Kendal prepares for October's Wool Gathering

Kendal prepares for October's Wool Gathering

Cumbria is a county renowned for its crafty heritage. Famous for woollen mills, sheep farming and active pursuits, the historic importance of the area is not to be underestimated.

With such fantastic community spirit, the town of Kendal has been attracting crowds of spectators every year to some of its exciting events, including music festival, Kendal Calling, Kendal Mountain Festival and Kendal Festival of Food.

After the success of these annual events, Kendal is preparing to launch a new festival to celebrate the county's love affair with yarncrafts.

The Kendal Wool Gathering is set to take place from October 11th to 13th, the weekend before National Wool Week.

West Moorland Gazette reports that it will involve demonstrations, activities and displays connected to the fabric on which the town's wealth was built and it is hoped that if all goes well it could be expanded into a week-long programme in future years.

The event is the brainchild of textile heritage enthusiast and wool spinner Adrian Swenson. He told the newspaper: "Our aim is to establish an annual event which celebrates Kendal's Wool heritage, attracts tourists and increases commercial opportunities.

"We want this to be a fun event, but one that also reminds visitors and residents alike of the part that wool played in making Kendal what it is today."

The weekend-long festival has already been well received, with organisations such as the British Wool Marketing Board, Cumbria Tourism, Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lakeland Arts Trust and Kendal College and Museum all lending their support.

To celebrate the day there will also be a display of yarnbombing, with colourful knitted items draped around the Williams' Wool shop in Kirkland.

The weekend will begin with a guided walk near Sedbergh, where visitors can discover more about traditional farming methods.

Saturday and Sunday will explore three native breeds of sheep, as well as spinning and weaving displays and a wool trail.

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