One Day Knitting and Crochet Retreat in the Buckinghamshire Countryside

May 17, 2023

Saturday 16th March 2024

🧶 Discover the Art of Knitting and Crocheting at Missenden Abbey 🏰

Are you ready to embark on a captivating journey into the world of knitting and crocheting? Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to elevate your existing skills, join us for a day filled with creativity, camaraderie, and mindful crafting.

🪡 Crafting Bliss in a Historic Setting 🪡

Step into the enchanting world of Missenden Abbey, a 12th Century medieval gem nestled amidst the picturesque Chilterns. Surrounded by 10 acres of lush, green grounds, this serene location is the perfect backdrop for your crafting adventure.

🌿 What Awaits You 🌿

🧶 Skill-Building Workshops: Our experienced instructors will guide you through the intricacies of knitting and crocheting. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned crafter, there’s always something new to learn.

Refreshments & Lunch: Fuel your creativity with morning and afternoon refreshments, and indulge in a delectable lunch. All included in your ticket, so you can focus on your craft without any worries.

🪡 All-Inclusive Experience: We provide all the tools, a wide selection of yarns, and inspiring patterns to spark your imagination. Just bring your enthusiasm and an open mind.

🤝 Community of Crafters: Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for crafting. Make new friends, swap stories, and create lasting memories together.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to embrace a new hobby, cultivate your creative side, and forge meaningful connections. Secure your spot today and get ready to knit or crochet your way to a world of imagination and 

Join me at Missenden Abbey for a day of creativity, learning, and fun. Let the soothing rhythm of yarn and needles transport you to a world of crafting wonder. We can’t wait to craft with you.

The Venue

The event will take place at the fabulous Missenden Abbey, a 12th Century former medieval abbey, set within 10 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of the Chilterns.

It sits in the beautiful Buckinghamshire Village of Great Missenden. A place that was once the home of Roald Dhal, the famous children’s author, and is also the home of the Roald Dhal Museum.

 More information about the venue can be found here:

Knitting Creative Beginner Knitting Opportunities

The One-Day Retreat

The day will begin at 10 am with welcoming coffee/tea and pastries, and you will get straight down to learning how to knit. A delicious lunch, and perhaps a stroll in the beautiful grounds (weather dependent) will also be included.

All materials and tools that you need to start knitting will be provided and you will begin with small needles, and individual help from your tutor, to learn the knit stitch.

 Once you have mastered that and enjoyed a delicious lunch, you will learn how to cast on your stitches and start knitting your magic bunny. Bunny would make a gorgeous gift for a friend, child or new baby; however, most new knitters feel very close to their bunny and prefer to keep him – or her, for themselves!

Everyone will work at their own pace, and you could, perhaps, make a start on learning the purl stitch and crafting a gorgeously soft washcloth. Whether you get the washcloth started or not, you will have the materials and instructions to make it, and more bunnies, to take home with you to complete in your own time. 

I don’t know whether Mr Dahl was a knitter, but you will be once you have completed this high-quality workshop, with your expert tutor.

Meet Your Teacher

Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education.

A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs.

Please join her on one of these very special 5-week courses, you will not be disappointed.

She is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner onwards

Teaching Philosophy: a message from Amanda

I am a knitting coach with a tried and tested method to help people to knit so that they can use this special craft as a portable, mindful, creative hobby or business.

I learned to knit as a child, and knitting ever since has brought me to an expert level.

As an experienced teacher, I believe that it is important firstly, for everyone to have the right tools and materials to create a successful, satisfying project, and secondly, for everyone to learn at their own pace and to express their own creativity as they progress their craft.

You will see this in my beginner classes, everyone was a beginner just a few weeks ago, or a few months ago and everyone is learning at their own pace and level.

Throughout the ages, knitting has always been a social activity, and that seems even more important today.

I work hard to ensure that all lessons are fun and include time for everyone to get to know each other and feel part of the group.


Is there parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking in the grounds of Missenden Abbey.

Can I get there on public transport?

Yes,  a mainline train ( Chiltern Railways) from London Marylebone or Aylesbury stations stops at Great Missenden, and a ten-minute walk or short taxi ride will get you to the venue

What do I need to bring?

You don’t need to bring anything with you for knitting.  All tools, yarns and patterns will be provided as part of the course.

Is there anything else to do at lunchtime?

The Abbey and the grounds are beautiful and worth exploring.

Will there be other classes?

There will be other retreats and workshops, as well as weekly classes in Buckinghamshire and London. All upcoming classes are listed on my website. Please sign up for my newsletter to be kept informed.

Can I try out knitting before I book into the retreat?

Free taster days and Woucher days are available for your to explore knitting, please see opportunities on this website and keep an eye on my newsletter.

Where can I buy my own knitting supplies if I want to do more knitting after the event?

Your teacher can advise you on this, an may have some discounts available for the purchase of further materials.  For this one-day retreat, you do not need to bring anything.

Do you teach crochet?

This retreat is specifically for knitting, however, some crochet classes are planned in the near future.


“Amanda has helped me go from not being able to knit at all to be confident and wanting to try more adventurous things. She’s so encouraging and helpful and really likes to see everyone succeed. Absolutely recommend this course to everyone!” (Emma)


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