Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for those attending The Stitch Festival

We are mindful of our duty of care and are consulting with experts to ensure the wellbeing of every attendee. Following current advice from the Government, the Department of Health, Social Care and Public Health England and The Business Design Centre, The Stitch Festival will still be opening its doors on 25th-28th February 2021 and we have an amazing show lined-up.

If you are a ticket holder, we wanted to let you know that, should we be forced to postpone or cancel The Stitch Festival the instruction of the UK government we will look to refund all ticket purchases booked through our official ticket partner See Tickets to the value of tickets and any workshops you have booked (this will not include P&P or booking fees).

You would not need to do anything, this will automatically be sent to the payment method of which you purchased the tickets. If you have purchased a ticket via another supplier, you will need to contact them directly.

Advice for everyone planning to attend The Stitch Festival

The UK risk level for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was increase in February has from low to moderate.  We are continuing to monitor UK government advice and whilst it remains at this level we will continue to run The Stitch Festival, open 25-28th February 2021, and follow current advice to remain business as usual.

Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

If you are planning to attend The Stitch Festival as a visitor, exhibitor or contributor and think you may be affected, please stay indoors, either at home or within your accommodation, avoiding contact with other people and contact the NHS 111 or 999. 

If you have travelled from the following countries in the last 14 days we recommend that you do not come to the venue, even if you do not have symptoms.

  • mainland China outside of Hubei province
  • Italy outside of the lockdown areas
  • South Korea outside of the special care zones
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

If you have returned from the specific areas listed below in the last 14 days, then please do not attend the show irrespective on how you feel. The current advice is to stay indoors, avoid contact with others and contact the NHS on 111.

  • Iran
  • Hubei province in China
  • lockdown areas in northern Italy
  • Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo, Como) and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna); Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche); Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte); Padova. Treviso and Venice (in Veneto).
  • special care zones in South Korea
  • Daegu
  • Cheongdo

If you are experiencing symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should not travel to The Stitch Festival, even if your symptoms are mild.

We ask all attendees to follow these guidelines (as advised by the NHS):

  • If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  • To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the show you will also notice:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all studios and features.
  • We will be increasing our hygiene procedures, ensuring all surfaces, furniture and equipment are cleaned with increased frequency.
  • First aid staff have been specially trained on the current situation.
  • Additional signage will be on display to remind people of how to avoid the spread of germs.

Advice for UK Residents and International Visitors

The advice for UK residents who think they may be affected is to take common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people, including not going to work, school or public areas and not using public transport. Those concerned should contact 111. International visitors can also contact 111.

NHS 111 is a 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week telephone advice service for members of the public to phone if they have an urgent medical concern; 999 is the contact number for the Ambulance, Fire Brigade and Police services and should be used in an emergency.

Please be aware that calls to 111 from a foreign-registered mobile phone, within the UK, may not work and may not be free. For anyone unable to call 111, the alternative number is 0300 020 0155. 

What to do if you are feeling unwell whilst at The Stitch Festival

If you begin to feel unwell whilst attending our event, please visit the First Aid location at the show and refer to H&s process (to be confirmed).

For more information on the current situation you may find the following links useful:

Last updated 09 March 2020

Important Ticket Information – Covid-19

Due to the latest Government rulings in relation to Covid-19, we will be cancelling The Stitch Festival 2021, which was due to take place at the Business Design Centre from 25th – 28th February.

While this is very disappointing for our community of crafters, we are working hard to find lots of digital activity to get involved in until we can come together again.


Meanwhile, join us in November for Beyond The Knitting & Stitching Show

★ Support our exhibitors and stock-up on supplies

★ Participate in live and on-demand workshops online

★ Enter the Self-Portrait Competition for the chance to win £1,000

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