Three Nations Needlepoint Tour of the United Kingdom, October 13-26, 2019

Join us in October 2019 for our Three Nations Needlepoint Tour of the United Kingdom! We’ll have 14 days of adventure, stitching, sight-seeing and fun as we explore England, Wales, and Scotland. 

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Our Three Nations Tour aims to give you the flavour of England, Scotland and Wales. It will be a great opportunity to highlight the differences in the countries which make up the United Kingdom.

We will start with a day at the world-famous Royal School of Needlework based at the Tudor Palace of Hampton Court. Our tour will then proceed to the North to visit the English Lake District, famous for its unique mountains and lakes and the home of Beatrix Potter. We will then travel north over the border in Southwest Scotland to Dumfries House, which has been renovated by Prince Charles.

We shall then proceed to Edinburgh for three nights and visits will include the Royal Yacht Britannia, Holyrood Palace and the famous Royal Mile, amongst other things. Following Edinburgh, we turn south through the stunning border country and visit the Bowes Museum followed by a night in the beautiful North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate.

The final country we will visit is Wales. We will spend two nights in Beaumaris, on the island of Anglesey, and will visit Caernarvon Castle and take a trip up Mount Snowdon on its mountain railway.

Finally we will head back to London via the beautiful English Cotswolds. On our tour you will stay in beautiful lodgings with fine cuisine, importantly enjoying stitching projects exclusive to us. There will be time for shopping, leisure, fun and making new friends.

Planned Itinerary

Sunday – October 13th, 2019
Arrival of Guests at the Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court by 5pm. Welcome Reception with outline of our Tour activities. Dinner at the hotel. Please note: if you wish to arrive before 13th , we can organize extra nights for you at the hotel. Please contact Jeremy by e-mail: hamiltonco@btconnect.com

Monday – October 14th
After breakfast we will stroll across the road to the magnificent Tudor Palace of Hampton Court, once home to Henry VIII, visiting the famous Royal School of Needlework, where we will take a tour around the School and a class with one of the professional teachers. We will also have time to look in the Palace and visit the in-house shops. Dinner will be at Mezzet, an amazing Lebanese Restaurant in Hampton Court Village, a few minutes from the hotel. (For repeat guests we can organize an alternative day out e.g. London or Windsor. Please advise when you make your initial booking.)

Tuesday – October 15th
We’re off! We will be collected after breakfast and our luxury bus will take us north to the English Lake District, a Unesco World Heritage Site. On arrival we will check into the Hillthwaite Hotel at Windermere for three nights. Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday – October 16th
After breakfast, we will have a full-day class with the marvelous Diane Grant, canvaswork teacher, who has been featured in Needlepoint Now. We are promised a fantastic day of needlepoint with Diane. Later in the afternoon we shall have cream tea. Dinner at the hotel.

Thursday – October 17th
After breakfast our bus will take us to Hill Top, a 17th Century house which was the home of the author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. She was instrumental in the preservation of the Lake District’s natural beauty for the Nation in the early 20th Century. We will then take a tour around some of the lakes and see the unique mountain landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers over the centuries. Dinner at the Hotel.

Friday – October 18th
After breakfast, we will have a morning of leisure where you can shop in the pretty town of Windermere. Around lunchtime we will board the bus and head north through the Lake District, passing spectacular scenery and crossing over the border into southwest Scotland. We will check into an hotel at Cumnock in preparation for our visit to Dumfries House. Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday – October 19th
After breakfast we will visit Dumfries House, the Great Steward of Scotland’s House. This house was saved from dereliction through the intervention of Prince Charles and is a perfect example of a neoclassical building designed by Robert Adam. We will take a tour and learn about this fascinating historic property. In the afternoon we will continue our journey onward to Edinburgh, the ancient Capital of Scotland. Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday – October 20th
After a leisurely Sunday breakfast we will visit the nearby Holyrood Palace, where we will explore its close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Nowadays the Palace is used by the Queen as her official residence in Scotland. Today we will also visit the famous Royal Mile which connects Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, which will give you a real flavour of the ancient city.

Monday – October 21st
After breakfast our bus will drive us to the Royal Yacht Britannia which is moored at Leith, the port of Edinburgh. We can explore this fantastic floating museum, which for many years was used for Royal State Visits all over the World. There will be time to take tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room. Later in the afternoon, you will have leisure time to explore Edinburgh. Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday – October 22nd
After breakfast we will depart Edinburgh and head south through the beautiful border country with its mountains and valleys, ending up at the Bowes Museum in County Durham in England’s far North. This Museum has an eclectic collection of artifacts and is one of the most interesting in the whole country. Finally we shall arrive at the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate where we will check into the Old Swan Hotel, made famous by Agatha Christie in the late 1920s. Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday – October 23rd
After breakfast, you will have a morning at leisure to shop and relax in beautiful Harrogate, and maybe even make a visit to the famous Betty’s Tea Room. At lunchtime our bus will depart for North Wales, where we will arrive in the town of Beaumaris on the island of Anglesey, checking into our hotel for 2 nights. Dinner at the hotel.

Thursday – October 24th
Today we will visit Caernarvon Castle a brute of a fortress, built by King Edward I. Afterwards we will take the mountain railway to the top of Mount Snowdon, 3,650 feet above Sea Level, which is the highest point in the British Isles, outside Scotland. Dinner at the hotel.

Friday – October 25th
We will take breakfast at the hotel and departure back to London via the Welsh Marches, an area of outstanding beauty, calling at the medieval town of Ludlow, on through the Cotswolds and finally checking into an airport hotel at Heathrow. Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday – October 26th
Guests depart from their respective terminals at Heathrow Airport for the USA.

Please note: Jeremy can organize extensions to your stay if you wish to visit London, and will arrange an itinerary and accompany you if required. Accommodation can be organized at the Mitre Hotel Hampton Court.

Notes:

  • During your stay in the UK, we will do all the activities listed, but may change the running order on this itinerary, subject to opening times, etc. In some of the villages and towns, the lanes can be steep and uneven. Please make sure you have good suitable footwear.
  • Included in the tour price will be all the stitching projects with materials. All you will need to bring are your personal stitching tools that you would normally use. We have not listed on the itinerary specific times for stitching and tutorials, however we will make ample time available for these activities.
  • All dinners are included in the tour price, excluding beverages. We normally have a big English breakfast and at lunchtime you will be able to purchase a light lunch or a Tea. Please note that we can accommodate food allergies by your prior advice.
  • All our accommodations and dinners will be of very high standard and although we are really informal as a tour, some of our dining venues may request guests to adopt more ‘smart casual’ attire.
  • The tour will be guided by both Jeremy and Elizabeth. The North of England is of course Jeremy’s home territory where he was born and raised, and he is an expert on the region.

If you have any questions or requirements, please e-mail Jeremy at: hamiltonco@btconnect.com.