Christmas Craft Weekend at Abingworth
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This holiday was originally planned at Malhamdale but due to unforeseen circumstances has moved location
Put your Christmas to-do list to one side, and join us for a creative festive treat. Perfect for a christmassy weekend with creative friends to create those handmade gifts for your loved ones. A variety of sessions will be on offer throughout the weekend, all led by a number of qualified tutors.
- Try taster sessions in a variety of Christmas crafts
- Our professional craft leaders will guide and encourage
- Share inspiration and exchange ideas
- Gain knowledge to continue crafting at home
Great Reasons to Join Us:
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, all materials & equipment and tuition from our expert leaders
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at all our Country Houses
- Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment
Image courtesy of Christine Green
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a short break or a longer holiday. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay. It offers great viewing for short or long strolls in the beautiful surrounding meadows.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Three comfortable lounges, the largest of which opens onto the attractive conservatory and bar
• Large ballroom
• Dining room
• Free WiFi avaliable in some public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• Surrounded by eight acres of gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September)
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Arrival day Friday:
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday & Sunday:
Each session will be repeated throughout the weekend, so you've plenty of options on offer. You're invited to enjoy up to 4 different craft tasters during the course of the weekend. You can, of course, enjoy free time to relax in the Country House or use our Discovery Point to explore the local area.
Craft sessions will run between 9:30am - 12:30pm in the morning and 2 - 5pm in the afternoon. In between there's a tasty light lunch and mid-morning and mid-afternoon, a lovely well-earned cuppa over which you can exchange your enthusiasm and ideas about your individual projects.
The wonderful taster sessions on offer include:
Creative Papercutting with Christine Green
Get to grips with the basic skills needed for successful paper cutting - safe handling of knives, some simple cutting exercises and then design and cut your own panel using lettering as a starting point - great fun and just a little bit addictive!
Beaded Snowflake Decorations with Sally Boehme
Create a wonderful sparkly beaded Christmas decoration for your home or as a unique gift for a loved one.
Hand Stitched Christmas Decorations with Pam Martin
It's delightful to hand stitch decorations at Christmas! A variety of textiles and mixed media materials and embellishments will be available to inspire you. Make your Christmas a creative delight!
Stylish Mini Leather Notebook with Doug Mitchell
Make a small leather notebook and put your own creative finish to the fastening. Using Calf or Goatskin leather your leader will demystify the techniques used by traditional bookbinders and help you create your own simple notebook, ideal as a gift for your friends and family. The possibilities are endless!
Departure day Monday:
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
- An old shirt or apron to cover your clothes
- A pencil and a biro
- Paper or a notebook for sketching ideas
All other materials and equipment will be provided
Discover Sussex and the South Downs
Abingworth Hall is situated amidst gentle rolling farmland at the foot of the South Downs.
The nearest facilities are in the village of Storrington, about two miles away. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank.
During your stay at Abingworth Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
The quaint town of Arundel, about 30 minutes' drive away, is dominated by its castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. During your visit you may enjoy a walk in the Castle's extensive grounds, or beside the river Arun. www.arundelcastle.org
Completely restored after an extensive fire, this stately National Trust property has ornate rooms and gardens. Uppark is around 50 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/uppark
The cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton is about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall and has an excellent range of specialist shops, entertainment, and its famous beach. You may also enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, built in the early 19th century by George IV. www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk
Amberley Working Museum
Just 15 minutes' drive from Abingworth Hall, this large open-air museum tells the industrial story of the downs, complete with a steam railway, vintage buses and restored quarry machinery. www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive away, Elizabethan Parham House is surrounded by an extensive deer park. www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
The historic cathedral city of Chichester, about 45 minutes' drive away, has plenty of interest. Just a couple of miles away is the fascinating Fishbourne Roman Palace, uncovered in 1960, which has many superb mosaics. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk or www.sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne
A large late 17th century mansion, now run by the National Trust with extensive grounds that were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Around 30 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house
Weald & Downland Museum
Located on the Downs, near the village of Singleton, this excellent open-air museum contains many restored buildings that bring the history of Sussex to life. These include a working watermill and a re-creation of a typical downland village. The museum is around 45 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.wealddown.co.uk
One of Britain’s premier steam railways with an impressive collection of 50 locomotives, representing the Southern Railway and its predecessors. The line runs through rolling countryside from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, about 40 minutes' drive from Abingworth. www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
Uppark House and Petworth House image ©National Trust Images/John Miller
Travel to Abingworth
Our address is: Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, West Sussex, RH20 3EF
The nearest railway station is at Pulborough. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 6 mile journey from Pulborough railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £14. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Abingworth Hall Manager.
From the north leave the M25 on either the A24 or the M23 and A264 to Horsham. Continue south on the A24 towards Worthing. About 5 miles south of Horsham turn right onto the A272 signposted to Billingshurst and Petersfield. After 3 miles turn onto the B2139 in the village of Coolham. After 3½ miles pass the turning for Thakeham on your left. Abingworth Hall is on the left after the Thakeham turn.
From the south take the M27 and continue on to the A27 and around Chichester. 4 miles before Arundel at Fontwell Park turn left on to the A29. After approx 4 miles at a roundabout, turn onto the A283 to Storrington. Turn right onto the A283 in Storrington. Continue through Storrington and left at the mini-roundabout at the Anchor Inn onto the B2139 towards Thakeham and Coolham. Go straight across at the next roundabout and then take a left at the Rydon Community College roundabout. Abingworth Hall is on the right, 2 miles north of Storrington.
Travelling from overseas
Abingworth is particularly convenient from London Gatwick Airport, which is served by a large range of long-haul and European flights.
From Gatwick Airport station there are trains every 30 minutes to Pulborough - journey time 40 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. From Pulborough station complete your journey to Abingworth by taxi (see above)
London Heathrow airport is a little further away, so you'll need to travel via the centre of London. Allow 2½ hours to get to Pulborough.
Sally teaches beaded jewellery techniques at colleges and other venues around the UK as well as from her home studio. She is qualified to PTLLS level to teach adults and specialises in on- and off-loom bead weaving, mixed media and polymer clay jewellery techniques.
Christine has a unique creative profile; BBC graphic designer, Head of Film and Animation at Kingston University, author of ‘Contemporary Needlepoint’ and Kodak’s former Young Photographer of the year, self taught paper cutter and quilt maker. Christine takes a holistic approach to creativity, has infectious enthusiasm and is passionate about inspiring others to venture off-piste and develop their own creative interests.
A lifelong stitch maker based on the Somerset Levels, Pam is an inveterate teacher who has 25 years’ experience of adult learning and holds an MA. Her passion for stitching is wide reaching and she loves to explore new ways of working by machine and hand. Pam has extensive experience of helping stitchers of all abilities to develop sewing machine skills through her stitch workshops. She regularly takes part in creative events and her stitch projects are often published in national magazines.
Doug has been a conservator / binder for over 40 years, working for the British Museum Bindery, Foreign Office Press and the British Library Centre for Conservation, where he has worked on countless historical objects, as well as new presentation bindings for the King of Morocco and Prince Charles, amongst others. Doug has been holding workshops around Britain for over 12 years on various aspects of bookbinding, particular book structures, paper conservation, book restoration and gold finishing. He loves teaching his craft, meeting new people, getting to know them and making his workshops fun as well as informative, imparting the basic skills that will allow his students to be able to create books at home with little expense and with very little equipment.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person