With an eye on our 2018 event, we have compiled a list of questions which come up a lot. If you want to make sure that you don't miss any updates, subscribe to our mailing list here.
The Marketplace is open on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March. Classes take place from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th March inclusive.
Thursday & Friday: 10am - 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm
How do I buy a marketplace entry ticket?
Our allocation of advance general admission tickets is now sold, but on Friday and Saturday, tickets will be available at the door. Please see our Buy Tickets page for further details.
We recommend joining the mailing list if you haven't done so already!
Do children have to pay to get in?
Under-16s are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Paying visitors using a wheelchair users can bring one companion who will be admitted free of charge. More info about accessibility can be found here.
When can I see a list of who's coming to the marketplace?
You can find our list of 2018 exhibitors here.
When will the class programme be released?
The class programme was released on 14th October 2018 and classes are now sold. Have a look here.
How can I book a class?
We use an online booking system and you'll be asked to show your printed ticket at the desk at the entry point.
I booked a class but my plans have changed. What should I do?
At this stage refunds or transfers are no longer possible. Please see our Terms and Conditions for Classes page. There is no waiting list as returns and transfers are no longer possible.
Will there be classes for children?
At this point, we are unfortunately unable to offer classes for children. The requirements to set up and run classes for kids are simply not something we can accommodate at the moment. Likewise, we have been asked if we can provide a crèche service during the festival - sadly we cannot.
Please note we absolutely cannot admit babies or children to any classes we offer; children are very welcome at the main event, though!
Will there be an evening event?
Our evening events have now sold out.
Will there be animals like sheep and alpacas?
No, we are very much an urban event - other events cover that aspect very well already :-)
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately not. (Guide dogs are of course permitted.)
Will there be a Wool Tribe magazine this year?
For 2018, there will not be a Wool Tribe Festival Companion magazine as we are currently working on a book, due to be released later in 2018.
What is the catering like? Are there any vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free options?
The Corn Exchange has several food-ordering points and coffee carts, not to mention its own public café (Bert's Coffee Bar). Sandwiches, soup, cakes, a couple of hot food options are on offer - plus we make sure there are vegetarian and gluten-free, and as far as possible, dairy-free options on the menu (while stocks last, of course). (The venue is right by a large 24-hour supermarket, in case we cannot cater for your needs.)
On the Thursday and Sunday, when classes are held in the Risk Factory, the Corn Exchange will not be open to the public for catering - with the exception of Bert's Coffee Bar, which is open to the public every day except Sunday. There is a branch of Costa Coffee 5 mins walk away.
Do I bring cash or can I pay by card?
Each vendor has their own arrangement, and wi-fi can be a bit patchy in historic buildings such as the Corn Exchange. Cash is always welcome and the 24-hour supermarket next to the venue has a couple of cashpoints. Ask individual vendors for details. Lots do have portable card machines.
Can I download a map of the venue?
Yes, from February 2018! If you don't want to miss the release, please subscribe to our mailing list!
Can I leave my bags somewhere while I shop?
You can. A cloakroom will be available at the Corn Exchange whilst the marketplace is open. For 2018 we tripled the capacity of this facility to accommodate demand. For a charge, you will be able to check in coats and shopping bags. Prices tbc.
How do I get to the venue?
Here's our information page about getting to the Corn Exchange.
What is the parking like? Is there disabled parking?
Car parking at Corn Exchange will be limited in comparison to previous years due to our extended marquee space. Parking in local streets near to the venue is free at weekends. We highly recommend you come by public transport.
There is limited disabled parking available in the car park and we will update everyone with exact details of our improvements as soon as we can.
Where can I stay in Edinburgh?
(Are you a member of Ravelry? It's a brilliant website for yarn enthusiasts. We have our own group there which is a great source of information like this.)
We can't recommend specific accommodation, but have a look at this Ravelry thread for some ideas. Edinburgh has lots of clean, simple chain hotel accommodation like Ibis, Tune, Novotel, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Premier Inn. (Please note that we can't help you book accommodation.)
What else can I see in Edinburgh? And in Scotland?
We've got a wealth of attractions and a fair few yarn stores in Scotland. Happily, other websites have listed many of them for us! Visit Scotland and This is Edinburgh are good starting points for planning your trip. And for yarn-related tips, this Ravelry thread is pretty good.
What are your dates for 2019?
We aren't ready to release that information, but as soon as we can, we'll tell you!
See you in March!