Leeds Wool Festival: Celebrate our city’s rich history with Leeds Industrial Museum’s annual showpiece

Dancers perform at last year's Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills.
Dancers perform at last year's Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills.
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The wonderful world of wool will take centre stage as Leeds Industrial Museum hosts one of its most popular annual showpieces.

Now in its fourth year, Leeds Wool Festival features a huge mix of workshops, demonstrations and activities.

Anna Maltz who will be delivering workshops at this year's Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills.

Anna Maltz who will be delivering workshops at this year's Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills.

The museum in Armley Mills – parts of which date from the 1700s – was once the world’s largest woollen mill.

In the early 1970s it finally closed as a business before re-opening in 1982 as the museum, which tells the story of the city’s industrial heritage.

Coun Brian Selby, lead member for museums and galleries, said: “The wool festival is a fantastic and imaginative occasion which continues to grow in popularity each and every year.

“It’s also a fitting tribute to Leeds’s rich history as a cornerstone of the country’s textile industry and there could not be a more apt location to celebrate that than the museum.”

Local specialist retailers like The Knitting Goddess, Sonic Knitting, The Border Tart, Dye Ninja and Baa Am Ewe will be hosting stalls at Saturday’s event, which runs 10am-5pm.

Visitors to the demonstration area can learn about spinning, felting and other techniques by watching experts in action.

And specialist knitter Anna Maltz will lead workshops including Colourwork Winged from the Top Down and Introduction to Marlisle.

Yarn the Movie, which features wool graffiti artists and circus performers, will be showing in the museum’s 1930s cinema and the WI pop up café will be serving cake and afternoon teas.

Festival entry costs £3.80 for adults or £3 for concessions.

Workshops are priced at £25 per person, which includes admission to the museum.

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries for booking information and more details.

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