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Spinning Yarns Festival- A Darn Good Event

03 September 2018

The inaugural Spinning Yarns Festival at Antrim Castle Gardens was a great success as the crowds weaved their way through the colourful pattern of events on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September.


This two-day festival of creativity, craft, fashion and food was a work of art appreciated by the thousands who attended.


Chef, broadcaster and author Paula McIntyre MBE inspired the crowds with her ‘Lamb and Linseed’ theme while fashion designer and BBC’s The Great Sewing Bee contestant Angeline Murphy had a captive audience as she shared advice and tips on the world of fashion.


The Gardens where brought alive with the amazing exhibitions and displays which included Yarn Bombing and The Estate - a 2D yarn representation of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey, created by a group of local ladies, Hookery Craft Group.


Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth commented “It is a privilege to attend this first ever Spinning Yarns Festival. Given our Borough has a rich textile heritage, it is fantastic to host this event in Antrim Castle Gardens. This is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy and I look forward to the next one”


The marketplace had everything on offer from funky knits to luxurious linen gifts pleasing the crowds as they threaded their way through the many stalls. The Afternoon Tea & Fashion Tent was another great attraction hosted by local lady Pearl Mitchell of Style Solutions. Delicate finger sandwiches, scones and delicious pastries where served up followed by a fashion parade showcasing the latest fashion designs.


The Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers a group of craftspeople dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the handcrafts of spinning, weaving and dyeing demonstrated wheel and spindle spinning encouraging the visitors to have a go. Herds of endearing Alpacas, Only Yolkin Mobile Farm, Live music from Connor Taggart, delicious food and glorious weather, Spinning Yarns Festival was A Darn Good Event!