Join us for a unique and inspiring four-day creative song writing retreat  in the heart of the South Downs National Park with Chris Difford from Squeeze.  This event in being held in partnership with The Idler Magazine



Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. When Squeeze take a break from the road, Glenn and Chris have been touring their ‘At Odds Couple Tour’ both in the UK and the US.
Chris hosts writing workshops and has done so for over 25 years. In 2014 he formed a partnership with ‘The Buddy Holly Foundation’ to run a week of writing at Pennard House Glastonbury. Other writing events include Guardian Master Classes held in London and smaller events at The Rathfinney Wine Estate in East Sussex. This will be Chris' second songwriting retreat at Tilton House.



Tilton House is a reknowned retreat venue, set within the heart of the South Downs National park in East Sussex.   The former home of economist John Maynard Keynes and prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova, this house is steeped in history and stories.  Draw on the inspiring landscape and walk the Downs during your stay, or visit Charleston Farmhouse for some Bloomsbury Inspiration.  Alternatively, there is an abundance of quiet spaces in the house and gardens to nurture your creativity.

..there is no better air than here for work
— John Maynard Keynes
courtyard sessions


Three nights accommodation including all  meals, snacks, tea and coffee etc, (meat options available)

Four sessions a day on Saturday & Sunday

Special guest appearance on Saturday

*Transfers are not included, wine is available at an extra cost, if you bring your own we charge corkage at £5/ bottle.


Early bird twin with shared bathroom £499pp - ENDS 28TH FEB


Twin with shared bathroom from £550pp


Single Supplement with shared bathroom £650pp SOLD OUT

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SCHEDULE* - guide only

Thursday 7th June -

Arrival from 3pm;

5pm Meet and greet session with an outline on what to expect over the next few days
7pm Dinner

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June
Breakfast; light two course Lunch and dinner - meat/ fish option available for both dinners.

4 workshops sessions spread throughout  the day, also allowing free time to explore the National Park

There will be a special guest appearance on the Saturday

Sunday 10th June
Breakfast and lunch with closing up sessions...

This schedule is more intensive than when advertised with the yoga...

*schedule may be liable to some adjustments




Good walking shoes & your instruments !
Walking trousers and a raincoat would also be useful.
Comfy footwear to wear indoors
Any medication for allergies - there are two cats at Tilton.