Kendal Wool Gathering prepares for kickoff

Kendal Wool Gathering prepares for kickoff (istockphoto)

This weekend sees Kendal Wool Gathering take over Cumbria with its exciting mix of activities, demonstrations and crafty displays.

It offers the perfect prelude to National Wool Week and gives locals and tourists alike the chance to celebrate the cloth on which the town's wealth and trade history was built.

K Village at The Lakes Outlet will play host to stands, stalls and workshops between October 12th and October 13th, giving visitors the opportunity to listen to live talks, get involved with workshops and witness the hard work that goes into making everyday woollen items.

If you're heading down to the event you can also go on a guided wool walk around the town, taking in all the sites the wool trade has affected. Run by knowledgeable volunteers, everyone involved is sure to come away with a real insight into how wool has changed this bustling town.

The celebration of all things woolly will also see a huge public display from Eden Arts featuring 5,000 fluffy pom-pom sheep. Hosted at K Village, visitors can come on down and see the Guinness world record attempt for themselves while learning how to make their very own woollen sheep.

Schools, individuals and groups around the UK were invited to use real wool to make their own sheep before donating them to the display which went on tour across Cumbria last summer.

Under the title Join the Flock, it was first exhibited at Rheged and went on to impress and delight people around the county at a variety of locations, raising awareness of British wool and the national Campaign for Wool project.

Joanne Leary, Eden Arts project officer, told the Westmorland Gazette: "We are delighted that the Flock is returning to Cumbria to be part of the first ever Kendal Wool Gathering.

"Kendal has played such a great part in Cumbria's wool heritage and many people in the area got involved in the first ever Kendal Wool Gathering."

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