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Celebrating the woolly heritage of the Cotswolds

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A new Cotswold Wool Weekend will champion local makers, fibre farmers and natural dyers when it takes place in Cirencester next month.

The not-for-profit event is about rescuing the lost woolly heritage of our area. It has been created by Louise Millard with some help from friends and patrons. Louise rediscovered knitting as an adult and found so much joy and mindfulness from the practice that it helped her through a difficult time.

wool poster | Celebrating the woolly heritage of the Cotswolds

Back in 2017, Louise was keen to support local woolly businesses, but couldn’t find many. She was shocked about this loss of heritage and lack of a Cotswold-based wool show, so she set the wheels in motion to start a festival.

They approached a few different venues but settled on Cirencester due to it being a historic wool town with the structure in place to scale up a festival long term. The idea came from the inspirational Shetland Wool Week which hosts various events around the Shetlands. The Cotswolds have a long and distinct wool heritage which deserves to be celebrated! What better way than following the #cotswoldsheeptrail and the journey from farm to fibre.

The event will be held at Cirencester Corn Hall on the bank holiday weekend of April 29th to May 1st. There will be woolly markets, workshops, talks and demonstrations. Crafting is having a huge resurgence and so many people are enjoying making things again and finding huge benefits to their mental health.

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