THIS year’s Yarndale festival is to take place at Skipton Auction Mart, the team has announced, with the dates confirmed as September 25 and 26.

The uncertainty about lifting government restrictions and the lack of a Covid cancellation insurance scheme has been making the organisation of the event very difficult but the team is planning for the festival to be held in person and are following all current social distancing measures in order to deliver a Covid safe show.

Following the success of last year’s Yarndale@Home which took the festival online to a digital audience, the team is also planning to include a virtual element alongside this year’s traditional event to make Yarndale as inclusive and accessible to everyone as possible.

Carole Rennison from the Yarndale team said: “We know that so many people are hoping to be able to visit Yarndale in Skipton this year and we didn’t want to disappoint them. At the same time, we want to support our amazing exhibitors and encourage everyone to support their local independent businesses who have all experienced challenging times recently. We are currently working out all the logistical details of the weekend and carefully considering all the measures necessary to run the show safely with the health and wellbeing of our visitors and everyone involved our number one priority.

We’re looking forward to introducing an online element to the event as well so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy the Yarndale experience.”

The team is reaching out to any new exhibitors or tutors who would like to take part in the show and are particularly encouraging applications from currently underrepresented groups. The deadline for all applications is Friday, July 9 and all the details can be found on the Yarndale website.

Tickets for Yarndale 2021 will be going on sale on Friday, July 23 and are available in advance only via the Yarndale website.

Celebrating the joy of yarn in all its forms, Yarndale is a vibrant and inspirational festival which has taken place at the end of September each year since 2013 at Skipton Auction Mart.

Not only does it bring together up to 200 exhibitors under one roof who are all passionate about their beautiful yarns, threads and textiles, but the show showcases and supports a creative mix of retailers, manufacturers, craft workers and artisans who travel to Skipton from across the country and Europe.

The event is an important feature in the cultural offer of Skipton and has a significant impact on the local economy, with over 7,500 visitors travelling from across the UK and around the world to spend the weekend in Skipton.

Yarndale raises both awareness and substantial funds for many local and national charities each year and has achieved great acclaim over the last seven shows, winning several awards, such as the British Knitting & Crochet Awards for Best Knitting Show / Event for three years running.

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