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What’s On

12th & 13th May 2018
Penkridge • Staffordshire
Here’s the show and how it goes on

Workshops & Talks

DOWN  & DIRTY – LET’S GET LEARNING

RETURNING IN 2018!

Needle felting, natural dyeing, broomstick crochet, learning to spin, learning to become a hooker, a weaver, a felter ….we did it all in 2017.  We’ll be returning in 2018 with more stimulating workshops, talks & demonstrations, so if you want to get in before your favourite workshop gets booked up, stay in touch via our Newsletter (sign up at the bottom of our Home Page) or any of our social media platforms.

 

Competitions

In 2017 we asked you to dress our Bare Bear, hand made specially for Wool@J13 by Liz Walker from Wacky Walker Bears and to create animals from Down on the Farm in your chosen textile discipline, from your group.  We will be returning in 2018 with more fun competitions for you to whet your creative appetites, so watch this space and stay in touch via our Newsletter (sign up at the bottom of our Home Page) or any of our social media platforms.

Fleece Sale

Returning in 2018

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 have our resident expert, Karen Griffiths of The Woolly Roadshow on hand to help guide both buyers and sellers, plus a team from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust & Staffordshire Spinning Group.
Karen is a smallholder, spinner and woollen mill owner with a passion for education which means that she’s very happy indeed to share her knowledge of all things fleece.  After all, those fleeces have to come from somewhere and knowing from where and from which breed of sheep will all add to your own book of knowledge.

Karen will have a fleece on hand to show you how to identify different parts of the fleece and grading it for quality, a fact which is especially important for spinners.

This is how our Fleece Sale will work:

  • All fleeces must be delivered prior to opening at 10am on either day.
  • Fleeces must be clean and in a suitable bag.
  • Each bag must have a notice attached stating – breed, approx weight, name of farm and contact details
  • Sellers will be charged 10% commission on each fleece sold and Karen and her partner, David Griffiths, are delighted that this money will be donated to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
  • All unsold fleeces and monies from sales must be collected before 4.30pm on Sunday – any fleeces not collected will be sold to the highest bidder and all proceeds given to the Rare Breed Trust.

 

Sheep Shearing

Returning in 2018

Sheep shearing is the process by which the woollen fleece of a sheep is cut off. 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.

Stash Swap

Returning in 2018

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….

Exhibitors

Check out our separate exhibitor page for details on who was exhibiting with us at Wool@J13 2017.  In 2018 we’ll be providing you with an equally stimulating, affordable, accessible, irresistible and inspirational shopping experience with double the number of exhibitors showing all aspects of the wool world at work & play. If you would like to exhibit with us in 2018, watch this space for details and sign up for our Newsletter (sign up at the bottom of our Home Page) or any of our social media platforms

Music & Camping

I Got Rhythm
London’s foremost close harmony trio, The Haywood Sisters, will be singing the swing of the 1940s and 1950s throughout the weekend. Put your feet up on a hay bale with a glass of Tipsy Mare tonic and enjoy!
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

Street Food

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.

View list of food traders

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.

Tickets

2018 details to follow