Karoo Winter WOOL Festival

Celebrating Wool and all things authentically Karoo this winter.

The Karoo Winter Wool Festival is all about celebrating natural fibres and all things authentically Karoo! Come Dance the night away in a Karoo wool shed, run or ride through the beautiful Karoo Koppies, learn about wool, develop your crafting skills with wool workshops, marvel at unique South African made woollen products, indulge in delicious Karoo food and drink, make friends and perhaps some new business connections. There is plenty of kids’ entertainment so bring the whole family.

Why Wool Matters

A short documentary produced with HRH The Prince of Wales for the Campaign for Wool

Against a background of misleading anti wool lobbying currently orchestrated by global giants of fast fashion, the Campaign for Wool decided to engage with leading academic experts in the field of land management and carbon sequestration to demonstrate the positive pastoral contribution the grazing of ruminants, particularly sheep, makes to the continued wellbeing of the planet.

These peer reviewed findings add to already well documented research revealing wool’s unique renewable and biodegradable end of life attributes and the contribution the fibre makes to the circular economy.

Yolandi Erasmus spoke to RSG about the exciting Karoo Winter Wool Festival and what it has to offer:



The Karoo Winter Wool Market has joined hands with Twyg to bring Karoo Winter Wool Festival goers and Twyg followers an unique learning and sharing experience.


The first of its kind, the Africa Textile Talks is a three-day Southern Africa hybrid event.

Save these dates: 23 – 25 JUNE 2022

Join us to learn and hear about farming regeneratively, about botanical dyeing, traditional crafts, fashion designing with natural fibres, upcycling and so much more..

The in-person events will be hosted in Mauritius and on a working Karoo wool farm in Middleburg, South Africa, alongside the Karoo Winter Wool Festival. The focus on local growing and production – farm to fashion – will enhance a connection to place, and illuminate the immense potential of nature-friendly textile industries, as we return to our roots, reconnect to our natural environments, and reimagine the future of fashion.

Join us! And help grow the movement of ethical, circular and sustainable growers, makers, designers, creatives and innovators.

Winter Wool Dance

Riaan Benade at the Winter Wool Dance which will be the event to kick off this weekend of Karoo Winter Wool festivities.

Rusoord Farm, Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Date: 24 June 2022

Time: 18:00

Quicket : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/172540-karoo-winter-wool-festival/

Karooroos Padstal to serve delicious food, display beautiful woollen products and to display interesting Merino history.

Karoo Winter Wool Run & Mountain Bike

Karoo Winter Wool Run & MTB on Saturday, the 25th of June 2022.

Beskuitfontein Farm, N9/N10 highway, Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Date: 25 June 2022

Time: 7:45 (Registration starts at 7:00)

Ticket from Quicket : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/172540-karoo-winter-wool-festival/

A delicious Karoo Lamb Breedie / Kerrie Afval will be served at Celtis Restaurant for all those to enjoy after a busy day at the Karoo Winter Wool Market .

To Book : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/176386-karoo-curry-afval-lamb-stew-evening/

Karoo Winter Wool Market

The Karoo Winter Wool Market, Karoo Winter Wool Speaker Program and Karoo Winter Wool Workshop line up will be taking place on Friday and Saturday 24th - 25th June 2022.

Dwarsvlei Guest Farm, Middelburg, Eastern Cape

Tickets for speaker program from Quicket :


Picadilli's Coffee Shop will be open on Sunday the 26th June offering a delicious breakfast for festival goers. Don't miss out on this one - Booking Essential.