We have bagots and baguettes, llamas and lattes, doe-eyed donkeys, a gaggle of geese and even a rescued reptile before we even get to the Hebrideans and a Jacob or two. All down on the family owned and run farm in the pretty market town of Penkridge, South Staffordshire and all providing a great backdrop to Wool@J13, the first show of its kind in this part of the midlands for all wool and fibre lovers everywhere.
“We had a fantastic weekend – can’t wait for next year” For the Love of Yarn
“Huge thanks from RiverKnits, we really had a fantastic time. The volunteers were super helpful, the whole event was well organised and relaxed all at the same time! We hope to see you for the next one.”
Its location? Easily accessed, being just minutes from Junction 13 of the M6. Or you could hop off a train at Penkridge itself or boat it in a leisurely fashion on the nearby Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
Its reach? Penkridge in Staffordshire is the ideal location for a woolly event, right in the centre of England. Our reach is UK wide, with visitors coming to us from across the Midlands, North-West, Yorkshire, the East of England as far as Peterborough and the South as far down as North Somerset and, in a couple of cases, even Devon! The pull of wool is as strong in 2019 as it was when we did our first show in 2017.
Wool@J13 comes to you courtesy of Ingrid Wagner and Val James, two women who have joined their considerable forces to bring you this vibrant and stimulating show, designed to celebrate and help you to learn about all things woolly through its exhibitors, exhibitions, workshops & talks. Music, some mayhem and senses stealing Street Food from all around the world have been mixed into the equation. Ingrid & Val like fun as well as wool. They think you’ll like it too.
Ingrid has a passion for colour. She is a visual artist and textile designer with a background in film & theatre who started her own interiors business in 2005. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Textile Design and a Masters in Cultural Management. She has lived in Poland, Russia & Morocco and now in Milford, Staffordshire. Her feet tend to itch if she stands still, so she hardly ever does. Her passion for colour is almost matched by a passion for teaching & learning.
Val James, on the other hand, has a passion for animals and conservation, and is one half of the couple who run the 600 acre beef and arable farm at Lower Drayton, Staffordshire. It has already diversified into a family fun farm, attracting visitors to learn about its continually developing new habitats and attractions. The farm’s year-round programme of events, activities and educational visits keeps Val just a bit busy. Occasionally she sleeps.
We hope you will enjoy your visit to Wool@J13 and to the surrounding area which deserves your attention if you are making a weekend of it. Check out www.enjoystaffordshire.com for more very good things to do on 18th & 19th May 2019.
Lower Drayton Farm
Penkridge • Staffordshire • ST19 5RE
Tel: 01785 330757 • Mob: 07717 036213