Join us in the Nightingale Centre!
We are pleased to announce a wonderful venue for the 2017 Gathering – The Nightingale Centre in the Peak District. It was founded in 1917 as a convalescent home for men and still stands as the National Memorial for those men of the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches who fell in the 1914-18 war. The accommodation has been extended and improved to provide a comfortable and cosy retreat space in the hills overlooking Buxton in the Peak District. We will have exclusive use so can create the atmosphere and the space to support our journey to the heart of the Grandmothers’ vision and understanding.
There are 75 bed spaces in a variety of rooms, some single but many twins and triples with one dormitory; about half have en-suite facilities while the rest share a generous number of bathrooms. All the accommodation is clean, bright and well-equipped with tea & coffee making facilities. You can see the Room Plan here and we invite you to choose the room you fancy and tell us on your Booking Form – so long as no-one else has booked it already it’s yours – so the sooner you book the better!
In addition to our main meeting space in the Peach Room we also have a couple of breakout rooms to create further space for connection and sharing as well as a self-service Dining Room. The Centre is cooking us nourishing vegetarian food and will do their best to cater for special diets – please let us know your needs; there is also a small self-catering kitchen where you can store and heat up food if that’s the best option, please note this doesn’t reduce the cost of your place. There is a drinks machine in the Dining Room where you can get yourself a brew at any time and the centre is surrounded by lovely grounds filled with flowers, vegetables with a playground for the playful child inside us all!
Travel times by road: Manchester 1 hr; Liverpool 1.5 hrs; Birmingham 1.75 hrs; London 3 hrs. Nearest airports Manchester, East Midlands and Doncaster/Rotherham. Nearest train station is Hope! Full travel details here.