2019 dates for UK yarn and fibre festivals

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.

List of dates for 2019 UK yarn & fibre festivals

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 2019 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.

April 2019

St Abbs Wool Festival

6 April 2019
Eyemouth Community Centre, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5DE, Scotland

Website: St Abbs Wool Festival.

Spring into Wool

13–14 April 2019
The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9NA, England

Website: Spring into Wool.

Wonderwool Wales

27–28 April 2019
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY, Wales

Website: Wonderwool Wales.

Blog post: Wonderful Wonderwool.

May 2019

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.

Watford Festiwool

25 May 2019
The Lanchaster Community Free School, Hempstead Rd, Watford, WD17 3HD, England

Website: Watford Festiwool.

Woolly Weekend and Shipston Wool Fair

25–27 May 2019
Sheep Street, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AB, England

Website: Shipston Wool Fair.

June 2019

Leeds Wool Festival

1 June 2019
Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF, England

Website: Leeds Wool Festival.

Aberdeen Yarnfest

9 June 2019
Hilton Treetops, Aberdeen, AB15 7AQ, Scotland

Website: Aberdeen Yarnfest.

Wild About Wool pop-up yarn market

9 June 2019
The WaterShed, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, HD7 5JN

Website: Wild About Wool.

The Wool Monty

15–16 June 2019
FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield, S9 2DF, England

Website: The Wool Monty.

Woolfest

28–29 June 2019
Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ, England

Website: Woolfest.

July 2019

Yarningham

13–14 July 2019
Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QY, England

Website: Yarningham.

Fibre East

27–28 July 2019
Redborne School and Community College, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU, England

Website: Fibre East.

August 2019

Woolness

2–4 August 2019
Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP, England.

Website: Woolness.

YarnFolk Wool Festival

3 August 2019
Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Website: YarnFolk Wool Festival.

The British Wool Show

9–10 August 2019
York Auction Centre, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5GF, England

Website: The British Wool Show.

EWEFest

16–17 August 2019
Slessor Gardens, Dundee, DD1 1AR, Scotland

Website: EWEFest.

The Internationalwool Festival

Postponed to 2020 (24–26 August 2019)
The Anglesey Showground, Isle of Anglesey, DD1 1AR, Wales

Website: Internationalwool Festival.

Southern Wool Show

31 August – 1 September 2019
Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire, RG14 7PN, England

Website: Southern Wool Show.

September 2019

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

13–15 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.

Yarndale

28–29 September 2019
Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 1UD, England

Website: Yarndale.

October 2019

The West Wales Wool Show

5 October 2019
The Queen’s Hall and Play Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, DE45 1AH, Wales

Website: West Wales Wool Show.

Three Bags Full Wool Market

5 October 2019
The Public Hall, Liskeard, Cornwool, PL14 6BW, England

Website: Three Bags Full Wool Market.

Masham Sheep Fair

5–6 October 2019
Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DZ, England

Website: Masham Sheep Fair.

Wool Week

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

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace.

The Bakewell Wool Gathering

12–13 October 2019
Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH, England

Website: Bakewell Wool Gathering.

The Loch Ness Wool Fest

16–20 October 2019
Inverness, Scotland

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.

Blog posts: The Big Textile Show 2013, The Big Textile Show 2015 and Mini Car Yarn bomb.

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

November 2019

St Abbs Wool Festival

2 November 2019
Eyemouth Community Centre, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5DE, Scotland

Website: St Abbs Wool Festival.

Yarnporium

2–3 November 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
London, England

Website: Yarnporium.

Stitch Fest

2–3 November 2019
Civic Hall & The Grove School, Totnes, Devon, England

Website: Stitch Fest.

Hitchin Festiwool

9 November 2019
The Priory School, Hitchen, Hertfordshire, SG5 2UR, England

Website: Festiwool.

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.

December 2019

Winter Woollies

2 December 2018 (2019 dates tbc)
Home Farm, Nanpantan, Leicestershire, LE11 3YG, England

Website: Winter Woollies.

January 2020

Waltham Abbey Wool Show

19 January 2020
Marriot Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3LX, England

Website: Waltham Abbey Wool Show.

February 2020

Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival

3 February 2019 (2020 dates tbc)
Bradford Industrial Museum, Bradford, Yorkshire BD2 3HP, England

Website: Bradford Museums & Galleries.

Textiles East Fair

22–23 February 2019 (2020 dates tbc)
Swavesey Village College, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RS, England

Website: Textiles East Fair.

Unravel

22–24 February 2019 (2020 dates tbc)
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR, England

Website: Unravel.

March 2020

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

27 February – 1 March 2020
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX, England

Website: Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.

Blog posts: Spring K&S Show 2014, part 1; Spring K&S Show 2014, part 2.

Cornwoolly

17 March 2019
Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY, England

Website: Cornwoolly.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

21–23 March 2019
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland

Website: Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

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?

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22 Responses to 2019 dates for UK yarn and fibre festivals

  1. Fiona Swain 7 April 2019 at 13:25 #

    St Abbs Wool Festival takes place in Eyemouth, Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders twice a year. Most recent was yesterday (6th April). Next one is on November 2nd.

    • Being Knitterly 9 April 2019 at 10:53 #

      Thank you for letting me know about the St Abbs Wool Festival. I’ve added both dates to my list.

  2. Sandra Nesbitt 3 April 2019 at 16:15 #

    Hi We re hosting The Wild About Wool 4th Pop up Yarn Market on the 9th June 2019 in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield- more info here – http://www.thefemininetouchdesigns.co.uk/events_242908.html

    • Being Knitterly 4 April 2019 at 9:09 #

      Thank you Sandra, I’ve added it to the blog post!

  3. Riani 13 February 2019 at 6:00 #

    beautiful colors of threads

    • Being Knitterly 13 February 2019 at 15:43 #

      They are indeed! It’s a shame you have to choose just one or two.

  4. Karin Newton 8 February 2019 at 12:37 #

    Dear Nicki, a very tardy « Thank You » for including us in your listing. We were thrilled with the success of our first event last year, and are delighted to have filled every vendor spot, and have a waiting list for this year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better! We’re just working on workshops and Social events now, and will be updating our website and social media regularly.

    Thanks again for your support, we greatly appreciate it.

    Ps: if Aberdeen is a bit far away for a day trip, we urge you to check out http://www.visitabdn.com and see for yourself what a great weekend or holiday destination it is!

  5. Fi Marlow 3 February 2019 at 11:08 #

    Hi Nikki. Textiles East Fair. Swavesby Village College, Cambs. Fri-Sat 22/23 Feb

    Wool, Yarn and all things textiles, including Beads, Silks, Felting, Embroidery, Jewellery, Guilds.

    Vanessa of The Spinners Stash will be there with her treasures including some Spinolution Wheels.

  6. Grace Jamison 15 November 2018 at 14:38 #

    I think there is Aberdeen in June and Angelsey in August

    • Being Knitterly 15 November 2018 at 18:08 #

      Grace, thank you for reminding me to update this blog post. There seems to be a lot of new shows in 2019. I’ve added Aberdeen, Angelsey and Sheffield. I’m sure there’s also one in Newcastle: hoping someone knows the name!

      • Tine 21 March 2019 at 9:52 #

        Sadly, EWEfest and Internationalwool are not happening this year. I’ve been in contact with both organizers as I’ve applied for these shows.

      • Being Knitterly 21 March 2019 at 10:39 #

        Thank you for letting me know, Tine!

  7. Anja 29 October 2018 at 18:13 #

    Hi there, what a super list! Rheged in Penrith, Cumbria usually have a knit and stitch show in April. I don’t think the 2019 dates are released yet, but it might be worth an add?

    • Being Knitterly 30 October 2018 at 9:20 #

      Thank you for letting me know about this event. I’ve added it to my list.

  8. Alan Harris 9 October 2018 at 13:15 #

    Afternoon Nikki
    This is a great resource. But we have signed up to a new show in 2019, which you might wish to add. This is the Buxton Wool Gathering, run by the same team who look after the Bakewell WG later in the year. It is held on 11-12 May 2019 at Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE

    • Being Knitterly 9 October 2018 at 16:01 #

      Hi Alan, thank you for letting me know about the Buxton Wool Gathering. I’ve added it to the blog post.

  9. Sandra Nesbitt 30 May 2018 at 12:19 #

    Hi there

    I assist in the organisation of Wild About Wool and we are hosting our 3rd Pop up Yarn Market. Can you add to your list please

    Event – Yarn Pop up Market
    The aim of Wild About Wool is to celebrate everything woolly: we bring you local artisan wools, designer patterns & kits, mini woolly activities, stash bash and knit & natter area.
    When:
    04/11/2018
    Time:
    Sunday 10:30-16:00
    Where:
    The WaterShed, 22 Bridge Street, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5JN

    • Being Knitterly 31 May 2018 at 11:42 #

      Hi Sandra,

      I’ve added the Wild About Wool pop-up yarn market to the ever-growing list of woolly events!

  10. Christine Hart 21 February 2018 at 15:59 #

    There’s also the Buckfastleigh Wool Gathering on the 18th March

    • Being Knitterly 28 February 2018 at 14:56 #

      Thank you Christine, please could you send me the website for this yarn festival.

  11. Jennie Powell 14 January 2018 at 21:18 #

    This is a great list, thank you for compiling it! May I offer a couple of extras? 6th October 2018 will be West Wales Wool Show in Narberth, Pembrokeshire (www.westwaleswoolshow.weebly.com). I am co-hosting a knitting retreat in Cardiff on the 20th-21st October 2018 and there will be a yarn market on the Sunday 21st- http://theknittearetreat.wordpress.com.

    • Being Knitterly 15 January 2018 at 17:15 #

      Thankyou Jennie. I’ve added the West Wales Wool Show to the list. What a wonderful area to have a festival!

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