NB This event is sold out – if you would like to go on the waiting list, please email us, thank you!
The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon in Central London takes place on Saturday 16th September 2023 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at the stunning Friends House, Euston Road. Friends House is a Grade II listed building, completed in spring 1927, for which the architect, Hubert Lidbetter, won the RIBA bronze medal for “best building erected in London”. How lucky are we?!
Our Venue is fully accessible. Access to the ground floor is via a gentle and wheelchair-friendly ramp from the street pavement. We are on the first floor in the Hilda Clark 2&3 Boadroom and this is easily accessible by lift, just ask at Reception. There are accessible bathroom facilities.
Tickets will include a special London gift and event bag. 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! Whilst this is primarily a meet up we always need to raise funds! We have had to increase the price to £18 with a review at the end of the year. All venues are needing to charge more, so this increase was sadly inevitable and we can’t run events at a loss. Thank you for understanding!
And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, 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 London we are focussing on our Snug project for Looked After children. . 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.
You will need to be pretty self sufficient for this venue. All we can offer is water and sadly the gorgeous cafe does not open at weekends. So please bring packed lunch, drinks etc. Literally over the road is Euston station with a Pret, Costa, M&S, so you copuld easily duck out and grab coffees etc.
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.
The venue address… Friends House – 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
- Friends House is located in central London, directly opposite Euston Station and a short walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations. All major London terminals are easily reached via the Underground.
- The nearest London Underground station is Euston, which is served by the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Euston Square Station is a five-minute walk away and is served by the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.
- Bus Routes 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 stop outside Friends House.
- Bus Routes 59, 68, 91, 168 and 253 also stop nearby.
- There is no on-site parking available at Friends House. The local roads have metered parking bays and fall within TfL charging zones. TFL driving information is available on the TFL website: tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/. There are three disabled blue badge parking bays located in Endsleigh Gardens. Information about Camden Council parking is available on the Council’s website: www.camden.gov.uk/where-to-park.
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