'These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York....'

Alicia Keys


RESCHEDULED DUE TO COVID - 5th September to 9th September 2022

A city that never sleeps...a city of electrifying energy and excitement...the paradox of a city that seems both alien and familiar...we are delighted to present our first workshop in the Big Apple.

Both Valda and Terry know the city well. Valda has taken two workshops with Jay Maisel - a renowned photographer who finds beauty and meaning in a thousand different place and has portrayed this vibrant city like none other.

From the creative inspiration of the High Line to the autumnal beauty of Central Park and all manner of attractions in between - this promises to be a high-octane tour.

Led by Doug, Valda & Terry


Join Valda, Doug and Terry as they explore the street life and unique architecture of this vibrant city. Historic Art Deco rubs shoulders with modern glass and steel edifices and offers a feast for our creative brains. 

The colourful characters and wonderful idiosyncrasies will further feed our imagination.

We will spend most of our time walking around the city - there is so much to explore - and we want to incorporate as much as possible

We will search out the best vantage point to capture the incredible skyline, the coolest bridges and the many neighbourhoods existing side by side - each of them offering a very different vibe. We will imbibe the creative energy of Times Square. From Broadway to The Bowery, we will push ourselves to see as much of this extraordinary city as time allows.

Please come and be prepared to get involved. This is not a workshop for passive observers - we will endeavour to do the city justice - not by shooting slavish imitations of so many souvenir postcards but by interpreting it in our own unique way.

It would be rude to visit the Big Apple and not shoehorn in a visit to B&H, so of course we will make time for this too (for those who are interested). 

Naturally, we won't go hungry. The food in New York is legendary. We will dine in the crowded streets of Chinatown and Little Italy.  From Katz Delicatessen (where that scene from "When Harry Met Sally" took place) to the Grand Oyster Bar - 104 years old and tucked away in the bowels of Grand Central Station.... we will put an enormous amount of effort in choosing our watering holes and  restaurants in order that they satisfy our stomachs and our eyes. We know you would be satisfied with nothing less.

The evenings around the meal table are a happy time for good conversation about art, photography and all things creative - a time to enjoy each other's company, a time to make new friends and catch up with old ones.


M Social Hotel, Times Square

The new M Social Hotel Times Square New York. 

Surrounded by the bright lights and buzzing culture of NYC, you can explore the streets, then retreat to your own private oasis above the hustle and bustle. 

Located in the heart of Manhattan, in Times Square, this modern hotel is within walking distance to New York’s best attractions, including Broadway, the Theater District, Central Park, and Fifth Avenue.



B&B Classic room £2750 

B&B Superior room £2950

Partner rate £895/£995


Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.


Four nights single room accommodation at M Social Hotel

We would normally provide airport transfers for those on recommended flights, however with three airports and dozens of flights arriving daily. this is difficult to co-ordinate. Instead, we request that you make your own way into the city and we will buy dinner on the first evening instead.

Tuition from Valda, Doug & Terry.


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers.

Fitness level - moderate. Walking on city streets

Average temperature High 27°, Low 18°C



We do not offer recommended flights on this trip and you need to make your own way to the hotel.

Flying time from the UK about seven hours.

GMT -5 hours


Social media, Valda

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