Pour l’amour du Fil Quilt Show, Nantes

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20 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
Duration: 6 nights
Ref: 20049
With: Victoria Peat


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Single Supplement: £399
Deposit: £250

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Join Victoria on this wonderful Stitchtopia holiday to Nantes for a 6-night stay in the heart of this historical city. Pour l’Amour du Fil, or ‘for the love of threads’, is a fascinating international show for thread-based arts. Patchwork, quilting, sewing, embroidery, home décor and knitting are all represented at the show, attracting some of the world’s best-known experts and visitors from across the Globe. As well as a full day at the show, you can hone your own stitching skills in four half-day workshops hosted by Victoria and discover the best of the local area. We’ll explore the historic centre of Nantes on foot, visit the textile museum in Cholet, and enjoy a full day excursion along the banks of the River Sevre with lunch in the delightful town of Clisson and winetasting at one of the regions wineries.


Victoria is a popular designer and presenter for TV’s Sewing Quarter, regularly demonstrating patchwork & quilting projects, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience. Victoria designs projects under her own name as well as for dressmaking and patchwork & quilting publications both in the UK and Internationally.


Meet Victoria and our Tour Manager at London Gatwick airport for the flight to Nantes. On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city. Get to know Victoria and your fellow stitchers at this evening’s welcome dinner, which is served in the hotel.


This morning we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Nantes, visiting the three main historical quarters in the city, dating from the Middle Ages and 18th and 19th centuries. The tour will finish at Nantes’ iconic castle, Le Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. The castle was built at the end of the 15th century by Francois II and his daughter, Anne de Bretagne. After free time for lunch we’ll meet at the hotel for the first of our hand-stitching workshops. Victoria will introduce a specially designed project for this French holiday. The evening is at leisure.


Join Victoria for the second of her workshops in the hotel. This afternoon we’ll travel by coach to Cholet for a guided tour of the town’s Textile Museum. Housed in a former textile bleaching factory, the museum presents an overview of Cholet’s textile industry and its techniques. The famous ‘Red Handkerchief of Cholet’ is still woven here. The evening is at leisure and you may wish to try one of the many fine restaurants near our hotel.


Today we visit ‘Pour L’Amour du Fil’. At this excellent venue, enjoy exhibitions featuring the works of guest artists and designers from around the world. The theme of this year’s show is ‘The British Isles’ and we’ll see the many different ways this has been interpreted in the different modes of textiles. There is also a beautiful shopping area dedicated to all things fibre!


Today we’ll travel by coach along the banks of the River Sevre to the picturesque medieval town of Clisson. Today is market day and we’ll enjoy some time at leisure before a delicious local lunch. A guided walking tour introduces the history and highlights of Clisson. On our return journey we stop at a winery for a tasting for some of the local wines from this renowned wine-growing region.


Victoria will host both morning and afternoon workshops in the hotel. Tonight, is a chance to reflect on the past days and experiences at a farewell dinner served in the hotel’s restaurant.


Transfer to Nantes airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.


Twin Room: £1745 per person
Double Room Supplement: £95
Single Room Supplement: £399
Deposit: £250 per person


  • Easyjet flights from London Gatwick to Nantes (including 23kg of hold luggage)
  • 6 nights’ hotel accommodation including buffet breakfast
  • 3-course Welcome and Farewell dinners in the hotel
  • City tax
  • Private coach transport as per the itinerary
  • Walking tour of Nantes
  • Guided tour of Cholet Textile Museum
  • Four half-day workshops with Victoria Peat, kit included
  • One-day ticket to Pour L’Amour du Fil Show
  • Full day tour along the banks of the River Sevre with a guided walking tour of Clisson, lunch and wine-tasting at a local winery.
  • The company and expertise of Victoria Peat
  • The services of our experienced Tour Manager
  • Tips for drivers and local guides


Meals and drinks other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.


Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Radisson Blu Hotel ★★★★

Housed in a beautifully renovated neoclassical courthouse, the 4-star Radisson Blu is ideally located for exploring the city. From its setting on Astride-Briand Square a short stroll will take you to Nantes’ most famous attractions. Famous architect Jean-Phillippe Nuel transformed this iconic building into a modern and beautiful hotel. The 142 rooms and suites feature elegant décor and comfortable furnishings. Each of the rooms has free high-speed Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and a mini-bar.