Nantes: Quiltmania's Pour L'Amour du Fil 2020

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This tour is no longer open for 2019 bookings
Leaving on
22nd April 2020
Arriving back on
25th April 2020
Nantes, France
Flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton


Our 2019 tour  is now fully booked - if you wish to travel next year to see Quiltmania Pour L'Amour du Fil 2020, sign up to receive information, tour updates and early-bird booking!

Combining three days at Quiltmania’s renowned showcase of quilting, patchwork, embroidery and knitting with an expert talk and a guided tour of Nantes and its many fabric shops, this is an unmissable tour for needlecraft fans. 

Our Pour L'Amour du Fil Tour Package  includes four nights bed and breakfast accommodation and direct flights from the UK

Quiltmania's Pour L'Amour du Fil 2020

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Pour l’Amour du Fil is a must-visit annual treat for needlework aficionados. Meaning ‘for the love of thread,’ the show brings together over 120 exhibitors from around the world in a four-day celebration of all things thread. 

The event always attracts an impressive roster of invited artists who come together to show their work and share their knowledge and passion. The line-up for 2019 is still in development, but previous names include Kaffe Fassett, David Butler, the artist behind modern folk brand Parson Gray, kimono expert Misao Wada and the author of Quilts from the Colonies, Margaret Mew.

With three full days at the show, our programme allows you plenty of time to see the exhibitions, browse the many enticing textile stalls and take part in the busy programme of talks, practical workshops and demonstrations. These need to be booked separately and carry an additional charge. There is more information here

This year, we have asked award winning quilter Rachael 'Blue Mountain' Daisy to reveal her inspirations and techniques in a special 40 minute 'in conversation.' 

Blue Mountain Daisy

Located at the mouth of the Loire River, Nantes is a lively and innovative city with a rich cultural heritage. We have chosen city centre accommodation and made the third day of the programme flexible to give you plenty of time to explore.

The Château des ducs de Bretagne is not to be missed. With 500 meters of curtain walls, punctuated by seven towers, it appears to be a fortress, but walk into the inner courtyard, and you will find it is, in fact, a flamboyantly Gothic 15th century ducal residence. 

The city’s other great architectural gem is the Cathedral St. Pierre. Built in the 15th Century and still an active place of worship, it boasts an impressive collection of exquisite, contemporary stained glass windows.

The Musée d’Arts de Nantes has now re-opened after a six-year refurbishment. Home to one of the finest art collections in France, the permanent exhibition contains over 900 works ranging from the 13th to 21st Century, so whether your taste is for Tintoretto, Rodin, Monet, Delaunay or Anish Kapoor, there is sure to be something here to delight and surprise.

Nantes lies on one of the most beautiful estuaries in the world and so we recommend that you make time for an  'Estuaire' boat trip. This 2 hour 45 minute journey is quite the best way to see the rich wildlife preserves, huge industrial buildings and maritime heritage sites that make up the region's unique landscape. 

Birmingham - Flybe

Outbound: Depart 1110h, arrive 1340, BE3281

Inbound: Depart 1025h, arrive 1100h, BE3282

Edinburgh - Flybe

Outbound: Depart 0720h, arrive Southampton 0855h, BE761

Depart Southampton 1110h, arrive Nantes 1325h, BE3703

Inbound: Depart Nantes  1025h, arrive Birmingham 1100h, BE3282

Depart Birmingham 1310h, arrive Edinburgh 1425h, BE848

Southampton - Flybe

Outbound: Depart 1110h, arrive 1325h, BE3703

Inbound: Depart 1325h, arrive 1335h, BE3704

London Gatwick - easyJet 

Outbound: Depart 0925h, arrive 1150h, EZY8961

Inbound: Depart 1100h, arrive 1120h, EZY8962

Our Flybe flight includes:

1x cabin bag, 55x35x20cm, max weight 10kg, plus 1x additional item to store under seat eg laptop bag or handbag

Please note, our price does not include hold luggage as the supplement is very high. Please contact us for up to date hold baggage fees and weight limits. 


You will be staying in the centre of Nantes at the 3* Best Western Hotel Graslin

A stone's throw from key sites such as the 18th century Graslin Theatre, Château des ducs de Bretagne and the historic shopping mall Passage Pommeraye, this elegant and friendly hotel is the perfect base for this tour.

The quiet, comfortable bedrooms all come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs and a  buffet breakfast is included.

This hotel is ranked 4/5 on TripAdvisor and 8.2/10 on

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Arrive in Nantes and transfer to hotel for check in

A two hour walking tour of Nantes with a local guide to familiarise you with the city and highlight points of interest for you to return to at your leisure. The guide will also show you where to find the city's best fabric stores

5pm -  Welcome get together at the hotel with your Tour Manager to discuss plans for your visit. Tea/coffee and a slice of cake will be served. 

Evening at leisure

Thursday 25th / Friday 26th April 2019

9.30am - transfer to Le Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire for Pour l'Amour du Fil 

10.30am (TBC) - 'In Conversation' with award winning quilter Rachael 'Blue Mountain' Daisy (approx 40 minutes) Please note this is on 25th only.

6pm - return to hotel

Evening at  leisure

Saturday 27th April 2019


Public transport to Le Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire for Pour l'Amour du Fil. The tram goes from the centre of Nantes and the ticket price has  been included. Show opening times TBC


Day at leisure to explore Nantes

Evening at leisure

Sunday 28th April 2019

Transfer to airport for return flight.

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Flights from Birmingham with Flybe  

Flights from Edinburgh with Flybe

Flights from Southampton with Flybe 

Flights from London Gatwick with EasyJet 

Tour Includes

  • Return flights to Nantes
  • Open pass to Pour l'Amour du Fil 2019 (excluding workshops & lectures)
  • Walking tour of Nantes with a local guide on arrival afternoon - including visits to specialist fabric shops
  • 4 nights bed and breakfast at the Best Western Hotel Graslin
  • Services of an ECT Tour Manager
  • Welcome tea/coffee & cake on arrival
  • In Conversation with quilt artist Blue Mountain Daisy
  • Return Nantes Airport transfers
  • 2x return coach transfers to Pour l'Amour du Fil
  • Tram transfers on 27th April
  • Travel disruption insurance