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About Wool@J13

So who is running this show, down on the farm?

Wool@J13, Penkridge, Staffordshire
12th & 13th May 2018

We have bagots and baguettes, llamas and lattes, doe-eyed donkeys, a gaggle of geese and even a rescued reptile before we even get to the Hebrideans and a Jacob or two.  All down on the family owned and run farm in the pretty market town of Penkridge, South Staffordshire and all providing a great backdrop to Wool@J13, the first show of its kind in this part of the midlands for all wool and fibre lovers everywhere.

“We had a fantastic weekend – can’t wait for next year”  For the Love of Yarn

“We had a great time. Lovely people, super atmosphere. Well done with the organising”  Watercolours & Lace

“Huge thanks from RiverKnits, we really had a fantastic time. The volunteers were super helpful, the whole event was well organised and relaxed all at the same time! We hope to see you in 2018”

“Rooster Yarns had a great weekend, loved camping on the farm and meeting some lovely people. Looking forward to 2018.”

“It was lovely to meet so many enthusiastic people trading this weekend and such a lot of friendly chatty customers”   Art-Felt Designs

Its location? Just minutes from Junction 13 of the M6. Or you could hop off a train at Penkridge itself or boat it in a leisurely fashion on the nearby Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. Another nearby is Shugborough, one time home of Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield and famous photographer to boot. But never mind about all that. Back to the show.

Wool@J13 comes to you courtesy of Ingrid Wagner and Val James, two women who have joined their considerable forces to bring you this first time vibrant and stimulating show, designed to celebrate and help you to learn about all things woolly through its exhibitors, exhibitions, workshops & talks.  Music, some mayhem and senses stealing Street Food from all around the world have been mixed into the equation. Ingrid & Val like fun as well as wool. They think you’ll like it too.

Ingrid has a passion for colour.  She is a visual artist and textile designer with a background in film & theatre who started her own interiors business in 2005. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Textile Design and a Masters in Cultural Management. She has lived in Poland, Russia & Morocco and now in Milford, Staffordshire. Her feet tend to itch if she stands still, so she hardly ever does. Her passion for colour is almost matched by a passion for teaching & learning.

Val James, on the other hand, has a passion for animals and conservation, and is one half of the couple who run the 600 acre beef and arable farm at Lower Drayton, Staffordshire.  It has already diversified into a family fun farm, attracting visitors to learn about its continually developing new habitats and attractions. The farm’s year-round programme of events, activities and educational visits keeps Val just a bit busy. Occasionally she sleeps.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to Wool@J13 and to the surrounding area which deserves your attention if you are making a weekend of it. Check out for more very good things to do on 12th & 13th May 2018.


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