Bashful Alley Centre

In 1989 John Woodward created Bashful Alley Centre in the heart of Lancaster. In the Centre are three working rooms that reflect the notion that a well-balanced human being has:  Openness, Good Sense and Healthy Action.

You do not have to knock on the outer Alley door – just come up the stairs and enter a room that is curiously neither kitchen nor office but somehow a combination of the two.  This is the heart of Bashful Alley Centre and it is not a Waiting Room!

For over 30 years individuals have come and gone through the Centre. As they discover more about themselves and as they renew themselves it has created a special atmosphere: a haven of peace and comfort.

Where is Bashful Alley?

The Bashful Alley Centre is located in the heart of Lancaster City Centre. We are only a few minutes walk from Lancaster Railway Station and close to the Bus Station.  The Centre is tucked away in a little alley that has an opening onto King Street at one end and Market Street the other.

From Kings Street

The entrance to the Alley is opposite Crows Hotel/Lancaster City Laundry and sits between Smile Express and Seville Hairdressers.  Come into the Alley and past the Old Bell Cafe. The Centre is the green door between the Old Bell and Animal Care charity shop on the right hand side of the Alley.

From Market Street

From the paved pedestrianised street just off King Street, the narrow enclosed entrance to the Alley is opposite the Istanbul restaurant and next to the Animal Care Charity shop. Come into the Alley and just before you get to the Old Bell Cafe there is a green door on the left hand side between the Old Bell and Animal Care charity shop.

The La’al Barn

Alexander Technique Lessons at Kirkby-in-Furness

John also teaches from his his purpose-built teaching studio close by the beautiful Duddon Estuary in the village of Kirkby-in-Furness on the Furness Peninsula.

Appointments are usually available on a Wednesday or at other times by arrangement. If this venue is better suited to your circumstances please contact us for an appointment on 07814011926 or landline 01229 889519.

Travel to the La’al Barn

By Car

Exit off the M6 at Junction 36 signposted to Kendal. Look for the left slip road to the roundabout and take the A590 signposted to Barrow-in-Furness. Take the right turn-off at Greenodd onto the A5092 signposted to Workington. There is a steep downhill into Grizebeck, at the bottom turn left at the garage onto the A595. Two miles on at the cross-roads turn right by the Burlington Inn signposted to the railway station and down the hill to the bottom. The La’al Barn is the stone building on the right-hand side opposite the railway station. Postcode is: LA17 7UA.

By Train

Take the mainline to Lancaster Station and change onto the Furness line which takes you to Ulverston railway station. Ulverston railway station provides a more extensive timetable, including Sundays for North and South mainline connections.

If you need train timetables or other information on travel please do not hesitate to contact us. Please check if there are any engineering works on the line before booking your tickets.


There is on-street parking by the Barn.

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