Cockermouth Woolfest

by David Murray on 1 February 2012

in Cockermouth, Cumbria

The Cockermouth Woolfest has been held annually since 2005. It takes place on a Friday and Saturday in June, and includes a great range of displays and activities relating to natural fibres, and especially wool. Spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting and felting are just some of the craft themes covered by well over 100 stallholders.

What kind of sheep are these?

What kind of sheep are these?

Woolfest is organised by “The Wool Clip” which is a Cumbrian co-operative formed by a group of designers and woollen product crafts people in 2001. It’s members are joined by upwards of a hundred volunteers in organising and running the Woolfest event which has grown to attract more than 5000 visitors from many parts of the UK and also from overseas.

Cockermouth Woolfest highlights the importance of hill farming and the crafts associated with use of the fleece. Many of the old crafts are being sustained, revived and publicised by this means. There are also fleece sales, to which individual farmers can bring up to five fleeces each.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is actively involved in Woolfest. More than a dozen different breeds were present in 2011, including Wensleydales, Teeswaters, and of course that Cumbrian stalwart of the fells, the Herdwick.

This is an event at which experts come together, but it is also an excellent day out for anyone interested to learn about sheep, wool and associated crafts.

Put the 2012 Woolfest in your diary or on your kitchen calendar.

Cockermouth Woolfest 2012

Date and times: Friday 22 June 10am-6pm and Saturday 23 June 10am-5pm

Venue: Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ.

Entrance: £6 per day. No concessions. Accompanied children free. Tickets at the door.

Cockermouth is at the northern end of the Lake District, Cumbria, on the A66 Keswick to Workington road.

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