This very special workshop will be held at a unique home in Whitstable, Kent. Marie first went to The Battery at Seasalter when she was head designer at Rowan and has art directed three or four photography shoots there. The Battery is a private home and is often used as a photography location house, you may have seen the interior being used in Country Living, Coast and Country Homes and Interiors magazines, as well as in the Rowan publications! Marie also used The Battery as her location for her book, Winter Crochet. Therefore this is an ‘one off’ opportunity to spend time in this exclusive historic building which sits on Whitstable beach and faces 120ft of secluded sea-front. The Battery will become our home from home for a few days and is not open to the general public at any time. This is a very extraordinary place and as soon as you step foot in this amazing house, you immediately relax and the wonderful host, Marilyn makes you very welcome with a steaming mug of tea and homemade cake. Marilyn is a great collector of many interesting and unusual things, especially from the 1940’s and 1950’s, and she displays her precious collections throughout the house, she is also an amazing cook! This beautiful home, flooded with natural day light, situated right on the beach is the perfect place to unwind, knit and relax…splendid!




The Battery, 32 Admiralty Walk, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4ET



Thursday 27th July – Sunday 30th July 2017




FAIRISLE BY THE SEA – A handknitted Fairisle Scarf using Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift yarn. Photographs of the scarf will be published as soon as possible. The Battery is a fabulous place to sit and knit. Once the workshop has started you will be able to sit wherever you wish within the house, on the deck or on the beach!




 £960 per person. A deposit of £400 must be paid on booking to secure a place, the balance of £560 to be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.






All yarn and pattern to complete the fairisle project

A Marie Wallin goody bag

Workshop holiday hosted by Marie Wallin

A unique bedroom within The Battery (see photographs)

Breakfast, elevensies, lunch and supper - all prepared by Marilyn each day

Fruit juices

Wine and G&T’s served in the evening only

A chance to go into Whitstable for shopping



Travel to and from The Battery

Airport transfers are not included




£720 per person. A deposit of £400 must be paid on booking to secure a place, the balance of £320 to be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.





WHAT’S INCLUDED  - As above but NO ACCOMODATION, you must find your own hotel or bed and breakfast in the area. All meals including breakfast will be provided at The Battery. Whitstable is a popular seaside holiday resort and there are lots of places to stay. An suggested accommodation list can emailed on request.




Travel to and from The Battery

Airport transfers are not included

Transport to and from your accommodation.



To book a place, click on either the IN HOUSE or OUT HOUSE buttons to be re-directed to the shop.



Each bedroom is very comfortable and unique and decorated in Marilyn’s creative style in bright summery colours and patchwork quilts. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO ENSUITE BEDROOMS. Marilyn has kept The Battery in the same layout as it was when it was used as a school retreat. The bathroom facilities comprise of very cute dormatory style sinks with separate showers and baths. The photographs show some of the bedrooms. The rooms will be allocated when we arrive on Sunday 27th July.



Marilyn is a fabulous cook and her cakes are especially lovely!  An example menu would be:


BREAKFAST - Fresh fruit, cereals, toast, croissants, jams tea and coffee.


11'S - Coffee and teas with Flapjack or Ginger Biscuits or Almond Biscuits.


LUNCH - Spinach Lasagna or Aubergine Parmesani or Tortilla or Onion and Goats Cheese Tart with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers, or Halloumi and Humous and Feta Salad or Courgette Peach and Pomegranate Salad




APERITIVO - drinks prior to supper


SUPPER - Ottolenghi Chicken with Ouzo and Clementines and Fennel or Salmon in Spicy Sauce or Chicken in Tarragon Sauce with various lots of vegetables


PUDDING - Turkish Delight Meringues or Raspberry Parfait or Sticky Ginger Pudding with Nutmeg Ice cream


SUNDAY BREAKFAST - Breakfast of Scrambled eggs on toast or boiled eggs with the usual fruit, cereals and tea and coffee.


Please email if there are any special dietary requirements.



THE BATTERY is a historic building of Kent and was built in 1873 by the Navy as a part of the coastal defence for the UK. The building consisted at the time of two buildings made of wood, one building being the Drillhall with office, clothes store and the armoury and the second building being the battery with three gun ports facing seaward and another facing west. There was a magazine on the east side but this no longer remains. There also would have been a Parade Ground at the rear of the building. The Admiralty handed over the battery in the early 1900’s to the Royal Naval Reserve (later the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) and it used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during WW1. Later in the 1940’s the battery was used for many years as a holiday retreat for disadvantaged children. Marilyn then bought and restored this wonderful building.




Thursday 27th July 2017

Arrival after 4pm. We can settle into our rooms, look around and have tea and cake on the deck by the sea. There will be a welcome drink hosted by Marie prior to supper at 7.30pm. Supper will be ‘alfresco’ but will be weather dependent.


Friday 28th July 2017

After breakfast we will start the workshop at 10am. Lunch will be at The Battery and supper will be served at 7.30pm. Aperitivo will be served on the deck at  6.30-7.00pm


Saturday 29th July 2017

After breakfast, those that wish to go into Whitstable to shop then transport will be arranged. Otherwise it will be knitting all day at The Battery. Supper will be served at 7.30pm. Aperitivo will be served on the deck at  6.30-7.00pm


Sunday 30th July

After breakfast we will say our goodbyes.





A non refundable deposit of £300 must be paid at time of booking to secure your place, with the balance being payable no later than 8 calendar weeks before the start date of the holiday.


In the event of your cancellation, the following fees will apply: 39 - 52 weeks prior to start date, full deposit, 26 - 38 weeks prior to start date, 50% of full price, 8 - 25 weeks prior to start date 75% of full price, 0 - 8 weeks prior to start date, 100% of price.


In the unlikely event that the holiday has to be cancelled by Marie Wallin Designs Ltd, then you will receive your deposit or total payment in full.


Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from The Battery.


Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, supper, drinks at The Battery for 3 nights are included in the cost of the IN HOUSE holiday, together with all taxes.


Breakfast, lunch, supper, drinks at The Battery for 3 nights are included in the cost of the OUT HOUSE holiday, together with all taxes.


All drinks are included in the price. Please note alcoholic drinks will comprise of wine (rose, red or white) and gin & tonic and will only be served in the evening.


Guests are responsible for their own medical and travel insurance.


One visit into Whitstable is included.


If a guest requires any special assistance or has any special physical or dietary needs, this must be made clear at the time of booking by email.