Instant volunteering opportunities at Attingham

Woollen creatures on display for Attingham's Woollen Woods

Instant Volunteering opportunities are one off occasions, events or activities where you can try out volunteering with us - such as helping out at our annual Night Run, or helping make decorations for Christmas.

It's a great way to try volunteering and see if it's for you, or if you'd like to be volunteer but can't commit to doing so regularly. if you're volutneering for a one off activity or event you'll just need to let us know that you're coming, we'll sign you up on the day, and you'll be Instant Volunteering before you know it.


Current Instant Volunteering Opportunity: Knit a creature for Attingham's Woollen Woods

Can you cast on from the comfort of your own home and create some Halloween themed creatures for Attingham’s first ‘Woollen Woods’? 

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

We’re looking for volunteer knitters who’d like to use up the odds and ends from their wool collection to create some autumn and Halloween inspired woollen creatures and donate them to join a display that will take over a section of the Mile Walk for the autumn half-term (26 October – 3 November), and carry on into November.

Autumn themed knitted woodland creatures from the National Trust’s Arlington Court form part of the display, having travelled to Shropshire to make their home on a section of the Mile Walk for half-term, but we’re looking to add a few more Hallowe’en inspired items or wildlife to the display for example, bats, spiders, toadstools, fungi, or pumpkins.

Woollen Woods will take over the 'Wood Chip Path' just off the Mile Walk, near the bird hide and is a free trail. 

Hand-crafted autumnal leaves and woodland animals
Knitted items on display at Attingham's Woollen Woods
Hand-crafted autumnal leaves and woodland animals

How to take part

You can join in by donating a hand-crafted item you've made at home for the Woollen Woods. Felt, sew, craft, knit or crochet a creature or item and drop it off at Visitor Reception or post it to us to be received by Friday 18 October for it to be included.

Top tips and guide to making your creature/item

  • Please make your item or creature between 10cm - 50cm in size.
  • What materials to use: Creatures can be made from any waterproof materials but must have some wool (natural or synthetic) to be included. .  
  • Pale yellow and white acrylic yarns tend to go a bit patchy, so please limit their use.
  • No buttons or button-like decorations please – to protect the natural wildlife in the area who may be curious about the new residents.
  • Natural stuffing works best outdoors if you wish to use it.
  • We’re sorry but we are unable to return creations to their makers after the event.

If posting your item please send it to 'Woollen Woods, Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY4 4TP. Please also include the name and age of the crafter.

If you've got any queries please drop us a line at 

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