Christmas Craft Weekend in the Peak District

The girl at the table makes Christmas gifts. Hand made
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays
from £339pp £304pp

Add a personal touch to your Christmas decorations or gifts by joining our craft weekend to learn and practice a range of skills which will lead to finished items for you to take home. Our professional leaders will run four different craft taster sessions covering different disciplines such as hand-stitched fabric decorations, festive fun with felt, Christmas calligraphy and festive paper cutting. There is a fun, relaxed atmosphere and the chance to get really creative by sharing inspiration and exchanging ideas with your fellow guests. You’ll gain knowledge which will enable you to continue crafting at home; it’s a great way of preparing for Christmas.

What’s included

  • 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 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

Trip Notes

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Arrival day Friday:

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm.

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 picnic 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.

Raggedy Fabricky Wreath with Christine Green 

Rip, cut, and knot yourself a unique fabric Christmas wreath - you can be as wild or as restrained as you like with your choice of fabrics, no two will look the same. 

Festive Fun with Felt Making with June Croll

Create gifts and decorations by transforming transforming colourful wool fleece into unique Christmas felted items for giving or displaying.

Calligraphy for Christmas with Neil Ingham

Learn the art of beautiful writing at our Christmas taster sessions. There will be demonstrations of festive calligraphy styles as well as practical uses such as Christmas cards, place cards, envelopes and tags.

Decorative Coptic Notebooks with Doug Mitchell 

Create a small Coptic Notebook putting your own creative finish to the cover and using ancient bookbinders techniques to create a unique Christmas Gift for friends and family

Departure day Monday:

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.



Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
15 Nov / 18 Nov Christmas Craft Weekend - Dovedale £339 £304 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
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Art & Craft Holidays

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