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Events
If you are planning or know of a wool, sheep or fleece event, let us know. Email us here.
Agricultural shows have sheep classes and exhibitions which are an ideal opportunity to find out more about sheep breeds and to source fleece directly from the farmer. More agricultural events can be found here: http://www.stackyard.com/orgs/agricultural_shows/dates.html
 
2015
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January 2015
18 January - Waltham Abbey Wool Show
Venue: Marriot Hotel, Waltham Abbey
More details: http://www.walthamabbeywoolshow.co.uk/
 
February 2015
21 to 22 February - Unravel
Venue: Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
More details: http://craft.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/unravel-festival/
 
March 2015
14 and 15 March - Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015
A festival of all things woolly and related to yarn, knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and felting! We will host a fantastic market place with 100+ selected vendors, great workshops and wrap it all up with a host of other attractions. All of it in/close to one of the city's premier exhibition venues: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Whether you have never knitted/crochet/spun/woven/felted before, or you are a yarn-junkie already, you will love it - promise. Meet like-minded people and make new friends, show off your latest finished project or WIP, eat and drink in our yarn cafe, socialise, shop and learn a new skill. We really hope you can make it!
Venue: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
More details: http://www.edinyarnfest.com/
 
March to 19 April - Herdwick: A Portrait of Lakeland
This fine art photography exhibition takes a year round look at the Lake District landscape, the fell farmers who care for it and its much loved native inhabitant, the Herdwick Sheep. Photographer Ian Lawson has spent more than 5 years among the farmers and shepherds who still keep this unique and rugged breed in the high fells of the Lake District. Featuring large format prints that fill the Gallery walls and interpretation by Andrew Humphries MBE which provides a unique insight, the exhibition transports visitors to the austere beauty of the upland farms and wild grazing lands of the Herdwick Sheep.
The exhibition also features contributions from the Wool Clip, a Cumbrian group who grow, spin and knit with their own Herdwick wool. They have produced beautiful objects that compliment Ian’s photographs. Ian’s ambitious five year project culminated in a beautiful 430 page book with over 250 images and this major exhibition which shows Lakeland on a scale and with a vision rarely seen before. The book will be available to buy from the Gallery shop along with a range of Ian’s cards and art prints and handcrafted Herdwick wool products.
Venue: Rheged Centre Redhills Penrith Cumbria CA11 0DQ 
More details: http://www.rheged.com/herdwick-portrait-lakeland
 
April 2015
26 to 27 April - Wonderwool Wales
Venue: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
More details: http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/
 
May 2015
9 May - Wharfedale Wool Fair
If you like knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, needle or wet felting then you’ll find a supplier here. This one day celebration of natural fibres is being held in the historic Otley Courthouse,, with predominantly local suppliers, demonstrations and workshops.
Venue: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN
More details: http://www.wharfewool.co.uk/
 
15 and 16 May - I Knit Fandango
I Knit Fandango is a huge market bursting with tons of gorgeous yarns and fabulous exhibitions. Entry is £8 per day in advance £10 on the door a limited number of weekend tickets, costing £14 will be available from 23 February
Venue: Royal Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, Westmister, London
More details: http://www.iknit.org.uk/iknitfandango.html
 
16 and 17 May - John Arbon Textiles Open Weekend
Annual open weekend with tours of our vintage spinning machinery, huge sale of fibre, tops, yarn and socks plus tea and cake.
Venue: Fibre Harvest Mill, Unit 6 Hacche Lane Bussiness Park, Pathfields industrail Estate, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3LH
More details: https://www.jarbon.com/
 
23 May - The Fibreworks Fibre Festival 2015
Our annual Fibre Festival continues to grow in scale and ambition and we're delighted to announce that in May 2015 we shall be hosting knitting and quilting guru Kaffe Fassett, famous around the world for his ground-breaking use of colour. The Festival will take place on Saturday 23 May and we shall be taking over Chipping Norton Theatre for the afternoon, where Kaffe will deliver a talk on his 'life in colour,' sign books and answer our questions on his work and inspiration. Tickets are already available and selling fast - you can book directly at www.chippingnortontheatre.com
Our shop will be adorned with fabric and wools to delight and inspire, all spilling out onto the walk way in front of the shop. There you will find wool spinners, alpacas, vintage coffee van and much more. A day you would not want to miss, we look forward to seeing you there.
Venue: The Fibreworks, 10a Middle Row, Chipping Norton.  Oxfordshire. OX7 5NH    
More details: http://www.thefibreworks.co.uk/
 
23 May - Highland WoolFest 2015
We are hoping to make the WoolFest bigger and better in 2015. It will be a festival that celebrates everything that is woolly and will showcase the talented and passionate craftspeople who operate in these areas. So whatever your passion – knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning, dyeing or felting, or if you have done none of these things before, you will find something at our event that you find of interest. During the day, you will have a chance to meet like minded people. get hints and tips from the experts, shop and, perhaps, learn a new skill. There will be plenty of opportunities to eat, have a cuppa and to socialise in the excellent cafe - another great reason to be at the Mart.
Venue: Dingwall Mart, Humberston, Bailechaul Road, Dingwall IV15 9TP
More details: http://www.highlandwoolfestival.co.uk/
 
23 May - Kettlewell MayFest
The overall aim of the Festival is to contribute to the sustainability of a rural community in the following ways:
To thank farmers in the Yorkshire Dales by showcasing their work and industries they support, that help to ensure the future of the Dales for years to come.
To provide a stage for local arts, crafts and musicians to showcase their talents, in order to celebrate the cultural richness of the Dales of which we are proud.
As the key theme of the event is wool, the festival aims to illustrate the qualities and versatility of this natural product through demonstrations and exhibitions. You will be able to watch the spinners work wonders with wool as the felter and the hooker transform this wonderful fibre into a work of art before your eyes. The festival is also featuring the work of very talented wool and related textile artists that can be found within the Dales and surrounding areas.
Venue: Various around Kettlewell
More details:  http://www.kettlewellmayfest.co.uk/index.php
 
30 to 31 May - Proper Woolly
We want to demonstrate the full cycle of natural fibres, from sheep to jumper and all the many wonderful stages in between. There will be plenty to see and do, with demonstrations, workshops and various fibre animals for you to come and meet, plus exhibitors covering every element of fibre crafts. Whether your interest is spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet, felting or indeed anything fibre based, there will be plenty for you at Proper Woolly. Includes a Food event too.
We are pleased to be supporting the North Devon Hospice (specifically the Longhouse Appeal) and RABI - proceeds from the event will be divided between the two charities.
Venue: Holsworthy Livestock Market, Devon
More details: http://www.properwoolly.co.uk/
 
30 May to 27 June - Wool and Willow Festival
The Festival takes place in The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes at the heart of beautiful mid-Wales. There are many events taking place during the festival, and a wide range of crafts on display and for sale. The Festival in 2015 will run from 30th May to 27th June. inclusive. Open seven days a week as usual from 10.30am to 4.30pm. This is a free event so please come along and support our exhibitors, the majority of whom are local artisans.
Venue: The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6BY
More details:  http://www.woolandwillowfestival.co.uk/index.html
 
June 2015
5 to 7 June - Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
Superb craft festival featuring textiles alongside jewellery, ceramics, metal, wood, glass, furniture, and more. Features One Hut Full: a multi-sensory experience presented in a beautifully made shepherds hut. One Hut Full immerses visitors in the work of hill farming on Dartmoor. Also Storm in a Teacup Community Arts with The Knitting Tent, workshops and children's craft tent.
Venue: Mill Marsh Park, BoveyTracey, Devon
More details: http://www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/
 
6 June - Leeds Wool Festival
Back for its second year and bigger and better than ever, come and join us at Leeds Wool Festival for a celebration of all things woolly at what was once the worlds largest woollen mill. Bringing together a jam-packed programme of textile workshops, talks, special performances and weaving demonstrations alongside our wonderful working looms and spinning mules there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re passionate about knitting, crazy about crochet, or would simply just a like a fun-filled day out for all the family, Leeds Wool Festival has something for all ages to enjoy. Plus we have an array of wonderful and passionate stall holders brining a mix of fabulous British breeds wool, beautiful hand dyed fibres and stunning yarns from across the region and beyond plus much, much more.
Venue: Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Canal Road Armley Leeds LS12 2QF
More details: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills.aspx
 
25 to 26 June - Woolfest
Venue: Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ
More details: http://www.woolfest.co.uk/
 
July 2015
16 -18 July 2015 - Woolfeis 2015
Demonstrations and displays market day on Thursday; Workshops and Skills sharing on Friday; and the wonderful Jamboree on Saturday – Ideas being developed include a fleece competition that will compare commercial : weaving : spinning qualities / more workshops including 2 & 3 day events and crofting topics.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:  We ARE needing volunteers to allow this event to happen please. This event attracts over 1000 fun fibre people and needs a team of people behind the scenes working away from now on.. this invitation is open to everyone, there are lots of skills and talents; brawn and brains throughout the community – please join in.
Venue: Benderloch by Oban, Argyll
More details: http://lorn.org.uk/lorn-newsletter-february-2015/
 
21 to 25 July - The Natural Fibre Company Open Days
Venue: Unit B Pipers Court Pennygillam Way Launceston Cornwall PL15 7PJ
More details: http://www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk/
 
25 and 26 July - Fibre-East
The aim of Fibre-East is to celebrate the Best of British: the finest quality British wool made from the fleeces of British sheep reared by British farmers. This remains at the core of everything we do and everything we try to achieve. We hope to encourage and educate a community of crafters who have varying levels of experience and expertise. Ultimately what we want is for all that attend to share their passion for craft in an environment that inspires creativity.
Venue: Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedford
More details: http://www.fibre-east.co.uk/
 
August 2015
15 August - The Pop-Up Wool Show
Venue: The Oval Leisure Centre, Old Chester Road, Bebington, Cheshire CH63 7LF
More details: http://popupwoolshow.co.uk/
 
September 2015
11 to 13 September - Bristol Wool Fair
Venue: Bristol
More details: http://www.bristolwoolfair.co.uk/
 
26 and 27 September - Yarndale
Venue: Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire
More details: http://yarndale.co.uk/
 
26 September to 4 October - Shetland Wool Week
In this sixth year of Shetland Wool Week, there will be an extensive range of exhibitions, classes and events, which will cover many different subjects. These will include; weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting as well as many other fascinating subject areas. Events will take place from the most southern tip of the Shetland Islands, right up to the most northerly island of Unst, famous for its beautiful lacework, with many locations in between. Tutors for this year will include patron for Shetland Wool Week 2015, Donna Smith and 2014 patron Hazel Tindall.
Venue: Shetland
More details: http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/
 
October 2015
9 to 10 October - The Natural Fibre Company Open Days
Venue: Unit B Pipers Court Pennygillam Way Launceston Cornwall PL15 7PJ
More details: http://www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk/
 
17 and 18 October - Bakewell Wool Gathering
Open 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Admission: £4 per adult, under 16s free.
Venue: Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire
More details: www.bakewellwool.co.uk/
 
 
 
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