Join us on visits to three of our favourite castles and country houses in Cumbria.
If you have been on one of our retreats before, you will know that we like to frequent a castle or two! For our festival, we have carefully selected three destinations where you may see historic embroidery in its original setting. We will have a unique experience in each location with extended private access, the freedom to explore the property and gardens at leisure, and the opportunity to meet the owners and discover their historic needlework treasures.
All excursions will take place on rest days so you will not miss classes if you choose to come. Tickets include return travel by coach from Appleby, entrance fees, plus any lectures and activities at each venue.
An evening visit with Lady Inglewood and food historian Ivan Day
Hutton-in-the-Forest, a hunting lodge on the edge of the English Lake District in the Eden Valley, offers us a timeline of British history – from its Medieval stone hall to the Victorian drawing-room, fine examples of furniture and textiles are on display.
We will be welcomed by Lady Inglewood then enjoy a private tour of her family home, supper in the Cloisters, and a lecture with Ivan Day, in the Elizabethan Long Gallery. Ivan will present a lecture on British food over the centuries, focusing on the lifetime of Lady Anne Clifford to the time of ‘Downton Abbey’.
There will be time to stroll in the romantic walled garden, the sculpture park and the peaceful lake walk.
Mon 7 July 2021
Private visit & tour of the castle with special access to the embroidery collection
The unique collection of textiles within Muncaster Castle has been the inspiration for several of Phillipa’s designs, including the Muncaster Bed Hanging. This, and many other embroideries, will be on special display during our private visit when you will have the opportunity to meet our friends, the Pennington family, whose ancestors have owned the castle for over 800 years.
During our exclusive visit, there will be lectures, guided tours and access to the Pennington’s textile collection which includes Crewel Work, Whitework, Lace, Suzzannis and costume, and still have time to explore the beautiful gardens with their stunning coastal views.
Sat 10 July 2021
Exclusive visit to an ancient English manor house
Originally an imposing Peel Tower built between 1250 and 1300, Levens Hall has survived as an impressive Elizabethan house and garden. Today it is the beautiful family home of the Bagot family.
Levens houses a family collection of textiles, furniture, clocks and paintings. The 17th Century crewel work in Levens Hall inspired Phillipa’s Levens Hall Pillow design, and there is more to inspire and delight the embroider during our private visit.
The Hall is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, dating back to the 1690s, and remains as it was in the 17th Century, including a knot garden, a rose garden and there you will see the world’s oldest topiary garden and the world’s first HaHa.
Wed 14 July 2021