Stretch, Strengthen & Relax Weekend Escape

Stretch, Strengthen & Relax
Weekend Escape

Ambleside, The Lake District
13-15 September, 2024

Feeling over-stretched?

Time to stretch your mind and body, and feel more positive!

If you feel life’s got you wound up tighter than a spring, and you’re
ready to reclaim your strength, flexibility, and peace of mind…

Then book yourself on a weekend away in The Lakes – with classes to strengthen your body and a mindful walk to soothe your soul.

Say goodbye to stress and hello to strength, flexibility, and relaxation.

What’s On Offer

Lake Windermere

Who might this be for?

✅ You want some space away to strengthen your body, calm your mind, and reconnect with yourself in a tranquil environment.

✅ You need some TLC. Gentle exercise plus laughs in a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people will do you a power of good.

Research consistently shows that activities like exercise and spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance well-being. 

Location & Venue

The Lake District has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status, in recognition of its beauty and breath-taking landscape, and is home to England’s largest natural lake – Windermere – and it’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike.

Ambleside is on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. It’s a charming town with pubs, fantastic restaurants (including some superb vegetarian ones) and independent shops.

We’ll stay at Brathay Hall, situated in 360 acres of woodland right on the shores of the lake. It’s a peaceful and idyllic spot with stunning views of Windermere and the surrounding area.

Here you have space to reconnect with nature and the chance to soak up amazing mountain and lake views.

Classes & Sessions

There will be 3 sessions with Cilla and 3 sessions with Debbie over the course of the weekend.

These will include Yoga and a variety of Pilates and Stretch classes, including Peaceful Waves: Flex & Stretch with Debbie and Vibe Pilates with Cilla.

Some will focus on strength and core work, whilst others will focus more on stretch and relaxation.

But they all aim to be fun and enjoyable (with no judgement!).

Pilates works the deep stabilising muscles to improve strength and posture. It has a strong mind/body connection and involves precise moves, increasing body awareness.

Stretch is a wonderful refreshing tonic for the whole body, helping keep muscles flexible, strong & healthy. Flexibility allows us to maintain a range of motion in the joints, helping prevent muscles from shortening and becoming tight.

Regular deep stretching enhances our physical performance and helps reduce risks of injury, and by releasing tension and knots through stretching, the body also feels really good!

Remember everything is optional. It’s your weekend.

Session Leaders

Cilla Thwaites

Cilla has 30 years’ experience in teaching fitness and Pilates classes, and makes everyone feel comfortable whatever their ability-level.

She keeps classes light-hearted & enjoyable whilst providing clear technical guidance.

Debbie Hanson

Debbie has been in the fitness industry for 40 years, & supports women on their menopause journey.

Focusing on strength & flexibility work, she aims to bring fun, energy & education into her classes to help women achieve their fitness goals.

Liz Hopley

Liz has been practising and teaching mindfulness since 2012, and is a supervisor of mindfulness teachers and trainee teachers.

She approaches life with humour & humanity, fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.


Classes: You don’t need to be familiar with Pilates or yoga, as Cilla and Debbie will give clear guidance and offer variations throughout each class.

Saturday’s Walk: The walk with Liz on Saturday should be suitable for most people, and we’ll provide more information nearer the time.

Once you’ve booked your place, you’ll be asked whether you have any health and fitness concerns the instructors should know about. We will take everyone’s input into consideration, especially when planning Saturday’s walk.

If you’d like to discuss any concerns before booking a place, please message us using the form at the bottom of the page, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can.

Room Choices

We’ve secured a choice of ensuite bedrooms. They overlook the grounds and Lake Windermere; the woods, or towards the fells that sit as an impressive backdrop.

Most have:

  • Free wifi
  • A flat screen TV
  • A small fridge
  • Tea & coffee making facilities

Twin / Double Ensuite

Standard ensuites have a shower or bath, a flat screen TV, hot drinks facilities plus a hairdryer & a desk.

Superior Twin / Double Ensuite

Superior rooms in the Scafell Lodges offer views across the estate to the Lakeland fells and boast luxurious ensuite rooms with a lounge area & a flat screen TV.

With full-height windows and modern interiors, they offer a light and airy space to relax & drink in the stunning views.

Single Ensuite

Recently renovated, the single ensuites provide your own private space to retreat back to at the end of the day.


On both mornings there is a full hot and cold English breakfast buffet. We’ll be having these in a lovely glass-fronted dining area with views overlooking the lake.

You can choose nearer to the time whether to dine with the group on either of the evenings or prefer to make your own arrangements.

What’s Included*

  • 2 nights accommodation in your chosen ensuite room
  • 6 sessions including Pilates, Strength and Stretch classes
  • A mindful walk on Saturday
  • Hot and cold buffet breakfast on both mornings
  • Use of the facilities, including a licensed bar; a private jetty; vast grounds & stunning lakeside views 
  • Free parking

*Please note: Nearer the time, you can choose whether to add a 2-course meal on Friday evening.


You are welcome to arrive any time on the Friday, and check in is from 4pm. The last session will be before breakfast on Sunday morning.

There will be 2 classes on Friday; before breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday plus late Saturday afternoon.

The exact schedule will be finalised closer to the time. 

You can join all 6 classes and the mindful walk on the Saturday, or just join the sessions you fancy on the day.

Everything is optional, and you’ll have free time to enjoy as you please.

Booking Information

A non-refundable deposit of £75 secures your place, with the balance due no later than 15th June.

Read our T&C s here.

Transport & Parking

There is plenty of parking available on site if you intend to come by car.

If arriving by public transport, the nearest train station is Windermere, then either a taxi to the venue or a bus to Ambleside.

By Sunday

See photos from previous weekends and what people say here 😊

Lake Windermere

Contact Us

If you’ve any questions or would like to save your spot,  drop us a line using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.