Woollen Woods open at Stretton Watermill

11 May 2017

If you go down to the woods this weekend, you really are in for a surprise. Crafters from across the region have created wonderful woolly creatures and plants for the Woollen Woods at Stretton Watermill.

Celebrating the 40th year since its restoration Stretton Watermill is planning a series of events to link to its local community and beyond. The first event is Woollen Woods.

Over 180 fantastic bugs, birds, flowers, fungi and mammals have been crocheted, knitted and felted and displayed in the beautiful wooded site. Visitors to the exhibition can enter a prize draw for a place on a needle felted class with Wulydermy.

Katherine West, Museum & Arts Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We’re delighted with the response from the many talented crafters who have helped to populate the forest.  There is still an opportunity to add even more items to the display after attending our workshop in June, and don’t forget to enter the prize draw. Woollen Woods is part of the Voluntary Arts Festival.”

Stretton Watermill is one of the country’s best preserved demonstration water powered corn mills. The current mill building was started in 1630 on the footings of an earlier mill. In 1959, Stretton’s last miller retired. The mill lay derelict for over a decade before being restored as a working museum, which opened to the public in 1977. The Watermill is open from spring to autumn each year welcoming thousands of visitors and school pupils.

There are a number of activities running alongside the exhibition

Needle Felt Toadstool taster workshop with Louise from Wulydermy
26 May 12 noon - 2pm
£5 at Stretton Watermill

Woollen Workshop
2 June 1pm - 4.30pm
Drop-in. Suggested donation £2.

Explore the woollen wonderland, where you might find tree creatures and minibeasts hiding in the woods, then make your own creature to join this amazing outdoor exhibition.

Storytelling: Tales from the Trees
26 July 1pm - 4.30pm
Drop-in.  Free.

Join an interactive storytelling with Gina Crouch and help bring traditional legends and modern stories to life.

The Woolen Wood will be on view from 13 May to 3 September. Please check the website westcheshiremuseums.co.uk for opening times or call 01606 271641.  

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