Fibre, fabric and yarn festivals from July to December 2016

Detail of four pairs of appliqué mittens on a quilt

Fibre, yarn and fibre festivals: the next six months

Update – you can find up-to-date details of UK yarn and fibre festivals here.

This week, I’m taking a break from the series of blog posts about degree shows. This is so, I can update the details about yarn, fabric and fibre festivals for the rest of this year. There are so many yarn and fibre festivals that I’m just including the dates and venue along with links to the websites and blog posts about my previous visits. So, grab yourself a drink in your favourite mug and a biscuit or two. Plan some fun days out at this year’s yarn and fibre festivals.


Art in Action

Amanda Wright at Art in Action

14-17 July 2016
Waterperry House, Waterperry, Oxford, OX33 1JZ

Website: Art in Action.
Blog posts: Art in Action 2014 and Textiles at Art in ActionArt in Action 2015.
Note: this is the 40th and last ever Art in Action.


16-17 July 2016
Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2JT

Website: Yarningham.

Fibre East

30-31 July 2016
Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU

Website: Fibre East.


The British Wool Show

5-6 August 2016
York Auction Mart, Murton, York, YO19 5GF

Website: The British Wool Show.

Festival of Quilts

Detail of four pairs of appliqué mittens on a quilt

11-14 August 2016
Halls 7-9, NEC, Birmingham

Website: Festival of Quilts.
Read about my visit to the Festival of Quilts in 2014.


The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, Manchester

8-10 September 2016
EventCity, Manchester, M17 8AS

Website: The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show.

The Handmade Fair

16-18 September 2016
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Website: Handmade Fair.

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, Exeter

22-25 September 2016
Westpoint Centre, Exeter, EX5 1DJ

Website: The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show.


24-25 September 2016
Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 1UD

Website: Yarndale.

Bristol Wool Fair

The 2016 Bristol Wool Fair has been cancelled.

Website: Bristol Wool Fair.

Shetland Wool Week

24 September – 2 October 2016
Events around Shetland

Website: Shetland Wool Week.

Inverness Loch Ness Knitting Festival

29 September – 2 October 2016
Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA

Website: Loch Ness Knitting Festival.


The Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace

Large patterned knitted cushion with a bright orange, yellow, turquoise and deep blue colour palette

5-9 October 2016
Alexandra Palace, London

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

20-23 October 2016
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin.

The Bakewell Wool Gathering

22-23 October 2016
Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH

Website: Bakewell Wool Gathering.

The Big Textile Show

Display of hand-felted items

29-30 October 2016
The KUBE, Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL

Website: The Big Textile Show.
Blog posts: The Big Textile Show 2013The Big Textile Show 2015 and Mini Car Yarn bomb.

Kendal Wool Gathering

29-30 October 2016
K Village, The Lakes Outlet, Lound Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7DZ

Website: Kendal Wool Gathering.


The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, Birmingham

3-6 November 2016
NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Website: The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show.

Festiwool, Hitchen

12 November 2016
North Herts College, Cambridge Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 0JD

Website: Festiwool.

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, London

17-19 November 2016
ExCeL, London, E16 1XL

Website: The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show.

Winter Woollies

Group of alpacas with different colour fleeces in an outdoor pen

20 November 2016
Home Farm, Nanpantan, Leicestershire, LE11 3YG

Website: Winter Woollies.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate

Wall hanging by Jo Beattie

24-27 November 2016
Harrogate International Centre

Website: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate.


There are so many festivals involving textiles, that you’ll need a rest in December. That is, assuming that you bought all your Christmas presents at one of the fibre, yarn and fabric shows!

New festivals are starting all the time, so please let me know if there are any others that I should include?