A Grand Day Out

Today Elizabeth and I ventured into the distant land of Cumbria. Not for us the well-trodden path of the M6 but rather a picturesque journey along ‘A roads’ to a mill near Sedbergh. We were going to a Quilt Festival at Farfield Mill.

I had never heard of Farfield Mill until just a few weeks ago when I picked up a flyer about it during a visit to the Rheged Centre. At home I looked at the Farfield Mill website to see what it was and what was there to see and discovered that it was hosting a quilt festival. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to go and see it!

The mill is well worth a visit. Although the Quilt Festival ends on 07 April there are several delightful artists’ studios to venture into covering textiles, porcelain, knitting, weaving, woodwork, painting and drawing, silver jewellery and more. The imagination and creativity within the Mill is invigorating. There is a gallery with the artists’ work for sale at very reasonable prices and I was oh so tempted to buy. I managed to resist but I’m not sure how! Also on sale in the gallery were woollen blankets or throws which were woven at the Mill. They were beautifully soft and the prices were almost unbelievably low.

During our tour of the Mill we saw a demonstration of weaving by several women who were all very friendly and willing to chat about their craft. The Mill offers demonstrations including the weaving plus spinning, lacemaking and rag rugging.

When your energy level starts to dip there is a pleasant cafe offering tasty food and drinks  in comfortable surroundings.

At the end of our visit we each paid for our purchases before beginning the journey home. En route we decided to make a short detour into the village of Clapham in North Yorkshire (well, we were taking the scenic route home!), to see if we could find Beckside Yarns. We did find it and all I shall say is that if you like yarn and you are ever in the area, you MUST visit it! Elizabeth and I both bought some lovely things in the shop and agreed that we must return with some of our knitting friends to explore some more!

Even though we drove along roads that still had snow banked up along the edges, we had glorious sunny weather with fairly mild temperatures. Add that to the amazing work on display, the delicious food and drink we had during the day and time spent in the company of a friend and it certainly amounted to a Grand Day Out.


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