National Sheep Association and Rare Breeds Survival Trust member David Griffiths and his wife, Karen, keep sheep on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border. In April 2009 they opened their own mini woollen mill – Griffiths’ Mill – processing fleece from their own sheep and those of customers throughout Britain. Since starting they have attended numerous shows around Britain and have sold their range of woollen yarns and carded wool around the world. What became obvious to them was that there was a requirement for more education about Britain’s Wool Heritage. “The number of people we met at shows who did not know wool came from sheep or that it’s removal was for the health of the sheep was amazing”, says Karen.
In February 2016 after 18 months of planning and building David and Karen launched ‘The Woolly Roadshow’ – an educational promotion of British wool, British sheep and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
‘The Woolly Roadshow’ is a display trailer 5.5m length and 2.3m width with a canopy on one side. It is towed by a Land Rover support vehicle which incorporates a British wool bedroom inside and a 48” video display outside. ‘The Woolly Roadshow’ is operated and supported by Griffiths’ Mill with additional support from the National Sheep Association, British Wool, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Woolcool, Ty Mawr, Solidwool, Burgon & Ball, Rappa, The Woolroom and Lister Shearing.
‘The Woolly Roadshow’ displays and sells a range of British yarn, carded fibres and other woollen products. It also includes hand spinning and/or felting demonstrations and provides information about the work of the National Sheep Association, British Wool and Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Innovative wool based products are also on display. A video shows lambing, shearing and wool processing.
‘The Woolly Roadshow’ can be booked to attend shows throughout the UK.
The Woolly Roadshow Events 2018
12th & 13th May – Wool@J13 – Penkridge, Staffordshire
20th May – Woodhall Spa Country Show – Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
30th & 31st May – Stafford Show – Stafford
7th, 8th & 9th June – South of England Show – Ardingly, West Sussex
15th, 16th & 17th June – Royal Three Counties Show – Malvern, Worcs.
(incorporating The 3rd British Wool Fashion Show)
24th June – Derbyshire County Show – Locko Park, Derby
27th June – Lord Staffords Countryside Learning Day – Swynnerton, Staffs.
14th July – Ashbourne Sheep Fair – Ashbourne, Derbyshire
18th July – NSA Sheep Event – Malvern, Worcs.
2nd – 5th August – Countryfile Live – Blenheim, Oxfordshire
18th August – Ashbourne Show – Ashbourne, Derbyshire
31st August, 1st & 2nd September – Chatsworth Country Fair – Chatsworth, Derbyshire
7th & 8th September – Rare Breeds Show & Sale – Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
9th September – Hartington Wakes Show – Hartington, Derbyshire
15th & 16th September – Royal Berkshire Show – Newbury, Berkshire
8th – 12th October – The 2nd Woolly Roadshow UK Wool Week Tour
(Grassmarket, Edinburgh; Market Place, Darlington; The Spot, Derby; Friars Walk, Newport, Gwent; The Green Park, London)
13th & 14th October – Bakewell Wool Gathering – Bakewell, Derbyshire
27th & 28th October – The Big Textile Show – Leicester Racecourse.
For all enquiries please contact:
David & Karen Griffiths, The Woolly Roadshow, Griffiths’ Mill, Glebe Cottage, Flacketts Lane, Sudbury, Derbyshire, DE6 5HX.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07970 820815 or 01283 585444