Starting her fashion career in the 1970s, Esme opened her first shop, Swanky Modes, in London with three other passionate designers. The clothes gained iconic status and were soon photographed by the likes of David Bailey and Helmut Newton. Esme has worked as a costume designer on some of the world's biggest blockbuster movies and was most recently one of two judges on BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee.
Take part in your own sewing bee with Esme Young
After three years away, The Great British Sewing Bee returned to our screens in February and, with hilarious new host Joe Lycett, made us fall in love with amateur sewers all over again. The likes of contestants Riccardo, Leah and eventual winner Juliet amazed viewers with their ability to turn deckchairs into incredible items of clothing.
Running the tape measure over their creations was the uncompromising Esme Young, and you can meet her on this three-day break in the heart of Bath. To make the trip extra special, you will also take part in two 90-minute textiles workshops with needlework expert Jo Hill, learning new skills and techniques with a group of like-minded guests.
Workshop and exclusive talk with sewing bee
With Patrick Grant, Esme is one half of The Great British Sewing Bee judging team. Notoriously exacting, she is quick to whip out her tape measure when a lapel or seam looks out of place. You'll get a sense of what the contestants are up against when you meet Esme at one of your workshops. She'll be on hand as you are guided through the creation of a sampler using Jo's trademark bird and flower-printed fabrics.
Esme will also deliver an exclusive talk about her design career, including her first London shop, Swanky Modes, which was frequented by celebrities including Grace Jones, Julie Christie and Toyah. After the talk, she'll field any questions you might have about the much-loved show and what goes on behind the scenes.
Learn from a top designer
During your two workshops, textile designer Jo will help you make your own creations to take home, using gorgeous fabrics in natural colours and textures, and detailed stitching.
You'll also enjoy a two-night stay in the Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel. The magnificent Grade II-listed building is one of the oldest in Bath, and a stone's throw from some of the city's most popular attractions, including the iconic 18th-century Pulteney Bridge and spectacular Bath Abbey.
Reasons to book
Workshops with Jo Hill
Exclusive events with Esme Young
Your expert guides
Jo has worked in the textile design industry since graduating 30 years ago, and has several years' experience of teaching textiles. Jo specialises in a style known as free-motion embroidery, which she will demonstrate and then teach you during two exclusive workshops. From her countryside studio, Jo makes lampshades, cushions and homeware inspired by British wildlife and landscapes.
Stay for two nights at the delightful Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel in Bath (dinner, bed and breakfast)
- Meet and hear a talk from The Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young
- Take part in two 90-minute textiles workshops with Jo Hill
Day1Arrive in BathBath, United Kingdom
Today you arrive in Bath, where you'll find beautiful Georgian architecture and Roman ruins, as well as a vibrant city centre full of qaint independent shops and stylish boutiques. Settle into your comfortable room at the magnificent Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel before dinner.
Day2Textiles workshops with Jo HillBath, United Kingdom
Today you'll have two workshops with expert textile designer Jo, where you'll use gorgeous fabrics in natural colours and textures, and detailed stitching, to create beautiful pieces for you to take home.
Day3Return homeBath, United Kingdom
Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel
The County Living Lansdown Grove Hotel with its classic regency facade features 61 beautifully designed bedrooms in a fantastic location with views across Bath
The Country Living Hotel in Bath opened in 2018 following complete refurbishment, and is a partnership between Country Living magazine and Coast & Country Hotels.
The hotel is set in a beautiful Grade II-listed building (one of the oldest in the city) with a Regency façade, wrought-iron balconies and an elegant interior with lofty high ceilings and fine original features. Every detail, from the smart and relaxing bar to the comfortable bedrooms, has been carefully considered to create a welcoming atmosphere that blends country charm with modern facilities and superb luxury.
Many of the rooms in the Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel have beautiful period features in keeping with the building's history and all are spacious and light, with stylish en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds, cosy throws, free Wi-Fi and a welcoming tray with tea and coffee facilities.
Many of the Superior and Premier rooms have sweeping views over the gardens or the city of Bath and bathrooms with monsoon-head showers. The finest rooms have balconies and small terraces with outdoor seating and all are perfect for relaxing in comfort at the end of the day.
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all available at the restaurant, which serves modern classics made with the very best of British seasonal produce, as well as many local West Country ingredients, including delicious local drinks and cheese.
Dogs are accepted at the hotel by prior arrangement.
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