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What’s on at Wool@J13 2020?

16th & 17th May 2020
Penkridge • Staffordshire
Here’s the show and how it goes on.

Exhibitors

Wool@J13 2019 showed you all manner of all things wool, celebrating the diversity within this one word.  Whether you are a knitter, crocheter, dyer, needle felter, sock maker or just plain curious, we had notions & potions of all shapes, sizes and colours just dyed for you at Wool@J13 2019. Our exhibitors  travelled from Glasgow, Devon, Somerset, Hampshire, Shropshire, Birmingham, Lichfield, York, Milton Keynes, County Durham, Leeds …. all corners of the UK.  They presented their wares, to teach & to inspire you and demonstrated their skills. They all lovded what they did for you and we invite you to share the love again on the 16th & 17th May2020 at Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire. Check out our exhibitor page for details of all our exhibitors for 2020……..to follow soon

Workshops

2020 will bring another stimulating programme of workshops & demonstrations for all our visitors, to be announced as soon as possible.

Just click the link for a full listing of 2020 workshops 

Fashion Show

Last year it was socks & feet.  2019 is running the gauntlet – knitted or crocheted, we’re aiming for hands this year with mittens & gauntlets, very often 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.  Presented by The Stafford Steppers. For your delight, as always. What, I wonder, will we be showing in 2020?

Challenge Arena

Sheep Shearing

Returning in 2020 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.

Stash Swap

Returning in 2020 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 ……… Who will be entertaining us in 2020?

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) and wood fired pizzas to savour. 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. Don’t miss what is going to be a show with a kick and one to savour in your memory.  For our complete list of Food Traders for 2020, visit our What’s On page

Fleece Sale

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 take part in a Silent Auction to claim 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 & lay claim to an animal. Oh, and don’t forget to be merry in the meantime. What do they have in store for 2020?