guitar Social, going above and beyond to support out unusual needs; their young daughter even gave the September 2020 group a moonlit tarot card reading!
Food is prepared in teams and the servings are generous. There’s a bottomless bar and a never ending wood supply to keep the fires burning.
The days are spent in idle conversation, joining in on the workshops led by Thomas and playing guitar alone or in groups in preparation for the evenings jam where we play together and sit in silence, eyes on the fire, as some people play songs on their own.
It is a magical weekend. We did our first one in 2015 and we still have the same people from that first band camp turning up every year.
In 2020 we had a record number of people coming to bandcamp who had never been to a Guitar Social event or class before. Many arrived nervous about not knowing anyone; all left with new friends.
Some performed in-front of people for the first time. Some wrote a song for the first time, some played an E chord for the first time. This really is a magical weekend that suits all levels of guitar player from all over.

What will I be eating and drinking?
Here’s a typical menu:
Breakfast – Fry up – veggie and meat versions or cereal or toast and spreads
Lunch – BBQ with greek salad
Dinner – Chillie con-carne – Vegan and non-vegan varieties
Snacks – Crisps, chocolate, fruit
Drinks – Beer, ale, wine, cider, fruit juice, Fizzy drinks

What’s included in the price?
– Your accommodation – varying prices for varying types of accommodation
– All food and drink including bottomless alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, meat and vegan options and endless snacks
– Firewood
– Workshops

Walking in the Peak District with guitar workshops

Online event

Head here to book: https://www.theguitarsocial.com/retreats/walking-in-the-peak-district/

This quaint remote barn enjoys far reaching views and Dale walks from the door. Having no electric and no distractions it is the perfect place to switch off from the hassles of a hectic life. Its like camping but you don’t get wet! This isn’t just a walking holiday; picture jams underneath starlight, lungs full of clean air, peace and tranquility in the British countryside as the weather just starts turning towards Autumn You will need to bring: Your usual camping equipment A good sleeping bag A foam mat (blow up air bed) – as mattresses are not provided Warm clothes, walking boots or stout shoes. One torch as there is no electricity at the barn

Typical schedule:

This holiday is all about getting back to basics and enjoying the best countryside that the North has to offer. Each day we’ll be heading out for a walk around 10am and returning to our barn at about 5pm. Probably having stopped for a pint in the odd pub along the way The evenings will be spent jamming, sitting in a pub, jamming some more and sleeping soundly from the hard day’s walk. Some walks we’re planning: Narrowdale Hill Tissington Trail Steppingstones of Dovedale The Manifold Track and Thor’s Cave

Food and Drink

Here is a typical menu: Breakfast – Fry up – vegan and meat versions or cereal or toast and spreads Lunch – Packed lunch because we’ll be out walking Dinner –BBQ Snacks – Crisps, chocolate, fruit Drinks –some beer, ale, wine, cider, fruit juice, Fizzy drinks

Whats included in the price

Accommodation in the camping barn Breakfast, lunch and dinner – all cooked on a camping stove – how nice! Teas, coffee, soft drinks Guitar workshops – see workshops page for the type of jams and workshops on offer

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