UK knitting events 2016

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you’re all gearing up for a wonderful 2016.  If that includes anything knitterly, then I hope I can help you out with my annual list of knitting events across the UK.

I always really enjoy putting together this list.  Dreaming and planning for trips is one of my favourite things, so researching knitterly trips is just my cup of tea!

As always, there are a mixture of well-established and new events this year.  Newly added to the list is Gwlana, held in Wales.  I’ve mentioned Gwlana on a previous post as a retreat, but I’ve heard whispers that there is something a bit different planned for May this year, so on the “events” list it goes!  I’m very much looking forward to finding out more.  Also new this year is the Loch Ness Knit Festival, about which very little is currently known.  Intriguing.

Get your diaries ready folks!

I’ve also put this information together in a handy PDF suitable for printing which you can download here.
So tell me, what are you especially looking forward to this year?

Update:  For an updated list, see my blog post here.

17 Jan
19-21 Feb
3-6 March
17-19 March
23-24 April
7 May
13-14 May
20-22 May
4 June
24-25 June
30-31 July
5-6 Aug
2-4 Sept
24-25 Sept
24-25 Sept
24 Sep-4 Oct
26 Sept-2 Oct
5-9 Oct
22-23 Oct
(dates tbc)
29-30 Oct
12 Nov
1-4 Dec
Waltham Abbey Wool Show Waltham Abbey, Essex
Unravel Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
Spring Knitting and Stitching Show  Olympia, London
Edinburgh Yarn Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
Wonderwool Wales Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
Wharfe Wool Fair Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire
I Knit Fandango Lindley Hall, London
Gwlana Powys, Wales (new!)
Leeds Wool Festival Armley Mills, Leeds
Woolfest Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Fibre-East Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
British Wool Show  York Auction Mart, Yorkshire
Bristol Wool Fair Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol
Yarndale Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton, Yorkshire
Masham Sheep Fair  Masham, Yorkshire
Shetland Wool Week Shetland
Loch Ness Knit Festival Inverness, Scotland (new!)
Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London
Bakewell Wool Gathering Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Glasgow School of Yarn Glasgow, Scotland
Kendal Wool Gathering Kendal, Cumbria
Festiwool Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate, Yorkshire














2 thoughts on “UK knitting events 2016

  1. Can anyone please tell me why Lincolnshire seems to be off of everybody’s radar.?
    Since moving to Lincolnshire 16 months ago to be closer to my parents , I have discovered it seems to be the forgotten county ( in many ways!!) but my nearest wool shops are about 15-20 miles away. It is true that one can purchase yarns from the local department store or ‘Yorkshire Traders’ ( who are my saviours for all my craft purchases ) but the yarns in these shops are limited. Our local ‘range’ store in Boston sells everything but yarn and have been told by the staff that a great many people ask them why they don’t stock it. There is obviously a need. It appears that nobody even wants to Bring a wool/ yarn show here either.

    For several years I attended the Ampthill ‘Fibre east’ show . It was fantastic. I picked up new skills In knitting and picked up felting bug…….brilliant.

    i really do think that an event like ‘ Fibre east’ would be a great success in Lincolnshire for all us folks who are yarn enthusiasts and for just one weekend a year wallow in all things wolly.

    Thank you for reading the moans and groans !! And can you help!!

    Lynda Quigley .


    • Hi there Lynda. It seems like you’re in a bit of a black spot for yarn shows! Do you meet up with other knitters in the area? The Horncastle group seems quite active. Perhaps it’s time to get chatting to other knitterly and yarny folk to see what you can come up with?


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