Yarningham 2018 – Day 1 in pictures

Loch Ness Knit Fest @ Yarningham


We are so pleased that our new festival friends Loch Ness Knit Fest will be joining us at Yarningham this year.

They will be sharing all things Loch Ness Knit Fest with you including their fabulous marketplace, workshop programme and festival capers.

Just like them you can take advantage of a new direct flight between Birmingham and Inverness.  It’s easier than you think.

Loch Ness Knit Fest will be in our new social area ready to answer questions about their festival and tell you their best Nessie stories.



Plan Your Visit


New exhibitor – Garthenor


We are delighted to announce a last minute addition to this year’s Yarningham marketplace, Garthenor.

Garthenor’s mission is to promote and provide a variety of sustainable, organic & British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Their aim is to help secure the future of British organic agriculture and the British textile industry.

Garthenor source, produce and sell Certified organic wool products, including yarn, fleece and bespoke knitwear. All the wool you’ll see with their name on it has been certified to global organic standards.

Garthenor was started in the 1990s, with wool produced from their own sheep. They’ve since expanded faster than their flock, and they now buy raw fleeces from around the UK directly from the farmer – no middle man, which means all their wool is fully traceable from sheep to jumper.



Due to circumstances beyond our control we are sorry to announce that both Three Violet Buttons and Norah George are no longer able to exhibit at this year’s Yarningham.

On the bright side it gives us an excuse to post a picture of David Bowie’s album Hunky Dory.


Craft Film Reel

Still from Materials_Zoe Arnold, The Light Surgeons, 2012

Still from Material: Zoe Arnold, The Light Surgeons, 2012 © Crafts Council

We are delighted to be screening a selection of short films selected by the Crafts Council at this year’s Yarningham.

CRAFT FILM REEL is a one hour programme of short films exploring all aspects of making and craft.

The CRAFT FILM REEL will be on a continuous loop in Exeter lecture theatre accessed through the Yarningham marketplace.


Workshops Flash Sale


We’re having a FLASH SALE on all Yarningham workshops.

For one weekend only, from 6pm Friday 22 until midnight Sunday 24 June 2018, all our workshops have a massive 25% off.

Don’t delay as our FLASH SALE ends on Sunday 24 June at midnight.

For more information about our workshops or to book visit our website here.

Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers


We are very pleased to welcome back members from the Birmingham and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (BGWSD) who will be demonstrating their skills within the social space at Yarningham.

BGWSD meets once a month, on the second Saturday at The Friends Meeting House, Cotteridge, Birmingham.  They have speakers, workshops, members days and an annual exhibition.

It’s a great place to come for advice or just to meet and chat other like minded people. BGWSD welcome all those interested in their crafts and related textiles, whether an enthusiastic beginner or highly skilled expert.

Members will have a variety of wheel, spindles and looms for you to try and will be on hand to answer your questions.

M.O.E post 9 – FIBRE

Post 9 in this year’s M.O.E (Meet Our Exhibitors) series.

Category is FIBRE.  We here at S&H Towers are always trying to improve Yarningham and your feedback is vital in that process.  Something that comes up regularly is a request for more fibre in the marketplace.  Well this set of exhibitors not only have gorgeous yarn for you to get stitch-y with, they also produce and dye FIBRE.

Babylonglegs dye various weights of yarn and fibre in non-repeatable small batches.


Jellybeans Yarns sell hand dyed yarns, fibre and project bags. Ashley’s colourways are tonals, variegated or speckled and she enjoys taking custom orders to create something special.


Owl About Yarn is a small business based in Cardiff, Wales catering to the needs, dreams and desires of knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters.  Jennie the owner/operator hand dyes a range of yarns and fibres in a vibrant palette of colours guaranteed to inspire and delight.


Natural Born Dyers use natural dyes to produce yarns and fibre. Their yarns range from 4 ply to cobweb weight on a base of 55% BFL & 45% silk. Fibre consists of single-breed mini batts. Natural Born Dyers also make wooden accessories and sell their own and Boo Knits patterns.


To find out about all of our exhibitors, please visit the Yarningham website.

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