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North East Quilting Retreat

This holiday combines the best that the local area has to offer. From hand-sewing workshops with experts Pat Archibald (June) or Sallieann Harrison (October) to shopping in the area's many quilt shops. 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.

8 days from £1,435pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 4 dinners
  • Two full days hand sewing workshops with Pat Archibald (June) or Sallieann Harrison (October), kit included
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
Experts
Pat Archibald

Pat Archibald

Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor based in Edinburgh. Her fascination for fabric began in her childhood when she discovered her grandmother’s scrap bag bursting at the seams with exotic fabrics and by the age of 11, she had created her first piece of patchwork. Throughout her creative career, Pat has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop.

Pat loves to travel both around her home country as well as further afield. As her own horizons grow literally, then so too do the experiences that she can then express in her quilt making. She feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity and captures the essence of her view of the country or city.


Sallieann Harrison

Sallieann Harrison

Sallieann Harrison is a popular designer and regular presenter of patchwork and quilting for TV’s Sewing Street. Her passion for sewing led her into the world of American patchwork and quilting in early 2000 whilst living in the USA. Since then Sallieann has gone on to complete an honors degree in education and has been teaching and working in the education sector both as a patchwork tutor and as an education compliance officer for Ofsted. Her love of sewing and depth of knowledge has led her to both exhibit and demonstrate at the Houston International Show and teach residential courses for the Women’s Institute College Denman. Her inspiring fun sewing creations (that are not always limited to quilts) can often be found in popular sewing magazines.

Itinerary

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Check in is available from 3pm. Relax in the evening and enjoy an included dinner.

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Partake in a full day hand-sewing workshop with our expert.

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Hand-sewing

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Beamish open-air museum tells the story of life in North East England from 1820s to 1950s. We’ll spend a full day exploring the site, but one of the highlights is sure to be the 1820s quilters cottage, where we’ll learn the fascinating story of quilter Joseph Hedley.

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Beamish open-air museum

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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’ll enjoy a guided tour of the collection.

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High force waterfall in Teesdale

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Alnwick Castle was built in the 11th Century to control and protect the border with Scotland. Alnwick Castle underwent several renovations in its first five centuries, the most major of which was commissioned by Henry Percy, the First Baron Percy of Alnwick. The Percy family still live in the castle today, in fact Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England, second only to Windsor Castle. The grounds surrounding the castle were landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. As well as being the residence for the current Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows including Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Downton Abbey. The brainchild of The Duchess of Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden is a multi-award-winning visitor attraction. The 12 acres of magnificent gardens are home to the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard, the Grand Cascade comprising 120 water jets and the world's largest Treehouse Restaurant. The garden is also a charity, any surplus is re-invested into improving and developing The Alnwick Garden for the future through one of their charity programmes. We’ll enjoy a guided tour with a garden volunteer, including the Poison Garden.

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Alnwick Castle

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The Community of Cuthbert arrived in Durham from Lindisfarne in 995 and built an Anglo-Saxon cathedral. In 1083, following the Norman Conquest, a community of Benedictine monks was established in Durham. Construction of the Cathedral as we know it today was started in 1093 by Bishop William of St Calais It is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion and the seat of the Bishop of Durham.  Durham Cathedral houses some of the best church needlework from the past 11 centuries. We’ll enjoy an embroidery and textile tour, highlights of which will include A 10th century Stole, Maniple and Girdle, recorded as being given to the shrine of St Cuthbert by King Athelstan when he visited Chester-Le-Street in 934. These are some of the finest surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon embroidery in England and the only ones to be found which depict human figures. The collection also includes four late medieval velvet copes. Kim Suleman is probably best known for her website Six Penny Memories and for her appearances on Create & Craft TV. Kim will welcome us to the community hub in North Shields for a short demo and talk.

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Durham Cathedral

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Enjoy a second full day hand-sewing workshop with our expert..

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Hand-sewing workshop

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Check out by midday, with fond memories of a week with like-minded friends *Please note the itinerary may operate in a different order than described.*

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Single Room Supplement from £210.00 (8 days).

Crafted for Quilters

Crafted for Quilters

Specially designed for quilters, this Stitchtopia quilting holiday is the ideal opportunity to indulge in your favourite hobby and pick up some new crafty tips and tricks. Our talented quilting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights at the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County.

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Situated in the historic city of Durham, this 4-star hotel is situated by the Castle, Cathedral and the River Wear. Within the hotel there is an international restaurant where we’ll have breakfast and dinner, a lounge bar - perfect for a drink after a day of exploring and fully equipped gym. Car parking is available at the hotel at extra cost.

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
General
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna or Steam Room
Accessibility
  • Lift
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
Service
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
  • Gym
Hotel
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available