2 Day Agile on the Beach Code Retreat – March

To register your interest in our next Agile Code Retreat please email info@agileonthebeach.com



Date: 19 & 20 March 2018 Location: St Austell Conference Centre, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4EJ

Join us at our 2 day retreat for coders and spend time on the Cornish coast with Kevlin Henney and Jon Jagger.

Throughout the retreat attendees will be practicing agile coding methods and techniques, we will be interleaving hands-on sessions, with lectures, with discussion and other group exercises.

Knowledge. Skill. Expertise, the skill in applying knowledge
These form the backbone of effective software development
Oh, and fun — with that you get really effective software development
And that’s what we aim to do at Code Retreat!

At the Agile on the Beach Code Retreat you will receive expert guidance from our experts and work with and learn from other teams at the retreat.  During the retreat we will discuss and practice software craftsmanship, communication and creativity, focusing on TDD, pair programming, trying out new things and revisiting old ones. Deliberate practice involves careful repetition and reflection to master, explore and understand a technique, to know its boundaries, to make it second nature.

  • Hands on workshops & lectures
  • Shared Learning Environment
  • Effective coding habits
  • Collaborative Development

If you code every day, keep in mind that a change is as good as a rest — yes, there will be coding, but it’s not your workaday coding. We will be using cyber-dojo, an innovative, collaborative, open source environment. We are going to have fun — join us!

  • Test Driven Development – TDD
  • Pair & Mob Programming
  • Cyber-dojo
  • Patterns & Programming

With time to look at different code, and code differently, this retreat will open your mind to different ways of doing things and new ways of approaching old problems with great rewards. Using Jon Jagger’s innovative cyber-dojo environment, you will get to re-examine coding habits and debate modern practices with experts and peers.

This retreat is open to individuals and teams of all abilities, the only pre-requisite is some experience of software development and a desire to learn:

  • All programmers who want to step back and examine how they can be better
  • Junior programmers who are looking to master their craft
  • Experienced developers who want to reflect on their own practices and hone their skills

Bring a laptop – wifi and access to http://cyber-dojo.org/ required.

10%, 5+ Group Booking discount

Limited places available



Kevlin is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for a number of magazines and sites and has been on far too many committees (it has been said that “a committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled”). He is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. He lives in Bristol and online.


I’m a self employed software consultant specialising in practice, process, TDD, and complex-adaptive systems-thinking. I’ve worked with Accenture, Aviva, Cisco, Ericsson, Friends Provident, HP, Microsoft, Ordnance Survey, RBS, Reuters, Renault F1, Schlumberger, Tandberg and many many more. I’m 33 years old (hex) and I’ve loved software since I was 10 (decimal). I live in Somerset in England. I’m married to the beautiful Natalie and dad to Ellie, Penny and Patrick. I love coarse fishing and salmon fishing. I’m the ex ACCU conference chairman. I’ve had some C# books published. I’m the co-author with Olve Maudal of the Deep C/C++ slide deck nearly 1,000,000 views). On twitter I’m @JonJagger. I built cyber-dojo.org to promote deliberate practice for software developers.



On the evening inbetween attendees are invited to join the team for an evening in Charlestown (add on ticket £20).  Buses will be provided down to Charlestown Harbour where we will take a tour of the tall ships moored at the harbour.  We will then have dinner at Lovedays restaurant with a choice of Fish & Chips or Steak & Ale pie. (Veg/Gluten available on request)



Location: St Austell Conference Centre, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4EJ

The Retreat will be held in St Austell Bay, on the South coast of Cornwall, home of the Eden Project, Charlestown Harbour Tall ships and St Austell Brewery. Once the centre of World China Clay mining and engineering, much has been given back to nature with miles of Clay Trails and the iconic Mining Heritage SkyTip a popular Cornish landmark.  St Austell Bay has a number of local sandy beaches including Polkerris, Par, Porthpean, Charlestown, Carlyon Bay and Pentewan as well as local fishing village Mevagissey and Fowey town within easy reach.

St Austell has good rail links from London/Glasgow, and is a 20 minute drive from Newquay airport


Budget accommodation is available adjacent to the Retreat venue, but the area has a range of luxury spa cliff top and woodland hotels, holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts, as well as local camping and caravan sites.

Premier Inn – £40 per night (adjacent – 1 minute walk) Treverbyn Road, Carclaze, St Austell PL25 4EL

YHA Eden Project – from £39 per night (2 miles) Eden Project, Bodelva PL24 2SG

Boscundle Manor (1 mile – 5 minute drive/taxi) – £70-130 per night  Boscundle, St Austell, PL25 3RL

Rashleigh Arms (2 miles – 10 minute drive/taxi) – £50-100 per night  Charlestown Road, Charlestown, PL25 3NJ


Further details of local accommodation and the local area



January 12, 2018