Textile Crafts Bonanza at Church Stretton
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A celebration of textile craft, including free machine embroidery, felt making and weaving. Enjoy practical sessions and demonstrations by experienced textile artists and makers. A sewing machine with which you are familiar is essential.
- Create your own unique textile crafts
- Our professional craft leaders will guide and encourage
- Share inspiration and gather new ideas
- Gain knowledge to continue crafting at home
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation and guidance from our expert leaders
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Longmynd House
- Expert leaders: 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 fun and relaxed environment
Image courtesy of HF Holidays' leader June Croll
Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times.
- Fire evacuation notices are displayed in the bedrooms and throughout the hotel. Each room has its own smoke sensor and fire alarm. In the event of a fire a very loud continuous alarm sounds and emergency lighting comes on. We have portable Deaf guard fire alarm system for those who are hard of hearing. This consists of a vibrating pad to go under the pillow and a bright strobe light. The Deaf guard is triggered when main alarm is activated.
- In the case of evacuation there are fire exits in every function room, bar and restaurant as well as the main front entrance. On the first, second and third floors there are fire exits at either end of the corridors which open to an emergency fire escape stairwell.
- Please advise reception on check in if you think you would require assistance in the event of an emergency. Door hangers are available in the rooms which can be used to indicate a need for assistance. Fire extinguishers are found throughout the building, as are fire call points. If you discover a fire please call 9-999 from your room phone, raise the alarm and alert a member of staff.
Arrival day Monday:
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.
Tuesday - Thursday:
Three hugely talented textile craft leaders will be offering day long textile craft workshops during the day and demos and talks in the evening. Workshops will be repeated each day, so you won't miss out. You can, of course, enjoy free time to relax in the Country House or use our Discovery Point to explore the local area.
Craft workshops will run between 9:30am - 12:30pm in the morning and 2 - 5pm in the afternoon.
Your workshops include:
Free Machine Stitched Thread Bowls & Embellished Boxes with Pam Martin
Making small bowls and boxes is a fun and satisfying way to try out free machine embroidery. Thread bowls are a great project for new and experienced free machine stitchers. There will also be an opportunity to free stitch fabric to embellish a small box.
'Layer, Cut, Stitch' with Marilyn Hall
Using a range of fabrics we will be learning and developing techniques of layering, cutting back, machine and hand stitch to develop an abstract panel based on images of the landscape. These may be rural, seascapes or urban scapes, it will be your choice. The panel can later be used as a cushion, bag or creative work mounted onto a canvas.
Feltmaking and freefrom tapestry weaving with June Croll
Taking inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty, you will have the chance to produce two items of textile art. In the morning you will transform colourful wool fibres into a felted art work. This may be a ‘picture’, or even a 3D piece. In the afternoon we will foray into freeform tapestry weaving. Using a simple frame loom you'll be introduced to basic techniques, then be able to explore and experiment with an exciting selection of materials. You will be able to complete a small decorative item of woven art.
Departure day Friday:
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
- Sewing machine you are familiar with using (and ideally bring the instruction manual if you have it)
- Darning foot that is compatible with your sewing machine
- A pencil and biro
- Paper or a notebook for sketching ideas
- Guests are invited to bring photographs of land, sea or urban scapes for inspiration, however there will be a selection provided
- Sewing kit (sewing materials will be provided but you may prefer to use your own)
All other materials and equipment will be provided
During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Shropshire:
The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk away. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.
Easily reached by train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buldings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlowcastle.com
A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk/
Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.svr.co.uk
Acton Scott Working Farm
Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum is a living museum based around a restored Victorian farm. In recent years this has featured in the BBC2 series Victorian Farm and Escape in Time. www.actonscott.com
Also easily reached by train, or a 30 minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.
The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park
This former medieval fortress has been remodelled over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. Theworld-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. The castle is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle
Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus
Travel to Church Stretton
Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG
The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended, particularly if you have heavy luggage.
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).
NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not available at the station and there is no taxi service in Church Stretton. If you call for a taxi on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service to Longmynd House is £18. We therefore recommend booking a HF station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking.
Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Marilyn has spent many years teaching all aspects of textiles and developing her own practice as a textile artist. She exhibits regularly as a means of introducing the public to contemporary art textiles, to make them pause, think and question.
Marilyn likes to encourage people to unlock the creativity which is within us all. It is about freeing oneself and finding an individual path to follow. One of the key objectives within Marilyn’s groups is to be open-minded and experimental and willing to discuss and share your ideas. This enriches everyone’s experience and helps to build bonds which will continue into the future.
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.
June incorporates a variety of techniques into her textile practice including weaving (her passion), dyeing, printing and felting. Her work has been selected for national exhibitions. As a contrast to working alone in her studio, she gets great pleasure from workshops and courses, loving the interaction and sharing of ideas – and finding there is always something new to learn. She has taught internationally, and her strengths are encouraging confidence and creativity. June hopes guests will go home feeling satisfied with the skills they have learnt, but above all with the desire to continue trying out ideas.
June was an excellent tutor, she made the holiday very interesting and enjoyable. I will be booking again!
Dates & Prices
We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.