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Come and visit the Sunday Market

Just one more day until we kick off the inaugural Knit-Tea Retreat in Cardiff! We are so excited, ticking the final to-dos off the list, planning our cake shopping, packing our own knitting projects and Bring and Take Table contributions!

The Ravelry group is getting lovely and chatty with lots of our attendees getting to know each other there ahead of time. Plans are being made for taxi sharing, gathering together on the London to Cardiff train, as well as discussions as to how many hand knits to pack (all of them, of course!) and whether the load in the suitcase will be balanced out between the things they will leave at the swap table and the things they plan to acquire at the market!

If you missed out on a place at our retreat, or if you just like a lovely craft market, why not join us on Sunday between 2-5pm and visit our public market at Insole Court? It is free entry, and we have a lovely selection of stalls for you to browse and stock up on crafting goodies!

marketplace poster sep 2018

I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Retreat Planning · Updates and chat

June 2019 Stratford-upon-Avon retreat!

We are thrilled to tell you all about our second retreat! We tell you everything in the video below, and I’ve written down all the main details here for you. We’ve been planning this for several months now so it’s great to finally share it with you all!

Location page

Terms and Conditions page

Booking will open for newsletter subscribers on Saturday 11th August at 12pm BST. Any remaining tickets will be available for non-subscribers on Sunday 12th August at 12pm BST via this website. Not subscribed to our email newsletter? Sign up here.

This retreat will be held on the 1st and 2nd of June in beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon. It’s Zoe’s home town so she was very keen to hold an event here. It’s very easy to get to, being only about two hours from London, two and a half from Leeds, not far from Birmingham and on the mainline train network. You will be spoilt for choice for accommodation. As it is such a popular tourist destination due to its strong links to William Shakespeare there is an abundance of all sorts of accommodation available.

As with our Cardiff retreat, it will be held over a weekend, with the Saturday and Sunday being the main days. However, we will organise an informal get together on the Friday evening for those of you who travel to Stratford the day before the retreat.

The retreat costs £220. We will require a £75 deposit to be paid within 72 hours of our PayPal invoice in order to secure your place and then the remaining £145 by 1st Feb 2019. It includes 2 days at the 4* Alveston Manor hotel, with tea / coffee and home baked treats morning and afternoon both days (access to hotel bar at own cost), cake and biscuits, fabulous goody bag stuffed with lovely things, tickets for door prizes, a three course dinner cruise on the Saturday evening on the Countess of Evesham (drinks at own cost), entry to Sunday afternoon table-top marketplace. Does NOT include accommodation, travel, personal insurance, breakfast or lunch. We will be speaking to the hotel closer to the time to see if we can arrange lunch for attendees which would be at an extra cost. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from lots of cafes, restaurants and shops, and the Bancroft Gardens Area of the town. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

Website for the town… Accommodation websites include and will be helpful for booking train tickets closer to the time.

If you watched our latest podcast episode you will have heard about our exciting news about future retreats! Our next retreat which will be booking soon will be in Stratford Upon Avon on 1st and 2nd of June 2019. Stay tuned for information coming soon about the venue and fabulous evening entertainment, as well as a timetable for the booking process. As happened last time, newsletter subscribers will get 24 hours priority booking. As the Cardiff retreat sold out in 21 hours, if you are at all interested in attending our Stratford upon Avon retreat and don’t already receive our newsletter, please sign up so that you don’t miss out!

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Save the Date!


I’m excited to tell you that the Knit-Tea Retreat will be held on the 20th and 21st October 2018! We’re hoping for a Friday Night Knit-In in a nearby pub for those of you who travel up the day before, but the main event will be on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st. So mark it on your calendars, tell your families that you’re going to be away that weekend, book time off work if you need to and join us!
Over the next few weeks we’ll let you in on who our tutors will be as well as the location and booking information. So keep your eyes peeled! And if you want to be one of the first to hear all these pieces of news, and you’d like to have an early chance to book a place, sign up to our newsletter. Newsletter subscribers get everything a day in advance!
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High-powered business meetings!

I do love having high-powered business meetings with one of my very best friends! For a start, we talk the same language (yarn and tea). We have the same requirements (tea, biscuits and yarn). And, we can enjoy ourselves while we’re making decisions!

This afternoon, we had a very productive meeting and made lots of decisions about things like when we’re going to let you in on all the retreat information, who the tutors are and what classes they will be teaching. We even decided on the contents of the goody bags – incredibly organised! Of course, we were very well fuelled…

Knit-Tea Retreat planning meeting
I feel compelled to point out that the chocolate finger biscuits were symmetrical two minutes earlier, but Zoe snarfled a biscuit as soon as she got near to them!
Mid-meeting for the Knit-Tea Retreat
Fruit Shortcake biscuits were crucial to my thought processes.
If the success of the meeting was in proportion to the amount of tea and biscuits consumed, this was an extremely profitable afternoon!

All in all, despite us both feeling very tired, I think we managed to get lots of things sorted out, and we’re really looking forward to revealing all our plans to you over the coming weeks! If you are subscribed to our newsletter, you will hear all the news at least a day earlier than Joe Public, and will have first dibs on places at the retreat. So, if you’ve not already signed up, click here and do it now!

Jennie xx