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Join Mrs H and other bag making enthusiasts for a relaxing and fun weekend
in the beautiful South Wales countryside!


Ty Newydd Country Hotel

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All retreats are currently sold out! If you would like to hear about future retreats, please email us on

The Bag Retreat is ideal for bag makers of all abilities with special retreat bag patterns to choose from. There will be skill builder sessions throughout the weekend and support whenever you need it so that you can try out new techniques with help on hand! The retreat is being held once again in Ty Newydd Country Hotel - a super quaint hotel with log fires, wood panelling and a traditional feel throughout!  

The restaurant

Although Ty Newydd is nestled along the edge of the Brecon Beacons, it's easily accessible from the M5/M50 via the A465 and the M4 via the A470, and we can help arrange transport from the nearest train station or airport. As well as dedicated space for sewing, the hotel will also provide meals and snacks throughout the day. 


The Brecon Beacons

When is it: 

Friday 13th October - Sunday 15th October 2017

Friday 13th April - Sunday 15th April 2018  **APRIL RETREAT NOW SOLD OUT**

You can arrive any time on Friday, and you can stay until tea time on Sunday, making it three full days of sewing!


Where is it: Ty Newydd Country Hotel, Hirwaun

What your package includes:

  • 2 special retreat patterns to make
  • Skill builder sessions and support from Mrs H*
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Cooked or continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday
  • A buffet lunch on Saturday and a carvery lunch on Sunday
  • 3-course dinners on Friday and Saturday
  • Access to the pop-up Sew Hot shop
  • Refreshments during the day
  • Use of hotel facilities and parking

How much does it cost:


*Skill builder sessions will be run by Mrs H, so in the super unlikely event that something out of her control (such as breaking both of her arms!) pops up, these will be substituted




You'll arrive on Friday, coming up the long winding drive, to see the picturesque hotel, covered in trailing plants, with the formal gardens set in front. You can arrive any time on Friday afternoon, but if you wanted to come a bit earlier, you could always choose to have lunch in the hotel bar, or we can point you in the direction of a local cafe. We'll set up in the large communal sewing room, browse the pop-up haberdashery shop, enjoy refreshments mid-afternoon, and get down to some serious bag maker bonding!

We'll dine in the hotel restaurant in the evening on a 3 course meal (we can arrange for dietary requirements in advance), and then you can either return to your sewing, or unwind in the wood panelled lounge bar.

The hotel lounge



Saturday will start with your choice of a continental or a full cooked breakfast before we get back to sewing! With 2 retreat patterns to choose from, you're sure to be busy, or you can bring your own patterns to work on while you're there.

Everyone will be working at their own pace, but if you find you need a little help, don't worry, we'll have a few break-out skill builder sessions throughout the day, and of course, help is always available!

Saturday evening we'll sit down to yet another yummy 3-course dinner, followed by sewing or relaxing in the lounge bar.




Sunday being our last day you can check out of your comfy hotel bedroom before returning to your sewing. We'll enjoy a Sunday carvery lunch before finally finishing off any extra sewing for the weekend, packing up and starting our journeys home. If you wish to stay the Sunday night, after the retreat has finished, we can arrange for your room to be kept for an extra night, at a reduced hotel rate.



If you'd like to join us, you can currently buy tickets at full price or with an instalment plan. Instalment plans will be available right up until July, they'll just be shorter..


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