Exhibitors are chosen by a selection process and are accepted on merit of the product only.
There will be no invitations.
Yarndale is held in Skipton Auction Mart, a working auction mart with regular livestock sales. There is a large sale immediately prior to the show and every effort will be made to ensure the mart is as clean as possible of course! It is a very well ventilated building so it can get chilly. There is level access to most areas. The floor can be uneven with ridged concrete in places.
Yarndale 2024 will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2024. Exhibitors must commit to exhibiting on both days.
The show is open to the public from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and 10am – 4.30pm on Sunday. Stands must be open throughout these times.
Set up is from 2pm – 8pm on Friday 27th September 2024 and break down is from close of show, once the public have left, on Sunday.
No children (under 16) are allowed on site during the set up and break down stages.
For the 2024 Terms & Conditions, click here.
In 2022, to celebrate our 10th Birthday, we introduced a Start Up Bursary to help new creative businesses showcase their products at the show. This was generously supported by Amanda Bloom of Cosy Life Boxes.
We are delighted that the bursary will remain as a feature of Yarndale and will be named in memory of Amanda’s daughter Jenny Machin who sadly died in 2017.
Read Amanda’s story and how to apply for the bursary below.Read more here
Each year, the Yarndale team takes great pleasure in awarding an exhibitor the accolade of Yarndale Best Stand.
Previous best stand winners have cleverly and imaginatively created a space within the functional framework of the pens to showcase their work and their individual style. Their unique personality has really shone through and each stand has offered an inviting space for visitors to step into out of the bustling aisles.
All the winners have been different each year in terms of style, but each stand has been beautifully well presented and well organised.
To provide some inspiration for your stand, here are all the Best Stand Winners from 2013 – 2023.
2023 | Gam Farm
A beautifully presented and well thought out stand and this year we felt Viola especially deserved the Best in Show accolade. It’s beautifully dressed, carefully done with handmade, homemade dressing, there’s no off the shelf display method – it’s all a bit higgledy piggledy will balls of wool in a wooden cart, not in neat uniform rows on grid wall.
It’s the antithesis of an exhibition stand in the ExCel Centre or the NEC. And of course there’s the rare breed sheep, with Viola always the centre of attention, star of the show. And it might be her last show (don’t cry!) so she deserves it.
2022 | Zakami
The quiet and understated attention to detail in Zakami ‘s stand was beautiful. Everything was coordinated, with natural elements such as wood and plants woven effectively throughout the products that were in turn displayed gently and clearly with lovely colours that worked together.
2021 | Dusty Dimples.
A beautifully simple, clear stand. Well thought through in terms of access and social distancing / Covid measures. There was plenty of space for visitors to the stand to browse the products on and good access for people using wheelchairs /mobility aids etc.
2020 | Caithness Yarns
This was a virtual stand chosen as a result of public feedback. Graeme’s passion for his sheep and his work shone through via his live Instagram videos and presentations.
2019 | Injabulo
Beautifully displayed, using every inch of the stand infrastructure. The products were eye catching and visually stunning.
2018 | Gam Farm
Very well displayed, great homemade bunting and name badges, all cleverly co-ordinated with a handmade feel.
2017 | Baa Ram Ewe
Great use of the pen bars to display their wares. Plus a good system of stacking their wooden boxes of wool. It was well spaced and well presented, with no plastic.
2016 | Ananuca
Glorious Autumnal colours featured on the stand and on Liz, the owner. The stand worked well with wooden display frames and boxes as well as lovely baskets. The bunting welcomed visitors in. There was no plastic.
2015 | Little Grey Sheep
Beautifully clean and simple and incredibly effective as a result. There was no plastic.
2014 | John Arbon Textiles
The focus was the stand as a whole. It was very well thought through and well presented. The bins were very effective and there was no plastic.
2013 | Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop.
Our first show felt quite overwhelming – with so many fabulous products on display and so many to choose from. This stand stood out as just simplicity itself.
Because we are passionate about sustainability, we ask that our exhibitors share our sustainability aims and consider the environment in their use of packaging and materials. Keen to reduce our use of plastic we encourage reusable and recyclable materials
We want to ensure that Yarndale is as widely inclusive, diverse and accessible as possible. We hope everyone involved in the show will support us so the show can be enjoyed by all, whether in person or online.
Last but not least, we enjoy working with exhibitors and suppliers who demonstrate good practice in terms of adhering to Health and Safety guidelines.