Celebrating the brilliance of yarn in all its forms, our award-winning festival brings together over 180 makers, craft workers, retailers, and artisans in the picturesque market town of Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Keen to encourage and inspire creativity in everyone, we work with an extensive mix of enthusiastic exhibitors, tutors and speakers to showcase the pleasure of making and the beautiful yarns, threads and textiles on offer.
The show is designed to encourage everyone to share ideas. To spark your own creativity with the chance to meet and chat with exhibitors from all over the country and beyond, get thoroughly enthused by new project possibilities and a fabulous range of yarny stuff, to celebrate all things handmade and generally get creative with yarn. Every aspect of the yarn journey is represented, from the woolly animals themselves, through the various stages of production to the beautiful finished products. Visitors are able to try their hand at all sorts of skills and techniques in a range of workshops led by experienced practitioners.
Yarndale is well known for exuberant displays of our Worldwide Creative Projects bringing a heart-warming visual celebration of colour, community and creativity. Visitors have been able to walk under a kilometre of colourful woolly bunting strung from the ceiling, or gaze at a stunning array of more than a thousand crocheted mandalas. [Should we link from here to the WCP in the Hub?]
Now a must-visit event for yarn enthusiasts everywhere, around 7,500 visitors regularly flock to the town to enjoy the weekend.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was held online for the first time. With a wondrous array of exhibitors, the chance to share experience with demonstrations and a wide ranging programme of talks, [email protected] created a visual and inspiring feast welcoming visitors from around the world. We were delighted to be able to support our exhibitors in challenging times and put on a more sustainable and accessible show for over 11,000 Yarndale enthusiasts and first-time visitors.
Based on visitor feedback, the winner of the Best Virtual Stand was Caithness Yarns. For the whole story, please click here (link to: Caithness Yarns | 2020 Best Stand Winner – Yarndale)
During [email protected], Matt (A Boy & Bunting Blog) hosted a series of interviews featuring some remarkable contributors from all across the world. To listen to the audio recordings of these talks, please click here.
Yarndale Ltd. was formally established in July 2012, with the first festival taking place in September 2013. We are a small, dedicated team (Carole, Emma and Kate), passionate about making, our local town and the thriving community that exists here.
Renowned for its 900 year old medieval castle and ancient narrow cobbled streets the market town of Skipton has a strong textile heritage and was once surrounded by mills spinning the world’s finest yarns and threads. Its name 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. It also means there’s a local auction mart which makes a pretty good venue. With good public transport links, Skipton is a great place to host Yarndale.
When the idea of creating the show began to take shape, it was important to be based in Skipton to benefit our local area. We continue to strengthen our links within the community, raising funds for several charities, involving local school children in textile based art projects and participating in the town’s annual Sheep Day festival usually held in July.
Each of us brings different skills and great enthusiasm for encouraging creativity. Organising a event of this size with over 180 exhibitors and thousands of visitors requires considerable investment of our time, energy, and creative vision throughout the year and we all work hard to make Yarndale a success, for all involved.
Inclusion and Diversity
Creativity is for everyone. Knitting and crocheting is for everyone. Yarndale is for everyone.
Please click below for our inclusion and diversity statement.
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.