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1. How do I book a painting holiday

You can book online by finding the holiday that you wish to book on the programme page and click on the title of the holiday. You are then directed to the details of the holiday and on the right hand side of the page there is a "Book Now" box. Enter the number of participants and click the "Pay Deposit" button and follow the instructions.

For more information click on our “How to Book” page on the menu bar.

2. What payment methods do you accept

You can pay by cheque in the post, BACS or online using either credit/debit card or via Paypal. For more information click on our “How to Book” page on the menu bar.

3. How much deposit do I pay

All UK residential holidays require a £175 deposit per person.

Non residential UK holidays require £100 each.

All holidays in Europe require £350 deposit per person.

The deposits apply to painters and non painting partners. All deposits are non-refundable.

4. When do I pay the Final Balance

Your final balance is due 90 days before the holiday. The final balance due date will be on your Booking Confirmation Form.

5. When do I arrive

For UK holidays arrival is the day before the course starts. All hotels allow check in from 2pm onwards.

We meet at 6pm for a meeting with a representative from Alpha Painting Holidays and the tutor.

For holidays in Europe the arrival date is the start date of the holiday.

6. What if I am going to be late on the arrival date for a UK holiday

That’s not a problem but please let us know if you don’t think you will be there by 6pm and we will make whatever arrangements we can for you.

7. When booking flights for holidays in Europe do I need to check with you first

Yes, you need to check with us to ensure that firstly the holiday is viable and secondly, we need to co-ordinate airport transfers so that you are not left waiting at the airport.

8. Can you book my flights for me

Unfortunately, we are unable to book flights for you as we are not ATOL registered but we are able to assist you in the booking of your flights.

9. How long will I have to wait for an airport transfer

We pick people up from airports ASAP so you don’t have to wait any longer than necessary. We are often there waiting at the airport when you arrive. However, we endeavour to ensure that you don’t need to wait any longer than an hour from when you are due to land.

10. When do I leave

All UK holidays finish at 4pm on the last day of the course. Guests will have already checked out of their hotel and we will have travelled to the painting location for the day and we all depart from that location.

On all holidays in Europe all guests will be taken to the airport specified in the transport details at set times to suit the relevant flights.

11. If I am coming by public transport in the UK can you offer lifts

We can pick guests up from some railway, coach or airports and take them to the hotel by arrangement. Please see General Information page on the menu which gives possible pick up points both in the UK and abroad.

Please note do not book any transport until you have checked with us that we can pick you up.

12. What is included in the price on the UK holidays

All food, accommodation and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day are included in the price.

Prices also include tuition and use of easels, chairs, boards if requested.

13. What is included in the price on holidays in Europe

For holidays in Europe prices are inclusive of airport transfers, transport whilst out painting, 7 nights accommodation, breakfast, lunches, soft drinks, 3 course evening meals and wine with the evening meals. Prices also include 5 days tuition and use of easels, chairs, boards and other similar accessories and all necessary art materials but you do need to bring your own sketchbook and brushes as these are personal to each painter.

14. Can you deal with special dietary requirements

All our hotels can deal with special dietary requirements. Please advise us of this on your Booking Form.

15. I have limited mobility will I still be able to take part

All our painting locations have been chosen by us for the access for people with any mobility issues. All the locations have or are near facilities. Please check with us about the facilities available at each hotel before booking and please advise of your requirements on your booking form once you book.

16. What do I do if I need to cancel my holiday

Please advise us in writing as soon as you can that you need to cancel your holiday. We recommend that you take out insurance for any holiday whether in the UK or in Europe to cover for such occasions. We will provide you with information for you to make a claim should you need to.

17. How do we get to each painting location in the UK

In the UK most people will arrive by car and we normally car share each day. For guests who come by public transport we and/or the tutor will be able to fit you in our cars.

18. How do we get to each painting location in Europe

All transport is provided.

19. Can I bring my non-painting partner

Non-painters are very welcome to attend the holidays. Non-painters are welcome to come to the painting locations with us or they may choose to do different activities during the day. If you have any special requests then please call us to discuss this.

20. Can I bring my dog

Some of our hotels do have rooms designated for dog owners. If you wish to bring a dog please call us to check on hotels available.

21. Can I stay extra nights

If you wish to stay extra nights either before or after the holiday please get in touch with us and we will check if the hotel can accommodate you.

22. How do I book an extra night

All bookings for extra nights must be booked through us and not the hotel.

23. When do you send me directions to the hotel

These are sent out with the final balance payment confirmations.

24. What Art Materials should I bring on holidays in the UK

All guests are advised on final balance payment confirmations what art materials are recommended specifically by the tutor together with a general items list.

25. Do you provide easels, boards and chairs on holidays in the UK

Yes, these can be requested by guests on their booking forms if you do not wish to bring these items with you.

26. Can you supply art materials on holidays in the UK

If you are coming by plane and would like us to supply the art materials for you this can be done by prior arrangement for a small fee. Please let us know in good time before coming if you require this service.

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