Quilting, Christmas Markets & Aled Jones

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12 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019
Duration: 4 nights
Ref: 19082
With: Janet Goddard


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Join Janet Goddard on this real Christmas treat in the heart of Cologne; home to some of Europe’s largest and oldest Christmas markets. Janet will host four half-day hand-sewing workshops at the hotel, with some Christmas-themed projects to help get us in the festive spirit. With four main markets to explore, as well as three smaller ones, you’ll also have plenty of time for Christmas shopping or relaxing with a Glühwein with some of your fellow stitchers. The highlight for some though will be our concert performance by Aled Jones, exclusive to Arena Travel customers, to be held in one of the city’s many churches.

Your stitching expert - Janet Goddard

Janet Goddard is a quilt designer, teacher and author. She has written four books and has designed and written over one hundred patterns for magazines both in the UK and abroad. Janet teaches patchwork, quilting, applique and bag making throughout the UK.

Janet grew up in New Zealand, moving to the UK many years ago but feels her early antipodean experiences reflect in her use of colour and light in her work. She is a qualified teacher who loves to share her knowledge and skills with others

With Special Guest - Aled Jones

One of Britain’s most popular performers and broadcasters, Aled shot to fame thanks to his magical cover version of Walking in the Air which featured in the 1982 film The Snowman and reached No. 5 in the UK charts. Following his extraordinary success as a 12-year-old treble singer, Aled went on to record no fewer than 16 albums before his voice broke. Now a baritone, Aled's 24 albums span the classical repertoire, ranging from core operatic works to more popular traditional songs and hymns. Aled has also enjoyed a long and successful career as a broadcaster, presenting his own show on Sunday mornings on Classic FM, as well as the BBC’s Songs of Praise and the ITV Breakfast programme, Daybreak, alongside Lorraine Kelly.

DAY 1:

Meet Janet and your Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for the short flight to Cologne. We’ll be met by our coach and driver and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we’ll enjoy an introductory walking tour of Cologne with our local guide. Dinner in the hotel is included this evening.

DAY 2:

This morning we’ll enjoy our first hand-sewing workshop with Janet. After some free time for lunch we’ll head to the church late afternoon for our exclusive concert performed by Aled Jones. There will be some free time after the concert for CD signing and a selfie if you want one!

DAY 3:

This morning we’ll enjoy our second hand-sewing workshop with Janet. This afternoon is free for you to explore the Christmas markets.

DAY 4:

This morning we’ll enjoy our third hand-sewing workshop with Janet. This afternoon is free for you to explore the Christmas markets.

DAY 5:

This morning we’ll enjoy our final hand-sewing workshop with Janet before transferring to the airport for our return flight to London Heathrow. 


Double/twin room: £1349 per person
Single supplement: £349
Deposit: £250 per person


  • Return Eurowings flight London Heathrow to Cologne with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Hotel Mondial am Dom
  • Walking orientation tour of Cologne with a local guide
  • Welcome drink and dinner on arrival day
  • Four half-day workshops with Janet Goddard, kit included
  • Exclusive concert performed by Aled Jones
  • The company and expertise of Janet Goddard throughot the tour
  • The services of an experienced tour manager who will accompany the tour throughout


Single supplement, meals and drinks unless otherwise stated, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.


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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Hotel Mondial am Dom

The Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery by Sofitel is at the heart of Cologne old town. Cologne Cathedral, the Rhine, shopping streets, and a wide range of museums and other attractions are just a stone's throw away. In the hotel restaurant, you can enjoy regional dishes, draft beers and other drinks in the setting of a modern Cologne brewery with views of the cathedral.

The 203 modern bedrooms come equipped with safe, Wifi, TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and free in room mineral water. The bathrooms come with a robe and hairdryer. The single rooms also have a mini bar and Nespresso machine.