Frequently Asked Questions
We get asked a lot of questions and our Frequently Asked Questions gather them all into once place with answers to help you.
About Bakewell Wool Gathering
Bakewell Wool Gathering is a two-day festival dedicated to wool, yarn, fibres, and related crafts. We're based at Bakewell Wool Gathering in the Peak District and run every year in May. Our about us page explains more.
Bakewell Wool Gathering will return in October 2024. We'll announce the exact date when we've confirmed it with the venue. Doors open at 10am for prepaid tickets and 11am for on the day tickets. Doors close at 4pm.
All exhibitors will accept cash payments and most accept card payments too. If you want to confirm with a particular exhibitor, you can get in touch with them using the contact details we have listed for them. There is no ATM at the venue but there are plenty in Bakewell town centre, which is only a short walk away.
Yes, you can advertise at Bakewell Wool Gathering. We 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
If you wish to do so please get in touch through our contact form.
Tickets are £5.00 for an adult for a single day, or £8.00 for the weekend. We don't charge a booking fee.
Children under 16 do not need to pay, but do need to be accompanied by an adult. Carers also enter for free if they're with a ticket holder.
You'll be provided with a wristband which will allow you to come and go as you need without having to pay again.
When you book a ticket, we send email confirmation to you. On that email there'll be a barcode, and we scan that on the day when you enter. You can print that out or show it to us on your phone.
If you have any issues we can look you up by name.
You can read full step-by-step instructions.
We don't send out tickets by post.
You can! You can pay in cash or card at the door. However, tickets bought online get priority entry at 10am. On the day tickets are available from 11am.
When you book a day ticket we don't ask you to select the day you're attending. This means you can come on either day.
When we scan your entry ticket, we provide you with a colour-coded wristband which lets us know which day you have checked in for. You won't be allowed entry if your wristband is not the correct colour for that day.
If you want to come on both days, you can buy a weekend ticket instead.
If you are accompanying a ticket holder as their carer, you don't need to pay for a ticket of your own. Just let us know when you enter.
The ticket price covers entry into Bakewell Wool Gathering. We give you a wristband that lets you re-enter the event as often as you want. We also give you an exhibitor guide which includes a venue map and details of all the exhibitors.
If you've booked a ticket but can no longer attend, you can request a refund for your ticket for up to seven days before the event. Let us know through our contact form and we'll cancel your ticket and issue a refund to your account. If there is less than a week to go, we are unable to provide a refund.
If Bakewell Wool Gathering is cancelled, we will issue a refund to all tickets that have already been booked.
We charge an entry free to cover our costs. For example, we have to pay for the hire of the venue, insurance, and staffing.
We try to keep the price down and believe we are good value for money compared to many other wool festivals.
Once you've purchased your ticket you can re-enter as much as you like on the day.
Bakewell and the venue
You can get to Bakewell in a car or by public transport.
By car: 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.
Public transport: The closest train station is in Matlock, 8 miles away. For information on buses, please visit the Derbyshire Bus website.
You can park at the on site Pay-and-Display car park. This costs approximately £5 for the day, although it is free for blue badge holders.
There are other car parks in Bakewell and we recommend checking Parkopedia for more information on them.
Bakewell Agricultural Centre has an on-site cafe for refreshments and there is also free Wi-Fi. Outside you'll find The Coffee Pod selling hot drinks and snacks.
The parking is Pay & Display.
There's no cash machine, but the Centre is only a few minutes walk into Bakewell where there are cash machines and other shops.
The venue is all on one level with accessible parking spaces and accessible toilets which can by unlocked with a Radar key.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Bakewell Agricultural Centre and you can bring them into Bakewell Wool Gathering.
Other dogs are not allowed inside, but there is plenty of space to walk them on the surrounding land. Your entry wristband will allow you to come and go, if you need to go outside to attend to your dog.
We understand this is disappointing but we do need to enforce this policy for the safety of dogs and humans alike.
Food and drink is available from the café on-site and the Coffee Pod outside. There are also plenty of places to eat in Bakewell town centre, which is only a short walk away.
The Centre is all on one level so can be navigated in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
There's also accessible parking and toilet facilities. Guide dogs and other support dogs are welcome.
There are no ATMs at Bakewell Agricultural Centre. There are plenty in the centre of Bakewell which is only a short walk away from the venue.
Most exhibitors will accept card payments but if you want to check ahead of time you can get in touch with them.
There is seating at the cafe on site, but only if you've bought food from them. It can get very busy and space is limited. We try to provide space for seating in the Centre and near the doors but this is also limited.