As well as the package of essential information that goes out to exhibitors and stallholders, we're aware that there are odd hints and tips that might be worth sharing too.
Insurance - it is essential that we receive your insurance details in advance of the event.
Registration - don't forget to sign in at the registration/information desk when you arrive, collecting your stallholder information pack and any other important details. You will find this on the Wool Clip aisle (aisle A).
Things to bring - a rug and dust sheets are good ideas. The rug means you have something to stand on that isn't solid (and cold) concrete and the dust sheets mean that you can cover your stall overnight and avoid birds (that get into the Mitchell's roof space) spoiling your stock.
Let visitors know - if you're hosting demonstrations, have a chalk board or similar on your stall with details of what's happening and at what time(s). Similarly, lots of visitors like to take photographs of the stalls and work - the Programme asks people to check before they do this but put a sign on your stall making it clear if you'd prefer no photography.
Last minute hardware - there's a builder's merchants across from Mitchell's (and it's open until about 6pm on Thursday evening) if you forget anything for constructing your stand.
Toilet breaks - it's worth pairing up with a neighbouring stallholder so that you can cover for each other on toilet breaks. There will be special toilets and a refreshment area for stallholders ONLY at the end of Aisle A as far from the Square as you can get - an attempt to help you beat the queues that seems to be appreciated.
Risk assessments - these forms are important for your insurance and application etc but they're not just about any chemicals or those sorts of hazards. It's worth considering how your display boards are secured, whether there are any trip hazards around your stall and whether people could trap fingers, bang heads or generally hurt themselves on your stall.
If you've got other advice that you think would be useful for new stallholders, please let us know and we can add it to this page. Thank you.
We also have fun judging the best stalls. This year we gave prizes to those who had entered into the spirit of Woolfest. Sue Reed of the Woolly Pedlar won the Stallholder Team Award for 2016 - a well deserved award. Additional 'runner up' prizes for general loveliness in 2016 were given to Beyond Measure, Handmade Felt, Iona MacKenzie Laycock and Marie Wallin Designs. Well done everyone!
Catering - we have arranged for the Fairfield Restaurant at the auction mart to remain open until 21:00 on the Thursday evening, so you will be able to buy food and drinks during your setting up! On Saturday it will be open from 07:30 to 21:00 on Friday and from 07:30 to 18:00 on Saturday.