The Dell House, Malvern

01684 564448


At various times throughout the year we and others organise residential special-interest events at the Dell House.

DellCon Boardgaming weekends

Various dates, generally between October and April

Our popular social boardgaming weekends for up to 16 people. Two nights full board from £150. For more details see our DellCon page.

Boardgame 'Tasting' Weekend

Exploring the range of modern boardgames

New dates TBA after lockdown, but enquiries welcome

Are you curious about, or just beginning to play, some of the modern board games that are becoming increasingly popular these days? If so then this is the weekend for you.

This is a full-board, fun weekend with tutors to expand your knowledge and experience of modern board games. We'll deliberately cover a wide range of game types so you can go away with a clearer understanding of what's what in modern boardgaming.

Although primarily aimed at adults of all ages, children from age 14 are welcome but will need to bring an adult each.

Prices from £150 for a single room for the weekend; or £260 for a double/twin. Includes breakfast, lunch and evening meal on the Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday.

More details.

Garden Railway Enthusiasts weekend

New dates TBA after lockdown, but enquiries welcome

A full board residential weekend for garden railway enthusiasts. The FWR is a 60m dual-track 45mm garden railway in the grounds of the Dell House. The aim of this weekend is to have a relaxed, sociable weekend of running trains on the line, chat, tea and cake.

Prices from £160 for a single room for the weekend; or £280 for a double/twin. Full board.

More details.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Retreat


Likely to be repeated - contact Handheld Press as below.

Weds-Sat, 1st-4th July 2020 - POSTPONED

A three-day science fiction & fantasy writing retreat with a masterclass each day from two acclaimed authors – New York Times best-selling author and FantasyCon 2019 Guest of Honour Una McCormack and World Fantasy Award-winning author Helen Marshall. There will be a workshop on How To Pitch your Book from Handheld Press.

From £375 per person. Limited places. See Handheld Press website for details.

Escape to the New World?

Helping you consider a life change

Autumn Dates TBA

Kevin and Elizabeth gave up safe (if frustrating) careers and a large salary to leap 'unknown' into a new career, location and a huge house with bits dropping off it.

However, it was far from an 'unknown'. Kevin's career focus, across start-up and multinational high-tech companies, was to encourage staff to understand pragmatic project and risk management. This meant that the hopes and the risks of our own project of such a huge change in circumstances were worked through in advance over many months. We're pleased to report that the result is even better than we'd hoped for.

This is a two-day residential course/workshop for up to 10 people who are likewise considering some dramatic side-step in their careers and/or lifestyle. It's unlikely that we'll be able to help in the specifics of your dream, but we can definitely help get that dream in focus for you.

It will be a relaxed, informal and hopefully fun workshop involving a mixture of presentations, discussion and time to reflect and discuss in smaller groups.

Prices: £340 for an individual or £550 for a couple. Max 8 people. Price includes two nights accommodation and meals. Email for details.