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12 tours from £485pp

Local Information

  • Capital London
  • Language English
  • Currency GBP
  • Tip 10-15%
  • Time Zone GMT
  • Electricity Three pin plugs. 240V

Destination Overview

The United Kingdom boasts a vibrant crafting scene that covers every corner of the nation. Whether you're drawn to the quilting history of the North East, the time-old textile traditions of the Shetland Islands, or Christmas-themed workshops and tours, be guided by our renowned experts and enjoy carefully planned workshops as you develop your crafting skills.

Explore the Scottish Highlands with fellow yarn lovers, visiting the Knockando Woolmill and enjoying wool shopping in the town of Nairn, or look forward to an embroidery retreat in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside as you indulge in your favourite hobby. Alongside our expert-led workshops, you can discover the diverse crafting traditions that make up the creative mosaic of Britian.

The most popular event in our programme, Stitchtopia Festival, is held in England, offering a fantastic weekend residential event with talks, expert-led workshops, and evening entertainment –perfect for knitters, crocheters, quilters and textile lovers.

Whether you’re just starting out your creative journey or are searching for a new challenge, our UK crafting holidays will leave you feeling inspired by Britain’s beautiful landscapes and fascinating heritage.

12 Holidays available from £485pp

Embroidery

Based in the Northamptonshire countryside, this retreat is the ideal opportunity to learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 full days of tuition with a qualified Royal School of Needlework tutor, kit included
  • Tea, coffee and snacks throughout the weekend
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 6th September
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Discover the highlights of the Scottish Highlands as you join Carol Meldrum for a week of knitting workshops and excursions.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with dinner on the first and final evenings
  • 2 and a half days of knitting workshops with Carol Meldrum, kit included
  • Beaded Dorset Buttons workshop with Tania Ashton Jones
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • The services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 6th October
Travel Options
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Patchwork & Quilting

Alongside Mandy Shaw or Janet Goddard, explore the UK’s northeast with tours of Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral, and Alnwick Castle and Gardens.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 4 evening meals
  • 2 full days of hand-sewing workshops with your expert, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 21st October
Travel Options
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Learn from our renowned expert, Anna Nikipirowicz, and explore the beautiful art of embroidery on crochet.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room

Availability:

  • 2024 8th November
Travel Options
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Join Anna Nikipirowicz on a Christmas-themed crochet weekend at Staverton Park & Golf Club, creating festive decorations under Anna's guidance.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room

Availability:

  • 2024 22nd November
Travel Options
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting

Soak up the medieval charm of York during the festive season on this stitching holiday with Carolyn Forster, including Christmas market visits.

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • Workshops with Carolyn Forster, kit included
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 2nd December
Travel Options
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Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and join Anna on this relaxing weekend retreat dedicated to Tunisian crochet.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna Nikipirowicz, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Use of the pool and spa facilities (swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi)

Availability:

  • 2025 7th March
Travel Options
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Take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and join Emma Leith on a relaxing weekend retreat dedicated to beginner’s crochet.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days of tuition with Emma Leith
  • Kit with a ball of chunky yarn and hooks included for the first part of the course
  • Tea and coffee during workshops
  • Use of the hotel leisure facilities (subject to availability); gym, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room
  • Complimentary WiFi

Availability:

  • 2025 4th April
Travel Options
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Patchwork & Quilting
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Staying at the Crown Spa Hotel, master the technique of curved seams on a machine piecing and applique retreat alongside expert Janet Goddard.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Janet Goddard
  • Use of a Bernina sewing machine throughout the weekend
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Access to the hotel gym and swimming pool
  • 10% discount on all pre-booked spa treatments

Availability:

  • 2025 30th May
Travel Options
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Discover the breathtaking Shetland Islands, whose past is interwoven with a rich history of wool, textiles and inimitable Fair Isle technique.

  • 5 nights half-board accommodation
  • 2 half-day workshops on Shetland Fair Isle
  • 2 half-day workshops on Shetland Lace
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2025 18th June 27th August
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Join Anna Nikipirowicz on this autumn-themed weekend retreat and make your own crochet wreath, a stunning celebration of the season.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 2 days tuition with Anna, kit included
  • Tea/coffee during workshops
  • Access to the hotel gym and swimming pool
  • 10% discount on all pre-booked spa treatments

Availability:

  • 2025 5th September
Travel Options
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NEW

Join Anna Nikipirowicz and Frederica Patmore on this weekend dedicated to Fair Isle and Intarsia knitting techniques

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • 1 full-day Fair Isle knitting workshop with Anna, kit included
  • 1 full-day Intarsia knitting workshop with Frederica, kit included
  • Unlimited tea and coffee during workshop breaks
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2025 12th September
Travel Options
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Meet the
Experts

Each holiday is accompanied by a passionate, enthusiastic expert who specialises in their craft, allowing you to learn different techniques and improve your skills from the best!

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Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Sarah has taught for the RSN in the UK, Ireland and China, as well as at RSN workshops in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Free Hospital in London and at Knit and Stitch Shows at Alexandra Palace and Dublin. She also had the honour of teaching Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia.
Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor, and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is the creative force behind the fashion accessories label, Beatknit. Carol is also a successful workshop tutor teaching all aspects of knit and crochet.
Mandy Shaw

Mandy Shaw

The Queen of Redwork and owner of Dandelion Designs, Mandy Shaw is an experienced designer and well-known personality. Throughout her career, she has contributed to several publications and is the author of many handmade crafting books which share her quirky crafting style.
Janet Goddard

Janet Goddard

Janet is a quilt designer, teacher and author. She regularly teaches workshops throughout the UK covering a variety of skills and techniques and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Patchwork and quilting is her first love and not a day goes by when she isn’t stitching!
Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna is a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. Her designs are regularly featured in craft magazines, and she also is a regular on Yarn Lane TV where she shares her designs and techniques. She also works closely with West Yorkshire Spinners and LoveCrafts.
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster is a quilt designer, teacher and author from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Since self-publishing her first book ‘Quilting on the Go’ in 2007, Carolyn has written ten more patchwork and quilting books with Search Press in the UK and Landauer Publishing in the USA.
Emma Leith

Emma Leith

Internationally renowned for her yarn-bombing exploits, Emma has worked on numerous large scale commissioned yarn installations and gives regular talks and presentations on this popular movement. She works closely with Rico Design Yarns, Deramores and Simply Crochet.
Hazel Tindall

Hazel Tindall

Hazel Tindall was born and raised in Shetland, surrounded by knitters who depended on the craft to earn an income. Speed and efficiency were the key! In 2004, Hazel was recognised as the World’s Fastest Knitter, knitting an impressive 255 stitches in 3 minutes.
Kathleen Anderson

Kathleen Anderson

Coming from a family of talented knitters, Kathleen began knitting at a young age. Her speciality lies in knitting fine lace shawls, the first of which she knitted some 40 years ago. She is a five-time winner of the prestigious Championship Award for the best craft item in show!
Janette Budge

Janette Budge

Janette was taught to knit at a young age, around six years old, and has knitted for most of her life. She is keen to share the Shetland knitting heritage with the younger generation and beyond, and always incorporates Shetland knitting techniques into her workshops.
Frederica Patmore

Frederica Patmore

Frederica is a knitting and crochet designer who has been working in the industry for nearly 20 years. She spent three years working as a designer and technical editor on the Woman’s Weekly Magazine team before co-founding Love To Knit and Crochet magazine.
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