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Made In Hitchin | A Creative Retreat Sew:Knit:Crochet

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Needham House Hotel

Blakemore End Road

Little Wymondley


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A luxury two day creative retreat located at Needham House Hotel and Spa in the heart of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

About this Event

Imagine having two whole days indulging in your favourite hobby with no cooking, cleaning or washing up! We would like to offer you the opportunity to sew, knit or crochet, attend fantastic, skill-enhancing workshops, informative talks and a pop-up marketplace.

We have chosen the luxurious Needham House Hotel as our cosy location for creativity. It features a large ballroom where we can all gather together and comfortable breakout rooms for our talks and workshops. Set in a relaxing rural location, serving award-winning cuisine, and it even boasts a Spa!


We have curated a fabulous weekend of sewing, knitting & crochet workshops to include the following:

  • Charlotte Newland (past winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee) Learn to Make Knickers. She will also be staying with us on Saturday evening and joining us for our frocktails reception and dinner!
  • Alice & Co - Alice and Lilia are a mother and daughter team. Combine your skills - Pattern cutting for Sewing, Knitting and Crochet. Alice will also be running a Fit Clinic over the weekend - bring your fitting problems and Alice and Lilia will give you guidance on perfecting the fit of your handmade garments.
  • James McIntosh and Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP, James and Thomas will be talking about KnititationⓇ, a technique for using knitting (and sewing or crochet) as a mindful practise.
  • Anna Nikipirowicz - Learn to Mosaic Crochet.
  • Jane HickmanDemystifying Sock Knitting.
  • With more workshop tutors, masterclasses and speakers to be announced.

Event Schedule

Saturday 19th October

9am – 10.15am - Arrival and registration.

  • Pick up your goody bag.
  • Set up in Charlton suite.
  • Settle in with a welcome tea / coffee.

10.30am Official opening & welcome.

10.45am – 1pm Enjoy a morning of sewing/knitting or crochet getting to know your fellow creatives.

11.45am Workshop and masterclass programme commences.

1pm – 2pm Lunch in the SG4 Brasserie, enjoy a delicious two course buffet lunch in the award winning SG4 Brasserie.

2pm The afternoon session commences & the workshop and masterclass programme continues.

3.30pm Tea / coffee and freshly made cakes or cookies available from our refreshment stations.

6.30pm Charlton Suite closes for our evening’s entertainment.

7pm Frocktails reception in the bar where we will have a chance to socialise & reflect on our day.

8pm Dinner - Join us in our private dining room for a 3 course evening meal. You will have a choice of fresh locally sourced seasonal dishes produced by the award winning head chef.

Sunday 20th October

9am Join us at the Charlton Suite where you can progress your projects at your own pace & our tutors will be on hand for help and support.

10am Workshop and masterclass programme commences.

10.30am Morning tea / coffee & pastries will be served

  • Come along to our Swish event.

12.30pm Lunch – SG4 Brasserie, enjoy a delicious two course buffet lunch in the award winning SG4 Brasserie.

1.30pm Take time to finish your projects & browse our marketplace.

3.30pm Tea / coffee and freshly made cakes or cookies available from our refreshment stations.

5pm Our event draws to a close in the Charlton Suite as we gather for thank yous & goodbyes. Time to head home feeling relaxed and inspired.

What’s included in your 2 day creative retreat?

• Workshops and masterclasses from creative experts*.

• Access to expert tutors.

• A handcrafted goody bag.

• Lunch on both days.

• A three course evening meal on Saturday.

• Tea/coffee with sweet treats on arrival, mid morning and afternoon both days.

• A frocktail party with a welcome glass of bubbles.

• Entry to competitions and prizes.

• Fabric swish and pattern swop.

• A pop up marketplace.

• If you choose to book a hotel room you will also have access to the Hotel Spa.

Your two day Creative Retreat Ticket price is £285.00**

* Please note workshops will be available to book nearer the time when we have released the full workshop schedule. We will notify you via email when you can register for the workshops.

**Overnight accommodation is optional and is not included in the price. You will be emailed a code to book accommodation at Needham House Hotel after you have purchased your Creative Retreat ticket.

  • Double for sole use at £89 per room per night breakfast included.
  • Twin rooms are available at £115 per room per night breakfast included.
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Who comes to a Made In Hitchin Creative Retreat?

This is our first Made In Hitchin Creative Retreat and it is aimed at being suitable for makers of all abilities from beginners to the advanced. We will have people on hand to help you with your particular project and we are sure you will get help and advise from your fellow attendees too. Some people will come with friends but there will also be people who come not knowing anyone. Please don’t worry if you are new to retreats, the creative community is friendly and welcoming and you will soon make new friends.

What supplies do I need to bring?


  • Sewing machine and/or overlocker.
  • Sewing project or two!
  • All items to work on your project for the weekend (fabric, notions, scissors, pins, etc).
  • Please note there will be shared access to overlockers, coverstitch machine and irons/ironing boards for the duration of the retreat. There will also be some cutting tables although it may be advisable to cut out before you arrive if you have time.We will have a pop up market place where you will be able to purchase some additional haberdashery or other items that you may need.
  • If you do not want to, or are unable to bring your own sewing machine we can provide details on hiring a Janome machine for the weekend. Please email us at hello@madeinhitchin.co.uk if you are interested in this service and we can give you full details and organise this for you.


All items to work on your project for the weekend (wool, needles, pattern etc).


All items to work on your project for the weekend (wool, needles, pattern etc).

What is a Swish Event?

A Swish is where you get to swap your unloved sewing and craft supplies for something you’ll hopefully love and get use out of. It’s a great way to donate your stash sustainably, knowing it will be used by someone else whilst picking up something else that you think you’ll get more use out of. For each item you donate you will be given a token to select something else from the Swish.

Is there Wi-Fi at the venue?

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel – we will have log-in details ready for you in your welcome pack.

Is the venue wheelchair friendly?

Needham House Hotel is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Limited accommodation on the ground floor suitable for wheelchair users is available on request. Please consult with the hotel regarding specific access requirements.

Does the venue cater for special dietary requirements?

Should you have any special dietary requirements or allergies the hotel should be able to accomodate you. Please notify us on your registration form so we can ensure your requirements are met.

How do I get to the venue?

The address for the event /hotel is: Needham House Hotel Blakemore End Rd, Little Wymondley, Hitchin SG4 7JJ

  • Arriving by Road: 5 minute drive from the A1M, please use the post code SG4 7JJ.
  • Arriving by train: just a 20 minute train journey from central London to Hitchin or Stevenage train station. Then take a taxi from the station to the Hotel. Hitchin train station is approx 10 min drive from the venue.

Is there any parking at the venue?

Needham House has free parking on site for your use all weekend.

What’s the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds however we do have a waitlist policy.

What is the waitlist policy ?

Should our event be over subscribed we will operate a waitlist via Eventbrite.

Are tickets transferable ?

Tickets are not transferable unless processed via Made In Hitchin Events. There will be a £30 administration fee to cover any name changes. If a ticket has been transferred outside of Made In Hitchin Events we cannot guarantee entry to the event as per our terms and conditions.

Is the overnight hotel accommodation included in the price?

The ticket price does not include accommodation. You will receive a code at the time of booking in order to book your hotel room. We have reserved a number of rooms which will be held until 19th August 2019, please ensure you book as soon as possible to guarantee your reservation.

Do you offer insurance?

No we do not offer insurance. As with all personal bookings we advise you to seek out insurance at the time of booking to protect your investment should you be unable to attend.

How do I contact the organiser with any other questions?

If your question is not answered in our FAQ please contact us via email at hello@madeinhitchin.co.uk

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