Everything You’ve Always Wondered About

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To make things a little bit easier for you we have divided our FAQ into the sections below. Just click the title and the section will expand.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, please drop us a line at hello@woollinn.com.

About

When’s all this happening?

The truly epic Woollinn marketplace will be trading on both Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May, from 10am to 5.30pm on both days. Our not-to-be missed workshops will run from Friday 25th to the morning of Sunday 27th May.

Who’s behind Woollinn: Dublin’s Festival of Yarn?

Why hello there! We’re Lisa, Jacqui, and Jenny, and we’re also the team behind This is Knit (a fabulous Dublin Yarn Shop that you should absolutely visit!). Our friends and customers have been saying for a while that there should be a Dublin Festival of Yarn, and it was high time we listened… Of course we’ll be enlisting the help of some other wonderful people from the crafting community and also appealing for volunteers to keep the whole thing running smoothly when the doors open on the 25th of May 2018.

Where is everything taking place?

As with many yarn festivals, our venue is a little unconventional… but this is no ordinary convention!

Join us for all the fun and frolics in ALSAA, a sports and social complex that sits quite neatly next to Dublin Airport.  Flying in for the day? Hop on the Red Car Park bus to be dropped right outside. Stopping in from somewhere not quite so far-flung? ALSAA is very well served by lots of local bus routes. We’ll be updating the website with all relevant travel info in the coming weeks.

I’m a journalist/ promoter – do you have a press kit?

Yes, we do! Simply drop us an email (hello@woollinn.com), and we’ll get everything you might need to tell the world about Woollinn in your inbox as fast as we can.

Where did the name ‘Woollinn’ come from?

We’re so glad you asked! It’s utterly pun-tastic.

Over a long and drawn out brain-storming session via WhatsApp, we had tossed around ideas that included some element of the Irish language and some nod to the community focus of the knitting and crochet world.

Several cups of coffee later and ‘Woollinn’ was born!

Layer 1: The Irish word linn conveys a sense of togetherness. Is féidir linn means ‘We can do it!’

Layer 2: It sounds like ‘woollen’, doesn’t it?

Layer 3: Say it fast and add the location. There you go. Wool. In Dublin.

#jobdone

Ticket Information

Can I buy workshop tickets?

Yes! Some workshop tickets are still available, and buying a workshop ticket gives you early access to the Woollinn marketplace on the same day as your class. See our tickets page for more.

Can I buy General Admission tickets in advance?

Advance sales of General Admission Tickets have now closed. Tickets can be purchased on the door at a cost of €12 per day.  Advance Ticket Holders will be given priority for admission on the day.

I purchased multiple passes but I only received one ticket to print out. Is that right?

Yes, if you purchased several passes in one transaction then you will have received one e-ticket, which is valid for the whole order. We can still check-in each person from a group booking individually if they present their own copy of the ticket on the day.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of €12 per day, but please note that priority will be given to advance ticket holders on the day.

Some Workshop Tickets are still available from our Tickets page.

Can I exchange my tickets for wristbands in advance?

Your printed tickets can also be exchanged for wristbands on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of May in This Is Knit (Powerscourt Townhouse)

I hold a workshop ticket, can I get advance entry?

Yes, workshop ticket holders will be given advance entry to the marketplace at 9 am on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th of May to allow for some relaxed browsing before heading to your workshop. Please allow time for finding your room and settling in for your workshop. Volunteers will be available to help guide you throughout the event. Please note that the Yarn in Ireland panel and the Kate Davies Talk do not count for early access.

What does a general admission ticket entitle me to?

The weekend ticket covers your entry to the yarn festival and marketplace venue on both Friday and Saturday of the weekend. The Friday or Saturday general admission tickets cover your entry for either the Friday or Saturday respectively.

If for example, you wanted to attend one of the workshops, then it would be advisable to book the workshop with weekend festival admission included at the same time (or just one-day admission if you would prefer), as that would be better value than buying them separately.

 If for example, you wanted to just attend the marketplace, then you only need to buy the general admission ticket for one or both days you want. If you wish to attend any of the other things like the talk by Kate Davies or the Yarn in Ireland panel, then you book your festival admission first and then whatever additional thing you would want to attend.

 If you wish to attend the social on the Saturday night then you buy that separately but you do not need to buy festival admission in addition, if you do not wish to attend the festival/marketplace.

 

Visitor Information

Where is everything taking place?

As with many yarn festivals, our venue is a little unconventional… but this is no ordinary convention!

Join us for all the fun and frolics in ALSAA, a sports and social complex that sits quite neatly next to Dublin Airport.  Flying in for the day? Hop on the Red Car Park bus to be dropped right outside. Stopping in from somewhere not quite so far-flung? ALSAA is very well served by lots of local bus routes.

Can I book accommodation nearby?

Yes, and your options are plentiful! Airport hotels are of course quite handy (with many offering shuttle bus links to, or quite near to, our venue). Swords and Malahide are nearby villages where you might find a bed-and-breakfast or an Air BnB. Santry is a little closer to Dublin City, if you fancy making a trip in to catch some tourist sites while you visit.

If you’d like to stay in Dublin City then a trip out to the venue should take approximately 30 to 40 minutes by bus, or 20 to 30 minutes by taxi.

See our blog post on accommodation options here.

Tell me about parking arrangements and public transport options.

There is limited car parking available at ALSAA and we would encourage everyone to use public transport where possible.

The Dublin Airport Red Car Park is adjacent to the venue and can be pre-booked online. Regular, free shuttle buses run from all areas in the Red Cark Park to the Airport Terminal, but don’t go that far! Ask the driver to leave you at the closest stop to the Red Car Park Exit and then you will have a short 5-7 minute walk to ALSAA. Please note that in the Red Car Park – each booking allows for one entrance and one exit, so separate bookings will need to be made for Friday and Saturday if you are attending both days.

You can find out more about transport and travel options here.

Is the venue accessible?

There is limited designated car parking available at the venue. Ramps are also present to navigate steps or steep slopes. Universal access toilets, as well as baby-changing facilities, are available. A lift to all levels is present. If you have a need that is not addressed here, please do get in touch with us in advance of the weekend – hello@woollinn.com.

There is free entry for children under 14 who are in the company of an adult, and for one person accompanying each wheelchair-user.

Can I use a credit/ debit card in Woollinn, or is there a bank machine nearby?

Many of our vendors will have the facility to accept credit and debit cards, but it’s always a good idea to bring (a wad of) cash, just in case! There’s no bank machine on site, unfortunately, but in a serious yarn emergency, Dublin Airport has several and it is just a short hop away.

How can I find out what vendors are bringing?

There is a thread over in our Ravelry group here that you can use to chat with some vendors and find out who will have those needles you have been coveting from afar or if your favourite vendor will have a certain yarn. Pop over and start those shopping lists today!

Will there be a place to eat or grab a coffee inside Woollinn, or is there somewhere nearby?

Yes, all the essentials will be available: tea, coffee, water, sweet treats, lunch options, and even a sneaky tipple if you’d like. Fun fact: the bar and lounge in ALSAA has viewing windows overlooking the marketplace, so you can spot your next yarn acquisition from above!

Will there be food at the venue?

There will be refreshments, sandwiches etc available at one end of the marketplace hall and then hot meals available in the bar area at lunchtime both days. Please note that it is not permitted to bring food into the venue. 

  What type of food is there at the Saturday Social?

It’s a BBQ!! While the menu is being finalised, likely examples will be a beef burger/chicken drumsticks/wings, vegetarian burger or similar, potato salad/coleslaw etc as sides.  There is an option to select any dietary requirements when booking your ticket.

 Can we wait somewhere between the festival and the social on Saturday?

The bar area will remain open in between the marketplace finishing up and the evening event starting, so people will be very welcome to stay there until the evening event kicks off.

Will there be somewhere to sit and knit/chat at the venue?

Yes!  We’ll have plenty of different areas for you sit, have your food, chat and knit etc.

 Will there be somewhere to leave coats/bags at the festival?

Yes, there is a cloakroom/bag area.

Workshop Information

Where can I find the homework/materials for my workshop?

You can find a full list of class materials here

I hold a workshop ticket, can I get advance entry?

Yes, workshop ticket holders will be given advance entry to the marketplace at 9 am on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th of May to allow for some relaxed browsing before heading to your workshop. Please allow time for finding your room and settling in for your workshop. Volunteers will be available to help guide you throughout the event. Please note that the Yarn in Ireland Panel and the Kate Davies talk ae not early access tickets.

Is there a waiting list for cancellations for the classes?

No, unfortunately, we are not able to provide this service at the moment but do keep an eye on the class box office as sometimes a cancellation may happen and the class would become available again.

Where is everything taking place?

As with many yarn festivals, our venue is a little unconventional… but this is no ordinary convention!

Join us for all the fun and frolics in ALSAA, a sports and social complex that sits quite neatly next to Dublin Airport.  Flying in for the day? Hop on the Red Car Park bus to be dropped right outside. Stopping in from somewhere not quite so far-flung? ALSAA is very well served by lots of local bus routes. We’ll be updating the website with all relevant travel info in the coming weeks.

Is the venue accessible?

There is limited designated car parking available at the venue. Ramps are also present to navigate steps or steep slopes. Universal access toilets, as well as baby-changing facilities, are available. A lift to all levels is present. If you have a need that is not addressed here, please do get in touch with us in advance of the weekend – hello@woollinn.com.

There is free entry for children under 14 who are in the company of an adult, and for one person accompanying each wheelchair-user.

Can I use a credit/ debit card in Woollinn, or is there a bank machine nearby?

Many of our vendors will have the facility to accept credit and debit cards, but it’s always a good idea to bring (a wad of) cash, just in case! There’s no bank machine on site, unfortunately, but in a serious yarn emergency, Dublin Airport has several and it is just a short hop away.

 

 

 

I’m a journalist/ promoter – do you have a press kit?

Yes, we do! Simply drop us an email (hello@woollinn.com), and we’ll get everything you might need to tell the world about Woollinn in your inbox as fast as we can.