12-14 July 2019

Newcastle City Hall, King Street, Newcastle


After much planning and many meetings of the Conference Planning team, the details of the Guild’s inaugural Conference are ready to go.

There’s an amazing line-up of workshops, informative talks, retail opportunities, ‘make and take’ sessions and, of course, an opportunity to socialise and knit or crochet with our international guest, Bristol Ivy.

There’s so much to tell you, so let’s begin.


About the Venue

Newcastle City Hall is right in the centre of Newcastle. All parts of the conference, including catering, will be held within the Newcastle City Hall. The Hall is over three floors but there is a lift and disabled access. The Hall was opened in 1929 but has modern facilities, while retaining its wonderful charm. That means that there are plenty of spaces for all our workshops, informative talks, retail opportunities, make and take, all catering and most importantly, spaces for people to sit and relax while crocheting and knitting.



Accommodation options
Newcastle has a wide range of accommodation options catering to all budgets. From backpacking to five star accommodation, there is something to suit everyone. A full list of accommodation options was included in the November 2018 KG Bytes, but all the options are available on the Newcastle Visitor Information website: www.visitnewcastle.com.au.

Getting to Newcastle
Newcastle is a very easy drive from anywhere. Being a major city, it is well posted and easy to find. If you are using public transport, then the train is a great option. A NSW TrainLink Intercity train will be leaving Central Station at 2.32pm and will arrive in to Newcastle Interchange at 5.14pm. This train only has 10 stops, others will have many more stops. The Newcastle Interchange is just a few blocks from the centre of Newcastle. Why not grab a few friends, take the train and enjoy the journey while knitting and crocheting?

Getting around Newcastle
Once you arrive in Newcastle there are many options to get you around. There is a light rail service, taxis and uber. Of course, if you’re staying in the heart of Newcastle, it’s an easy walk from accommodation to the venue.


What’s happening at Conference?
A full program will be detailed here, but the summary is this:

Friday night is the official opening of the Conference with a ‘Welcome Reception’ that includes food and beverages. A book signing with Bristol Ivy is also taking place. To attend the Welcome Reception and book signing, you must register for the full conference. Please note that there will be a full cash bar available for the Reception. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises, however, it can be purchased at the function.

Saturday has a range of workshops, tutorials, retail opportunities, informative talks and the make and take sessions. The ‘Make and Take’ sessions are a quick craft creation opportunity where participants can make little craft items such as faux fur pom poms, stitch markers and earrings. These are all available for an additional fee payable on the day. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided at the venue.

In addition to these day activities, Saturday night is the Conference Dinner. This is a sit-down, two-course dinner for all participants. Apart from the wonderful opportunities to socialise and catch up with friends, or perhaps make some new ones, the dinner will be followed by a ‘Trunk Show’ by Bristol Ivy.  Bristol will be giving a presentation on her designing process, her inspiration and showing off her wonderful designs.
The conference dinner is included in the both the full registration option or the Saturday day and night option.

On Sunday, there will be more workshops and an informative talk. There is also an opportunity for Guild members to participate in a ‘Members Marketplace’. This market is not just for knitting and crochet, if members want to sell their wares, then this is the place to do it. One year we had lovely soaps, hand creams, project bags and jewellery. If you would like to participate in this market, then fill in the appropriate section on the registration form.

What about Bristol?
Bristol won’t be delivering any workshops at the Conference. Instead she is making herself available to participants throughout the event as well as presenting the all-important trunk show on Saturday night. Bristol will also be participating in the informative talk on Saturday afternoon.

After the conference, we will be taking Bristol on a road trip visiting various locations where she will be delivering her signature workshops and lessons. Full details are here.


What’s the cost?
Full registration including Friday night, Saturday day, Saturday night and Sunday day and all catering except breakfast is $280 for members / $320 for non-members per person.
Saturday day and night registration includes all the day activities and the conference dinner, all catering except breakfast and costs $180 for members / $220 for non-members per person.
Sunday day registration includes all the day activities and morning tea and lunch and costs $120 for members / $140 for non-members per person.