Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · 4-17 July 2021

FAQs

What happens if Coronovirus affects this event?

We are monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential affect on this event. If it becomes obvious that the event should not go ahead in 2021, we will reschedule to July 2022 and transfer your booking in its entirety.

For this reason, until September 2020, we are only accepting the £50 deposit payment per person for this event. Please follow the booking process as outlined in the How To Book page, including completing and submitting your form. We will process your form as usual but will delay invoicing you for the final amount until we are confident that the Festival can go ahead.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow the advice of our travel body, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the guidance UK Government.

How can I book my place?

Please follow the steps outlines on the How To Book page. From there you will be able to make your deposit payment and download the booking form. Once we have received your form, we will process it and contact you to confirm your class choices.

What do the various ticket prices include?

Inclusions and exclusions for all ticket types are listed on the How To Book page. 

Is accommodation included? 

Accommodation is not included as part of the event. You will make your own arrangements and bookings for accommodation. There are many choices of accommodation in Appleby and the surrounding area to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Accommodation information is freely available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Is food included?

During the workshops tea, coffee and biscuits are provided as part of the session. Lunches during the workshops are either from local cafes and hotels or from pre-ordered lunchboxes supplied by caterers, at your own expense. Any other meals, snacks and drinks are at your own expense.

Will I receive my choice of classes?

Classes are allocated of a first come first serve basis and priority will be given to early-bird ticket holders. Once you have submitted your form, we will be in contact to tell you if you have been allocated your choice of class. If there is no space left, we will ask you to make another choice. Forms will be processed in the order that we receive them.

What is the capacity of each class?

We will accept between 8-15 students in each class, depending on the tutor preference. Some tutors have requested a lower limited of students due to the nature of the subject. Class size is listed in the description for each design on the tutor pages.

Can non-stitching partners and friends join me? 

Everyone is welcome to attend the festival however each event is by ticket entry only and are for those who have booked and paid for a place.

If you are travelling with friends or family members who are not attending any festival events, this is the perfect trip to bring them on. There are many activities to enjoy in the Lake District such as walking or mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits such a sailing of canoeing. There are many beautiful villages, towns, and further afield cities, to visit where great shopping can be enjoyed.

We will be publishing more information about how to enjoy the area to the full soon. For the time being, more information on the local area is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is taking place in and around the small English town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. The town is nestled between the rugged Lake District National Park and the wild Yorkshire Dales National Park, in an area known as the Eden Valley. 

Learn more about what the beautiful Eden Valley has to offer here.

Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops will mostly be located within a short walking distance from Appleby town centre; however, a few workshops are located in smaller (very beautiful) villages a within a short ride on our free shuttle-buses from Appleby. If you do not wish to be in a non-Appleby workshop location, please avoid these classes. These are indicated with an asterisk against the tutor name on your booking form.

Where will other programmed activities take place?

All activities except our excursions and quiz night will take place in Appleby.

What else can I look forward to seeing in the area?

We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England with traditional inns and pretty villages. The Eden Valley, the more famous Lake District, the Northumbrian National Park and the Yorkshire Dales are within very easy reach. Information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Scotland is just a 40-minute drive to the north, and direct train rides from Carlisle take you to Edinburgh or Glasgow. Other nearby urban centres include the beautiful Durham, Newcastle and Leeds.

Arriving by Plane

The easiest international route to Appleby is via Manchester International Airport where you can catch the train from within the airport direct to Penrith Station. From there you can easily take a local taxi for the 20 min car ride to Appleby. Car hire and private hire are also available in the area by prior arrangement. Fights and transfers from the airport are not included and must be booked under your own responsibility.

Arriving by Train

Appleby Railway Station is on the Settle to Carlisle line and can be accessed from Leeds or Carlisle. This journey passes through spectacular scenery and reaches the highest altitude in England. Appleby station is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Appleby. Local taxies are available by prior arrangement.

Arriving by Car

The town of Appleby-in-Westmorland sits off the A66, which connects to both the M1 and M6, making it easily accessible by road. It is advisable to check with your accommodation provider that they have a parking space for you, as parking in the town is limited.

What can I expect from the average workshops day during the festival?

Classes will run from 9.30 am to 4pm each day. During class, you will have a morning tea/coffee break. Lunch is available from the various cafes and restaurants in Appleby. If you are in an out of town workshop, lunch can be delivered to you through our delivery service. After class you may disperse or, for those who have booked the lecture, join us for a pre-lecture tea and cake at the venue. The lectures take place from 5pm. After the lecture, you are free to enjoy the town, have dinner or attend a local evening activity.

I’ve never really stitched before, can I still attend?

This event will offer workshops for all levels of experience from complete beginner to the very advanced. Furthermore, class sizes are relatively small so each student will receive ample time with their tutor. Please check each tutor page for their designs and the specific guidance for the skill level required for each workshop.

What is the capacity of each class?

We will accept between 8-15 students in each class, depending on the tutor preference. Some tutors have requested a lower limit of students due to the nature of the subject.

Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops are mostly located within a short walking distance from Appleby town centre; however, a few workshops are located in beautiful villages a within a short ride on our free shuttle-buses from Appleby. If you do not wish to in a non-Appleby workshop location, please avoid these classes. These are indicated with an asterisk against the tutor name on your booking form.

Where can I find details of the other activities taking place during the festival? 

Full details of all the activities can be found in the PDF catalogue, which you can download from the Programme page.

Where will other programmed activities take place?

All activities except our excursions and quiz night will take place in Appleby.

Will there be non-programmed events happening during the two-week period?

Yes! There will be several locally organised events that are not part of our Festival programme. These include a train trip to Skipton Castle, film nights, guided town tours, garden fetes and local attractions. For further information, visit the Appleby Tourist Information website.

What else can I look forward to seeing in the area?

We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England with traditional inns and pretty villages. Both the Eden Valley, and the more famous Lake District, and the Yorkshire are right on our doorstep. Information is available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

Scotland is just a 40-minute drive to the north, and direct train rides from Carlisle take you to Edinburgh or Glasgow. Other nearby urban centres include the beautiful Durham, Newcastle and Leeds.

Will there be any free time to shop, rest or explore?

Yes. When selecting your classes and activities, you will be able to build your itinerary to suit your preference. You may wish to attend for the whole two weeks or for just a few days. In this way you can build in in free time for resting or other activities as you wish.

What is your cancellation policy (outside of Covid-19)?

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your place at the Festival at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices by email. Since we incur costs in cancelling your place, refunds are applied as follows:

  • Less than six months before event date – no refund
  • Six months to 1 year prior to event date – 50% of the price of your booking
  • More than one year prior to holiday – 100% refund (minus deposit)

Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

What if your cancellation policy (related to Covid-19)?

We will continue to follow the advice of our travel body, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the guidance UK Government.

As a member of ABTA, we follow their guidelines on our cancellation policy. In the event of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising UK nationals not to travel to the Festival venue, and the event being cancelled, we will offer students who are due to attend imminently, e.g. within approximately 48 hours, an alternative event, or full refund of all money paid.

Will I be ok if I have a food allergy or intolerance?

Most diets are catered for in Appleby except specific halal or kosher diets. Gluten-free and most allergies are catered for on request. This area is mainly agricultural, and mostly locally sourced foods are served in our many food outlets.

I have a disability, will I still be able to attend?

Most of the venues for the workshops have wheelchair access however we will be adding more detailed information about this in the coming months. Please contact us if you have any specific requirements and we can provide advice based on your particular needs.

In case of a medical emergency, what provisions have been made?

For medical advice, dial 111 or emergencies dial 999.

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Email

[email protected]

Telephone

+44 (0)17683 53683

Address

Pembroke House, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6TS, UK

Phillipa Turnbull Events Ltd is registered in England and Wales with registered No. 08578711 and VAT No. 187837253. Registered Head Office: Pembroke House, 1 Clifford Street, Appleby in Westmorland, CA16 6TS

We are a member of the UK travel regulator ABTA. Membership number Y6352

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