All England Tour, Part I May 2018


  • All England Tour, Part I May 2018
  • All England Tour, Part I May 2018

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  • About the retreat
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  • All England Part I - West Country & The Cotswolds

    10-22 May 2018 - £6,500 - One place available

    Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon, Poldark, Bath, Oxford, Elizabethan & Jacobean Needlework! 12 days in the romantic South-West of England, tuition with 3 tutors

    Our journey will start near Gatwick and Heathrow Airports with three days of intensive tuition and lectures with Alison, Meredith and Phillipa. We will then travel on to see, among other highlights, Stonehenge, Montacute House, Cornwall (where we stay in Bovey Castle), Trerice (pictured), and Bath (Roman Baths and The American Museum). In the historic market town of Stratford upon Avon we will be given a private access to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's textile collection to study the original designs on the gentleman's nightcap, the ladies 'waistcoat' or jacket, early crewel work, and other Elizabethan and Jacobean embroidered artefacts. The study and replication of the designs is by exclusive and special permission and approval of the Museum.

    Workshops with Alison, Meredith and Phillipa will continue throughout the Tour and needlework will be the subject we return to every day as we travel through the villages and countryside you thought only existed in films!

    We will visit Elizabethan Houses, wonderful embroidery collections, pretty market towns and rolling English countryside. We will end our journey with a few days in Shakespeare's home town, Stratford-on-Avon with exclusive access to the beautiful 17th Century embroidery we will be replicating during our retreat. En route to Stratford we will stay in the centre of Bath where we will visit museums, antiques shops, and stroll through the historic streets and spend an enchanting evening with a Roman supper at the ancient Roman Baths

    At the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, we will study English embroideries from the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries in small private groups with the curator and our tutors, Alison Cole, Phillipa Turnbull and Meredith Willett. 

    You will enjoy 30+ hours of tuition in 17th Century silk and gold (Alison and Meredith) using conservation silk and metal threads and base fabric, and crewel work (Phillipa) in specially spun and dyed wools.

    This retreat begins and ends at either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport, London.  We stay in luxury, characterful hotels: a castle, a manor house and a Georgian Town House. Join us and book your place now by paying a deposit or speak to us further by emailing

  • You may secure your place immediately by paying a deposit or the full amount here. Alternatively you may download a booking form and return it, completed, to Laura Turnbull at A deposit of £500 will then be requested, at which time your booking will be confirmed.

    What is included in the price?

    • All tuition, talks and lectures
    • All materials and instructions required for workshops
    • Loan of all the necessary frames and equipment required for workshops
    • All hotel accommodations for the stated duration of the tour, and all coach travel (except Appleby Residential Retreat, which is tuition only)
    • Meals as stated in the timetable (except Appleby Residential Retreat)
    • All entry fees for castles, country houses, museums, and other special excursions
    • Refreshments during workshops and lectures

    What is not included in the price?

    • Travel to and from the Retreat
    • Personal expenditure at hotels, excursions and events, e.g. bar, laundry, telephone, IT, meal extras beyond anything that has already been arranged as part of the Retreat
    • Additional tips and gratuities at your discretion


    • You may pay the entire amount at the point of booking. Alternatively, you may pay in installments as follows:
      £500 deposit payable on booking
      50% of balance within 3 months
      100% 3 months prior to departure date

    Payment methods

    • Payment can be made by Bank Draft/Transfer to the following UK account:
      Account name: Phillipa Turnbull Events
      Business address: 1 Clifford Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA166TS
      Bank Address: Barclays Bank, Penrith CA11 7SN, UK
      IBAN: GB38 BARC 2066 9723 0252 17
    • If you are paying from a foreign bank account, we recommend using TransferWise. This is a service designed specifically for foreign currency transfers and offers the cheapest fees (much cheaper than your bank would charge for an international transfer)
    • We also accept payments by credit card (with a 2% surcharge) or debit card or by UK cheque
    • We do not accept Paypal
  • Cancellations

    If, having booked and made the first payment, you wish to cancel your booking, a refund of this payment will be made if your place is taken by someone from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list, or your place is not taken, then no refund can be made. All refunds are at the sole discretion of The Organisers.

    Your Health

    It is important that you inform us of any health issues or food allergies, etc, at the time of booking. Wheelchair users should please note that, due to the historic focus of our Retreats, most of the venues are extremely old and do not have good accessibility. If you have mobility or health issues and are not sure to what extent these might affect your enjoyment of the vacation, please contact to discuss.

    Travel Arrangements

    It is your responsibility to make all travel arrangements to the Retreat in time for the welcome meeting on the first day, and from the Retreat on the final day. If there is demand for it, we can arrange group pick-ups from the recommended airport (as stated in the description). For specific travel advice, please speak to Laura Turnbull at

    Alterations to the programme

    The Organisers reserve the right to make additions, alterations and/or substitutions, without notice, to the itinerary/tutors or any other part of the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances, or to improve the student experience.

    Liability and Insurance

    The Organisers have used their best endeavours to ensure that all goods, services and facilities provided in respect of the Retreat have been supplied, delivered, arranged or otherwise made available by properly qualified companies, organisations and individuals. They cannot, however, accept any responsibility for damage, loss or injury, howsoever caused, to participants or those accompanying them, or their belongings, as a consequence of their attendance during the days spent at the Retreat or at any of the Special Excursions or Events, or in the event that any part of the programme cannot be delivered. In the event that The Organisers have to cancel the Retreat, their liability shall be limited to refunding all monies they have received up to the time of cancellation.

    All students are advised to take out their own insurance, in respect of, but not limited to, travel, cancellation, loss of payments made, medical and personal effects, etc. The importance of doing this at the earliest possible stage cannot be over-emphasised.

Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA (Member No. Y6352)

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