Textile Treasures of Wales
On this tour through mid and south Wales we discover some Welsh textile treasures, ranging from haute-couture fashion to traditional Welsh quilts and wool blankets. We visit the design studios of Charles and Patricia Lester, whose clothes are worn by celebrities, including Barbara Streisand, and have featured in renowned opera and film productions.
We also see how quilts are made, visit a woollen mill and learn about the history of Welsh life and culture along the way. Enjoy this short 3-Day tour exploring the textile treasures of Wales.
Perfect Time To Go
April - October
Number Of Nights
Start your journey in Abergavenny and visit Charles and Patricia Lester’s retail outlet. Charles and Patricia Lester have established an international reputation for their textile and couture fashion. Each piece of fabric is hand painted, hand printed or pleated by hand, casting spells of colour and dimension that deceive the mind and the eye and crafted into extraordinary pieces. Their clothes are worn by celebrities including Princess Michael of Kent, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor and have featured in renowned opera and film productions.
Continue north to Hay-on-Wye, the town of books, and on the way back towards Brecon go via Llyswen to have Welsh Cream Tea at Llangoed Hall. The 5 star Edwardian hotel was owned by the late Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of the late Laura Ashley. Overnight in Llandovery or Llandeilo.
Today’s first stop is Jen Jones Quilting shop in Llanybydder. Jen Jones holds hundreds of Welsh quilts, and assembles a collection she believes to be truly representative of the whole spectrum of Welsh quilting. She has written for and has featured in numerous books and magazines and is frequently asked to talk about Welsh quilts, on quilting and interior design programmes on television.
Continue towards Cardigan and then travel along the Pembrokeshire coast towards Fishguard and on to Castle Morris to visit Melin Tregwynt. A family company since 1912 Melin Tregwynt leads to a small but world-famous woollen mill. The shop is a delight. Overnight in St Davids, Haverfordwest, Tenby or Saundersfoot.
Head back east to Cardiff to discover more textile treasures. Spend the late morning at St Fagans: National History Museum. Clothing dating from the 16th century through to the 20th century is on display, both fashionable and everyday wear, official uniforms and occupational dress. Also included are accessories of all types and items of personal use richly displayed in the costume gallery.
In the afternoon visit Cardiff Bay, Europe’s most exciting waterfront development. Here you will find Craft in the Bay, the home of the Makers Guild in Wales, which operates the largest Craft and applied art space in South Wales through its gallery. It is a hub which represents displays and sells work of the highest quality, including textiles by Craft makers and applied artists from all over Wales, whilst also staging an international programme of exhibitions along with an education programme. Work on display all year round includes work by some of Wales’ best textile artists. Overnight in Cardiff.
Included in this package:
- 3 nights hotel accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
- Hire of a self-drive rental car
- VAT at 20%
All hotels will be 4 star or above.
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