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Woolly Weekend

See a shearer at work with Scottish Blackface sheep and enjoy wool-themed family crafts and activities at the Museum of Rural Life's annual Woolly Weekend!

Woolly Weekend

About Woolly Weekend

Join us for a weekend of all things woolly at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Woolly farmyard friends
11:00–16:00: Meet a selection of sheep breeds and some adorable alpacas in the museum courtyard. There are also plenty of new arrivals up at the farm and in the fields!

Sheep shearing
Head to the working farm to see some of our Scottish Blackface flock get their summer 'do with YouTube sensation Cammy Wilson from The Sheep Game. He'll be demonstrating mechanical and hand shearing at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00. Plus head to the byre to watch our cattle getting milked at 15:15 (approx).

Makers and crafters
11:00–16:00: Meet craftspeople and see the process of turning fleece into garments and products, with live demonstrations of wool-based crafts in the museum.

Family crafts
11:00–13:00 & 14:00–16:00: Join us in the museum's Learning Centre for hands-on woolly crafts.

Other information
Shielings Café will be open as usual serving hot meals, drinks and snacks.


Please note that the Farm Explorer tractor-trailer will not operate during Woolly Weekend. The walk from the museum to the farm takes about ten minutes, with paths providing firm, smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. More information can be found in the Access section below. Why not follow the Willow Sculpture Trail on your way up?

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