Summer Retreat 2021

Summer Retreat  –  Sunday 1st August – Saturday 7th August 2021

If you’ve attended one of our other gatherings you know how much you can get done in weekend, so imagine what you’ll achieve in a week!

The Missenden Abbey Summer Retreat offers an unhurried, relaxed atmosphere in which you can work at your own pace on the project(s) of your choice. Unlike our Modelling Weekends, where the accent is on learning new modelling skills, the focus is on hands-on modelling and making real, uninterrupted progress in a way that’s rarely possible at home

The Retreat is not for the outright beginner but with tutors such as Tony Gee, Barry Norman and Mick Bonwick on hand to offer advice and support, a wealth of practical experience is available for you to draw on. The expertise of your fellow modellers forms an equally valuable resource while The Mobile Weathering Studio will be available throughout your stay for you to use.

If ever there was the perfect retreat for railway modellers, you may well have found it. The modelling emphasis is definitely finescale, but gauge or scale is irrelevant and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Each year we welcome loco-builders and scenic modellers, painters and weatherers, tracklayers and electronics people. Some people have wired up their layouts, some have built entire landscapes. Others have worked on a variety of projects – the choice is entirely yours. Our goal is to enable you to take home a project that not only works reliably, but is well on the way to completion.

You’ll have your own workspace, your own agenda. If you live locally, you can come in daily at a reduced fee.

As well as the hands-on stuff there is usually a mid-week outing  – in past years we’ve had a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to Pendon Museum and afternoon tea on the Chinnor Railway.

What else can we offer?

    • We’ve been successfully running modelling courses at Missenden Abbey for more than 30  years
    • Missenden Abbey is revered throughout the modelling world for its high-quality accommodation in the rural Chilterns (smack on the proposed route of HS2!)
    • Excellent modeller-friendly food (with healthy options available)
    • Just 20 mins from the M25 and readily accessible from all parts of the country
    • If you live close at hand, you can join the Summer retreat at reduced rates as a non-resident.

For details on price and how to book, see the Booking page.

Please note in 2021 there is a slightly reduced number of bedrooms available on Sunday 1 August

Wives and partners are welcome, either just to stay at the Abbey for a break, or take part in any of the many courses that the Abbey runs.