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Learn from the masters on our new knitting break in the beautiful English countryside

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We know how much you, our readers, love to knit, so we've introduced our first short break where you can join popular knitting experts Frederica Patmore and Sarah Hazell and indulge in your favourite pastime on this relaxing two-night retreat in the heart of the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside.

Specially chosen for this exclusive Prima holiday, you'll stay in the relaxing four-star Sedgebrook Hall, which combines Victorian charm with modern amenities and is the perfect place to relax with others who share your passion. The hotel boasts a leisure club with gym, hot tub and heated indoor pool, and it is ideally located, close to the M1 and Northampton railway station. You'll stay here for three days and enjoy expert workshops from two of the UK's best knitting tutors.

Frederica Patmore, who designed the pattern for Prima's Help Our Hedgehogs campaign, and knit and crochet expert Sarah Hazell will both join you for the duration and host two days of workshops, sharing plenty of tips and techniques as they help you get creative and work on your skills. Practice short-row shaping, knitting in reverse, sequence knitting and fair isle, plus much more. You'll also get a free knitting kit containing patterns and yarns.

"I love colour, so I'll talk about how to choose your colour palette for each new project as well as advise you on different yarns. I'm also fascinated by textures and love to explore how various stitches can influence a piece. I can't wait to join Prima readers on this new short break."

- Sarah Hazell

Over the two days you'll enjoy both morning and afternoon workshops, where under the expert guidance of Freddie and Sarah you'll be working on two fantastic and very different projects. Coffee and tea will be served during the workshops and at the end of each morning you'll enjoy a delicious lunch, as well as dinners at the hotel with your tutors.

Come alone or bring a friend or partner (there's even a reduction for non-crafters), and enjoy a holiday indulging your passion for knitting. We promise you'll be inspired, improve your skills and make new friends, as well as take home something you made.

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Frederica Patmore
Knitting and crochet tutor

Author of Dorling Kindersley's The Knitting Book, Freddie has been teaching workshops for over 10 years having worked for Rowan Yarns for nearly a decade, and on Woman's Weekly Magazine's panel of knitting experts for three years. A freelance designer and technical editor, she specialises in toy and sock knitting.

Sarah Hazell
Knit and crochet designer

Sarah Hazell is a designer in knit and crochet and the author of several books, including Hello Crochet. She has a passion for beautiful yarn and is fascinated by colour, pattern and texture. She is an experienced workshop tutor and loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. Sarah writes two columns every month for Knitting magazine - Yarn Review and Ask Sarah. She aims to inspire as well as instruct and have some fun along the way!

Price includes

  • Stay for two nights full-board at Sedgebrook Hall, with dinner when you arrive and lunch before you depart.
  • Attend two full-day workshops with Frederica Patmore and Sarah Hazell.
  • Receive a knitting kit for your included workshops.
  • Enjoy three servings of tea and coffee each day.
  • Have full use of the Sedgebrook Hall leisure club, which has a gym, hot tub and indoor pool (use of which is dependent on Government guidelines)

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Nov 18, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, Nov 20, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£399*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Full balance payable on booking. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Sat, Sat, Nov 20, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 22, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£399*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Full balance payable on booking. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Thu, Thu, Jul 21, 2022
To
Sat, Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£419*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Sat, Sat, Jul 23, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 25, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£419*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive at Sedgebrook Hall
    Northampton, United Kingdom

    Arrive at Sedgebrook Hall in Northampton from 2pm onwards. Sedgebrook Hall stands in beautiful gardens and there are comfortable lounges where you can get busy with your needles and get to know your fellow knitters. Your knitting experts Freddie and Sarah look forward to meeting you at this evening's dinner, which will be served in the hotel restaurant.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Workshop day one
    Northampton, United Kingdom

    Over the next two days you'll enjoy both morning and afternoon workshops where under the expert guidance of Freddie and Sarah you'll be working on two fantastic and very different projects. After a hearty breakfast this morning, enjoy your first craft workshop between 9.30 and 12.30pm, your second between 12.30 and 1.30pm. Pause for lunch at the hotel, then continue with your third workshop from 1.30-4.30pm. There will be time to relax before joining Freddie, Sarah and your fellow knitters for a leisurely dinner in the hotel restaurant.

    Accommodation - Sedgebrook Hall
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Workshop day two
    Northampton, United Kingdom

    After breakfast today (served between 8am and 10am), you'll learn different techniques as you work on the second of the retreat projects with our knitting experts. The first workshop takes place between 9am and 12pm, your second between 12 and 1pm, then pause for lunch. After your final afternoon workshop (1pm - 4pm), Freddie and Sarah will have shared all the techniques and skills you need to complete both projects. Later today, your Prima knitting retreat comes to an end and it's time to say farewell to new-found friends before making your way home.

    Accommodation - Sedgebrook Hall
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Sedgebrook Hall

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Northampton, United Kingdom

Sedgebrook Hall

Luxury four-star 19th-century manor house just a 20 minute-drive from Northampton, set in 13 acres of picturesque gardens in the charming Northamptonshire village of Chapel Brampton. The 103 bedrooms comprise Suites, Superior Rooms, Guest Rooms and Twin Rooms, there are dining, meeting and event venues and a Leisure Club with beauty Treatments, a gym and swimming pool. Disabled guests should be advised that wheelchair access between the bedrooms and the main part of the hotel containing the workshop room and restaurant is via the exterior paths around the hotel. Once in the main part of the hotel all areas are fully accessible.

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Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Nov 18, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, Nov 20, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£399*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Full balance payable on booking. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Sat, Sat, Nov 20, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, Nov 22, 2021
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£399*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Full balance payable on booking. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Thu, Thu, Jul 21, 2022
To
Sat, Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£419*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

From
Sat, Sat, Jul 23, 2022
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 25, 2022
Duration
3 Days
Price per person
£419*

* Price is based on twin/double share, subject to availability. Single supplement £51pp. Non-crafters will get a £25pp discount. Travel not included. This trip is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Offer is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst.

Call now to book 01473797365
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