Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On this page you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have suggestions or additions to this page, please contact Sophie at

When is the timetable online?

The timetable is usually available in April. In the meantime we leave last year's timetable on the website to give you an idea of what it will be like.

How do I get to Summer School?

Click here for directions to get to Summer School by car, train and from the airports.

Free Minibus Service

For those coming by train we have a free minibus service between Wokingham train station and Summer School at arrival and departure times. Click here for more information and see the 'By Train' instructions.

What should I bring?

  • Your usual class clothes, a veil, stick and finger cymbals if you have them (there are some to borrow if not, and you can usually buy them in the souk).
  • If you are interested in performing in one of the group dances in the show, check the timetable for any special clothes you may need to bring.
  • Your favourite outfit to wear for the harem party (anything from casual to full costume!).
  • Fancy dress (not obligatory) for the themed party on the last night. We will announce the theme in the JWAAD Summer School Facebook group and by email in June/July.
  • If you are coming for 2 days and would like to perform at the Harem Party, bring a CD or iPod with your music, and a costume.
  • For the 5 and 7 day stay, if you'd like to perform in the theatre show, bring your favourite costume and your music (CD or memory stick only (mp3 format) - 4 minutes maximum)). Or you can email the music (by 28th July) to
  • Bedding is provided but please bring your own bath towel and toiletries.
  • Comfortable shoes for walking from one studio to another.
  • You may want to bring an umbrella in case it rains.
  • Tea and coffee, milk and soya milk will be available in the kitchens in the accommodation buildings, but you may wish to bring your own to cater for individual taste, or buy it in Crowthorne village.
  • A cup or mug for hot drinks (we're trying to care for the environment and use fewer disposable cups).
  • A reusable glass or cup for evening drinks and parties (let's be environmentally friendly).
  • If you'd like to swim in the outdoor pool, bring your swimmies.

How much money will I need?

Your Summer School fee includes all classes, activities, meals and tea and coffee in the accommodation. Wellington College has a cafe, a cafe/bar, and a school shop selling sweets, ice cream etc. (the shop has limited opening hours), so you may want to bring money for those. There is a souk at Summer School. Farida Dance accepts cash or cards. Other items are cash only. There is a cash machine in one of the cafes, and in Crowthorne village.

We suggest, if you can, that you bring any snacks, alcohol or special drinks with you. If you can't bring them, there are shops in the village (a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive) including banks, pharmacies and supermarkets, so you can buy everything you need.

The Souk

In the Souk you can buy everything from class clothes and performance outfits, accessories and props, to fabulous costumes! If you'd like to pre-order anything from Farida Dance, Kay and Christine can arrange to bring it for you. You can contact them by email here.

If you'd like to sell a 2nd hand item in the souk please email to find out more.


Our accommodation comprises two next-door houses, with a terrace and garden to chill out. Rooms are not ensuite but there are modern bath and shower rooms. Most of the rooms are singles, and we have a small number of shared rooms. If you'd like to share a room please book quickly as these rooms often fill up fast. If sharing with a friend or group (up to 4 in a room) please let us know their names. Otherwise we may be able to find sharers for you.


Please see the How to get to Summer School page for travel information.