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Autumn 2026 Residential Intensive: 4 - 12th October 2026

Deposit
$648.00

We are thrilled to once again be returning to the our very favourite country house hotel, Askham Hall, a family-owned hotel on the edge of the beautiful village of Askham in the English Lake District and just a few minutes drive from our base in Appleby.

Following on from our successful retreats in 2023 and 2024, we can't wait to get back to this incredibly cosy place and stitch to our hearts delight.

In this special residential, students will get to get 5 days of intensive stitching time with our experienced and loved tutors - choose between Jenny Adin-Christie and our own Phillipa Turnbull.

Day 1 - TRAVEL & ARRIVAL - Retreat starts at 1pm in Edinburgh. Travel by coach to Askham Hall. Arrival at Askham for afternoon tea

Day 2 - FULL DAY TUITION - with Phillipa or Jenny

Day 3 - FULL DAY TUITION - with Phillipa or Jenny

Day 4 - EXCURSION

Day 5 - FULL DAY TUITION - with Phillipa or Jenny

Day 6 - FREE STITCHING DAY - A day to stitch and make progress on your design, with tutors available for guidance and support. Optional local afternoon trip.

Day 7 - FULL DAY TUITION - with Phillipa or Jenny

Day 8 - FREE STITCHING DAY - A day to stitch and make progress on your design, with tutors available for guidance and support. Optional local morning trip.

Day 9 - Retreat ends at Askham Hall at 9am. Onward travel included to: Penrith Train Station, Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Hotel (city centre)

At this unique retreat, students will spend a whole week with one of two tutors, who will accompany you on an immersive needlework experience!

Phillipa Turnbull - will be offering the opportunity to dive into colour technique & design during a specially designed course.

Jenny Adin-Christie - will be offering a brand new design she is working on in collaboration with the Crewel Work Company.

Accommodation & Food

10 nights full board accommodation throughout, with 1 night in Edinburgh and 9 nights at Askham Hall.

Tuition & Kits

6 full days of tuition, workshop kits, loan of a frames, magnifying light and other equipment, refreshments during class, and a goody bag.

Excursions & Lectures

Stately home and castle visits, day out in the Lake District, lectures and informal stitching sessions, as well as optional walks and Lake District visits.

Travel

Coach travel to and from Edinburgh airport and necessary travel as per the programme.

You can see a full list of bedrooms on the Askham Hall website. You will be given a choice of bedrooms to select from once you have chosen your price band.

Final prices for this retreat are still to be announced. Your deposit secures priority booking access once rooms are released, with the option for a full deposit refund at this point.

Askham Hall is a family-owned hotel and award-winning restaurant situated on the edge of beautiful Askham village and in the heart of the Lowther Family Estate. Currently run by Hon. Charles Edwin Lowther, Askham has become one of the finest culinary destinations in Britain in recent years.

Originally a family home, Askham offers 19 bedrooms which are all individually decorated and have a warm, welcoming feel. There have been many royal guests over the years, including Prince Philip, who slept in The Admiral's Room every year for 30 years whilst competing at the annual Lowther Show.

Arrival: The retreat will officially begin at 1pm on Saturday 4th October 2026 at our Edinburgh Hotel, were we will meet to travel south Askham Hall together.

Departure: The retreat will end at 9am at Askham Hall on Sunday 12th October 2026. Onward travel will be provided to Penrith Train Station, Edinburgh Airport and our original Edinburgh Hotel (city centre).

"The Crewel Work Company has once again provided a wonderful, fully immersive experience with the techniques, history and cultural activities of the artistry of hand embroidery. Our accommodations at chosen sites are both beautiful and comfortable with excellent dinning experiences. I’m always glad to travel with the Crewel Work Company." - Kelli, 2024 participant

"Fabulous property, delightful accommodations, superb cuisine, & outstanding staff.  - Bonnie, 2024 participant

As always, Crewel Work Residential Retreats are great. Askham Hall was a delight, the Askham staff was great and the food was amazing. The Crewel Work team, Phillipa, Laura and Priti do a fantastic job setting up the retreat and overseeing everything. They were always available, knowledgeable and helpful. The tutors, Jenny Adin-Christie, Natalie Dupuis and Phillipa Turnbull were a delight. Each tutor's project was different, the written instructions are thorough and complete. - Nancy, 2024 participant

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