Guide to UK Yarn Shows 2020
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|