Woolfest 2019 (Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June 2019) promises to be one of the best yet as the Cockermouth event celebrates 15 years as the Original British Festival of Wool.
There will be more than 155 craft, yarn and materials stalls in all, as well as rare breeds and other livestock, the popular raw fleece sale, live acoustic music and a range of food and drink options. Known for its friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic stallholders, Woolfest 2019 is looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the UK and beyond.
Visitors can pre-book event tickets online (although there will be plenty on the doors on both days too) and organisers are recommending that anyone interested in a workshop place or in attending the Friday evening Giant Knit and Spin In buys their tickets in advance.
Woolfest has always included lots of free demonstrations by stallholders as part of the event but the workshops this year are a new venture. Liz Reed will be showing participants how to make and dress (in wool) their own driftwood folk and Debbie Zawinski will be explaining the processes from fleece to skein for new spinners, as well as running a second workshop on making a stick spindle. Workshop tickets need to be booked and paid for in advance online.
Ema Alcock is one of the organisers of Woolfest and a member of The Wool Clip cooperative since 2016.
“We always try to create a good mix of crafts, techniques and materials,” she says, “but all with a strong element of wool, especially British wool and those working with traditional techniques and native breeds. Having raw fleece available to buy is a big draw for spinners while the various livestock breed associations add the informal atmosphere and the variety of a day out at Woolfest.”
Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs will be on the Caroline Rawlinson Memorial Stall at B1 at Woolfest. This is a free stall donated to a different young business each year in memory of one of Woolfest’s founders, creating a shop window at the event for new talent. Kathryn’s work combines Tunisian crochet techniques and artisan weaving with hand-made embellishments to create accessories and homewares that are inspired by beachcombing finds, pebbles, lichens and shells.
A highlight of this year’s event will be a crafted sheep auction in memory and in honour of Pam Hall, a familiar face and a Woolfest organiser since it began. Pam died in Eden Valley Hospice last summer so the auction will be in aid of this amazing place. Visitors are invited to make something themselves either with Herdwick wool or featuring the Herdwick breed and bring it along to Woolfest, donate it to the auction and then bid for someone else’s creation on the Saturday afternoon.
Woolfest 2019 takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June from 10am when the event takes over Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth CA13 0QQ.
Entry is just £10 per day (including full programme) or £15 for a two-day ticket with free entry for accompanied children and free parking. Full information, directions and online ticket sales can be found at www.woolfest.co.uk or via social media channels.
We have 5 pairs of one-day tickets to Woolfest 2019 to give away. For your chance to win, simply click here. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes on 26 May 2019. Full terms and conditions can be found here.