In May 2015, seven Woollen Woods went on display in different outdoor venues as part of Voluntary Arts Week. Over 6,000 nature inspired woolly creations were sent in, from community groups, crafters and members of the public, and thousands of people visited to see the work on display. The Woollen Woods is a fun way to bring craft and nature together, engaging communities with their local area, both as participants and visitors. 2016 is the first year that Littleborough Arts Festival has organised Woollen Woods and we have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response of individuals and community groups.
The weekend was a great success with over 250 people visiting Hare Hill House on Saturday and over 500 people visiting the park, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale. The pom-pom making workshop was very popular with over 120 children (and adults!) making pom-poms which were then added to the displays. Woollen animals and flowers were provided by the Townswomen’s Guild, Smithy Bridge Primary School, Scamps and Happy Jacks Nurseries, Knit and Natter Groups and individuals.
We are grateful for the support and co-operation of the Friends of both Hare Hill House and Hare Hill Park. We are planning a bigger and better event for 2017 and hoping to involve lots more groups and individuals so watch this space for more details of how to get involved! Voluntary Arts Week shines a light on all the wonderful creative cultural activity that takes place across the UK and Republic of Ireland – raising the profile of creative groups and connecting more people with opportunities to ‘get creative’ on their doorstep. The events that make up the festival are run by groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes, celebrating the diversity of grassroots creative cultural activity and the impact voluntary arts groups have on their communities.
Littleborough Arts Festival is a registered charity: 1156946