Plan your visit

On this page you can learn more about the festival location, about Appleby itself and also about some of the services available in the area, such as accommodation, food and local activities. You can also find answers to your frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page.

Welcome to Appleby,
gateway to the English Lake District

Appleby is a special place. The links to fascinating characters such as Lady Anne Clifford, George Washington and Oliver Cromwell and the past importance of this remote little town give the current day community a unique sense of identity. The historic architecture, the glorious easily accessible countryside, the wildlife and the friendly inhabitants make Appleby and the Eden Valley a wonderful place to visit.

Learn more about Appleby and the local area at our local Tourist Information Website

Workshops and other festival venues

Our workshop venues have been selected to be suitable for each different technique. Browse the map below to see the exact locations of the workshops, as well as other venues in use during our event. Please use the expansion (+) sign to see further afield such as workshops in the outlying villages as well as the excursion locations. Workshop venues are marked with a star.

Insider tips to create your perfect trip

We have added a few tips below to help you plan your visit to the area.
Click on the different tabs below to start exploring!

Appleby boasts a variety of accommodation options from luxury hotels to inns, B&Bs, and cosy self-catered cottages. We have listed a selection of options below to get you started however we highly recommend you to get in touch with our local Tourist Information Office who are primed to answer all your questions about accommodation in the area.

IMPORTANT: To ensure availability for our event, we have asked many of the establishments in the area to hold the festival dates specifically for festival attendees. For this reason, all third-party booking sites, such as booking.com, will show the festival dates as fully-booked. When making your booking please therefore go direct to the accommodation provider and be sure to state that you are attending the Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival.

Tufton Arms

A beautiful Victorian Coaching Inn in the heart of the picturesque town centre. This family run hotel offers renowned comfort, hospitality, excellent cuisine, home-brewed ale and an extensive wine list. The Tufton has 22 en-suite rooms including 3 feature bedrooms and a range of dining options.

Appleby Manor

Appleby Manor is a comfortable Country House Hotel and Luxury Spa with everything you need to completely relax, including an award winning restaurant, an indoor spa and leisure club, a wonderful conservatory for stitching, and superb views over the town to Appleby Castle and also to the Lake District fells.

The Royal Oak

An award-winning, family-run 17th Century Inn on the edge of Appleby, just a 5 minute walk from the centre. With 4 star Inn rating offering excellent food and accommodation, the Oak has nine en-suite bedrooms with tea & coffee making facilities and WiFi Full English breakfast using locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant serves quality British pub food and never less than 3 local cask ales to sample.

For full details and advice about all the accommodation available in the area, please visit the Appleby Tourist Information Office.

From local delicacies such as Sticky-Toffee Pudding, Cumberland Sausage, Herdwick lamb (the favourite breed of Beatrix Potter) and ‘The Prince of Wales’, Prince Charles’s favourite Penrith toffee, to Michelin Starred excellence at L’Enclume and Askham Hall, Cumbria has it all as a Foodie destination. Once you have booked your place on the festival itself you can start to plan your eating schedule! Browse a selection of our favourites within Appleby and in the wider local area below. We will add a more comprehensive list as we move closer to the event.

Askham Hall

Founded on a family owned ‘living’ estate, the Askham Collection is a trio of unique places to eat, drink and sleep on the edge of the Lake District just a few miles from Appleby. Dine in their award-winning Michelin Starred restaurant run by head chef Richard Swale.

Appleby Hub

A wholefood, artisan-style cafe with vegetarian and vegan options available and a second-hand bookshop to boot. The Hub is a regular meeting place for many locals in Appleby. With great coffee, wifi access and comfortable seating in cosy home-from-home style surroundings, the Hub is a place one could easly stay all afternoon!

Appleby Tea Room

A classic English tea room serving premier loose leaf tea and a full range of freshly ground coffee (including decaf), homemade scones, cakes, tray bakes, main meals and all day breakfast. Open 8am-5pm.

There will be opportunities to explore the wider County, as Appleby-in-Westmorland is well served by the historic Settle-Carlisle railway. From here you can travel to Carlisle, the border city, where you can catch a train over to Scotland for the day. You can also go down the line to Skipton which has a market day on Wednesdays or to Settle in North Yorkshire

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle is at the top of Appleby’s main street, Boroughgate. This spectacular motte and bailey castle has been held at different times by the Kings of England and Scotland and boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps in Britain. In the 17th Century, the Castle was the preferred residence of Lady Anne Clifford.

Settle-Carlisle Railway

Running through 72 miles of some of the most attractive scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells, the Settle-Carlisle railway is world famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and remote wayside station buildings. The journey passes through lowland valleys and climbs to the dramatic landscape of the Pennines. Hop on at Appleby, and travel south to Settle, a town well worth a visit for its cafes and gift shops, or north to the city of Carlisle where you can visit Carlisle Cathedral and enjoy shopping in the city-centre.

Walking

Eden in Cumbria – The Lake District is a paradise for walkers. As well as Lake District walking, Eden also offers the limestone landscape of the Orton Fells, the beautiful River Eden, countryside and attractive villages of the Eden Valley, and part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The English Lake District is famous for its lush green landscape. This of course wouldn’t be possible without a little precipitation and anyone who has visited England will know that even in summer, we can be hit by a medley of almost all weathers.

July is usually a fine month with more sunshine than showers However fresh, cool air can be expected at all times and so a leightweight jacket is usually required in the evenings. 

When preparing for your trip, pack for practicality not formallity. We will provide specific advice about what to bring nearer the time but as a general rule, comfort should be prioritised! Do visit the UK Met Office for the long-range forecast for England ahead of your departure.

The Organisers have used their best endeavours to ensure that all goods, services and facilities provided in respect of the Festival 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 Festival or at any of the Side Events (excursions, dinners…), or in the event that any part of the programme cannot be delivered. In the event that The Organisers have to cancel the Festival, their liability shall be limited to refunding all monies they have received up to the time of cancellation. 

All accommodation and food options listed on our website are intended to help those travelling to Appleby for the Festival and are for advice only. All festival attendees should check that the accommodation they have chosen is fit for their own requirements and make their booking independently.

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.

We are a member of travel regulator ABTA. Our membership number is Y6352.

FAQs

What happens if Coronovirus affects this event?

We are monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential affect on this event. If it becomes obvious that the event should not go ahead in 2021, we will reschedule to July 2022 and transfer your booking in its entirety.

For this reason, until September 2020, we are only accepting the £50 deposit payment per person for this event. Please follow the booking process as outlined in the How To Book page, including completing and submitting your form. We will process your form as usual but will delay invoicing you for the final amount until we are confident that the Festival can go ahead.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow the advice of our travel body, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the guidance UK Government.

How can I book my place?

Please follow the steps outlined on the How To Book page. From there you will be able to make your deposit payment and download the booking form. Once we have received your form, we will process it and contact you to confirm your class choices.

What do the various ticket prices include?

Inclusions and exclusions for all ticket types are listed on the How To Book page. 

Is accommodation included? 

Accommodation is not included as part of the event. You will make your own arrangements and bookings for accommodation. There are many choices of accommodation in Appleby and the surrounding area to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Accommodation information is freely available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Is food included?

During the workshops tea, coffee and biscuits are provided as part of the session. All other meals, snacks and drink are at your own expense. Lunches during the workshops are either from local cafes and hotels or you can pre-order lunchboxes supplied by caterers.

Will I receive my choice of classes?

Classes are allocated of a first come first serve basis and priority will be given to early-bird ticket holders. Once you have submitted your form, we will be in contact to tell you if you have been allocated your choice of class. If there is no space left, we will ask you to make another choice. Forms will be processed in the order that we receive them.

What is the capacity of each class?

We will accept between 8-15 students in each class, depending on the tutor preference. Some tutors have requested a lower limited of students due to the nature of the subject. Class size is listed in the description for each design on the tutor pages.

Can non-stitching partners and friends join me? 

Everyone is welcome to attend the festival however each event is by ticket entry only and are for those who have booked and paid for a place.

If you are travelling with friends or family members who are not attending any festival events, this is the perfect trip to bring them on. There are many activities to enjoy in the Lake District such as walking or mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits such a sailing of canoeing. There are many beautiful villages, towns, and further afield cities, to visit where great shopping can be enjoyed.

We will be publishing more information about how to enjoy the area to the full soon. For the time being, more information on the local area is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is taking place in and around the small English town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. The town is nestled between the rugged Lake District National Park and the wild Yorkshire Dales National Park, in an area known as the Eden Valley. 

Learn more about what the beautiful Eden Valley has to offer here.

Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops will mostly be located within a short walking distance from Appleby town centre; however, a few workshops are located in smaller (very beautiful) villages a within a short ride on our free shuttle-buses from Appleby. If you do not wish to be in a non-Appleby workshop location, please avoid these classes. These are indicated with an asterisk against the tutor name on your booking form.

Where will other programmed activities take place?

All activities except our excursions and quiz night will take place in Appleby.

What else can I look forward to seeing in the area?

We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England with traditional inns and pretty villages. The Eden Valley, the more famous Lake District, the Northumbrian National Park and the Yorkshire Dales are within very easy reach. Information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Scotland is just a 40-minute drive to the north, and direct train rides from Carlisle take you to Edinburgh or Glasgow. Other nearby urban centres include the beautiful Durham, Newcastle and Leeds.

Arriving by Plane

The easiest international route to Appleby is via Manchester International Airport where you can catch the train from within the airport direct to Penrith Station. From there you can easily take a local taxi for the 20 min car ride to Appleby. Car hire and private hire are also available in the area by prior arrangement. Fights and transfers from the airport are not included and must be booked under your own responsibility.

Arriving by Train

Appleby Railway Station is on the Settle to Carlisle line and can be accessed from Leeds or Carlisle. This journey passes through spectacular scenery and reaches the highest altitude in England. Appleby station is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Appleby. Local taxies are available by prior arrangement.

Arriving by Car

The town of Appleby-in-Westmorland sits off the A66, which connects to both the M1 and M6, making it easily accessible by road. It is advisable to check with your accommodation provider that they have a parking space for you, as parking in the town is limited.

What can I expect from the average workshops day during the festival?

Classes will run from 9.30 am to 4pm each day. During class, you will have a morning tea/coffee break. Lunch is available from the various cafes and restaurants in Appleby. If you are in an out of town workshop, lunch can be delivered to you through our delivery service. After class you may disperse or, for those who have booked the lecture, join us for a pre-lecture tea and cake at the venue. The lectures take place from 5pm. After the lecture, you are free to enjoy the town, have dinner or attend a local evening activity.

I’ve never really stitched before, can I still attend?

This event will offer workshops for all levels of experience from complete beginner to the very advanced. Furthermore, class sizes are relatively small so each student will receive ample time with their tutor. Please check each tutor page for their designs and the specific guidance for the skill level required for each workshop.

What is the capacity of each class?

We will accept between 8-15 students in each class, depending on the tutor preference. Some tutors have requested a lower limit of students due to the nature of the subject.

Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops are mostly located within a short walking distance from Appleby town centre; however, a few workshops are located in beautiful villages a within a short ride on our free shuttle-buses from Appleby. If you do not wish to in a non-Appleby workshop location, please avoid these classes. These are indicated with an asterisk against the tutor name on your booking form.

Where can I find details of the other activities taking place during the festival? 

Full details of all the activities can be found in the PDF catalogue, which you can download from the Programme page.

Where will other programmed activities take place?

All activities except our excursions and quiz night will take place in Appleby.

Will there be non-programmed events happening during the two-week period?

Yes! There will be several locally organised events that are not part of our Festival programme. These include a train trip to Skipton Castle, film nights, guided town tours, garden fetes and local attractions. For further information, visit the Appleby Tourist Information website.

What else can I look forward to seeing in the area?

We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England with traditional inns and pretty villages. Both the Eden Valley, and the more famous Lake District, and the Yorkshire are right on our doorstep. Information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Scotland is just a 40-minute drive to the north, and direct train rides from Carlisle take you to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Will there be any free time to shop, rest or explore?

Yes. When selecting your classes and activities, you will be able to build your itinerary to suit your preference. You may wish to attend for the whole two weeks or for just a few days. In this way you can build in in free time for resting or other activities as you wish.

What is your cancellation policy (outside of Covid-19)?

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your place at the Festival at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices by email. Since we incur costs in cancelling your place, refunds are applied as follows:

  • Less than six months before event date – no refund
  • Six months to 1 year prior to event date – 50% of the price of your booking
  • More than one year prior to holiday – 100% refund (minus deposit)

Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

What if your cancellation policy (related to Covid-19)?

We will continue to follow the advice of our travel body, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the guidance UK Government.

As a member of ABTA, we follow their guidelines on our cancellation policy. In the event of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising UK nationals not to travel to the Festival venue, and the event being cancelled, we will offer students who are due to attend imminently, e.g. within approximately 48 hours, an alternative event, or full refund of all money paid.

Will I be ok if I have a food allergy or intolerance?

Most diets are catered for in Appleby except specific halal or kosher diets. Gluten-free and most allergies are catered for on request. This area is mainly agricultural, and mostly locally sourced foods are served in our many food outlets.

I have a disability, will I still be able to attend?

Most of the venues for the workshops have wheelchair access however we will be adding more detailed information about this in the coming months. Please contact us if you have any specific requirements and we can provide advice based on your particular needs.

In case of a medical emergency, what provisions have been made?

For medical advice, dial 111 or emergencies dial 999.

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Email

info@ladyannesneedlework.com

Telephone

+44 (0)17683 53683

Address

Pembroke House, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6TS, UK

Phillipa Turnbull Events Ltd is registered in England and Wales with registered No. 08578711 and VAT No. 187837253. Registered Head Office: Pembroke House, 1 Clifford Street, Appleby in Westmorland, CA16 6TS

We are a member of the UK travel regulator ABTA. Membership number Y6352