Each year we aim to have lots happening in the Main Ring, the Small Ring and around The Square to make sure that your visit is as varied and full as possible.

There'll be lots happening in the Main Ring in 2019 with the Rare Breeds Parade each afternoon, readings and talks by Debbie Zawinski and Andrea Meanwell and a hand-clipping shearing demonstration by Paul Murray on Friday afternoon. There will also be a sheep-themed craft auction on Saturday (see below).

This year, the Small Ring will be taken over by Northern Heartlands, a Great Place Scheme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. Hefted To Hill explores the values that underpin family farming in the North Pennines and features work by artist/ philosopher, Ewan Allinson and photographers, Richard Glynn and Louise Taylor.

Exhibitions and Events at Woolfest

Full details of all events and exhibitions and a timetable will be in the Programme as well as being available to download in the weeks before Woolfest.

Fundraising auction - this year, we're inviting visitors to create contributions to a sheep-themed auction of craftwork. The auction will be in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and is in honour and in memory of Pam Hall, a much-loved member of The Wool Clip and a familiar face at Woolfest for many years. Pam died last year and the Hospice made a big difference to her final weeks so we'd like to thank them if we can.

Please bring your contributions for auctioning to the tables near The Square at Woolfest and we hope that as many people as possible will take part in the auction (led by local auctioneer, Adam Day) and place bids to raise as much as we can for Eden Valley Hospice.

Giant Knit and Spin In – this has been a regular event on the Friday evening of Woolfest since it began and, if you’ve never seen 100 or so people all together and spinning, knitting and catching up then you shouldn’t miss it. It’s worth buying a ticket in advance but, especially if the weather’s good and we can use the Marquee, there are often tickets available to buy on the day at the Information Desk.