Since 2013, Yarndale has been held over two days in the picturesque market town of Skipton, North Yorkshire. This inspirational event usually 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 have encouraged you to chat to the exhibitors, get thoroughly inspired and fill your bag with yarny goodies to take home. Our aim has been to create a little slice of woolly paradise, with 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 is represented, from the woolly animals themselves, through the various stages of production to the beautiful finished products.
Throughout the weekend, visitors have been able to try their hand at all sorts of textile based skills in the workshop theatre.
Yarndale has become well known for its exuberant creative displays. Visitors have been able to 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 and around the world. During previous show weekends, more than 7,500 visitors flocked to the town to enjoy the festival, making it a great success for both exhibitors and visitors alike.
In 2020, due to the COVID19 pandemic, Yarndale was held online for the first time. With a wondrous array of exhibitors, a beautiful display of dishcloths made for our Worldwide Creative Project, sharing experience with demonstrations and a wide ranging programme of talks, [email protected] created a visual and inspiring feast and welcomed visitors from all across the UK and overseas. We were delighted to be able to support our exhibitors in challenging times and put on a more sustainable and accessible show for 11,000 Yarndale enthusiasts and first-time visitors.
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 four (Carole, Emma, Kate 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 world’s 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 reality 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 took shape. 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 usually held in July.
Half the team have great enthusiasm for knitting, crochet and all things handmade and the others are 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
Creativity is for everyone. Knitting and crocheting is for everyone. Yarndale is for everyone.
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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.