Three Day Sewing Retreat In Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK

Three Day Sewing Retreat In Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK

from 365.00

Friday 31st May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019

We are extremely excited to offer this wonderful three day, two night sewing retreat to provide you uninterrupted sewing, gorgeous food, in a beautiful setting right on the banks of the River Great Ouse.

Your stay will be at The Embankment Hotel, which has become one of the premier spots in the heart of Bedford, with wonderful views out over the landscaped embankment and stunning river. In addition to this, we have full use of their private dining room throughout the retreat for the ultimate in sewing heaven. Sarah Fletcher will be on hand throughout the retreat, assisted by Georgina Cox, to provide expert help and guidance with your planned projects. This is a perfect opportunity to indulge in guilt free sewing for three days, whilst being catered for by the wonderful staff and facilities at The Embankment. It is also a perfect opportunity to make new sewing friendships and perhaps catch up with existing ones.

In addition, we have the fantastic and experienced Angela Cooper - Yoga With Coops - providing a candlelit yoga session on day two. This will provide a calming yoga flow suitable for those new to yoga as well as those more experienced. The postures will be based on releasing tension in the neck, shoulder and back, specifically tailored to help sewers. Angela will also guide on how to rest the mind using breathing techniques and essential oils, teamed with a mini head massage and shoulder soother. The session will leave you feeling relaxed, soothed and rested.

What you can expect from the weekend away:

Friday 31st May

Upon arrival late morning, a delicious buffet lunch will be provided after your journey to replenish your energy levels ready to start your sewing plans for the weekend. The sewing room will be available until 6pm with help from Sarah and Georgina throughout should you need it. After, you may wish to take a stroll down the river, wind down in the bar or in your room before meeting again for a sit down dinner in the main restaurant.

Saturday 1st June

After a peaceful sleep in one of the lovely rooms in the hotel and a delicious breakfast first thing, the sewing room will be open from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with help on hand throughout. A buffet lunch will be provided along with tea/coffee and cake to keep you going in between! We will then take part in Angela’s yoga session to wind down, stretch out and relax from a busy day of sewing. Reconvening later for a sit down dinner in the evening, held in the main restaurant.

Sunday 2nd June

Once again, the sewing room will be open from 9.30am with help on hand for all your sewing advice, help and tips. Once lunch has been served, there will be a few more hours of sewing until winding up your sewing projects and packing away before we finish for the weekend. Refreshments will be served before we complete our lovely long sewing indulgent weekend.

Full itinerary will be provided upon booking.

Please feel free to explore Bedford before or after the retreat. A short stroll from the Embankment Hotel is the Bedford Museum, and the award-winning Cecil Higgins Art Gallery. In addition there is the local town, specifically around Castle Quay, Riverside, The Arcade off The High Street and St Cuthberts Street. There are also beautiful villages which surround Bedford that are worth a drive through and an explore.

The package includes:

  • Two nights stay in either a double room (single occupancy) or twin room (shared occupancy).

  • Breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday.

  • A buffet lunch served on all three days.

  • A two course evening meal with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) beverage on both the Friday and Saturday evening.

  • Tea/Coffee and cake will be available throughout your time in the sewing room.

  • Dedicated sewing space, that will be lockable when not in use allowing you to leave your machine and equipment set up ready for the next session.

  • Expert sewing help and advice on hand throughout the sewing sessions from Sarah, assisted by Georgina.

  • Advice and guidance prior to the retreat to help plan what you wish to achieve during your sewing time with us. Sarah will contact you a week or two before to discuss this with you together with any dietary requirements.

  • Yoga session with Yoga With Coops, including mats.


  • Single occupancy (double room) per person £430

  • Shared occupancy (twin room) per person £365

What you will need to bring:

  • Please bring your own sewing machine and equipment. However, should you need to borrow a sewing machine please contact us on booking (subject to availability). Overlockers will be available to use throughout the sewing sessions, together with ironing areas, cutting out areas and basic sewing equipment.

  • Any fabric, notions and patterns (including spare pattern paper for any pattern adjustments) for your chosen project(s). If there are notions you may have forgotten, there is a nearby haberdashery in town called Fabric World or Hobbycraft is short drive away.

  • Comfortable and light clothing for the yoga session. No specific yoga clothing is required only clothing that is flexible and comfortable for the session.

  • A blanket and pillow (or use the hotel’s pillows) for the yoga session to benefit from full relaxation.

If you would like to find out more about Bedford and what this beautiful area has to offer, please do click on the below links to find out more:

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