“The Sewing Weekend was a great success and everyone really liked the venue, food, accommodation and beautiful grounds, as well as the Art Collection throughout the College. A couple of minor technical issues were quickly solved by one of the Porters.
“The catering services in particular mean that the event goes really smoothly and we don’t need to leave the site to go into Cambridge for lunch. Having tea and biscuits in the communal areas means that all attendees in different rooms can socialise together. The catering staff were also very efficient and friendly.
“As a weekend for women, being in a women-only College is great. For us it offers more than other older Colleges in the centre of Cambridge because the facilities are more modern for an event such as ours.”
The Foldline, a sewing community for makers and designers, organises an annual weekend away in Cambridge for people who love to sew.
For the last three years The Sewing Weekender has been held at Murray Edwards College. Over the two days, attendees come together and sew their own clothes, listen to talks and have the opportunity to take part in workshops. In August 2018, 100 people attended, from all over the country.
Rachel Walker, organiser of The Sewing Weekender said: “Location is very important in choosing a venue as we need to make it easy for people throughout the UK to travel and attend. Facilities such as parking, overnight accommodation and catering on-site are also key, as well as rooms large enough to take all our delegates.
“It’s also great to have the Porters available 24-hours a day, so as an organiser you know there will always be help if you need it. They made a real difference to the smooth running of the weekend.
“We also appreciate that the rooms are always set up ready and event staff are accommodating in meeting our specific needs – such as requiring space to store sewing machines and lots of sockets to power them!
Date of event:
25th & 26th August 2018
Type of event:
The Long Room
The Vivien Stewart room
The Jocelyn Bell Burnell Room