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The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon. Portsmouth Harbour. Saturday 7th October 2023

The Great Woolly Hugs’ Hugathon in Portsmouth Harbour takes place on Saturday 7th October 2023 between 11.00am and 3.30pm, at St George’s Church Of England Portsea (Harbour Church, Gunwharf location) Its a stunning location, the building itself is over 250 years old!

Our Venue is fully accessible. Access to the venue is via a gentle and wheelchair-friendly ramp from the street pavement. There are accessible bathroom facilities.


This includes event swag!

Tickets are on sale on Eventbrite from September 1st at 7pm. Click here for the link.

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 Portsmouth we are focussing on our Christmas Cwtch 2023 project. 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.

During our event, but in a different room, Alexsis from Seeded will be running her Seeded Destash event until 2pm. We are not planning to hold destash this time, but do bring your pennies in case you’d like a wander round her event too!

We have use of the kitchen area, and will provide the wherewithal for making tea and coffee for a donation. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks, we won’t judge if that is alcohol.

We will also be running a rather fabulous Lucky Dip (£1 a go) and our legendary Gin Raffle (£1 a ticket) 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!  And finally we will play a couple of games of our infamous Yarn Bingo game, you will not want to miss this! Well, you might want to but you can’t! Haha!

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.

Christmas Cwtch 2023 project link….

The Christmas Cwtch palette (all SSDK yarn)

  • Claret
  • Cream
  • Grass green
  • Green
  • Kelly green
  • Lipstick


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

How to get there…

The venue address…

St. George’s Church, St Georges Square, The Hard, Portsea, PO1 3AT

If arriving by car we suggest parking in Gunwharf Quays carpark and walking over, this is what we did when we visited, it was about 15 min walk.

Gunwharf Quays Car Park Tariff. Please be advised it’s a cashless car park.

Up to 2 hours, £3.20
2 – 3 hours, £4.20
3 – 4 hours, £6.10
4 – 5 hours, £7.10
5 – 7 hours, £9.10
7 – 9 hours, £12.50
9 – 10 hours, £14.50
10 – 24 hours, £25.00

There is on street parking via Ringo, but is notably hard to find.

The venue is very close to Portsmouth Harbour train station and links to the Isle of Wight, come on you Islanders!








Thank you folks! G&G