The Bag Retreat


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


Spring -
Weekend - Friday 15th May until Sunday 17th May
Midweek - Tuesday 19th May until Thursday 21st May

Autumn -
Weekend - Friday 2nd October until Sunday 4th October
Midweek - Tuesday 6th October until Thursday 8th October

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



The magical Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa (Ramada Resort) at Llangybi, Usk. Parts of the hotel date back to Tudor times, when it was originally a hunting lodge visited by both Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. The hotel has clear signage from the main road, with the driveway crossing a small stream and winding past willowy trees. It's easily accessible from the M4, midway between the two historic towns of Caerleon and Usk. If you're travelling by public transport, the nearest main railway station is at Newport.


The Ramada Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa near Usk


How Much?:

The price for a shared room including cooked breakfasts, lunches, 2 course dinners and refreshments throughout is  £400. For those who'd rather not share a room, the full ticket price is £450


What your package includes:

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Cooked breakfasts on day 2 and 3
  • Lunch on day 1, and buffet lunches on day 2 and 3
  • 2-course dinners on day 1 and 2
  • 2 retreat-exclusive bag sewing patterns to make
  • Skill builder sessions and support from Mrs H*
  • Access to the pop-up Sew Hot haberdashery shop
  • Refreshments during the day
  • Parking, use of hotel swimming pool and gym, and discounted spa treatments

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


What's the schedule?:

Day One (Friday/Tuesday): You can begin sewing at any time on day 1 after 10am.  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 bagineer bonding! We'll dine in the hotel restaurant in the evening on a 2 course meal (we can arrange for dietary requirements in advance), and then you can either return to your sewing, or unwind in the hotel bar. New for 2020 - lunch will be included on day one!

Day Two (Wednesday/Saturday): Day two will start with a 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! In the evening we'll sit down to yet another yummy 2 course dinner, followed by sewing or relaxing in the bar.

Day Three (Thursday/Sunday): Day three being our last day you can check out of your comfy hotel bedroom before returning to your sewing. We'll enjoy a buffet 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 help arrange for your room to be kept for an extra night.



If you'd like to join us, tickets are currently available on a deposit and balance scheme, with the full balance being invoiced 6 weeks before Retreat.




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