Arts and Crafts Courses

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At Thirkelow we will be offering a range of courses and craft retreats throughout the year from traditional crafts to countryside stewardship. With accommodation on site in en-suite rooms and a warm, light studio space to work in, our venue offers the perfect environment to learn new skills and meet new people, or spend time with old friends working on shared interests. With space to spread out and create, just steps away from our cosy rooms and well equipped kitchen you'll be able to focus some quality time on your chosen course or retreat.

Courses and retreats can be booked with or without accommodation depending on availability and we can recommend alternative accommodation in the area if you prefer to stay offsite. Non-participating partners can be accommodated where space is available and we can provide them with information about local attractions and goings on.

Sewing retreat dates have now been released for 2022, from £225 per person including meals. An additional night of accommodation is available before each date from as little as £25. Please Contact us for pricing and availability or scroll down the page for more information.

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Upcoming Taught Courses and Sewing Retreats

Thirkelow taught courses and sewing retreats include chosen activity in the studio, accommodation and all meals. Options for a shared room or single occupancy. For sewing retreats bring your own project, with support and machines available. Non sewing partners welcome.

Taught Courses 2022

  • Dressmakers' Fitting - Friday 11th to Monday 14th March 2022
  • Introduction to Bag Making - Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th May 2022
  • Beginners Dressmaking - Friday 10th to Monday 13th June 2022
  • Make your own corset - Friday 8th to Monday 11th July 2022
  • Beginners Quilting - Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd September 2022
  • Modern Improv Quilting - Friday 30th Sept to Monday 3rd October 2022
  • Stretch Sewing Masterclass - Friday 7th to Monday 10th October 2022
  • Learn to Make Bras - Monday 14th to Thursday 17th November 2022

Sewing retreats for 2022

  • Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th January 2022
  • Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th March 2022 (one room left)
  • Saturday 14th to Monday 16th May 2022 (Sold out)
  • Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th May 2022 (Sold out)
  • Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th June 2022
  • Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th July 2022
  • Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th July 2022 (Sold out)
  • Saturday 17th to Monday 19th September 2022 (Sold out)
  • Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th October 2022
  • Saturday 12th to Monday 14th November 2022
  • Christmas retreat - Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th December 2022
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Learn Your Way

We aim to provide a wide range of learning options. If you are interested in a particular course or retreat then let us know and we'll see what we can find for you. We are also happy to accommodate teachers looking for a space to bring their own students and craft or friendship groups wanting to use our studio to organise their own retreats.

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