ABOUT BAKEWELL WOOL GATHERING
Bakewell Wool Gathering will run on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October 2021. Doors open at 10am for prepaid tickets and 11am for on the day tickets. Doors close at 5pm on Saturday and at 4pm on Sunday.
You can view our Exhibitors list, with links to more information about each of them where available.
Bakewell Wool Gathering is a two-day festival dedicated to wool, yarn, fibres, and their related crafts. 2019 will be our seventh year. You can read more information here.
Applications open in November each year and close in January. We advertise here on the website and also announce through Facebook. If you are unsuccessful you will automatically be added to a waiting list, and if another exhibitor has to pull out we will select someone from the waiting list to replace them. We do not usually provide feedback on applications but can if you ask us. We would recommend that you tell us as much information as possible and emphasize what makes you unique! If you have missed the deadline for applying then please don't contact us asking to make an exception, as there are already people waiting for a place. We do not make exceptions. Instead wait until next year, or consider applying for Buxton Wool Gathering instead.
We do provide an A5 brochure to visitors which lists the exhibitors and their contact information. You are able to advertise in this brochure whether you are an exhibitor or not, at the following costs:
- Quarter page: £25.00
- Half page: £50.00
- Full page: £100.00
Tickets are £5.00 for an adult. Children under 16 do not need to pay, but do need to be accompanied by an adult. You'll be provided with a wristband which will allow you to come and go as you need without having to pay again.
You can buy tickets on the day using a card. We can accept contactless cards. Alternatively, you may want to book online using Paypal. The price is the same, but there will be a priority queue for people who have already paid. You can also enter earlier - prebooked ticketholders can enter from 10am, whereas on the day tickets will only be sold from 11am. We are no longer able to accept cash for tickets on the day.
No, but you will receive email confirmation of your booking. You can bring this with you, but we will have a list of everyone who has already paid.
We have to pay for the hire of the venue, insurance, staffing, and other related costs. We try to keep the price down and feel we are good value for money compared to other wool festivals. Once you have purchased your ticket you can re-enter as much as you like on the day.
BAKEWELL AGRICULTURAL CENTRE
Yes. The Centre is all on one level so can be navigated in wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There is also disabled parking on site as well as toilet facilities. Guide dogs and other support dogs are welcome.
Bakewell Agricultural Centre has an on site cafe serving food and drinks. The Centre is also only a five minute walk into the centre of Bakewell, where there are plenty of places to eat.
Guide dogs and other support dogs are welcome in the Centre. Unfortunately, other dogs are not allowed inside, but there is plenty of space to walk them on the surrounding land. Your wristband on entry will allow you to come and go as you need to, if you need to go outside to attend to your dog. We understand this is disappointing but due to several incidents in the past couple of years we do need to enforce this policy for the safety of dogs and humans alike.
Bakewell Agricultural Centre has an on site cafe for refreshments and there is also free Wi-Fi. The parking is Pay & Display. There is no cash machine, but the Centre is only a few minutes walk into Bakewell where there are ATMs and other shops.
There is a car park at Bakewell Agricultural Centre and several others around Bakewell. All are Pay & Display and must be paid using cash. Costs were over £5 for the full day in 2017. We are aware that sometimes the Pay & Display machines are broken or slow but unfortunately we don't have any control over these, although we do contact Derbyshire Dales Council so they have the opportunity to fix the machines ahead of time. There are other car parks in Bakewell and we recommend checking Parkopedia for more information on them.
Bakewell is on the A6, midway between Buxton to the north and Matlock to the south. The Centre's postcode for Sat Nav is DE45 1AH. When you get to Bakewell, it is clearly signposted. The closest train station is in Matlock, 8 miles away. For information on buses, please visit the Derbyshire Bus website. You may also find this map useful.