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.

The Rare Breeds Parade in the Main Ring each afternoon is a highlight for many visitors and, in 2019, we also had readings and talks by Debbie Zawinski and Andrea Meanwell and a hand-clipping shearing demonstration by Paul Murray on Friday afternoon. There was also be a sheep-themed craft auction on Saturday (details of fundrasing to follow).

This year, the Small Ring was taken over by Northern Heartlands, a Great Place Scheme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. Hefted To Hill is now on tour and heading for Forest-in-Teesdale and Stanhope throughout July 2019.

Exhibitions and Events at Woolfest

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

Fundraising auction - For 2019, visitors were asked to create contributions to a sheep-themed auction of craftwork. The auction was in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and was 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 wanted to thank them and will publish the total raised on social media and the website in the coming weeks.

Thanks particularly go to local auctioneer, Adam Day and the team from Eden Valley Hospice as well as several Woolfest volunteers for making the auction such a success.

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.