Every year we try to have something new and inspiring for visitors to see as well as a chance for you to meet the creative people involved. 

This year we will show the exhibition 'From Fell to Fabulous' which has recently been at Upfront Gallery. It is an exhibition of work by The Wool Clip, who run Woolfest! 

From Fell to Fabulous

For 2018, we asked you to make woollen flowers to help raise funds for learning disabled adults in Cumbria, and West House did an amazing job of displaying these in the small ring.

Recent years' exhibitions have ranged from Herdwick sheep and Border Collie puppets to an upholstered NEST!, from stunning photographs of the Lake District and its native sheep to felted owl wallhangings made by Cumbrian Brownies.  2017 was no different and we welcomed a couple of organisations based in Cumbria that we hoped would be of interest to Woolfest visitors.

Taking over the Small Ring was Shepherd-Inspired Fashion from across Europe, brought together by Grampus Heritage in Cumbria. The pieces were created by partners in Germany, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus and some were modelled during a fashion show.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust also had an exhibition and a team of local experts on hand. A couple of years ago, we worked with the local Red Squirrel Trust and had lots of enthusiastic feedback about that connection so this was a good chance to find out about the many reserves across the county run by CWT and its current campaigns.

All this, wool crafts and displays throughout the event - we hope that you enjoyed it.


felted owls made by Cumbrian Brownies2016

Austrian weaving displayed at Woolfest 2016

Jean and Maud hiding in their NEST! 2016

Visitor adding to the NEST! 2016



puppeteers displaying 'lambing' in ring 2016

Puppeteer on stand 2016

sheep and dog puppets 2016

visitor having a go with sheep puppet 2016