Access and Transport

aerial view of Woolfest site 2015Access - Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre is completely 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 a companion accompanying a wheelchair user or similar and guide or hearing dogs are welcome in the venue.

Parking - There is ample free parking at the Woolfest site. Parking near the entrance is reserved for disabled visitors so if you require  a space in this area just let the car park stewards know when you arrive.

Local transport - The free shuttle bus to and from the town centre runs between Woolfest and 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 If you are coming by train the nearest stations are Penrith from the South or Carlisle from the North -  check out for times and fares. We have it on good authority from a visitor who came all the way from New Zealand that the journey is "very easy"!. If you are coming from overseas, Manchester is the best airport to come to if you can, there are  regular trains to Penrith from there. 

Organised Coaches/Lift Shares - a number of people are organising coaches and have spare seats or are willing to lift share. Have a look at our Facebook page, catch us on Twitter (@WoolfestGB) 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.