Guide to UK Yarn Shows 2020

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Hello and welcome to 2020!

I hope you've got your diaries and planners out, because here is my annual list of yarn and wool shows and festivals that are happening around the UK this year.

As usual, I've included events that have yarn or wool as their main emphasis (eg I haven't included general craft or textile shows) except for the Knitting and Stitching Shows.  I know that their focus on yarn relative to other crafts has decreased over recent years, but they are such large events, and they still have "knitting" in their name, so they're staying on the list for now!  If you're looking for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, it's been renamed to The Stitch Festival, and it's moved to a new venue at The Business Design Centre in Islington.

Some dates for events have not yet been confirmed by organisers (noted with "TBC"), and it's always possible that some dates will change, and some events may not go ahead.  I'll keep this list updated throughout the year, but please do check directly with the event before confirming any travel plans.

As for where I'll be vending this year - I'm not sure yet.  Sadly I've had to pull out of Waltham Abbey Wool Show later this month due to my health, but I'll let my subscribers and followers know if I'm scheduling other events later in the year.

Edited to add:  If you'd like a fabulous 2020 wallplanner that comes with a whole load of yarn shows already listed, then I can recommend one from the wonderful Tillyflop Designs.  It might be just what your wall needs!

I hope to see you at a yarn festival soon.

19 Jan Waltham Abbey Wool Show Waltham Abbey, Essex
21-23 Feb Unravel Farnham Maltings, Surrey
27 Feb-1 Mar The Stitch Festival (formerly Spring Knitting), London
29 Feb Darlington Wool Festival Darlington Co Durham (new)
15 March Cornwoolly Pool, Cornwall
21 March Yorkshire Yarn Fest White Syke Fields, York
TBC St Abbs Wool Festival Eyemouth, Scotland
18-19 April Spring into Wool Leeds
25-26 April Wonderwool Wales Builth Wells, Wales
9-10 May Buxton Wool Gathering Buxton, Derbyshire 
9-10 May Cornish Fibre Festival Wadebridge, Cornwall (new)
16-17 May Wool@J13  Penkridge, Staffordshire
23 May Highland Wool and Textiles Fair Dingwall, Scotland
23-25 May Shipston Wool Fair Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
6 June Leeds Wool Festival Armley Mills, Leeds
6-7 June Fibre Rocks Bexhill-on-Sea (new)
13-14 June The Wool Monty Sheffield 
20-21 June Woolly Weekend Dilham, Norfolk
26-27 June Woolfest Cockermouth, Cumbria
11-12 July Yarningham Uffculme Centre, Birmingham
25-26 July Fibre-East Ampthill, Bedfordshire
1-2 Aug Woolness Newcastle upon Tyne 
TBC British Wool Show York, Yorkshire
22 Aug Popup Wool Show Port Sunlight, Wirral
29 Aug Wool@Portsoy Portsoy Scotland
5-6 Sept Southern Wool Show Newbury, Berkshire
12-13 Sept Perth Festival of Yarn Perth, Scotland
5-6 Sept Cornish Yarn Festival Penzance, Cornwall
26 Sept-4 Oct Shetland Wool Week Shetland, Scotland
10 Oct Yarnfolk Whitehead, Northern Ireland
26-27 Sept Yarndale Skipton, Yorkshire
26-27 Sept Masham Sheep Fair Masham, Yorkshire
3 Oct West Wales Wool Show Pembrokeshire, Wales
TBC 3 Bags Full Wool Market Liskeard, Cornwall
8-11 Oct Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London
10-11 Oct Bakewell Wool Gathering  Bakewell, Derbyshire
22-24 Oct Glasgow School of Yarn Trades Hall, Glasgow (returns!)
23-25 Oct Loch Ness Knit Fest Inverness, Scotland
24-25 Oct Kendal Wool Gathering Kendal, Cumbria
7 Nov Highland Wool and Textiles Fair Strathpeffer, Scotland
31 Oct-1 Nov Stitch Fest South West Totnes, Devon
7 Nov Festiwool Hitchin, Hertfordshire
17 Nov Nottingham Yarn Expo Nottingham
26-29 Nov Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate, Yorkshire

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