What’s on at Wool@J13 2019?
18th & 19th May 2019
Penkridge • Staffordshire
Here’s the show and how it goes on.
We will be back with another super show and another stimulating programme of workshops & demonstrations for all our visitors. You’ll be able to learn a whole host of new skills or update your own, whether it’s in the field of knitting, crochet, felting or spinning (wheel or spindle). Our experienced exhibitors will be on hand to teach you where & how to go in the nicest possible way and we will also be welcoming visiting tutors to our flock. Watch this space for more info.
Last year it was socks & feet. 2019 is going to bring you gauntlets – knitted or crocheted, we’re aiming for hands next year. Mittens have fingers – gauntlets don’t; they can be worn for practical reasons i.e. keeping the hands warm while the fingers are free to move (many gardeners make use of them for this reason) or for decorative reasons, as our featured pic shows. Knitted or crocheted – or sewn, as long as the fabric is wool. We’ll be putting them on show. For your delight, as always. Watch this space for more information
In bits? For those of our visitors to the show who are of an engineering turn of mind, that is to say, intensely practical & enquiring, we’ll be providing lots of bits in our new Challenge Arena for you to put back together again. The bits will belong to something connected with wool, so it could be a spinning wheel or a weaving loom. Whatever is in bits in our Challenge Arena, you will need to work out how it goes back together again. And, unlike that shop where you have lots of instructions (well, some, anyway), there won’t be any diagrams. But don’t worry. There’ll be a bar to help you with thinking time. Watch this space for more details.
Returning in 2019 Sheep shearing is the process by which the woollen fleece of a sheep is cut away from the body of the sheep in order to keep it healthy and allow new fleece to grow in its place. The person who removes the sheep’s wool is called a shearer and Lower Drayton Farm’s shearer will be demonstrating his skill in removing sheeps’ fleeces without cutting or marking the skin of the animal.
Returning in 2019 Where do you keep your guilty pleasure? In the garage, under the sofa, behind the bed, boxed up in the shed? Wherever your wool stash is, you may want to renew it and we are giving you the chance to do just that. The Stash Swop will run all weekend and you are invited to bring yours along and trade it in for fresh stock. We weigh it, you rummage and take away the equivalent in weight. Or not, if you can bear it….
Music & Camping
I Got Rhythm We’ll be bringing you musical treats throughout the weekend. Watch this space. Camping Under canvas or in your caravan to bring you closer & quicker to the action. Just a field away at the farm. Check out more details on our Information page
The Peckish Pony – Street Food Down on the Farm An inspired cuisine awaits you at The Peckish Pony with our Street Food from around the world. Bored with sandwiches? You bet! You might be in Penkridge, but we’re going to transport you to a torrid and tastier experience than you may ever have had before. We have oodles of noodles for you, a smile of spices, battered bhajis (in a good way), burrito wraps buried in a Jamaican melody. Oh, your taste buds will love you. Especially if you’re vegan, cos we’ve taken care of you, too. The extraordinary nosh ‘n’ natter from these extraordinary street food vendors is all sourced as locally as possible and, eco aware, their packaging is made from, among other sustainable gubbins, plant based materials; portion pots & glasses are also very likely to be compostable. Watch this space, guys, and don’t miss what is going to be a show with a kick and one to savour in your memory. Watch this space for more details of our food traders in 2019
Do you have a fleece which you want to sell or do you simply want to buy one ? You may not know one end of a sheep from the other, but worry not. We will have a resident experts on hand to help guide both buyers and sellers We have over 70 different breeds of sheep in the UK and the fleeces produced from them will all be as different as the breed itself. Some will be finer and be used for knitting clothes, while, at the other end of the scale, mountain sheep will produce coarse fleece, hardwearing & downright suitable for floor covering (carpets). Just one interesting fact which you’ll be able to find out from our resident experts. Watch this space for more details
The Knitted Tearoom
The talented regional WI will be at it again, not only producing their rightly celebrated cakes for our visitors over the show weekend, but putting their talents to the challenge theme for this year which is ‘Down on the Farm’. Last year they knitted a whole tearoom which we auctioned off at the end of the weekend and in 2019, visitors will be able to adopt any or all of the knitted/crocheted/felted/sewn animals in support of Baggy Trousers, the charity which fundraises for Testicular Cancer and which we have adopted for our 2019 show. So, you will be able to do three things: eat, drink & adopt an animal. Oh, and don’t forget to be merry in the meantime. Watch this space for more details.