From hand-sewing workshops with expert Mandy Shaw to shopping in the area's many quilt shops, this holiday combines the best that the local area has to offer. The museums are all excellent, Durham Cathedral is spectacular, and the Northumberland landscape that we pass on our way to the amazing Alnwick Castle is simply beautiful. This is a real discovery for anyone who has never been to this part of England.
Workshop information: The project will be a hand quilted purse / case or small cushion. Suitable for all skill levels including beginners, we will be using chunky stitches and thread on linen but with traditional North Country style patterns to create a piece of textile that we can make into a variety of useful objects. Pattern will include instructions for all three projects and we will cover hand quilting, inserting a zip and hand finishing techniques for cushions.
Meet Mandy Shaw and your tour manager at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal Country this afternoon. Relax and enjoy dinner with your fellow stitchers this evening.
Beamish Open-Air Museum tells the story of life in North East England from 1820s to 1950s. We will spend a full day exploring the site, but one of the highlights is sure to be the 1820s quilters cottage, where you can learn the fascinating story of quilter Joseph Hedley.
The Bowes Museum is a treasure hidden in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. Purpose built in the 1920s by John and Josephine Bowes, the museum houses one of the largest and most significant European textile collections in Britain, representing all textile techniques and European centres of production, from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will enjoy a guided tour of the collection.
Check out by midday with fond memories of a week with like-minded friends.
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers. Please note the itinerary may operate in a different order than described.
You will stay for seven nights at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County.