The Glastonbury Golden Fleece Experience
From Humble Beginnings to an All New Event in 2014!
Exciting News! For our 5th year celebration in 2014, The Glastonbury Wool and Alpaca Festival is relaunching as The Glastonbury Golden Fleece Experience!
The scope and scale of the 2014 event is completely enhanced to host the entire event—wool businesses and traders, artisans, demonstrators, specials events, sheep events and many others—all at one venue. The now famous Glastonbury sheep and alpaca will continue their annual run down the High Street!
We are moving the date of The Glastonbury Golden Fleece Experience to the first weekend in October; in 2014 this will be the 4th and 5th. We realised that it is the time of year people are thinking woolley and holidays and are planning their winter projects. The weather is usually rather cooperative as well.
Being Glastonbury, we are used to thinking outside the box. The 2014 Experience will expand its horizons from a British Wool and Alpaca Fibre oriented event to an exposition of the many associated aspects of the British Wool trade, history, textiles, education, literature and art.
Unique to our event is its British-ness and the historical ethos at its foundation. The last two years’ festivals have hosted an all-British fashion show that highlighted the superlative artisanal skills throughout the UK and also demonstrated that British wools can be spun as fine as sewing thread and used in wedding ring lace or made into coat and jacketing cloth. The history of Britain’s Golden Fleece, and the uses of it throughout history provide us with a platform for a special series of special events.
The arts are given a special place in the new Experience program, we are focusing on arts that utilize wool of sheep and/or alpaca and other natural animal fibre, or arts that include something to do with sheep, alpaca or the associated aspects of the industry. A special extension is a wool and textile literary event section that includes everything from antiquarian dealers selling books on the history, arts, and trade, to a variety of publications, forums and authors with their own books for signing.
We are now issuing a challenge to our yarn, cloth, knitwear, felt makers and all crafter and artisans, to use British wool and alpaca in as many creative ways as possible—to be inventive and innovative, and bring them for display. British wool tops and yarns are available from many sources online now so we encourage everyone to try combinations of textures and make interesting colour combinations, thick and thin concepts, mixed weight and texture combinations—creative wools and blends.
Our event, from humble beginnings in 2010 when we held a British sheep run down the Glastonbury High Street to coincide with the launch of HRH the Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool, is a celebration of the history of wool and how that history can be used to instruct and inspire as a foundation for our future—fibre, textile, skill base, product, literature, art and creativity that showcases British wool and alpaca at its very best.
Always: Buy Wool! Buy the Best! Buy British!