April 23 - May 3, 2020
$3000, not including airfare.
With Heather Radl
Wales is often overlooked when people get ready to travel in the United Kingdom. They think “England! Scotland! Cornwall!” But here’s what we know that those folks don’t: Wales is brimming with spectacular scenery, poignant history, and a unique, longstanding craft and wool tradition. It’s a gem of a destination, especially for fiber enthusiasts. Welsh weaving has been extant since prehistoric times. In medieval days, the region produced its own particular type of hardwearing cloth, similar to tweed, called frieze. Knitting, spinning, felting and embroidery have also had their place in the production of wearables and wares. Due to this diversity, the region’s preeminent fiber festival, Wonderwool Wales, showcases a memorable variety of materials, methods and makers. Join us as we explore this wool event plus travel through sheep-dotted hills, wild moorland, rugged coastline, glimpse hidden waterfalls and enjoy stellar hospitality. Our trip includes hands-on workshops in three different fiber techniques with regional artisans and designers. We’ll try our hand at Welsh cookery. We’ll visit with those working to keep Welsh wool traditions alive alongside new, sustainable methods for keeping sheep, processing wool and handcrafting.
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If you have a question about the trip, please contact us.
Cost of Trip Includes
Accommodation in 3 & 4 star inns and hotels
Breakfast each morning, plus seven dinners and three lunches
Admission to Wonderwool Wales festival (Festival workshops are extra. We will notify you as to registration procedure when classes are announced.)
All entrance fees
Private, tour-only workshop in spinning plus a second in your choice of knitting, weaving or felting
Optional Welsh cookery class
Admission fees for all tour activities and events
but does not include
Soda, alcoholic drinks and personal items
Thursday, April 23rd
Depart from the US and Canada.
Friday, April 24th
Arrive Cardiff Airport, UK. It’s a relaxed first day for us as we arrive in Wales. We’ll visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor and then enjoy a mellow evening at our home for the next five days, Tynrhyd Retreat.
Saturday, April 25th
Recovered from our travels, we’re off to spend a full day at the highly regarded festival of Welsh wool & natural fibers, Wonderwool Wales!
Sunday, April 26th
Your choice of a second day at Wonderwool Wales or participating in a town & country tour of Mid Wales.
Monday, April 27th
Morning 1 of our hands-on workshops. Choose from offerings with some of Wales’ most notable fiber artisans: intarsia with Sasha Kagan, wet felting with Chrissie Menzies, or tapestry weaving with Liz Beasley. In the afternoon, we’ll stretch our legs with a walk to Devil’s Bridge, a steam train ride to Aberystwyth and a wander along the seashore promenade to find a cozy spot for dinner.
Tuesday, April 28th
Morning 2 of our hands-on workshops. Following lunch, we’re heading off to visit Garthenor Organic, a powerhouse in the UK’s fiber movement. Starting with their own flock of rare breed sheep, Garthenor helped create the standards for organic wool production and now provides wool products traceable from flock to finished wearables. An optional afternoon Welsh cookery class means you might be making dinner for our merry group of travelers!
Wednesday, April 29th
No visit to Wales would be complete without some time on its coast. We’ll have a morning beach visit before heading on to the National Wool Museum of Wales. Later, we’ll arrive at our hotel, located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The afternoon might see you involved in a spinning workshop, participating in a trail walk, or enjoying some personal time to knit, read, draw, or do as you like.
Thursday, April 30th
The day starts with the first group involved in a spinning workshop with Dunja Roberts while the second group explores Pembrokeshire. In the evening… a ceilidh (party with local music and dancing).
Friday, May 1st
Switcheroo! Group two completes their spinning workshop while group one explores the area in the morning. By the afternoon, we’ll be off to visit Maorbier Castle, Neath Valley Wools and enjoy a waterfall walk in the Neath Valley.
Saturday, May 2nd
A full day of discovery in the Vale of Glamorgan. We’ll spend time at Dyffryn Gardens, visit Ammonite Yarns and go fossil hunting on the beach. For dinner: a pub crawl through the village of Llantwit Major!
Sunday, May 3rd
Head over to Cardiff Airport for our flights back home.
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