Who we are

About us

Wool Gatherings have been running yarn festivals since 2013. Our first event was Bakewell Wool Gathering and in 2019 we expanded to host Buxton Wool Gathering. We have now added a third annual event in Cumbrian Wool Gathering.

What is a wool gathering?

Wool gathering is our name for a yarn festival. It’s a gathering of people with a love for wool and yarn, and the associated crafts. We bring together exhibitors who sell wool-related things and visitors who want to buy from those exhibitors, as well as learn more about certain skills.

Our story

Wool Gatherings was started by Carole Greaves, who has been involved in the knitting and crochet community for most of her life. She started by getting told off for knitting during lessons at school, and moved onto testing out patterns for the likes of Sirdar.

Carole moved into hand dyeing her own yarn around twenty years ago. She worked in various industrial units around her hometown of Glossop in Derbyshire. Eventually she started hosting weekly knit and natters for other knitting enthusiasts, and running workshops to teach people knitting, crochet and felting techniques. She also started creating her own patterns.

While she was dyeing her own yarns she attended craft fairs and yarn shows around the country to sell them. This inspired her to run her first event - which was Bakewell Wool Gathering, back in October 2013.

Meanwhile, Carole didn't have much time for hand dyeing anymore, but she did outgrow the studio she was using. She moved for the first time into her own local yarn shop, which was called Skeins. Skeins was open for five years but at the end of this period Carole decided she preferred to focus her time on running events. She'd already added Buxton Wool Gathering to the line up by this point.

Global events put a pause on live shows for a couple of years, but in that time the landscape of yarn festivals in the UK had changed again. That meant Carole decided the time was right to add a third show - which brings us up to the present!

Our events

To find out more about any of our events, please visit the relevant site. This will let you know dates, location, and other important information. For example, if you want to apply to be an exhibitor, the key dates and steps are explained.

Bakewell Wool Gathering

Bakewell Agricultural Centre

Every October

Buxton Wool Gathering

Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Every May

Cumbrian Wool Gathering

J36 Rural Auction Centre, Cumbria

Every June

Our values

We believe that wool crafts and yarn festivals are for everyone. We’re a small family-run company and we try to keep our events friendly and accessible for all. You can read full details in our Equality and Diversity Policy.

Wool Gatherings Ltd is registered in England and our company number is 14112793.

Our registered address is:

33 New Road
High Peak
SK13 1JN