Arena Travel Blog

  • Meet the Expert - Hazel Tindall

    Hazel Tindall © Kate Davies Designs

    We know how important our experts are on a Stitchtopia tour & we love getting the chance to get to know them a little better. We met up with knitting expert Hazel Tindall recently (otherwise known as the world's fastest knitter) for a catchup on knitting & to talk about her role in our upcoming Shetland tour.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Jersey

    Beauport Bay, St Brelade

    Host Report by Kathy Williams

    St. Brelades Bay Hotel, Jersey

    Set in the beautiful bay of St. Brelades and just 10 minutes from the airport, is the St. Brelades Bay Hotel. I can’t praise highly enough the service, food and facilities. Our first evening meal, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine, was excellent as were all the meals. In fact, in my 19 years of running holidays with bridge this was the best food I have ever had.

    The hotel has 2 swimming pools, health centre, spa and lovely gardens - something for everyone.

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  • Stitchtopia Monthly Catchup - October


    W e’ve had a busy month here at Stitchtopia HQ and would like to share what we’ve been up to, just in case you missed anything!


    We had a great time exhibiting at Alexandra Palace for the Knit & Stitch Show earlier this month. It’s so lovely to meet some of our regular travellers and hear about your travels with Stitchtopia! We also saw some new faces at the show which we hope to welcome on a tour in the future!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Porec, Croatia


    Host report by Toby & Janette Mace

    The Valamar Diamant hotel is a scenic twenty-minute walk from the harbour town of Porec, through pretty landscaped gardens and pine trees (housing red squirrels) along the water’s edge. Porec has an impressive basilica overlooking the harbour, with Roman remains and a large floor mosaic. There’s also a rooftop bar on top of a squat old tower, with great views. Great for a sundowner (Aperol spritz if you’re asking).

    We organised three excursions, first driving to two hill towns to see how they had coped in very different ways with depopulation over the years. One is now an artists’ haven, and the other derelict and abandoned. The day ended with a typical Croatian meal, where we bought homemade produce – the grappa was pronounced to be very smooth! Mistletoe grappa is also a speciality.

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Travelling with Stitchtopia


    WWhenever we have the opportunity to meet crafters who haven’t heard of Stitchtopia, they often ask ‘how does it work?’ (and it’s actually really simple!) Each trip is a carefully constructed recipe of everything a holiday is all about – think sightseeing, relaxing hotels & shopping - and then we throw some crafting into the mix! It’s your traditional package holiday but with a whole lot more! If you’re intrigued, we’ve got your Ultimate Guide to Travelling with Stitchtopia sorted!

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