Let’s plan a great day out
If you’re a knitter or crocheter, then there’s nothing like a day out to see inspirational textiles and squish beautiful yarn. Inhale the yarn fumes and absorb the colour! It’s good for your sense of well-being, since you’ll returned brimming with inspiration and wanting to create things immediately. Take some time this festive season to plan some fun days at UK yarn and fibre festivals in 2019.
If you read this blog regularly you will know that I love to use British yarn. It’s not that I think British yarn is better than yarn from elsewhere, but I think it’s important to support locally produced products and producers. Here in the UK, we are lucky to have a lot of small companies spinning and dying beautiful yarns as well as farmers with flocks of different sheep breeds. One of the best places to see and buy these wonderful yarns is at one of the many UK yarn and fibre festivals. There are several new yarn and fibre festivals in 2019.
This list of yarn and fibre festivals is for the UK only: it includes dates and venues as well as links to websites and blog posts about my previous visits. Read this blog post for yarn and fibre festivals in the rest of Europe. If you organise a yarn and fibre festival that is not listed, then let me know via the ‘contact me’ tab at the bottom of the page or leave details in the comments below.
Waltham Abbey Wool Show
20 January 2019
Marriot Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3LX, England
Website: Waltham Abbey Wool Show.
22–24 February 2019
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR, England
The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show
28 February – 3 March 2019
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX, England
Website: Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
21–23 March 2019
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland
Website: Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
17 March 2019
Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY, England
Spring into Wool
13–14 April 2019
The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9NA, England
Website: Spring into Wool.
27–28 April 2019
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY, Wales
Website: Wonderwool Wales.
Blog post: Wonderful Wonderwool.
Knit and Stitch Show
4–5 May 2019
Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ, England
Website: Rheged Centre Knit and Stitch Show.
Buxton Wool Gathering
11–12 May 2019
Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BE, England
Website: Buxton Wool Gathering.
Wool @ Junction 13
18–19 May 2019
Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5RE, England
Website: Wool @ Junction 13.
25 May 2019
The Lanchaster Community Free School, Hempstead Rd, Watford, WD17 3HD, England
Website: Watford Festiwool.
Shipston Wool Fair
28 May 2018 (2019 date tbc)
Sheep Street, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AB, England
Website: Shipston Wool Fair.
Leeds Wool Festival
1 June 2019
Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF, England
Website: Leeds Wool Festival.
9 June 2019
Hilton Treetops, Aberdeen, AB15 7AQ, Scotland
Website: Aberdeen Yarnfest.
The Wool Monty
15–16 June 2019
FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield, S9 2DF, England
Website: The Wool Monty.
28–29 June 2019
Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ, England
13–14 July 2019
Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QY, England
27–28 July 2019
Redborne School and Community College, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU, England
Website: Fibre East.
2–4 August 2019
Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP, England.
YarnFolk Wool Festival
3 August 2019
Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The British Wool Show
9–10 August 2019
York Auction Centre, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5GF, England
Website: The British Wool Show.
16–17 August 2019
Slessor Gardens, Dundee, DD1 1AR, Scotland
The Internationalwool Festival
24–26 August 2019
The Anglesey Showground, Isle of Anglesey, DD1 1AR, Scotland
Website: Internationalwool Festival.
Southern Wool Show
31 August – 1 September 2019
Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire, RG14 7PN, England
Website: Southern Wool Show.
The Great London Yarn Crawl
1 September 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Various venues, London, England
Website: Yarn in the City.
Highland Wool and Textiles Festival
1 September 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire, IV14 9DW, Scotland
Website: Highland Wool and Textiles Festival
Perth Festival of Yarn
7–8 September 2019
Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH, Scotland
Website: Perth Festival of Yarn.
The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court
14–16 September 2019
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU, England
Website: Handmade Fair, Hampton Court.
Llandovery Sheep Festival
21–22 September 2019
Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Website: Llandovery Sheep Festival.
Shetland Wool Week
28 September – 6 October 2019
various venues, Shetland, Scotland
Website: Shetland Wool Week.
28–29 September 2019
Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 1UD, England
Masham Sheep Fair
5–6 October 2019
Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DZ, England
Website: Masham Sheep Fair.
8–21 October 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Various venues, England
Website: Wool Week.
The Knitting and Stitching Show
10–13 October 2019
Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY, England
The West Wales Wool Show
6 October 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
The Queen’s Hall and Play Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, DE45 1AH, Wales
Website: West Wales Wool Show.
The Bakewell Wool Gathering
12–13 October 2019
Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH, England
Website: Bakewell Wool Gathering.
Three Bags Full Wool Market
19 October 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
The Public Hall, Liskeard, Cornwool, PL14 6BW, England
Website: Three Bags Full Wool Market.
The Loch Ness Wool Fest
16–20 October 2019
Website: Loch Ness Wool Fest.
The Big Textile Show
26–27 October 2019
The KUBE, Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL, England
Website: The Big Textile Show.
The Kendal Wool Gathering
27–28 October 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7HX, England
Website: Kendal Wool Gathering
2–3 November 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
2–3 November 2019
Civic Hall & The Grove School, Totnes, Devon, England
Website: Stitch Fest.
Wild About Wool pop-up yarn market
4 November 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
The WaterShed, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, HD7 5JN
Website: Wild About Wool.
9 November 2019
The Priory School, Hitchen, Hertfordshire, SG5 2UR, England
Nottingham Yarn Expo
17 November 2019
Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK, England
Website: Nottingham Yarn Expo.
The Knitting and Stitching Show
28 November – 1 December 2019
Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA, England
Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate.
2 December 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Home Farm, Nanpantan, Leicestershire, LE11 3YG, England
Website: Winter Woollies.
What’s In Your Diary?
So, which yarn and fibre festivals are you planning to visit this year? Do you know of any others in the UK that I should include?