Tea & Tents

I’ve recently had a wonderful long weekend at Tea & Tents, a camping and crafting festival organised by members of the Unofficial Women’s Institute facebook page. There were 500 WI ladies from all over England and Wales all staying at Walesby in Nottinghamshire, which is a big International Scout campsite. There were ladies of all ages, from all corners of the country, some had traveled for several hours to get there.The T&T hoodie listed all the WI’s present, I’m in Askwith with Weston WI…DSC_0006

People were in tents, camper-vans, dorms and a few like us were in caravans. I share with Donna from Cookridge Crumpets, we met at the AGM at Leeds arena a few years ago and we’ve been friends every since. We met up with Heather and Rachel from Killinghall too.20180723_100210

Three nights of WI camp – imagine Girl Guide camp with alcohol šŸ™‚

At T&T everyone has to do their share of helping, either running a workshop, holding a talk,running an activity or just generally helping out around the campsite. There is a huge ranger of activities to choose from. Just to give you a taster, at 11am on Saturday morning you could be…

  • Friendship bracelets
  • Vintage brooches
  • Poetry blackout
  • Needle felting puffins
  • Needle felting starfish
  • Jam Jar tea light lantern
  • Deaf awareness workshop
  • Flower Crowns
  • Cheese festival
  • A history of Curry & Corsets; British women in India
  • Patchwork Christmas baubles
  • Quigong
  • Park run
  • Archery
  • Target shooting
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Climbing Wall
  • Yarn & Yammer

…and that’s just at 11am!!

There were walks, zumba, cookery demonstrations, a church service, swimming, beer swap, cocktail making…

This year I decided not to overbook myself, just one or two booked activities a day, leaving lots of time for relaxing and socialising.

I made a patchwork Christmas bauble from a polystyrene ball, squares of fabric and lots of pins…DSC_0001

I made a lovely felt rose, both these workshops were 1-2 hours, so I can definitely see a craft club afternoon activity!DSC_0002 (2)

I taught silk painting and CPR, not at the same time!

I went to the talk on Curry & Corsets about British women going over to India 1830 -1901,Ā  really interesting, another interesting talk was on Nepal where Kay went to Kathmandu to teach disadvantaged women to sew so they could support their families.

We had a WI talent show, a sing-a-long-a musicals, a great quiz, a WI market and lots of time to renew friendships and make new ones. We sat and star-gazed til 1am with the girls from the tent opposite, swopping jokes and ghost stories over a G&T or two!

There were competitions on jams and chutneys, knitting and sewing, best dressed tent and best campsite, and there was an amazing yarn bomb on the theme of under the sea.20180722_170126

Tea & Tents will hopefully next be held in 2020, it would be great to have a few of us from my WI, it’s a wonderful experience,Ā  I’m hoping others might be tempted!20180722_155214


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to Tea & Tents

  1. Donnalee says:

    That sounds very fun and worthwhile. I didn’t see any place that struck me as being where I used to live: Chester le Street, Durham, Langley Park, Esh, Ushaw Moor, Newcastle…then again I hardly recall how some of them are spelled, so long ago and far away! Maybe Heaton Mess is from Heaton in Newcastle, where I lived for a few years…

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Donnalee, Heaton Mess is in Cheshire, Some of the new WI’s have fun names which often are more to do with the history or characteristics of the area, like Cottonopolis is in Manchester, Six Hills is in Sheffield, but it’s not so easy to spot where they are. It’s also a long way from Newcastle to Nottingham!

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  2. anne54 says:

    “Guide camp with alcohol”!! Sounds wonderful.

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This sounds like a fabulous time. Never a dull moment.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    It sounds like a fabulous weekend….I’m still chuckling about Girl Guide Camp with alcohol! šŸ˜†

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  5. Kate says:

    That sounds like so much fun!

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  6. Laura says:

    Wow! What a fun event to attend! Love the felt rose that you made!

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  7. tialys says:

    Sounds brilliant (apart from the tents šŸ˜‰ )
    I think I’d have had to have a go at the Tomahawk Throwing session – just to say I’d done it.

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  8. tinaor says:

    That looked like fun!

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  9. Catherine says:

    It sounds like a lot of fun, especially if you are already thinking about the next one! Iā€™m always amazed at those Christmas baubles. I really must try to make one!

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  10. KerryCan says:

    This sounds like the best good time! I’m very envious of the camaraderie!

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  11. What an amazing idea and concept. I too am envious of the camaraderie!

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  12. Oh my goodness this sounds like a wonderful event – how lucky you are to have attended! I love the idea of a best dressed tent/campsite competition!

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  13. rosejasm says:

    Just awesome x nice one on teaching CPR

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