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Textiles of Devon

Join Janice Gunner on this textile discovery holiday in Devon. Enjoy 2 full days of sewing workshops with Janice and an additional full day workshop at the Cowslip Workshop in Launceston’s with owner Jo. There will be the opportunity to explore the county’s quaint and charming towns, visit fascinating museums – some include private viewings and exclusive access, and travel along the glorious South Devon coastline by steam train, boat and bus!

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights 4-star accommodation on half board
  • 2 full day workshops with Janice, kit included
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager
  • Appliqué Workshop at Cowslip
  • Excursions as described
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Itinerary

Make your own way to Devon and join Janice Gunner and your Arena Travel Tour Manager at the Woodbury Park Hotel near Exeter. This evening you will join your fellow stitchers for dinner, the perfect opportunity to get to know one another.

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This morning we will have exclusive access to Fairlynch Museum, housed in a beautiful, thatched cottage by the beach. It has a nationally important costume collection consisting of more than 3,000 outfits and accessories. The oldest costumes in their possession date from as early as 1700! Enjoy some time here to admire the costumes as well as other textiles including lace.

The day continues to Honiton to visit the All Hallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities. The market town of Honiton is set in the East Devon area of outstanding natural beauty and is well-known for its lace and pottery. The museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world. Spend time browsing the displays which feature examples of 17th to early 21st century Honiton lace.

 Later this afternoon we will travel to Coldharbour Mill, where they bring the industrial revolution to life. Largely untouched since Victorian times, today Coldharbour remains in production using heritage looms. We will learn how introducing steam and waterpower proved to be the turning point in history. Enjoy a guided tour and the opportunity to browse the mill shop filled with yarns, rugs and fabrics.

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Budleigh Salterton

Today we will enjoy our first full day workshop with Janice at the hotel.

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Workshop

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) is in the heart of Exeter and offers fascinating displays and galleries of Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. On our visit we will enjoy a guided tour of the museum with one of the curators who will highlight the textiles and dress on display. Additionally, we will have a private viewing of one of the Joanna Southcott quilts.

After visiting RAMM you will have some time at leisure in Exeter for shopping and lunch before driving to John Arbon Textiles later in the afternoon. John Arbon Textiles produce traditional British-made yarn and tops designed, blended and spun using vintage machinery. We will learn all about their process on a tour of the mill.

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Exeter

Our second full day workshop at the hotel with Janice.

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Workshop

Venture into South Devon and explore all it has to offer by steam train, river boat and bus. Today, we will visit the charming and quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes with a local guide.

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Paignton

Cowslip Workshop is Launceston’s specialist patchwork shop and café. We will spend a full day here enjoying an appliqué workshop for a Pie Crust Daisy Pincushion with Jo. This workshop will mostly be completed by hand-sewing with the opportunity to complete the project by machine.

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Cowslip Pin Cushion

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of your hotel and say goodbye to your fellow stitchers and expert Janice.

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Tour Notes: 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.

Single Room Supplement from £625.00 (8 days).

Stitchtopia Craft Holidays

Stitchtopia Craft Holidays

Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!

Accommodation

You will be staying at the 4-star Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club for seven nights.