Wool shop in Bury St Edmunds to open cafe following expansion

George Carreria at Wibbling Wools on Churchgate Street in Bury.
George Carreria at Wibbling Wools on Churchgate Street in Bury.

An award winning wool shop which has relocated and expanded in Bury St Edmunds is to open at the end of this month.

Wibbling Wools, winners of the Origin Craft Awards best craft retailer (knitting) in East Anglia, moved from Angel Hill to Churchgate Street in May.

Owner Lyndsey Carreira said the move has allowed it to stockBritish wools, as well as running craft workshops.

Lyndsey is now planning to run children’s craft classes, and will open a cafe creating several new jobs.

“It has been fantastic since we moved, It is a lovely space,” Lyndsey said.

“We had the old shop for five years but there was a limit to what we could do because it was over two floors.

“Knitting has had a big resurgence over the last seven or eight years with crafts markets, Kirstie Allsop and The Great British Sewing Bee, and the whole make and mend revolution.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

She said the closure of Rendell’s Wool Shop in Abbeygate Street in January, meant she had to be able to stock acrylic for making toys, as well as more luxurious cashmere and or alpaca wool.

But while the business continues to attract customers from far and wide, its change of location means it is now being ‘discovered’ by passers-by previously unaware of its existence.

“It’s exciting,” Lyndsey said.

Visit www.wibblingwools.co.uk