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
Festival Opening Hours for EYF 2019
Thursday & Friday: 10am - 5.30pm, Saturday: 10am-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 beginning of 2019. Visitors booking a class will have the option to book general admission earlier (for themselves only), when the class-tickets are released (in autumn 2018).
We recommend joining the mailing list if you haven't done so already!
I'm bringing a tour-group to EYF, how can I book tickets?
Due to the demand in tickets from independent visitors we cannot offer group-bookings for any of our events.
Are Press Passes available?
A strictly limited number of Press Passes are available for successful applicants. Deadline for applications is 31st December 2018. Info & application form.
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. You can find out who exhibited with us in 2018 here to get an idea.
When will the class programme be released?
The class programme will be released on Saturday, 13th October 2018.
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.
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?
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 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 early 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!
See you in March!