12 Mar 2015

Popular wool festival set to return at Leeds museum

After a successful debut last year, a festival celebrating all things woollen is set to return bigger and better to a popular Leeds museum later this year.

As part of the Leeds Wool Festival, which has now been confirmed to take place on Saturday 6 June 2015 from 10am-5pm at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, visitors can enjoy a packed programme of activities and events perfect for any wool connoisseur! On offer will include textile workshops, talks, special performances and weaving demonstrations, which will sit alongside working looms, spinning mules and a new tailoring gallery. A mini market featuring over 15 stalls will also be available to browse, in what promises to be a great day out for all the family and indeed anyone with a real interest in wool, knitting, crochet, spinning or dyeing.

In what was a fantastic first event last year, highlights included expert Audrey Wilson leading a Technique Knitting Workshop, spinning demonstrations, a fascinating talk on ‘Innovations in Hand Knitting’ by guest speaker Anne Kingston and special cabaret performances of a ‘A Stitch in Time’.

For more information please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/LeedsWoolFestival or follow the #LeedsWoolFest hashtag.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are really excited to welcome back the Leeds Wool Festival to Leeds Industrial Museum later this year after a fantastic first event in 2014.

"As part of this year’s fun, visitors will again have the opportunity to take part in a range of fantastic activities and event including specialist workshops, talks and demonstrations. With a mini market also set to be held on the day, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better, and a real date in the diary for anyone with an interest or passion for wool."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

There is no additional charge for visiting this event but normal museum admission charges apply.

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

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