Yarn show season – the best UK shows for 2017

Yarn show season is truly upon us, but with so many different types of shows, fairs and yarn festivals in the UK it can sometimes be a bit tricky to decide which ones to attend ….unless you go to them all of course! And it’s not just how much you’re going to spend on yarn that might sway your decision on which to attend, a woolly weekend can end up costing a fair bit when you start to include transport, accommodation and food. So we thought we’d give you a handy list of some of the smaller 2017 wool and fibre festivals, so that even if you can’t make it to one of the larger events you can always get your yarn fix at a gathering closer to home.

 

North

Leeds Wool Festival

When: Saturday 3rd June 2017

Where: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

What to expect: Now in its fourth year, with over 20 stallholders and a demonstration area, there’s plenty to keep you busy. There are also workshops, performances and livestock, as well as the chance to watch ‘Yarn the Movie’ in a 1930’s style cinema!

 

Woolfest

When: Friday 23rd June & Saturday 24th June

Where: Michells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth

What to expect: Woolfest certainly has an impressive lineup with plenty of big names. With well over 100 stallholders it’s not exactly a small event, but one that is guaranteed to appeal to anyone with a love for yarn. But it’s not just shopping on offer, there’s plenty of exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and events, music…and even a fleece sale for you sheep farmers out there!

 

British Wool Show

When: Saturday 8th July & Sunday 9th July

Where: Thirsk Rural Business Centre, North Yorkshire

What to expect: The British Wool Show aims to support the Campaign for Wool, so expect plenty of lovely natural handmade fibre goodies. There’s also talk of ‘The Sheep Show Man’, with rumours of dancing sheep – well that’s got our interest!

 

Midlands

Yarningham

When: Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July

Where: Stirchley Baths, Birmingham

What to expect: Yarningham is a fibre festival set up by knitting group ‘stitches and hos’ and is now in its second year. Although it is certainly one of the smaller events in terms of stallholder numbers, it does focus on quality with plenty of hand dyed yarn suppliers/producers. There are also a couple of workshops on offer – the stitch hacking one sounds particularly interesting.

 

Wool@J-13

When: Saturday 13th May & Sunday 14th May

Where: Lower Drayton Farm, Stafford

What to expect: If you’ve been to any of the major yarn festivals, you’ll quickly recognise Ingrid Wagner and her massive yarn and needles. She’s teamed up with Val James to create a yarn show that is packed with woolly goodness. It’s got a host of stallholders, workshops, talks, street food and music – oh and camping is even available so you don’t miss a moment of what promises to be a fibre-filled weekend!

 

South

Fibre East

When: Saturday 29th July & Sunday 30th July

Where: Redbourne School & Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire

What to expect: Again we’re being a bit cheeky as this isn’t really a small festival. This year’s exhibitor lineup is still to be announced but with plenty of big names at previous years we think this is one not to be missed.

 

Stitchfest

When: Saturday 4th November & Sunday 5th November

Where: Civic Hall & The Grove School, Totnes, Devon

What to expect: The second year of Stitchfest sees an extra venue being added along with the Civic Hall, fulfilling their promise that this year’s show will be bigger and better than last year’s. Exhibitors are still to be confirmed, but with last year seeing workshops from the likes of Erika Knight we’re sure this will be another quality event.

 

Ireland

Yarnfolk

When: Saturday 5th August

Where: Whitehead, Northern Ireland

What to expect: Not forgetting about our fibre lovers over the Irish sea, Yarnfolk is a new yarn festival that’s been added to the list. It’s got just under 20 stallholders listed at present, so definitely on the smaller side, but we look forward to seeing what this new yarn event has to offer.

 

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your woolly cravings, here’s a few more to mention…

 

Yarndale

When: Saturday 23rd September & Sunday 24th September

Where: Skipton, Yorkshire

 

Shetland Wool Week

When: Saturday 23rd September – Sunday 1st October

Where: Lerwick and Hoswick, Shetland

 

Masham Sheep Fair

When: Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October

Where: Masham, North Yorkshire

 

Loch Ness Knit Festival

When: Friday13th October – Sunday 15th October

Where: Inverness, Scotland

 

Bakewell Wool Gathering

When: Saturday 14th October & Sunday 15th October

Where: Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

Kendal Wool Gathering

When: Saturday 28th October & Sunday 29th October

Where: Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

 

Festiwool

When: Saturday 11th November

Where: The Priory School, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

 

Nottingham Yarn Expo

When: Saturday 11th November & Sunday 12th November

Where: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham

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