TEAM YARNINGHAM would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has donated to our Ko-fi page.

We hit our target of raising £200 to pay for a bigger marquee at next year’s festival within 24 hours. We are really blown away by the support.

So once again a big


Yarningham Ko-fi Page

We’ve set up a Ko-fi donation page to help raise £200 towards a bigger marquee at Yarningham. 

Marquee pitched in the grounds of Uffculme Centre.

Our venue, Uffculme Centre, has beautiful grounds where for the weekend of Yarningham we pitch a marquee.  The marquee is home to demonstrations from the local WSD Guild, workshops, a winding station & most importantly our delicious cake stand.

Needle Felting Workshop led by Denise Liebermann housed in the marquee

The marquee also houses the social area, a place with tables and seating for meeting friends, planning shopping & eating cake.

Social area seating and our cake stand in the background.

Our current marquee measures 9 x 9m and costs £700 to hire. The next biggest marquee is 9 x 12m and costs £900 to hire. We would love to increase the size of the marquee to allow for more space for everything. However our budget doesn’t allow for this extra cost.  

A simple way to cover this extra cost would be to increase the price of our marketplace tickets.  Marketplace tickets have remained the same since the start of the festival in 2016.  We have already had to increase marketplace tickets by £1 for the next festival to help cover other rising costs.

So we are asking you, our audience to buy us a Ko-fi (that is to make a small donation that roughly equals the price of a coffee) and help raise the extra £200 needed for a bigger marquee.

You can make your donation on our Ko-fi page here

Yarningham 2020 Design Competition


We are thrilled to announce our Yarningham 2020 Design Competition in collaboration with yarnpeople.

To celebrate Yarningham Festival’s 5th birthday we are asking YOU, our audience to submit an original design idea to be included in the festival brochure. This competition is open to all, no design experience is necessary.

The winning idea will be produced into an exclusive pattern for Yarningham 2020 brochure as well as being featured in the September 2020 edition of yarnpeople and receive a cash prize of £100.

The entries will be reviewed by a panel of Judges and we cannot wait to see all your inspiring design ideas.

We would like to repeat that NO DESIGN EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  

We want knitters and crocheters of all levels and backgrounds to submit an original and unpublished idea for a 1-2 skein project in a yarn weight of your choice and any colour or combination of colours.

The original idea MUST incorporate an aspect of Birmingham and/or birthdays and celebrations into the design. This can be however you like. Previous inspiration for designs have included Bournville, the home of Cadbury chocolate; the canal waterways system and Spaghetti Junction; Persianware ceramics designed by William De Morgan housed in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

How To Enter

Submit a sketch and description of your idea to with subject “Yarningham 2020 Design Competition”.

  • Your Name and email contact details .
  • Your design name and description of the inspiration behind the design.
  • A sketch of the design, with details of colours or special stitches specific to your idea.
  • All information must be contained within submission email. We cannot accept
  • links to external content.
  • Ideas must be original and unpublished.
  • Idea can be for a knit or crochet pattern.
  • Maximum of 2 entries per person.

Important Dates

Competition Opens: February 1st 2020

Competition Closes: 9th April 2020

Yarningham 2020 Applications Open


logo&dateinvertB&WwebsitegreyWe are pleased to announce that Yarningham 2020 will be taking place on 11 and 12th July 2020 at Uffculme Centre, Birmingham, UK.

We have now opened our online application form for the Yarningham 2020 marketplace. Applications will close on THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019.

Yarningham is looking for applications from yarn producers and dyers, knitwear designers, bricks and mortar and online yarn related businesses and all knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving notions.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and are looking to present an eclectic mix of products in our marketplace from a diverse range of exhibitors.

Before applying please ensure that you read our Exhibitor Application Pack and Exhibitor Terms and Conditions. The Exhibitor Application Pack has lots of handy information about how to apply to Yarningham 2020.


Even more raffle prizes

We told you that there is a bumper pot of prizes available in our raffle and we weren’t joking.

Here’s a few more pics of some of the prizes available.  Oh yes, and there’s a star prize too but we’ll save that for another post.

Raffle tickets will cost £1 each or £4 for 5 tickets and will be available from the Yarningham merchandise stand located in the main hall.

All proceeds raised will be donated to this year’s charity RSVP.  For more information about RSVP visit their website.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham marketplace are £5 (+ booking fee) and are available here. 

Don’t delay

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Time is running out to book onto one of our workshops. Workshop bookings will close on Saturday 6 July.

For more information on all of our workshops visit our website here.  All workshops include entry into Yarningham marketplace.

Raffle Prizes

We are delighted to be supporting this year’s charity RSVP with a raffle.

RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project) are an award-winning organisation working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Birmingham and Solihull to cope with trauma and rebuild wellbeing, confidence and hopefulness. They support survivors of any age, and any gender with therapeutic and practical services, including specialist support for LGBT and asylum-seeking/refugee survivors as well as sex workers.

Our exhibitors and audience have donated a bumper prize pot and here’s a little teaser of what you could win. There is also a star prize that we can’t wait to share with you, but more on that later.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated a prize. Your generosity will help us raise funds for this vital service.

Raffle tickets will cost £1 each or £4 for 5 tickets and will be available only at Yarningham merchandise stand located in the main hall.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace are £5 (+ booking fee) and available here.




You can’t have a yarn festival without cake.  But don’t worry Team Yarningham have got all your sweet treat needs covered.

We will have a delicious selection of cakes baked by Blueberry Hill Patisserie who do quite wonderful things with eggs, butter and flour. There will be vegan options available.

And thanks to feedback and recommendations from our audience, we will also have gluten free cakes from Paisley Immy Cakes.


Our cake stall will be located in our social area within Yarningham Marketplace. Make sure you stop by for a sugar hit.

Advanced tickets for Yarningham Marketplace are available here for £5 (+ booking fee).

Knitting Picnic for WWKIP Day

WWKIPIG.jpgDon’t forget that we’re holding a Knitting Picnic for World Wide Knit In Public Day this Saturday 8 June.

Knitting Picnic for WWKIP Day

Saturday 8th June

1:00 – 4:00pm

Kings Heath Park, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7TQ

General Information
We will be on the large grassed area facing Vicarage Road.

Please bring your own picnics and picnic blanket/chair(s).

Cartlands Tea Rooms is located within the park and serves breakfasts, light lunches, homemade cakes, loose leaf tea and ground coffee.

The main toilet block is located near the bowls hut, just past the glasshouses (a short walk form the main car park). There are also toilets located within Cartlands Tea Rooms.

Wet weather contingency. We will be in Cartlands Tea Rooms if the weather is wet.


Nathan Taylor Book Signing


We’re delighted to announce that Nathan Taylor aka Sockmatician will be available to sign copies of his first book Guys Knit: The Instruction Manual published by Haynes.

The aim of this manual is not only to be able to provide a beginners’ guide to anyone who thinks they’d like to give knitting a go, but also to challenge the perceptions of who knitters are – to break apart those dusty stereotypes, and show, once and for all, that knitting is in no way a gendered pastime, but is instead, a universal hobby for anyone interested in working with their hands, and creating warm and practical things to wear, share or even sell.

Nathan will also have a range of Sockmatician pins and badges available and possibly some yarn too.

Nathan will be available to sign copies of his book on Sunday 14 July between 1 and 2pm in the Yarningham marketplace.

To book advanced tickets for Yarningham marketplace please visit our website here.