Stunning exhibitions, skill demonstrations and a full programme of textile workshops create a visual feast and make Yarndale a real must-visit for yarn lovers.
Come and enjoy the fun and friendly atmosphere where you can socialise, learn new skills, soak up the creative vibes and shop to your heart’s content.
Whether it’s knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing or felting, you will find something at Yarndale to delight and inspire you…
Held over two days in the picturesque market town of Skipton, North Yorkshire, Yarndale brings together over 180 talented exhibitors keen to share their passion for all things woolly.
During the two day festival, Skipton’s Auction Mart is transformed into an exciting and inspirational market place for yarn lovers. Artisans and retailers of the highest quality are selected to exhibit at Yarndale which makes it very inspiring for anyone with a love of yarn. We encourage you to chat to the exhibitors, get thoroughly inspired and fill your bag with yarny goodies to take home. Our aim is to create a little slice of woolly paradise, we really want to see those creative sparks flying!
The festival is designed to encourage the sharing of skills and inspire visitors to celebrate all things handmade and get creative with yarn. Every aspect of the yarn journey will be represented, from the woolly animals themselves, through the various stages of production to the beautiful finished products.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can try their hand at all sorts of textile based skills in the workshop theatre. Led by a group of talented and experienced local artists, there will be an exciting programme of creative workshops again this year.
Yarndale has become well known for it’s exuberant creative displays. Visitors can walk under a whole ceiling decked out with over a kilometre of colourful woolly bunting, or gaze at a stunning display of more than one thousand crocheted mandalas. Described as “magical”, these stunning creative displays are a heart warming visual celebration of colour, community and creativity.
Yarndale has quickly established itself as a must-visit event for yarn enthusiasts from all over the UK as well as abroad. During the weekend, more than 8,000 visitors are expected to flock to the town to enjoy the festival, making it a great success for both exhibitors and visitors alike. We very much look forward to welcoming you whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been before.
Yarndale Ltd. was formally established in July 2012, with the first festival taking place in September 2013.
It is a for-profit organisation run by a small, dedicated group of local people. We are a team of five (Carole, Emma, Kate, Lucy and Paul), and all of us are passionate about our local town and the thriving community that exists here.
The historic market town of Skipton is famed for its 900 year old medieval castle and ancient cobbled streets and the town has a strong textile heritage. It was once surrounded by mills spinning the worlds finest yarns and threads, and the very name Skipton is derived from the Old English words “sceap” (meaning Sheep) and “tun” (meaning town).
Sheep farming is still of great importance to the region and has a huge impact on the life and landscape of this area of outstanding natural beauty. In other words, Skipton is a pretty great place to host a yarn festival, and our local auction mart provides a wonderful rural venue for all things woolly.
The concept of Yarndale came about at a thriving weekly knit and natter social group held in a local cafe. As self confessed yarnoholics, a small group of us decided we’d like to create something new and exciting for our local community and the idea of a creative yarn festival was born. Each year we continue to strengthen our links within the community, raising funds for several local charities, involving local school children in textile based art projects and participating in the town’s annual Sheep Day festival in July.
Within the Yarndale Team there are three of us who are completely barmy about knitting, crochet and all things handmade and two non-woolly folk who bring vital business and organisational skills to the team. Organising a festival of this size with 180+ exhibitors from all over the country requires a big investment of our time, energy, and creative vision throughout the year and we work hard to make Yarndale a success.
Inclusion and Diversity
Yarndale is a show for everyone.
The Yarndale team aims to ensure that everyone who visits or takes part in our festival feels welcome and safe, and is able to fully embrace the creativity of the event.
We strive to make Yarndale inclusive, diverse and fair.
Application Process / Exhibitors
We work hard to make Yarndale as creative and inspirational as possible by including a broad range of exhibitors who demonstrate a wide variety of skills and products.
Our focus is and has always been creativity, quality and presentation of the product. We want to ensure we reach far and wide and encourage applications from all. We welcome back familiar faces and hope to attract new ones to ensure each show is vibrant and fresh for both our regular and new visitors. Though we try to squeeze in as many exhibitors as we can to ensure a varied and excellent offer, numbers are limited by the space we have available.
We promote individuality and originality and are passionate about supporting all talented artists including those from under represented groups.
We welcome feedback, listen to comments and suggestions and we are committed to improving our festival each year.
Updated December 2019
It goes without saying that we are all very proud of our festival, it has heart and soul and rather a lot of yarny stuff which has to be a good thing.