Woolfest Online 2020

​Though we won't be gathering in Cockermouth in 2020 we will be taking Woolfest online! Please join us from Thursday 25th June until Sunday 28th June to catch up with sheep, exhibitors, demonstrations, music and a whole host of woolliness.  Follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information and join our Woolfest Online 2020 group for the even...
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Announcing plans for Woolfest Online 2020

We're receiving a great response to the whole idea of Woolfest Online 2020 and we'd love you to join in and help make it as good as possible. We're hoping for a few days full of Facebook posts in our new Woolfest Online 2020 Group by our stallholders and lots of others. There could be videos, live streaming, demos and more to share as we're aiming ...
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Important announcement: Woolfest 2020 cancellation

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel Woolfest this year. Sadly, coronavirus (Covid-19) is now affecting so many decisions in life. Several of theorganisers, as well as stallholders and many of our possible visitors in June, are about to start a 12-week isolation period, which now looks likely to be extended beyond the Woolfest 202...
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A huge thank you to everyone involved - over £2000 donated to Eden Valley Hospice

Just two months since Woolfest at Cockermouth, and the organisers have made a donation of over £2000 to Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle. The total figure of £2295 includes the proceeds of a charity auction of sheep-related arts and crafts (£1600) as well as donations from the volunteer musicians, stallholders and those who took part in the Giant Kn...
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Stallholder awards for Woolfest 2019

Each year, the stallholder team for Woolfest selects a number of stalls and stallholders for special mention and recognition at the end of the event. These awards are not only for the stall itself, not only for the goods on sale and not only for their contribution to Woolfest but they also recognise the friendliness of the people, their efficiency ...
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The sounds of Woolfest 2019

There are several sounds that give an atmosphere to Woolfest: the occcasional bleating of livestock, the click of knitting needles, a hum of spinning wheels (especially on Friday evening), laughter and a great selection of mainly-local acoustic music in The Square and in Aisle K. Thanks go to everyone involved in organising and playing, especially ...
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Workshops at Woolfest 2019

There will be workshops at Woolfest for the first time in several years.  They'll be taking place upstairs at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in the "boardroom" and, if all goes well this year, there could be more of them with easier access in years to come. Debbie Zawinski and Liz Reed have agreed to share their skills this year and the ...
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Hefted To Hill takes over the Small Ring at Woolfest 2019

Each year, the organisers of Woolfest aim to have something new in the Small Ring. In the past, it's been West House and the charity flowers, fashion shows from Central Europe and NEST!, created by The Wool Clip's own Jean Wildish and Maud Mercier. For 2019, this space is being taken over by the Northern Heartlands and its Hefted To Hill project. H...
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2019 Memorial Stall awarded to Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs

A regular feature of Woolfest is the Carolyn Rawlinson Memorial Stall which gives a young business free access to the Woolfest world.This year's recipient is Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs who combines Tunisian crochet techniques and artisan weaving with all sorts of hand-made embellishments to create accessories and homewares that are inspire...
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Tickets for Woolfest 2019 now available online

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As the new Woolfest website goes live, tickets for the event are now available to buy online too. Simply click on the Buy Tickets blue button on the Home page (or here) and choose your options - one-day, two-day and Giant Knit and Spin-In tickets are all available with Workshop tickets to follow soon. Please note that each new ticket order will hav...
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Fundraising auction 2019

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Many Woolfest regulars will be aware that our great friend and colleague, Pam Hall, died last year. Everyone at The Wool Clip misses her a great deal and we wanted to do something at this year's Woolfest in honour (as well as in memory) of Pam. We've combined her work with Herdwick sheep and their wool, her connection to Eden Valley Hospice and her...
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Wildflower Weaver Izzy awarded 2018 memorial stall

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​The Carolyn Rawlinson Memorial Stall recipient in 2018 was Izzy Middleton, also known as Wildflower Weaver. Izzy originally channelled her creative energies into floristry before she discovered the ancient arts of weaving and spinning. Now, three years later, she has found her passion. Not only does Izzy have a love for weaving but, more important...
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Blooming Woolfest planned with Flower Connection

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Woolfest 2018 falls in British Flower month so the event organisers at The Wool Clip are working with local charity, West House, on plans to gather the biggest bouquet ever of wool-crafted flowers. Visitors are being asked to bring their creations to the Small Ring at Woolfest or to deliver them to The Wool Clip shop in Caldbeck. The team from West...
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Experts sharing their skills

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Fourteen different experts are sharing their skills with demonstrations at Woolfest: There'll be lots of demonstrations around Woolfest this year with crafts ranging from spinning and weaving to crochet, knitting, button and felt making. Look out for the red D in your Programme marking where there'll be demonstrations and you'll also find details o...
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