Group shot of the Maydays at their 13th Annual Improv Retreat 2021
The Maydays Improv Retreat
Annually - Every Autumn
We'll be back on 20th to 23rd October 2022!
Booking Link Below!

And we’ve had a little upgrade. Come and join us at the Maydays Improv Retreat 2022 at our new venue.

A Grade II listed Manor House nestled in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, we can honestly say that this time weve gone full Hogwarts…

What to expect

In October 2021, The Maydays were absolutely delighted to bring you a brand new style of Improv Retreat. Having grown in popularity (and therefore size) we needed a new venue to match. And we found it in Warwickshire’s Ashorne Hill.

As in previous years, the October Retreat is for improvisers of all levels from beginners to experienced. Over the course of three days, youll get to learn and perform improvisation, make new friends, build community, laugh (a lot), and most importantly relax.

Well still be offering the same buffetstyle selection of improv classes, evening shows, jams and socialising just with a few extra perks. Check them out:

  • Private individual rooms, with ensuite bathroom and shower facilities
  • Full disabled access
  • 90-minute buffetsessions, plus new, longer 2-hour classes
  • 3 meals a day served to your table in the restaurant (and yes we cater for veggies, vegan, gluten-free, allergies just let us know in the dietary requirements section of your booking)
  • 35 acres of stunning grounds to explore (youll feel like an extra in a Jane Austen film amongst the soaring trees and manicured shrubs)
  • Full access to the gym (great for building up your object work strength)
  • Access to the bar, complete with epic views, which closes at 11 pm
  • Two chill-out areas, including The Great Hall (with a great fireplace to match).

Extra info

The Maydays Improv Residentials are experiences where you get to learn and perform improvisation, watch improv shows and socialise all in a beautiful countryside location. Its the ultimate combo of improv and getaway.

The October Retreat is for any and all levels of improv experience. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do I need?

Both new and veteran improvisers are very welcome. We have a range of beginner to advanced classes and lots of different styles to try, so there will be something to suit everyone.

What are the timings?

You can get to your room from 2 pm on Thursday and there will be an orientation session at 5 pm. The finishing time on Sunday is 4 pm.

Daily timings look something like this (this is just a guide, you will receive an accurate timetable on arrival):

  • 7 am – 8.30 am Breakfast
  • 9 am Class
  • 11 am Coffee break
  • 11.20 am Class
  • 12.50 pm Lunch
  • 2 pm Class 
  • 3.30 pm Coffee break
  • 4 pm Class
  • 6.30 pm Social time
  • 7 pm Dinner
  • 8.30 pm Maydays and student shows and other entertainment
  • 10 pm Social time in bar / great hall
  • 11 pm Bar closes


Ashorne Hill has a mix of twin rooms and double rooms (for one-person occupancy).   

Disabled access

Ashorne Hill has disabled access to all workshop rooms and the restaurant as well as to many of the bedrooms. If you have access requirements please do let us know if advance.

Is there WIFI?

Yes, but you will be having too much of a good time to use it very much.

Are there shops nearby?

Leamington Spa is the nearest town and it is around a 15-minute drive away. There are a good number of shops there.

What should I pack?

  • jacket 
  • long sleeve tops (probably a check shirt, you improviser, you)
  • tees
  • trousers
  • loose clothing for physical workshops
  • sweater or fleece
  • 4 pairs of warm socks
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • bras
  • dresses & leggings
  • trainers (probably Converse, right?)
  • pyjamas
  • sunscreen (we can hope)
  • sunglasses
  • pen and notepad (to write down your ideas!)
  • camera or video camera
  • phone/iPad and chargers
  • cash (we will have tees, hoodies and books for sale)
  • reading material for your downtime
  • mints/chewing gum

Are there any discounts?

Having moved venue and reimagined our retreat, we have set the lowest price possible so everyone can take advantage of it. You can apply to our Jason Chin Scholarship for a full or part-funded place.

Important information for international travellers:

With international travel being under constant review at the moment, we understand that booking is a tricky thing to weigh up. Because we run this event on such tight margins, we have to have a £100 cancellation charge unless the event itself is cancelled. If the residential goes ahead but you are unable to travel, we, unfortunately, have to levy the cancellation fee so please be aware of this when booking.

The Maydays Retreat Cancellation Policy 2022

For the creative cats that join us and our improv facilitators, staying safe and well,  remains a priority at all Maydays events. For our 14th Annual Improv Retreat, you can find the ‘Safe Meeting Policy‘ from Ashorne Hill here

Event image for the maydays 14th annual improv retreat 20th-23rd ocotber 2022, Ashorne Hill, Leamington SPa. 2 black and white images in circular frames, 1st image of a musical improv student showcase, 2nd image of 3 of the maydays performing in a retreat show