When: 23rd & 24th June 2017
Where: Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ
£: Tickets cost £10 for a day, or £15 for two days, and are available on the door. Children go free.
What is it?
This year’s Woolfest will take place in Cumbria on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June. The festival is a celebration of British wool and has been taking place annually since 2005.
Woolfest kicks off on Friday at 11am and continues until 5pm on Saturday, with a range of demonstrations, stalls, exhibitions and workshops. There will also be a fleece sale, where hundreds of raw fleeces from various breeders are sold to people for spinning.
On the Friday evening, after 6pm, the Spin In takes place. The evening gives wool and craft enthusiasts a chance to get together and share stories. There will be demonstrations taking place throughout each day on everything from how to make felt and crocheted flowers, to lino cutting and printing on fabric.
There will be various events taking place over the two days, with one of the highlights being a rare breed parade in the main ring at 2pm. This will be followed at 3.30pm with a sheep shearing demonstration.
Events in The Square will include ceilidh music and clog dancing, while in the Small Ring there will be a showcase of shepherd inspired fashion from Germany, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus. Cumbria Wildlife Trust will also have an exhibition at the festival, with a team of local experts on hand to answer visitor’s questions.
There will be plenty of wool related stalls to browse at this year’s event, including Eden Gotland Sheep, Eta & Nico’s Woolly Wonders, Extreme Textiles, North Ronaldsay Sheep Fellowship, Ragpuss Vintage Textiles, SewSister and The Border Tart.
Woolfest is organised by members of The Wool Clip, an award-winning co-operative of Cumbrian based crafts people.
More info: www.woolfest.co.uk