Wool weekend has a flock of visitors

Sing Along: DaleDiva entertain visitors to the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.
Sing Along: DaleDiva entertain visitors to the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.

A FLOCK of visitors descended on the Derbyshire Eco Centre at the weekend for a two-day spring fair and to celebrate the uses of wool.

The free event at the Middleton-by-Wirksworth venue saw a bustling market selling sustainable goods, a craft market, demonstrations of crafts and sustainable living and displays of textiles created by local school children.

Rural Crafts: Diane Williams of Whaley Bridge and Caroline Simpson of Cromford demonstrate the art of spinning at the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.

Rural Crafts: Diane Williams of Whaley Bridge and Caroline Simpson of Cromford demonstrate the art of spinning at the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.

To incorporate the wool theme, there was a live webcam set up to allow visitors to see lambs being born at a farm in Glossop.

There was also contemporary and traditional sheep and wool products and unusual textiles, such as a dress made from nettle fibres.

It was the first time that the spring fair has been held at the Eco Centre.

Tutors demonstrated the art of dry stone walling and there was a chance to see and try crafts including felting, spinning, weaving and knitting.

Sweet Dreams: Anastasia Bellamy, six, and her mother Isabel Frenzel of Matlock have fun making a dreamcatcher at the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.

Sweet Dreams: Anastasia Bellamy, six, and her mother Isabel Frenzel of Matlock have fun making a dreamcatcher at the Eco Centre Spring Fair in Wirksworth.

There was children’s activities such as finger knitting and creating Lego jewellery.

But there was also entertainment with a performance from Derbyshire’s award-winning women’s chorus DaleDiva.

A council spokesman said: “It was a roaring success, and we had a brilliant turn out, we think it was about 1,500 across the weekend.

“People were here enjoying all sorts of activities.

“It was to promote some of the classes we have got coming up with our new brochure.”

The £1.4m Derbyshire Eco Centre opened in September 2010 and aims to protect Derbyshire’s rural heritage by offering courses to help keep traditional skills alive and teach people to live sustainably.

For more information about Derbyshire Eco Centre’s upcoming events go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ecocentre