The Guild works with trusted and experienced specialist suppliers to make available a range of tours and special interest trips. We try to cover a wide range of prices, destinations and experiences. The ‘Exotic Tours’ are very special – a unique opportunity to experience textiles and stitching in other cultures. The ‘Special tours’ are often linked to a workshop or course. We add entries on a frequent basis so please check here for the latest offers.
The Guild is currently in partnership with Brightwater Holidays and Exclusive Journeys Travel with Lesley Robin.
Quality Special Interest and Garden Tours - The Brightwater Collection
No-one has a wider selection of well-placed, well-planned special interest and garden tours than Brightwater Holidays. They have a wonderful range of escorted tours around the UK, Europe and exotic far away lands in their portfolio.
Famous and grand gardens mix with small and private gardens alongside interesting arts, crafts and stitching breaks. They also offer flower arranging holidays and and extensive range of archaeology tours, all fully escorted by expert, friendly tour managers.
Working closely with the Embroiderers' Guild, Brightwater Holidays are operating a series of unique stitching holidays throughout the UK and to overseas destinations. See our website pages Special Tours and UK & Europe for more details. You can also order a copy of their printed brochure on 01334 657155 or see the full range on their website www.brightwaterholidays.com.
For each short break or holiday booked by a Guild Member, Brightwater Holidays make a donation to the Guild. Please ensure you quote your Guild Membership Number whenever you enquire or make a booking.
NEW DATES FOR TWO TOURS JUST ADDED TO OUR PROGRAMME - SEE "EXOTIC TOURS" PAGE!
Go behind the scenes to discover a country through the richness of embroidery, textiles and craft with Exclusive Journeys Travel with Lesley Robin
The travel programmes are researched, organised and accompanied by Lesley Robin who is well known to many Embroiderers’ Guild members.
Lesley Robin, was born in South Africa and she began leading special-interest tours toIndia in the 80s after settling in Dharamsala, exiled home of the Dalai Lama. She lived there for nearly 20 years and helped set up self-help projects with local weavers, dyers and spinners. Her knowledge of Eastern culture, Hinduism, Buddhism and the people, culture and rich heritage of the Indian Sub-continent is a result of her extensive travels throughout the region and beyond which she shares with those who travel with her.
Her tours provide a rare opportunity to engage with crafts men and women at a grassroots level, as well as to meet highly-skilled contemporary artisans in their homes and workshops, providing a very personal, in-depth interaction.
On each tour Lesley arranges for the groups to go behind the scenes to discover a country through the richness of embroidery, textiles and crafts, often visiting self-help projects.
If you have an adventurous spirit, enjoy meeting people and take pleasure in photography, architecture and landscape, villages and markets, come and join us on a trip of a lifetime.
For more details and destinations of the tours in our programme please see our website page Exotic Tours.