Ann Kingstone Yorkshire Knitting Tour




Sunday July 8th to Sunday July 15th 2018


We have a large waiting list, and plan to run the tour again in 2019. Contact us to be informed when the dates are decided and booking opens.

Treat yourself to a whole week of knitting-focused activities and excursions with Ann Kingstone in Yorkshire, England! We are going to explore the colourwork, lace, and cable knitting traditions of this historic county, with visits to Yorkshire’s foremost heritage centres, fascinating presentations by knitting historians, and superb knitting tuition for all levels of knitting ability, including beginners!

The excursions will take us to:

  • The Brontë Parsonage, home of the Brontë sisters.
  • Fountains Abbey, a ruined medieval monastery which is now a world heritage centre.
  • Middleham Castle, the childhood home of King Richard III.
  • The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop.
  • York, the ancient capital of Yorkshire.
  • Harewood House, a palatial Georgian stately home (think Pemberley).
  • Dent, the remote rural village of ‘The Terrible Knitters’ of times long gone by.
  • The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.
  • Baa Ram Ewe, a world-famous yarn shop in Leeds.

You will also love our home for the week, which is a beautiful Elizabethan manor in Wharfedale, a picturesque Dales valley.

Yorkshire has a rich knitting heritage, from the Dales glove tradition, to coastal and inland river ganseys, to Victorian knitted lace. During the week you will meet and learn from experts in these fields, as well as visiting the very places where these traditions were practised.


Sunday July 8th: A Yorkshire Welcome!

We will transport you to Parcevall Hall from Manchester airport or Skipton railway station, according to your preference. Pick-up at Manchester airport will be at 3pm, pick-up from Skipton Railway station at 4pm.

Following an introductory session and supper (aka dinner) the evening will be free for post-travel rest and relaxation. There are very comfortable sitting areas in the Hall that ooze Elizabethan charm and are ideal for social knitting. Alternatively you may prefer to enjoy a walk around Parcevall Hall’s extensive manor grounds, with beautiful terraced gardens and woodland.

Parcevall Hall

Monday July 9th: Yorkshire Dales Gloves


Stranded Knits Session 1, with tuition from Ann Kingstone. We will commence knitting some ‘Shepherd’s Wristlets’, which include options for a steeked or an unsteeked version.


We will visit Middleham Castle in Wensleydale, and the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop. Middleham Castle was the childhood home of King Richard III (Richard of York).


A presentation about Yorkshire Dales Gloves, examining the history, character, and construction of these traditional Yorkshire knits. We will have antique examples on hand to closely examine.

Wensleydale Longwool Sheep

Tuesday July 10th: Yorkshire Dales Knitting Traditions


A slideshow presentation and demonstration of the use of Yorkshire ‘knitting sticks’ (sheaths) by Ann Kingstone. We will learn the fascinating history of Yorkshire Dales knitting, including the tale of ‘The Terrible Knitters of Dent’.


Visits to the Dales Countryside Museum (Wensleydale) and the Dent Heritage Centre (Dentdale). Both museums feature collections of antique knitting sticks and other artefacts from the Yorkshire Dales knitting tradition, including ‘clew holders’, sock blockers, and knitting needles.


Stranded Knits Session 2, completing the Shepherd’s Wristlets, including cutting and finishing the steek for those who have braved this option.

Wensleydale Knitters

18th Century Wensleydale Knitters

Wednesday July 11th: Yorkshire Cables


Cabled Knits Session 1, with tuition by Ann Kingstone. We will commence knitting the ‘Cistercian Pouch’, featuring Celtic knot cables.


A visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (Wensleydale). This is an official World Heritage Site, with extensive ruins of a medieval Cistercian abbey, landscaped gardens from Georgian times, and a deer park. Yorkshire’s abbeys were central to the medieval wool trade, which was their main source of income.


A presentation about the fascinating history and character of Yorkshire Ganseys by Penelope Hemingway, author of ‘Inland River Ganseys’.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Thursday July 12th: York Delights

Morning and afternoon:

A day out in York, home of the early Victorian knitting author, Elizabeth Jackson. We will visit York Minster and the Castle Museum, which includes an excellent reproduction  of a Victorian shopping district for visitors to explore. Lunch will be at the elegant York branch of Betty’s Tearooms.


Cabled Knits Session 2, completing the Cistercian Pouch.


Castle Museum

Friday July 13th: Brontë Knitting


Lace Knits Session 1, with tuition by Ann Kingstone. We will commence knitting the ‘Brontë Bookmark’.


A visit to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage Museum. The parsonage was home to the Brontë sisters for most of their lives, and it is here that they wrote their novels. Like many Victorian gentlewomen, the Brontë sisters applied themselves to needlework, including knitting and crochet, and some of their work is on display at the parsonage. Like many Yorkshire knitters, they used knitting sticks/sheaths, and several of these have been preserved in the Brontë Society’s collection at Haworth. I hope to arrange for us to view them.


A presentation about Victorian knitted lace by Marie Wright, with a particular focus on the work of York’s Victorian knitting author, Elizabeth Jackson.

Brontë Parsonage

The Brontë Parsonage

Saturday July 14th: Yorkshire Collections


A presentation of Victorian knitted lace from the Knitting and Crochet Guild collection. The guild owns some Victorian knitted lace samplers, which form a knitted record of many lace stitches. We will learn about the history and properties of the samplers, and have the opportunity to examine them in person.


Visits to the famous Baa Ram Ewe yarn shop in Leeds, and to Harewood House, a large Georgian stately home.


Lace Knits Session 2: We will finish the Brontë Bookmark, or knit another version, with optional nupps or beads.

Harewood House

Harewood House

Sunday July 15th: A Yorkshire Farewell

After breakfast and a short concluding session, we will transport you to either Skipton railway station or Manchester Airport, according to your preference.


The full price of the tour varies according to your accommodation requirements as follows. Please note that most rooms have two beds, and therefore some of the ‘single’ rooms are for guests wanting sole occupancy.

  • A single room with en suite bathroom = £1800 per person.
  • A single room with a washbasin and shared bathroom facilities = £1650 per person.
  • A shared room (based on two people sharing) with a washbasin and shared bathroom facilities = £1500 per person.

Included in the price are:

  • All transportation for the week, including transfer from Manchester airport or Skipton railway station.
  • Full board accommodation.
  • All admission costs.
  • Yarn for the workshop sessions.
  • Lunch at Betty’s Tearooms in York.
  • A goody bag, including 3 of Ann’s books and some special Yorkshire treats.

Our terms and conditions give details of our cancellation and refund policies, and of general requirements pertaining to the tour, including the deadline for payment of the balance.

We are so excited as we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful county and sharing with you the special delights it has for knitters!

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