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Coronavirus: Yarndale festival cancelled - but could be held online

Coronavirus: Yarndale festival cancelled - but could be held online

Published by Harry Long at 1:40pm 27th May 2020. (Updated at 1:43pm 27th May 2020)

The Yarndale festival in Skipton has been cancelled because of coronavirus.  

  • The Yarndale festival in Skipton has been cancelled because of coronavirus.  
  • The festival was supposed to take place over the weekend of 26th and 27th September.
  • Organisers are now looking at ways to hold it digitally instead.  

But organisers of the annual yarn event say it could be held digitally instead.  

The festival had been expected to attract up to 8,000 visitors to Skipton over the weekend of 26th and 27th September.

In a statement, organisers said that it was “hugely disappointing” that it would not go ahead as planned.

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Organiser Emma Sandoe said:

“We had been progressing with plans to deliver our festival at Skipton Auction Mart, but as the pandemic plays out across the UK, it has now become clear that holding the event in 2020 isn’t going to be possible. 

"However, we have a very passionate and committed community of crafters who we don’t want to let down and this is why we are asking them to join us that weekend to enjoy the wonderful spirit of Yarndale online. 

"Furthermore, we are very keen to support all of our exhibitors who are the mainstay of the show as well as our chosen charity, Martin House, and we are currently working out ways to do that. 

"We are also hoping to turn this situation into a positive opportunity by making connections with others who may not have been able to visit in person and by sharing something of the show experience for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. We are looking forward to exploring all these new avenues.” 

"People who have already purchased tickets will be contacted by the organisers over the next few days."

You can find out more about the festival here.