Nottingham Yarn Expo 500 Years in the Making

From the first ever framework knitters of the 16th Century to the shawl that swaddled the latest Royal arrival, Nottingham has proved to be a progressive influence in the world of knitting, textiles and design with a history that is second to none.

Nottingham Yarn Expo aims to celebrate contemporary design, wonderful products and 'The Maker'.


NYE is housed in the award winning Newton and Arkwright Buildings in Nottingham City Centre. It has excellent communication links and a tram stop that is just metres from the front door. The tram network links the train station and convenient park and ride facilities to the venue making it very accessible.

NYE is a truly wonderful place to showcase your product and to browse the delights on offer. With designers and makers from Britain, Europe and the US this is a yarn show that is definitely not to be missed. Did we mention that there will be fantastic live music too?


Exhibitors will benefit from:

  • Extended unloading slots in the venue loading bay.
  • All day set-up from 6am until 10pm on the Saturday
  • Dedicated height unrestricted parking (ideal for both cars and vans) just two minutes walk from the venue.


Since we have announced and promoted NYE 2018 we have doubled the number of people that have signed up to our newsletter, make sure that you have signed up too to be the first to find out the latest info!


Would you like to be part of this dynamic show?  Make sure that you complete our application form!


NYE 2018

It is just over a week since we first launched Nottingham Yarn Expo 2018 and the response from both exhibitors and the yarn buying public has been absolutely fantastic. We are so excited about the show in November and we are eager to share more with you! 


After the 2017 event we had so many wonderful comments about our fantastic exhibitors, the wonderful venue and the fabulous live music, here are just a few:


“the show in 2017 was fantastic…….. we will be coming on mass (in 2018)”


“the exhib was brilliant!!! Great venue, fab yarns, lovely coffee and really wonderful music”


“I just had to say thank you for the fabulous show. I was thrilled to see all the independent yarn producers and craft's people”


“last year it was just me but this year so far there are 4 of us going to NYE. I have been to EYF this year and know that yours will be one yarn festival not to miss. I loved the venue by the way, and the music! Unique!”


“Was thoroughly worth getting on a plane for and Olive Knits alone was worth it”


“Was the first yarn show I’ve ever visited & loved the atmosphere & the vendors were amazing, I came home with some beautiful yarn”


If you are an exhibitor and want to be considered for Nottingham Yarn Expo 2018 make sure that you complete the application form


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5 weeks until NYE arrives!

Just over a month to go and we are getting really excited about the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo.

We have a super Yarn filled extravaganza of a week-end in store for you. 


Alongside all the delectable stalls and exhibitors we have lined up there are other amazing treats in the offing!

We are absolutely delighted to have US knitting superstar Marie Greene of Olive Knits appear at NYE and this is her UK debut. If you would like to join her on ‘The Pick Up Artist’ there are a couple of spaces left, but be quick to avoid disappointment (‘Sweater Whisperer’ is now full). Don’t miss her free talk on ‘The Makers Way’.


Another first which we are equally thrilled with is the UK launch of ‘WOODS’ by Making Stories. This fabulous knitting design book is truly gorgeous. We received our advance copy earlier this week and cannot put it down! It is a must buy, and you will get opportunity to meet the inspirational team behind this delightful project as both Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haffercamp are coming over from Berlin for NYE. What’s more many of the yarn companies and designers involved in this project will be exhibiting at NYE so you can squish the yarn that makes up the projects in the book! Verena and Hanna Lisa are also giving a free talk on their inspiration behind the project, do not miss this!    


All of the workshops on sale offer a wonderful range of opportunities for you to hone and develop your techniques as well as make new friends.


Along with the Marketplace, Workshops and free talks we also have fabulous live music over the week-end from ‘Highly Strung’ a string quartet and Harpist Lisa Wright in the central court.

Sheep inspired poetry will also be read from the team at Candlestick Press in the lecture theatre.  

There is a café on site for you to enjoy with plenty of seating, as well as a cash point on site in case the temptation is too much!


All these events take place in one simply stunning venue so you can move easily from one to another, what could be better? Purchase an advance ticket and get discounted tram travel. Treat yourself and head over to our website and put some Hygge into your November.


Rachael and the team at NYE



Ravelry group

I am sure that you will be delighted to know that there is now a Ravelry group where you can discuss all things Nottingham Yarn Expo!


Whether you want to share your e-shopping lists, plan those 'must have' additions to your stash or arrange meet-ups with your Ravelry friends this is the place to be!


Why not plan your weekend and find out the best places to stay and the coolest places to eat? Make sure that you introduce yourself on the introductions page :)


We look forward to meeting you!


Rachael and the team at NYE




Exhibitors and tickets update

It has been just over a week since we revealed who will be exhibiting at the first Nottingham Yarn Expo in November, I am sure that you will agree that it is an impressive line-up! We have something for everyone: beautiful hand-dyed yarn, breed specific yarn, spinning, felting, knitwear design, crochet, haberdashery, ceramics, jewelry and much more........ you name it we've got it!

Want to find out more about our wonderful exhibitors? Then click on the exhibitor links to visit their websites and peruse their wonderful wares and designs. I for one will certainly be making a shopping list for the event ;)


Tickets are now on sale, yes that's right, you can now start planning your visit to Nottingham and Nottingham Yarn Expo! Tickets are competitively priced at £8 for a pre-booked day ticket or £14 for a pre-booked weekend pass. Online tickets are limited so make sure that you don't miss out on this preferential rate.


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So what next? We will be revealing our wonderful and inspiring workshops soon (I can't wait for this) and we will be introducing you to some of our fantastic exhibitors too. For regular updates please sign up to our informative newsletter and follow us on social media, we use Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (follow the links from our website).