June guitar retreat (aka bandcamp)

Date: 9 Jun 2023

Bandcamp cover photo

June guitar retreat (aka Bandcamp)

What are the dates – Arriving 1pm June 9th and leaving noon June 11th

How many people will be attending: Our bandcamps see between 30 and 50 musicians and it’s very much all inclusive

Do I need to be able to play guitar: No, we’ve had bandcamps with complete beginners before. We’ll do some beginner workshops with you

Where is it: A beautiful woodland campsite in Kent – near Harrietsham

Tell me more……..

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 Fiona 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 2021 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 fruit, pastries, cereal, toast and spreads
Lunch – BBQ with Greek salad
Afternoon tea – Scones with jam and clotted cream
Dinner – Chilie con-carne – Vegan and non-vegan varieties
Snacks – Crisps, chocolate, fruit
Campfire snacks – Olives and Marshmallows
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 in guitar playing (beginner through to advanced jams, improvisation, blues, riffs, open tuning – if you have a workshop you’d like then get in touch and we’ll include it if we can), singing, songwriting, dance, slacklining, botany and poetry


We have different sleeping options which all come with a different price tag and bell and cabin options are limited and sell out very fast

Bring your own tent: £222.

Sleep in a bell tent shared with up to 4 other people £189: FULLY BOOKED

Sleep on your own in a bell tent: £336: FULLY BOOKED

Sleep in a cabin in the woods: £390: FULLY BOOKED

If you’re coming with someone else and want to book a bell tent or cabin for the both of you, get in touch to discuss prices for this option

To book, just email fiona@theguitarsocial.com

From the Guitar Social Community

The Guitar Social is unique, vibrant, edgy, always fun and uplifting. Where else could I get top quality guitar teaching alongside a jam in the park, fun Zoom guitar based games or an inspiring and sociable camping trip.
Helen, Devon
Thanks to The Guitar Social , I am living my dream after years of longing to play the guitar but feeling too scared to go for it. I am loving it. The classes are so enjoyable.
Beverley, Birmingham
The lessons are great fun, the resources are excellent and I’m learning more than ever before. On top of that, there are loads of opportunities to get together and play with other students. Best guitar lessons I’ve ever had.
Stevie, London
The class is run by a group who really understand the principles of learning and the reasons for doing it! Also we are given sensible and realistic targets and outcomes coupled with very helpful practice schedules.
Lindsay, London
Nicola Cortese
Nicola Cortese
I started a course in Jan as a beginner with Thomas and I can already play 5 songs!.. with simple chords :) both Thomas and Fiona are really lovely and they really know how to teach whilst having fun! I'd highly recommend dropping at one of their Thursday's open mic! Tons of fun and talent for free!!!
Jonny Pollard
Jonny Pollard
Very friendly learning environment, was a bit nervous to play with a group having not played socially for many years, but it was super relaxed, and I learnt a lot in the first session. Looking forward to the next session!
Adam J
Adam J
Had a great time tonight! I joined on to the beginners course a couple weeks late, but Fiona was great at running me up to speed before the class. Tom was a great instructor, and managed to get us to cover lots of ground in a short space of time. The group was super freindly and relaxed, and im looking forward to going back next week!
Jakub Špaček
Jakub Špaček
Having played guitar in my past within academic environment I have to say The Guitar Social club opened my eyes with their amazing and vibrant atmosphere with company of great people. Lessons are really fun and easy to follow. Feel really motivate just after few classes and my connection to the instrument greatly improved!
Paula Smith
Paula Smith
Unbelievably great, not kidding.
Marcella Puppini
Marcella Puppini
This exactly what I was hoping it would be. A fun and engaging way of learning a new instrument at a lovely venue, with great people and great teaching. Thoroughly recommended.
Only been going 2 weeks but it's a great environment with good pacing throughout the lessons. The community is quite helpful + open to learn so it's really a great space for anyone wanting to hone their guitar chops!
Kevin S.
Kevin S.
Is it a guitar school? A social events group? A music workshop for all ages and abilities? An open, non-judgemental route to performing? A holiday club that includes jamming on guitars around the campfire? Well–it's all these and more. The Guitar Social is built around founder & lead tutor Thomas (plus TGS Business Director, Fiona, originally one of its earliest students). Patient and passionate, Thomas and his relaxed, friendly temperament get the best from beginners to improvers and beyond. Personally for me, one core strength of The Guitar Social is that Thomas realises what most tutors and courses never do – we can all learn fast and well when we play whole songs together and discover as a group how to make them work. Thomas and TGS guest tutors will always tend to teach music theory for guitar, and focus too on scales, chord voicings, correct rhythm, licks, riffs, parts, soloing etc, but with a tendency to make it about the fun and learning gains when students jam together on great songs instead of staring at a white board and not playing much music. Jamming songs in similar or mixed ability groups helps TGS students become functioning musicians who have built useful real world skills and experience across many sessions similar to how working musicians rehearse and workshop songs. And you will have the opportunity to build live experience too if you wish – solo or with your term group or with others of your choice, in a safe, positive environment, with friendly fellow students as your audience. Never any pressure and just one example of where TGS delivers extra value. They are really worth trying. I haven't even done full justice here to all the different activities they do.
stu smith
stu smith
The coolest club in London!
Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
I'm back for my second series of the Joy of the Jam. After not playing with others for over 30 years, these sessions are reminding me just how inspiring and enjoyable jamming can be. Thomas leads the sessions with huge enthusiasm and a great deal of humour. The support of his impressive musical knowledge is ever present - but this never gets in the way of our desire just have fun and be playing.

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