Sitting on the Wild Atlantic Way where the point of the Mizen Head Peninsula and the Sheep’s Head Peninsula meet, the picturesque village Durrus will play host to the West Cork Craft & Yarn Festival later this month.
The festival is the brainchild of organiser Annie Brazier, who saddened by the lack of yarn related festivals in the West Cork area, decided to launch her own. Many of you will know Annie as the indie dyer behind The Moon and Sixpence Hand Dyed Yarns.
We caught up with Annie over a cup of coffee and asked her to tell us a little bit more about her plans.
‘The festival will take place over two days the 23rd and 24th of June at the Phillips Green & Community Hall in Durrus, which is approximately ten minutes from the main road. The hall itself is beautiful, bright and airy, with doors that open out onto a large lawned area with benches and a gravel path around it. There will be a marquee set up and the area will provide a lovely setting to sit with your coffee, cake and latest project whilst having a bit of a natter with like-minded friends’.
The list of vendors includes Eve Chambers Textiles, TumbleWeave, Curly Cord Macrame and Bantry Yarns to name but a few. Representatives from the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be at the festival and Elizabeth O’Connor will be giving spinning demonstrations.
Entrance to the festival is free and there’s plenty of places to park around the area. Finding the festival will be a piece of cake, as signposts will be erected from the main road for the weekend.
Why not make a weekend of it and take in some of the sights? There’s plenty of Loop Walks in the area, you could visit Mizen Head Signal Station and cross the bridge high above the Atlantic Ocean, Stop for a spot of lunch in Bantry or take the ferry over from Glengarriff to Garnish to see the beautiful Italian Gardens.