Edinburgh Yarn Festival is the UK's Premier Contemporary Hand-Knitting Show
With an eye on our 2019 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.
Dates for EYF 2019
The Marketplace will be open on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Classes take place from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th March 2019 inclusive.
A smaller fringe event with marketplace is planned for Sunday, 24th March 2019.
Advance ticket holders (online purchases prior to event):
Thursday & Friday: 10am - 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm
Tickets purchased on the day:
Thursday 1pm - 5.30pm, Friday: 11am - 5.30pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm
How do I buy a marketplace entry ticket (also referred to as General Admission ticket) for EYF 2019?
General Admission tickets go on sale online on Saturday, 19th January 2019 4pm (GMT).
Tickets will also be available at the door each day, for that day, during the opening hours stated for “Tickets purchased on the day“, see section “Festival Opening Hours for EYF 2019“ above.
I'm bringing a tour-group/travelling with friends to EYF, how can I book multiple tickets?
Due to the demand in tickets from independent visitors we cannot offer group-bookings for any of our events.
The maximum number of tickets for the same individual event that can be purchased is 2. This applies to all evening events and the Sunday event.
The General Admission tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be released together as “one event“ and it will be possible to buy 2 for each day in one transaction.
Are Press Passes available?
A strictly limited number of Press Passes was available for successful applicants. Deadline for applications was 31st December 2018 - we no longer accept applications now.
Do children have to pay to get in?
Under-16s are free but must be accompanied by a paying 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?
We release the vendor list every year in November.
When will the class programme be released?
The class programme was released on Saturday, 13th October 2018.
How can I book a class?
Classes are now sold out!
Will there be an evening event?
Yes. There will be evening events on the Thursday and Friday (over 18s only - due to licensing restrictions). Details will be released in Autumn 2018.
Will there be animals like sheep and alpacas?
No, we are very much an urban event - other events cover that aspect very well already :-)
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 food available at the venue?
Yes - plenty! We work with a high quality catering company and ask them every year to offer a good selection of soups, salads, hotpots, sandwhiches, wraps, cakes and other treats. There are multiple outlets for food and drink and a fully licensed bar. Espresso based coffees are available throughout the venue! :-)
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.
Do I bring cash or can I pay by card?
Tickets: Tickets on the door will be available for cash payment only.
Vendors: Each vendor has their own arrangement for taking payments, but most are taking credit cards now. The trading
currency is GPB (£) although some vendors may accept Euros, but please don’t rely on this assumption. Ask individual vendors for details if you need 100% certainty.
The payment systems mostly rely on mobile internet connections and we highly recommend to also bring cash
There is a 24-hour supermarket next to the venue has a couple of cashpoints.
Bar & Food: Card & cash (GPB only) accepted.
Can I download a map of the venue?
Yes, from February 2019. 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 (Thursday - Saturday only!) at the Corn Exchange whilst the marketplace is open. For a charge, you will be able to check in coats and shopping bags. Prices tbc in February 2019.
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?
We highly recommend you come by public transport. Car parking at Corn Exchange will be extremely limited in comparison to previous years due to our extended marquee space. Parking in local streets near to the venue is free at weekends.
For information about disabled parking please see our Accessibility page here.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately not. (Guide dogs are of course permitted.)
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 2020?
We will confirm dates for 2020 in April 2019 at the earliest as we are relying on other dates to be confirmed first.
See you in March!