Comedy Writing Break in Gascony


  • Plenty of excursions to nearby points of interest & chance to gin inspiration.
  • 5 days of world class, individualized tuition
  • Accommodation with a pool and meals and wine included.
From £900 pp
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What you'll do



What could be more energising and empowering than spending a week being creative, developing your comedy technique, discovering your personal comic voice and - most importantly - making people laugh?

Join a group of like minded people to enjoy learning the techniques of comedy writing through practical exercises in a supportive workshop environment which will enhance your confidence and communication skills.

Dates for 2024
Monday 8th July - Monday 15th July

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Arrival & Accommodation

– Arrive and take the time to settle into your accommodation


Your accommodation that has been renovated with every detail in mind, you will find yourself surrounded by rolling acres of vineyards, a luxurious pool and plenty of outside space. In addition, feel free to play some games or sit by the pool with a good book.

Please note that if there are no rooms available in the main house, the hosts will use a local chambre d’hôte run by an English ...Read All

A Typical Day

Throughout the week the group will explore different forms of humour writing and technique to help ignite your inner comic genius, formulate new ideas and execute these ideas in novel and dynamic ways.

​Through practical exercises your comic voices will soon be flowing freely in a supportive workshop environment. Not only will you learn some tricks of the trade, you will also gain a greater awareness of the mu...Read All


After breakfast, check out by 10 and leave for home taking new skills and great memories with you.

What's included


  • 7 nights accommodation in the farmhouse, Gite or chambre d'hôte
  • 5 days of hands on comedy writing tuition
  • All transport to excursions and transport into local village if you wish
  • All meals and wine throughout your holiday (except on one evening when you have dinner out)
  • Some bicycles available for you to use during your stay
  • Anything you would care to use at the accommodation during your stay - please make yourself at home in the kitchen, pool or with the games, bicycles and table tennis
  • Transfers to and from Lourdes airport
  • Check in anytime after lunch on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8
Your local host

Claire and Martin

Martin, a semi-retired documentary TV producer/director, and Claire, a teacher and counsellor, look forward to welcoming you to their tranquil and relaxing property.

Martin, a semi-retired documentary TV producer/director, and Claire, a teacher and counsellor, look forward to welcoming you to their tranquil and relaxing property.


Within easy access to Bordeaux and Toulouse airports, this stunning, historic farmhouse lies in the heart of Gascony, tucked away from city life, yet surrounded by rolling vineyards and the village of Viella right on your doorstep. Try the local Armagnac, explore the walking trails and nearby rivers, or get lost in a medieval village while you learn to relax in this pastoral paradise of the French countryside.

Nearest airport:

Lourdes ( 1 hour)
Bordeaux (2 hours)
Toulouse (2 hours)

Nearest train station:
Mont de Marsan (40 minutes)

Pre-booked transfers:
Transfers are included in the price from Lourdes airport ( for the flight times below) as well as from Mont De Marsan train station.

There is a complementary airport pick up and drop off for this course:

Ryanair flight number 522 on Wednesday 23rd August, leaving Stansted at 14:15 arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:10.


Who is it suitable for?

- Suitable for all levels

These comedy skills aren’t only for the professional comedian or the aspiring script writer, they are also a fantastic way to think outside of the box, hone your communication skills and increase your confidence in everyday life.

- No minimum or upper age limit (as long as minors attend with family)
- Non-participating partners welcome

Restricted mobility access

Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- The gite has four steps into the front, and one step at the rear door
- There is a room on the ground floor of the gite available with a toilet and shower next door (shared)
- If one does have a wheelchair, your host will take it into consideration for the day excursions and would be happy to accommodate

What can I do in my free time?

- Your hosts have made sure there is plenty to do in your free time, with a pool, table tennis, outdoor lounge areas, hiking trails, as well as games and books
- Take a walk, ride a bicycle, or get a lift into Viella and explore
- Your hosts can recommend some wineries and nearby medieval points of interest and also help you to get there

- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you

What time do I need to arrive/ depart to fit in with the complimentary transfers ?

Transfers are included for the following flights:

Ryanair flight number 522 on Wednesday 23rd August, leaving Stansted at 14:15 arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:10.

Ryanair flight number 523 on Wednesday 30th August, leaving Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:40 arriving at Stansted at 18:35.

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