Events in the Main Ring

Cathy handing over fleece after shearing HerdwickThe Main Ring at Mitchell’s is associated with most of our animal-related events including:

  • Sheep shearing demonstrations 
  • Rare breeds parade 
  • Assorted talks

But we also try to have something different – from auctions of crafted sheep to presentations on choosing a raw fleece. Keep an eye on the Programme once you get to Woolfest or download the basics here and make the most of a chance to sit down too!  

This year, Cathy Cassie was back with her demonstation of sheep shearing and there was also a fashion show of Shepherd-Inspired Fashion from across Central and Eastern Europe.

Peter Titley, former President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) gave his fascinating talk about rare and endangered sheep breeds as the various animals were brought into the ring and Sue Blacker of Blacker’s Yarns gave presentations in the Main Ring about choosing and preparing fleece, ideal if you were tempted by the Fleece Sale at Woolfest!


Peter Titley (RBST) giving rare breed commentary 2016

Sue Blacker's talk on selecting fleece Woolfest 2015

Alison O'Neil taking her sheep to the main ring 2016

Collie sheepdog puppet 2016