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The Great Woolly Hugs’ Christmas Hugathon, Gloucester. Saturday 3rd December 2022



The Great Woolly Hugs’ Christmas Hugathon in Gloucester takes place on Saturday 3rd December 2022 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at St Mary’s Congregational Church, St Mary’s Street, Gloucester. GL1 2QS which is in the shadow of Gloucester cathedral.

Our Venue is fully accessible. Access to the venue is smooth from street level. There are accessible bathroom facilities.

As it is our Christmas Hugathon you might like to wear any Christmas jumper/decorations you may have, but NO OBLIGATION!




Tickets will include a special Event tote bag, with mystery goodies inside! We will also be running a rather fabulous Lucky Dip (£1 a go) and our legendary Gin Raffle (£1 a ticket)  We will also be running a DeStash table. If you have crafting items to donate to our DeStash table please do bring, remember one person’s destash is another person’s treasure! So do bring along some cash, or we do have a card machine if that is easier, happy to tap for any amount!

And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, but with a Christmas twist, you will not want to miss this!

Our Hugathons are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Woolly Huggers who share a love of crafting. They are friendly and inclusive. It is a great time for chatting with your fellow Woolly crew and sharing ideas. If Tortie behaves we will let him come too! We’ve included some testimonials from folk who have been to one before, which might be useful if this is your first time.


During the Hugathon we will attempt to get as many 6 inch squares made. In Gloucester we are focussing on our Kinship Hug project, in our modernist palette as shown. We will provide all SSDK, but please remember to bring your 4mm hooks/knitting needles, you will need them! If you have any squares already made for THIS project, please bring them, it may be that we can get some kits out for construction. We will also be making pompom decorations for our woolly Christmas tree and experimenting with fabric brooches

We have access to hot water for drinks, and will provide the wherewithal for making tea and coffee for a donation. We are planning mulled wine and mince pies. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks, we won’t judge if that is alcohol. 🙂COVID. Inevitably as covid is here to stay,  we will follow protocols at the time.

Do join us, we’d love to meet you or see you again. And if you are worried about not knowing anyone, let us know and we can get you seated and chatting as quick as a flash.

How to get there…

The venue address… St Mary’s Congregational Church, St Mary’s Street, Gloucester. GL1 2QS

It is about a 12 minute walk from Gloucester train station, approximately 4 mins if you get a taxi. There is some parking on site.

From folk who have been to a Hugathon before…

Walking into a room of people you might have never met could be daunting … but at the Hugathon you are surrounded immediately with love, purpose and wool! What better way to spend a day? Alexsis


A warm woolly welcome to all. I travelled there alone, anxiously entered, not knowing a soul. Within a few mins I felt so welcomed and part of this wonderful group. A room full of like minded people, wool galore, cakes, tea, coffee, and probably gin  Julie


A wonderful experience meeting friends and like minded people. Like sinking into a warm bath of friendship I’ve always known but never met before. Jen


Attending the Woolly Hugs Hugathon was an amazing experience, putting faces to the names you had made friends with online in the pursuit of a common goal to spread yarn love around the UK and the World. Paula


A fabulous day meeting ‘strangers’ I have known online for years. Sharing yarn, craft skills, cake and laughter. Returning home full of love for the wonderful Woolly Huggers! Jo


It was lovely to meet all the folk I have made virtual friends with online . It gave me a real sense of us working together helping to make something beautiful and worthwhile . It was also lovely for the chat , laughter and to admire the amazing craftmanship going on around me , and how everyone was happy to share their expertise Steph


The hugathon is where the WH virtual community crosses over into a face to face community, meeting others who you may have got to know online. It’s so lovely to be able to sit and work and natter together, comparing notes and making friends. It epitomises the spirit of WH, crafters working together to benefit others. Alison


I’ve only been to one but it was brilliant and had gin! Anna