Woollen Woods in Autumn

Once again the woodlands of Arlington Court will be bedecked with woolly creations as the Woollen Woods display returns this autumn. Read on to find out how you can get involved and when to visit the exhibition.

Picking up stitches

Building on the success of the Woollen Woods in Bloom in partnership with Voluntary Arts in 2015, a woolly display will be returning to the woods at Arlington from 27 August-30 October 2016. At the launch over the August bank holiday weekend there will also be a chance to get hands on making your own creations as The Knitting Tent, a homemade yurt, visits Arlington.


There are already over 1000 knitted, crocheted and felted creations to begin the woolly display. 

" All the creations from last year have been gently washed and stored over the winter, ready to begin the display in 2016. However, with this years exhibition taking place over September and October, we're keen to have some more autumnal entries, such as acorns, fungi and dahlias."
- Natalie Savage, Visitor Service Manager, Arlington Court

Making a contribution

If you'd like to have your knitted, crocheted or felted work on display at Arlington you can send it in up until 16 October 2016 to: Woollen Woods, Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP. Unfortunately we can't return any items, but will store them for future use, if they survive the elements. Ideally any stuffing should be made from natural products, as this maintains its shape better outdoors.

Be inspired by the colours of autumn
Two knitted pumpkins on a pile of logs for a woollen exhibition
Be inspired by the colours of autumn

Special stitches

A special trail will be set up for October half term of Hallowe'en inspired items such as pumpkins, witches, ghosts, cobwebs and even eye balls. Lots of these smaller creations require less wool, so can be made from any bits and pieces left lying around, also known as a knitter's 'stash'. Follow this link to discover a Pinterest board of inspiration for Hallowe'en.

Find these spooky wonders in the woods
A knitted witch and spider int he woods at Arlington Court
Find these spooky wonders in the woods