*** CoviD-19 UPDATE - 2020 FIESTA CANCELLED ***
In these unprecedented and unpredictable times it is imperative that we look after our customers, our traders and ourselves so, to this end, it is with enormous sadness that we have to announce that this year's Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta is cancelled.
We will be back in 2021 so please make a note of the date in your diaries - Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Liz, Mina, Pat, Jeanne, Suzie, and Maggie xx
*** SAVE THE DATE ***
2021 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta
Saturday 24th April, 10am to 5pm
Sunday 25th April, 10am to 3.30pm
Introducing "The Great Brockenhurst Bits Swap"
Have you got lots of technique samples, experiments, failed backgrounds and such like lingering in drawers and cupboards? The 2020 Fiesta is your chance to breathe new life into them... bring along up to three pieces of textile-related components to swap with those contributed by other visitors and our textile artist exhibitors and demonstrators.
The piles of bits will be divided into focal points, borders, bits and strips and Maggie Grey and Betty Ruffell will demonstrate ideas for putting the bits together to make new work. They will also be demonstrating techniques for focal points and borders to create exciting new pieces.
Come and join us - bring out your bits!
The 2020 Needlework Fiesta will soon be upon us...
...and there's so much to look forward to, not least the weather which we hope at that point will be finally warming-up, so why not treat yourself to a Springtime visit to the beautiful New Forest?
When it's on:
The Fiesta runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 25th April and 10 am to 3.30 pm on Sunday 26th April 2020.
Our busiest times are 10 am to 12 noon on both days so if you can avoid these all the better. It tends to be a little quieter on the Sunday so you may wish to defer your visit until the second day. Don't worry - the traders bring plenty of stock with them so you won't be at a disadvantage!
How to get here:
BY CAR: Parking is limited at Brockenhurst Village Hall (Highwood Road, Brockenhurst - Sat Nav Post Code SO42 7RY) but a small amount of free parking is also available at Brockenhurst Primary School (Sway Road, SO42 7RX) just a few minutes' walk away.
If these spaces are full we're just a short walk from Brockenhurst Railway Station where there's a large pay and display car park. Pay and display car parking is also available in the village centre in Brookley Road which is only a 15 minute walk from the Fiesta and where there are lots of interesting shops and cafes for you to peruse.
BY TRAIN: Brockenhurst Village Hall is a short walk (5 - 7 minutes) from Brockenhurst Railway Station where there are regular services to/from Weymouth, London Waterloo and Lymington (for ferry connections to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight). Please see the National Rail Enquiries website for further details.
BY BUS: The BlueStar No. 6 bus route (Southampton - Totton - Lyndhurst - Lymington) runs down Sway Road which is less than 2 minutes' walk from the Village Hall. Please see the Blue Star Bus website for further details.
BY BIKE: Brockenhurst is a popular destination for cyclists of all ages and abilities so why not visit us by bike? Bike parking facilities at the Village Hall itself are limited, however, dedicated sheltered storage for dozens of cycles is available at Brockenhurst Railway Station (approximately 5 - 7 minutes' walk away).
What to bring:
WHAT TO WEAR: The event is all undercover, set in four large rooms within Brockenhurst Village Hall so (unless something goes badly wrong!) once you're inside you should have no need of a coat or protection from the elements.
FOOD & DRINK: The WI will be at the event selling hot and cold drinks and a range of light refreshments including a fabulous selection of home made cakes, but if you're planning to spend the day in Brockenhurst and haven't brought your picnic rug, sandwiches and flask of tea then you may wish to visit one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants nearby. You can find out more about visiting Brockenhurst and the surrounding area at www.visitbrockenhurst.co.uk.
SPENDING MONEY: Many of our traders are equipped to take debit and credit card payments but it would be advisable to bring some cash including for your entry ticket (£3 payable on the door) and the WI's irresistible cakes! There are two cash machines in the Village - one in Brookley Road (the main shopping street) where you can also get cashback on debit card purchases from Sainsbury's or Tesco, and another on Lyndhurst Road at the Premier Convenience Store.
Looking forward to seeing you soon :-)
Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta Committee
Update: Traders, Exhibitors & Demonstrators for the 2020 Fiesta
We are delighted to be able to confirm the list of traders, exhibitors and demonstrators who will be joining us for the 2020 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta - please see our Exhibitors & Demonstrators page for further information.
A BIG THANK YOU!
Hopefully you were able to join us in which case you'll know that the 2019 Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta was a fantastic success.
We had more than 1,500 visitors over the two days (some making the journey from more than 100 miles away) and a colourful array of traders and exhibitors, to say nothing of the WI's cakes of epic proportion!
As you may know, the Fiesta is a not-for-profit event raising much needed funds for the benefit of the local community and textile groups. We are delighted to say that following this year's event we have been able to make donations totalling almost £4,000 so please accept our heartfelt thanks for helping to raise this amount.
Tell us what you thought of the last Fiesta
Tell us what you liked about the Fiesta, what you didn't like and how you think we could improve it.
We are a small group of volunteers so can't guarantee to respond to each email individually but constructive feedback is genuinely appreciated and we will do our level best to implement your suggestions where it's practicable to do so.
Thanks again for your support of our fabulous Fiesta... We're looking forward to seeing you again soon!