We’re on the countdown!

We’re really on the countdown now … literally days from launching the ninth Shetland Wool Week! We can’t wait to welcome you all to Shetland from places near and far.

For those of you unable to attend we hope that you’ll enjoy our updates and can one day add our festival to your calendar.

The following information is some orientation and handy hints:
The Hub located at the Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick
We’ll be open throughout Shetland Wool Week from 10am on Saturday.

This is the place to come to collect any pre-ordered SWW Annuals or SWW Premium Memberships. If you’re already signed up for your events, there is no other formal registration required  – just come along to the Hub to meet other Wool Weekers.

Be sure to drop by at some point, to mark where you’ve come from on the SWW map, check out the noticeboard for updates on transport and ticket availability, and enjoy a cosy space to socialise, knit and chat, whilst taking in the many exhibitions throughout the museum. There will be coffee available too so remember to bring your reuseable coffee cups too.

SWW Photo booth
We really want to capture and share all your magnificent ‘made by me’ items.
Make sure you share your SWW wardrobe with us by taking a photo and uploading it to social media using #swwmadebyme

There will be a small photo booth area at the Hub where you can do this too!

SWW merchandise
Our limited edition SWW 2018 merchandise will also be on sale in the Museum from a separate mini SWW shop in the foyer. All will be revealed soon, but we really hope you like it. We’ve collaborated with local artist Gilly Bridle who has created a stunning piece of art for us which has a nod towards the Merrie Dancers hat pattern by patron Elizabeth Johnston.

There will be a range of items available so hopefully you will find something you like to add to your SWW collection.

We’ll share photos on social media too, so keep a look out there.

Yarn shops
There are a number of knitwear shops in Lerwick where you’ll be able to pick up wool and other accessories. Keep an eye on the Jamieson’s and Jamieson and Smith facebook pages for their SWW opening times.

Another handy website is www.lerwicktowncentre.co.uk with details on extended opening times for Lerwick shops and eateries.

Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant opening times throughout SWW
The Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant is located in the Shetland Museum and Archives.

Sat 22 September and Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th September
17.00 – 20.00

Booking is highly recommended Tel: 01595 741569

Shetland Wool Week Welcome, Sunday 23 September
Anderson High School, 7.00 – 8.30pm

 This year’s welcome will be a more relaxed evening with music from Hjaltibonhoga, a few short welcoming speeches, followed by a chance to look at sponsors’ displays, enjoy a glass of wine, a small chocolate gift from Mirrie Dancers, and  a chance to mingle. Many of our tutors will be there too so be sure to say hello.

We’re also pleased to welcome ex-SWW patron Felicity Ford who will be holding a trunk show. Her designs have inspired the Anderson High School’s Maakin and Yakkin to make some bunting of their own, which will be on display.

There will be a chance too to speak to find out more about the Scottish Design Relay and how Shetland has contributed to the national V&A Dundee Project.

Remember to bring your SWW hats for the photos!

Please note, there will be seating for about half of our guests during the speeches and for the remainder it is standing only. Doors will open from 6.30pm and we advise that you do not turn up too early as you will be outside.

Map – we’ll have maps at the Hub if you’re not sure where to go. It’s the brand-spanking new Anderson High School near the Clickimin Leisure Centre (NOT the old AHS which is at the south end of Lerwick). There is parking at the school or you can park at the Clickimin and walk across (pedestrian access only) to the school.

Please bring your tickets to the opening and to your classes (either printed or on your phones). We will have a list of names but it will speed things up considerably if you can wave a ticket at us.

There are still a number of tickets left – check out the Little Box Office for availability.

Ferry and bus timetables during SWW
Check your journey times in case there have been changes to the timetable.

Ferry timetables can be found here

Bus timetables can be found here

We will also have timetables for you to look at in the Hub.
We’ll continue to post information via social media throughout the week so keep an eye on that.

We hope you enjoy your experience in Shetland. Bring a notebook for all the friends and contacts you are going to make, enjoy the atmosphere and community of the islands. And remember your Merrie Dancers Toorie too!