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Dai was AMAZING, today was definitely our favorite day so far. Dai was very easy going, funny and friendly - he introduced us to laver bread and shared so much information about the area.

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Arts and Crafts Tours

An arts and crafts tour with Janet Redler Travel & Tourism can be tailor made to match the interests of you or your group, whether that is quilting and patchwork, tapestry making and embroidery, pottery and sculpture, woodwork and furniture making, or any one of a number of traditional arts and crafts.

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The UK and Ireland have a long history of decorative arts and crafts, practiced in homes for centuries, perhaps originally out of necessity but, in more recent times, often as leisure activities. Popular arts and crafts involve textiles, wood, metal, glass, paper or flowers and, on one of our tailor-made tours, you will be able to investigate the story of your favourite hobby and see modern day craftspeople in action.

A quilting and patchwork tour, for example, would enable you or your group to explore the fascinating history of these traditional textile techniques, which date back to medieval times and beyond. There are a number of quilt and patchwork collections around the country, as well as regular events and exhibitions, which make a tour of the UK a must for anyone interested in these age-old crafts.

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Commissioned in 1997, The Last Invasion Tapestry (pictured above) is an incredible display of advanced needlework. The embroidered tapestry commemorates the 200th anniversary of the last ever invasion of mainland Britain. Designed and sewn by around 80 local women, the tapestry is housed in Fishguard Library in south west Wales.

Arts and Crafts Movement

The 19th Century ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement, led by William Morris and John Ruskin, saw a revival of interest in traditional ways of working and creating. It championed the craftsmanship of the past, in reaction to the rapid industrialisation of society which was then taking place. The impact of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the UK and Ireland was very strong, lasting well into the 20th Century, and indeed influencing artists and craftspeople to this day.

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Enjoy an Arts and Crafts tour with Janet Redler Travel & Tourism, taking in many of the sights most associated with the movement, such as William Morris’s inspirational homes, Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds and the Red House in South East London; Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home in the Lake District, and Standen, an Arts and Crafts house set amidst the romantic Sussex hills, which is crammed full of Arts and Crafts items. Perhaps take in famous Arts and Crafts gardens such as Hidcote in Gloucestershire, or enjoy Plas Brondanw Gardens in North Wales designed by famous Arts and Crafts architect, Clough Williams-Ellis.

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If you or your group would like to enjoy a tailor-made tour exploring the arts and crafts of the UK and Ireland, please do contact our friendly team. 

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