Upper Street Events has announced that its Spring Knitting & Stitching Show will be moving out of Olympia and into the Business Design Centre in central London.
The Knitting & Stitching Shows take place in London, Dublin and Harrogate and are the UK’s biggest events for the textile art, craft and design community, attracting over 80,000 visitors a year.
The move is part of significant investment in The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, which in 2019 saw a larger show with new dedicated dressmaking content including a Sewing School, Eco-friendly Dressmaking Competition, catwalk show, Upcycling Challenge and curated Textile Galleries by acclaimed artists.
Visitor numbers for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show have grown by 11% in the last two years, with organisers reporting that the 2019 show was the busiest ever.
The new funding comes after Upper Street Events was purchased by Immediate Media in January.
Event Director Katie Ventresca said: “Interest in knitting and stitching is growing all the time and The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show has quite simply outgrown Olympia. Moving to the Business Design Centre is hugely exciting and will give us a big, beautiful, permanent home in which to expand and enhance the show’s content.
“The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show has quite simply outgrown Olympia”
“The additional 1,000 square metres of floor space and abundant natural light will enable us to deliver a richer visitor experience with plenty of potential to grow our workshop and demonstration programmes, Textile Galleries, competitions, theatres and other live features.
“Reactions to news of the move and of plans to grow the Spring show have been positive. We are confident that current and new exhibitors will enjoy the benefits that the new venue will bring.”