Shetland Wool Week has returned for its 13th year; three years since the last in-person event in 2019.
A world renowned celebration, Shetland Wool Week attracts visitors from across the globe to celebrate Britain's most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming communities here in Shetland.
Lots of events, classes and workshops are planned across Shetland, kicking off on Saturday 24th September running through until 2nd October.
Meet The Shetland Reel Team at Wool Week
Love wool and gin? You’re in luck. Our team will be attending the Taste of Shetland Wool Week Food and Drink Market at Mareel on 2nd October 11am - 3pm. We’ll be showcasing our award winning gins alongside some specials to mark Wool Week 2022.
If you fancy venturing further afield, our distillery doors will be open to welcome you. Why not join us in Unst for a distillery tour where you’ll learn about how we make our gin as well as sampling some of our favourites. Tours run at 12 noon Monday - Saturday and can be booked through the booking link on our website. Not got time for a tour? Our distillery shop is open between 10am - 4pm - so pop in and say hi!
Workshops We’ve Got Our Eye On
With a wonderful array of workshops and events over the week, it’s difficult to pick just a few! Here are some of the ones we’ve got our eyes on:
Knit One Gin Tour Of Unst - See Shetland
Join See Shetland on a day tour to Unst. You’ll visit our distillery, Glansin Glass Visitor Centre, Mella Handmade Soap Workshop and the Unst Heritage Centre – the home of Shetland Lace with an opportunity to get your needles out!
Lunch will be served at the wonderful Victoria’s Vintage Tearooms and stops at ALL the highlights of Unst! This sounds like the perfect day out!
Make A Piece Of Shetland Inspired Jewellery - Shetland Jewellery
Join the gang at Shetland Jewellery and learn basic jewellery making techniques and you’ll leave with a piece of jewellery made by your fine hands!
Tours Of Garths Croft Bressay With Chris Dyer
We’ve followed Chris at Garths Croft on social media for a while now and love his passion for his native Shetland Sheep flock. He’s a bit of a comedian too! Join him for a tour of his croft and learn more about the agricultural year in Shetland.
Joanna Hunter - Open Studio at Ninian
A wonder along Commercial Street wouldn’t be complete without popping into Ninian. Take a sneaky peak behind the scenes of her knitwear studio and marvel at the lovely gifts in her shop.
Sheep and Crofting Talk At The Lerwick Brewery
Our friends at the Lerwick Brewery are hosting a Sheep and Crofting Talk followed by a tour and tasting of their beers. You’ll be baaa-ing by the end of it!
Head to Sandness, the far west of Shetland where you’ll find Jamieson’s of Shetland Spinning Mill. Join them on a guided tour of their factory where you’ll see the full process from raw fleece to finished yarns and knitwear. You might leave with more than you bargained for, their shop is just fabulous!
A full list of the tours and workshops on durning Shetland Wool Week can be found here.