2018 dates for UK yarn and fibre festivals

Let’s plan a great day out

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.

Here we are again: the end of another year! It’s time to reflect on the year just gone then make plans for the new year. 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. So, make yourself a hot drink in your favourite mug and find a biscuit or two. Now, let’s plan some fun days at UK yarn and fibre festivals in 2018.

Hanks of yarn at yarn and 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 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.

 

March 2018

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

1-4 March 2018
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.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

15-17 March 2018

Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland

Website: Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Cornwoolly

18 March 2018

Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY, England

Website: Cornwoolly.

April 2018

Spring into Wool

7-8 April 2018
The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 9NA, England

Website: Spring into Wool.

Wonderwool Wales

28-29 April 2018
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY, Wales

Website: Wonderwool Wales.

Blog post: Wonderful Wonderwool.

May 2018

The Handmade Fair, Ragley

11-13 May 2018
Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ, England

Website: Handmade Fair, Ragley.

Wool @ Junction 13

12-13 May 2018
Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5RE, England

Website: Wool @ Junction 13.

June 2018

Leeds Wool Festival

2 June 2018
Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF, England

Website: Leeds Wool Festival.

Woolfest

22-23 June 2018
Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ, England

Website: Woolfest.

July 2018

Pomfest

2018 dates to be confirmed
Studio Spaces, 110 Pennington Street, London, E1W 2BB, England

Website: Pomfest.

Yarningham

14-15 July 2018
Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QY, England

Website: Yarningham.

Fibre East

28-29 July 2018
Redborne School and Community College, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU, England

Website: Fibre East.

August 2018

YarnFolk Wool Festival

4 August 2018
Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Website: YarnFolk Wool Festival.

The British Wool Show

10-11 August 2018
York Auction Centre, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5GF, England

Website: The British Wool Show.

EWEFest

17-18 August 2018
Slessor Gardens, Dundee, DD1 1AR, Scotland

Website: EWEFest.

September 2018

The Great London Yarn Crawl

1 September 2018
Various venues, London, England

Website: Yarn in the City.

Southern Wool Show

1 September 2018
Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire, RG14 7PN, England

Website: Southern Wool Show.

Perth Festival of Yarn

8-9 September 2018
Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH, Scotland

Website: Perth Festival of Yarn.

The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court

14-16 September 2018
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU, England

Website: Handmade Fair, Hampton Court.

Shetland Wool Week

22 September – 30 September 2018
various venues, Shetland, Scotland

Website: Shetland Wool Week.

Yarndale

29-30 September 2018
Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 1UD, England

Website: Yarndale.

Masham Sheep Fair

29-30 September 2018
Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DZ, England

Website: Masham Sheep Fair.

October 2018

Wool Week

2018 dates to be confirmed
Various venues, England

Website: Wool Week.

The Knitting and Stitching Show

11-14 October 2018
Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY, England

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace.

The Bakewell Wool Gathering

13-14 October 2018
Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH, England

Website: Bakewell Wool Gathering.

The West Wales Wool Show

14 October 2018
The Queen’s Hall and Play Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, DE45 1AH, Wales

Website: West Wales Wool Show.

Three Bags Full Wool Market

19 October 2018
The Public Hall, Liskeard, Cornwool, PL14 6BW, England

Website: Three Bags Full Wool Market.

The Loch Ness Wool Fest

19-21 October 2018
Inverness, Scotland

Website: Loch Ness Wool Fest.

Wooltown

20-21 October 2018
Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH, England

Website: Wooltown.

Highland Wool and Textiles Festival

2018 dates to be confirmed
Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire, IV14 9DW, Scotland

Website: Highland Wool and Textiles Festival

The Big Textile Show

27-28 October 2018
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
Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7HX, England

Website: Kendal Wool Gathering

November 2017

Yarnporium

2-3 November 2018
London, England

Website: Yarnporium.

Stitch Fest

3-4 November 2018
Civic Hall & The Grove School, Totnes, Devon, England

Website: Stitch Fest.

Festiwool

10 November 2018
The Priory School, Hitchen, Hertfordshire, SG5 2UR, England

Website: Festiwool.

Nottingham Yarn Expo

10-11 November 2018
Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK, England

Website: Nottingham Yarn Expo.

The Knitting and Stitching Show

22-25 November 2018
Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA, England

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate.

Winter Woollies

2018 dates to be confirmed
Home Farm, Nanpantan, Leicestershire, LE11 3YG, England

Website: Winter Woollies.

January 2019!

Waltham Abbey Wool Show

20 January 2019
Marriot Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3LX, England

Website: Waltham Abbey Wool Show.

February 2018

Unravel

16-18 February 2018
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR, England

Website: Unravel.

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?

Much as I’d like to, I can’t go to all the yarn and fibre festivals; there are so many from which to choose. Usually, each year, I have a stand at a couple of shows and also visit one or two others. If you’re going to one of the same ones as me, introduce yourself because I love to meet readers of the Being Knitterly blog. Meanwhile, if you found this blog post useful, you might like to treat me to a virtual coffee. I love a decaf mocha. According to Mr BK this is coffee for people who don’t like coffee: I just think that chocolate and coffee go together so well. And this blog is chocolate-powered!

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4 Responses to 2018 dates for UK yarn and fibre festivals

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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