Cotswold Sheep & Wool Day returns this Bank Holiday Monday
Sheep & Wool Day, the free family event is returning to the Cotswolds Discovery Centre
in Northleach this Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) from 10am to 4pm.
Following the success of last year’s event organisers have planned another action packed family day with all things woolly!
Meet the Cotswold Lion sheep in the grassy courtyard and see how their wool is spun and made into beautiful fabrics. Their wool known as the 'Golden Fleece' was an important export. It not only played a major role in the development of many Cotswold towns and villages, but also in the finances of the nation. Sadly times have changed, and they are now classified as a rare breed, but a great treat to see!
The Cotswold Lions will be joined by a herd Huacaya alpacas from the Cotswold Alpacas Farm at Cowley. There will be free wool themed demonstrations throughout the day by the Northleach Spinners and Weavers and Cotswold Handweaver Rebecca Connelly who will be loom weaving. You can also learn how string and rope is made in a flax making demonstration. The forge will be open to watch our blacksmith in action and learn about the essential role blacksmithing played in the Cotswolds.
Lechlade Craft Barn will have plenty of craft activities for children to do and make and local Cotswold artist Alexandra Woods will be drawing and painting the day’s activities including the Cotswold Lions!
Once you have had a good look about then why not take a trip out into the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by electric bike and explore the outstanding scenery and idyllic towns and villages. Cotswold Electric Bike Tours will be launching their brand new guided tours and you can have a short local tour!
There will be a BBQ feast, locally sourced and home-made lunches from the Cotswold Lion Cafe, a beer tent with local ales and things to buy in the Cotswold gift shop and other stalls including: Alfie Purl Yarns & Textiles and The Little Pickle.
Entertainment will be provided by the Wychwayz Border Morris Dancers performing at 12noon and 2pm.