Access - Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre is reasonably wheelchair accessible and there are toilets with disabled access at the front of the building. Stallholders are usually delighted to explain their work to the partially sighted and most demonstrations and events include a spoken commentary. There is no entrance charge for an essential carer accompanying a wheelchair user and guide or hearing dogs are welcome in the venue except the livestock areas.
Dogs - Ideally, there should be no dogs at Woolfest. However, to avoid problems in hot cars, visitors may bring a dog into the event but must follow a few simple rules:
- dogs must be on a short lead and under control at all times;
- dogs are NOT allowed in the Livestock aisles or near the route to the Rare Breed Parade;
- owners must be aware of other visitors.
Please do not leave dogs in cars - they can die in hot vehicles and the police and RSPCA will be called to let them out.
Local transport - The free shuttle bus to and from the town centre runs between Woolfest and Cockermouth Main Street (near Boots). It starts at 9.30am from Boots and will aim to depart from Main Street on the half hour and from Woolfest on the hour (depending on traffic). The journey takes 10-15 mins. After 4.30pm the bus will make continuous journeys until 6.30pm on Friday and 5.30pm on Saturday.
Public transport to Cockermouth - The town is well-served by buses from Carlisle, Penrith and the West Coast of Cumbria. Full details of bus timetables, stops and prices are at https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/. If you are coming by train the nearest stations are Penrith from the South or Carlisle from the North - check out www.nationalrail.co.uk for times and fares. If you are coming from overseas, Manchester is the best airport to come to if you can and there are regular trains to Penrith from there.
We have it on good authority from a visitor who came all the way from New Zealand that the journey is "Very easy!"
Organised Coaches/Lift Shares - A number of people are organising coaches and have spare seats or are willing to lift share. Have a look in our Facebook Group, catch us on Twitter (@WoolfestGB) or Instagram or visit the Woolfest group on Ravelry and post a message if you want or can give a lift to someone. We will happily retweet appropriate tweets to reach a wider audience.