Each year we aim to have lots happening at Woolfest so that visitors returning each year always have something new to see and to do. in the Main Ring, the Small Ring and around The Square there will be various events and exhibitions (as well as live music and clog dancing) and we also try to have a varied programme of workshops and demonstrations so that visitors can try something new and find out more about the skills and techniques behind the work of our stallholders.

Details of this year's Workshops with Debbie Zawinski and Liz Reed are below and further details and a timetable of Demonstrations will be in the Programme as well as being available to download in the weeks before Woolfest.

Demonstrations - Many of our stallholders offer to run demonstrations on their stalls during Woolfest and these have always been popular with visitors. Stall locations, demonstration topics and timings are in the Programme and a schedule will be available to download in the weeks leading up to Woolfest.

These are free and a big Thank you goes to each stallholder who offers to add to the event in this way.

Workshops and Events at Woolfest
Demonstrations at Woolfest

Workshops - For 2019, there will be four workshops in all, two on each day and led by Debbie Zawinski and Liz Reed.

  • On both Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm we have Liz Reed: Create a Wee Driftwood Character. A really fun workshop of relaxed creativity.  Only very basic knitting skills are required and, with some wonderful materials to dip into, by the end of the session you will have created your own Wee Driftwood Character - as prim, funky or quirky as you like. Bring along a source of colour inspiration, or just be inspired by the materials available. 
  • Debbie Zawinski will be running Make your own spinning tools from foraged materials from 3pm to 5pm on Friday. Using willow, a ball of string and a selection of tools you will make a twiggy spindle, a nostepinne/spinning stick and a niddy noddy. If there's time, you'll can also try your hand at spinning! 
  • and Debbie will also be running Stick Spinning from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday afternoon. This is suitable for complete beginners or those wanting to learn a new technique. You'll learn stick spinning and plying, the use of a nostepinne to wind a centre pull ball and how to skein using a niddy noddy. You should go from fleece to a small sample skein of handspun by the end. 
Tickets (for an additional charge) are now for sale online and there are further details on each ticket's Details page. Please note that places for each workshop are limited to 10 people and access to the workshop venue (Mitchell's boardroom) is up a short flight of stairs (no lift available).
We hope to be able to add to this aspect of Woolfest in future years and, of course, many of our stallholders (including members of The Wool Clip) run workshops, training courses, events and residentials at other times and other venues throughout the year. Please ask about going on to their mailing lists if you'd like to keep in touch.