Our vision for The Internationwool Festival, Anglesey 2019 is a friendly and fun experience for customers and vendors alike.
We have been to many wool shows over the years, and have spoken to a lot of customers who have been to many more. The only criticism that frequently comes across seems to be that a lot of the shows appear to be almost the same show, just transplanted to different locations.
We want to make sure that our show is not just another similar experience, but instead a completely different breed of wool show. To do this, we decided that we should make it an international show, with products and artisans from around the world available to see and squish (the products, not the artisans!) first hand, rather than online. There will still be your favourite brands and artists from the UK, however there will be others that you have never met before, with completely new products to showcase as well.
We are hoping to create an international village feel, with stalls displaying bunting flags of their home countries, and to have different foods and craft traditions represented as well.
The Anglesey Showground, where the show will be held, is a very flexible and large site which is perfect for what we have in mind. We will be offering camping both for vendors and customers, as well as a VIP glamping village as well.
Because we have chosen the August bank holiday weekend for the show, it made sense to have it over the full three days of the weekend, and to try and pack out the weekend with enough vendors and activities to make it worth while to do so. We will make sure that there are co-ordinating activities for children and families on site as well, so that visitors don’t have to worry about finding something else for the family to do during the weekend, unless they want to.
We will be running a number of workshops, classes and competitions over the weekend, and will have talks, demonstrations and book signings by some well-known and loved personalities from the woolly world. We are also hoping to have a variety of live animals around as well, including sheepdog displays, sheep shearing, and breed talks.
In addition to the two large purpose-built pavilions, we plan on having a number of marquees set up alongside. One of these will be for ‘new makers’, those who have been trading for under two years, or who have never displayed at a large event before. The aim of this is to enable those who may be worried about taking the plunge into vending at large shows to give it a go, and for customers to be able to meet up-and-coming artisans and try out new products or brands that they may not have come across before.
We are working closely with the local woolly community in North Wales, and are delighted to be able to offer a marquee especially to showcase the talents of our local crafters, both woolly and not. We are lucky to have so many exceptional artists in the area, and so it will be a fantastic opportunity to show them off to the wider public.
We have strong links to the local guilds of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, and are excited to be able to involve a number of local guilds and their members in the show, with spinning and weaving demonstrations and sales of their amazing creations.
Alongside many daytime events, we will also be organising some evening entertainments as well to keep the festival atmosphere going. As well as traditional craft and chatter evenings, we will also having a live music evening for The Wool Ball, where woolly jumpers and wellies are just as welcome as posh frocks and bow ties!
As you can see, we have a lot planned to make sure that the festival is as busy, fun and successful as it can be for both customers and vendors alike.
We really hope that you can join us!