British Wool Show 2016

Courtesy of June Onigbanjo.

Fancy a woolly weekend in beautiful Yorkshire? The British Wool Show will once again draw crowds of fiber enthusiasts to York, England, on August 5 and 6, 2016. Formerly known as the British Wool Weekend, the event seeks to “raise the profile of British wool and the many products produced by the British textile industry.”

Organizer June Onigbanjo made several blankets from handmade bunting and one was donated to the Help 4 Heroes charity. Photo: June Onigbanjo.

Check the website to see an impressive list of more than sixty exhibitors including guilds, fiber vendors, artists, and organizations such as the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Members of the York Guild of Weavers Spinners Dyers are looking forward to the event again this year. They are organizing a demonstration booth and will also have handspun yarn and finished items for sale. Guild secretary Madeline Evans had this to share:

Mats woven out of Herdwick wool. Photo: June Onigbanjo.

“Last year was the first year that the British Wool Show was held at York, and the guild was really pleased to be there. It is held in a huge space, usually a cattle market, which is especially cleaned for the event and houses a great variety of stalls selling all sorts from wool for spinning and feltmaking, wool duvets, knitting yarns, clothing, and textile equipment.

“We will have six to eight people at the show each day in the guild stall. There will be people spinning on wheels and spindles throughout the day with opportunities for visitors to have a go if they’d like to. There will also be members working on peg looms, inkle looms, and possibly a table loom. We have lots of samples of different fleeces and matching spun yarns so that visitors can appreciate the wide range of wool that comes from the different sheep breeds and also samples of yarns and fleeces dyed with plant and chemical dyes.

“I was there last year and had a great time with lots of interest from visitors and I’m really looking forward to being there again on Saturday. We are expecting a lot more people this year now that the new venue is more widely known about.”

Parking is free, and a shuttle service will be available from York Station to the venue. For more information about tickets, location, or events, visit

British Wool Show

York Auction Mart, Yorkshire, England
Friday, August 5th 10 a.m.‒5 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th 10 a.m‒4 p.m.



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