The Festival of Quilts

The definitive event for anyone with a love of stitch and crafts, supplies, workshops and textile art


Buying Tickets

Tickets will be available to buy online or via the ticket hotline in September 2014.

You’ll save money and time by buying your tickets in advance and we offer a number of different options to suit your needs.

  • A booking fee of £1/€1 is payable per order. Please try to order everything in just one booking to minimise your costs.
  • Adult, concession and child tickets can be used on any day of the show (we ask which day for our records)
  • Two day tickets are day-specific
  • Mini Group tickets are flexible - the four tickets can be used by anyone on any day.
  • Entry tickets are non-refundable
  • We offer a flexible sale-or-return system and reduced prices for groups of more than ten. To book or for more information please call +44 (0)844 848 0155.

Hotel Accommodation

Superbreak are the UK's leading short break operator and we’ve partnered with them again this year  to offer you a 10% discount on hotel accommodation with optional rail travel, theatre and dining.
Superbreak offer

  • Accommodation - Over 2000 two to five star hotels in London and across the UK.
  • Travel - Rail Inclusive packages available from all UK mainline stations.
  • Airport Parking and Hotels - Book an airport hotel including parking
  • Dining - Great value 2 night offers with dinner at top brand hotels.
  • Theatre Breaks - Low cost packages to see all top West End shows
  • Concerts and Events - Packages to leading rock, pop, sporting and cultural events
  • Spa Breaks - Take time to unwind and relax.
  • Eurostar Breaks - Book a Eurostar break to Paris, Disneyland Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.

Superbreak offer great value for money - call +44 (0) 871 221 3700 and quote 'twisted thread' or visit www.superbreak.com to get your 10% discount.
When booking online your discount will automatically be applied.

 The fun doesn't stop at The Knitting and Stitching Shows! The great news is you have unlimited access to savings throughout the year.  Whether you book attractions such as Legoland, a Murder Mystery weekend or a West End Musical – you’ll get 10% off as a twistedthread customer!
Visit www.superbreak.com or call +44 (0) 871 221 3700 and quote 'twisted thread'  

Travel information

The RDS is situated in the Heart of Dublin in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
The Knitting and Stitching Show is in the Simmonscourt Pavilion off Simmonscourt Road.
For further travel information, visit AA Route Planner Ireland.

Venue Address:

Simmonscourt Road,
Dublin 4


The Wool Shop is running coaches to the RDS on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - You can join the trip from Ards, Bangor, Belfast, Sprucefield and Newry.
For further details telephone +44 (0) 2891 817 378 or +44 (0) 2891 452 801

Alternatively pop into one of the shops of email info@irishwoolstore.com


The RDS is serviced by bus routes number 7, 5 and 45, which stop outside the Main Hall Entrance to the RDS on Merrion Road. These bus services can be availed of on Nassau Street outside Trinity College.


The nearest DART train stations are either Lansdowne or Sandymount and each are approx. 10 minute walk to the RDS Simmonscourt. Trains travel south to these stations from Howth through the City Centre and north from Greystones through Dun Laoghaire.


• Outside Trinity College, take Nassau Street (N11) for about 150 metres then turn right following the signposts for the R118.
• Follow the R118 (also locally known as Mount Street which becomes Merrion Road) for approximately 2km.  Pass the RDS Main Hall on the right hand side and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.


Except for Members of the RDS, all car parking facilities at the Simmonscourt RDS are operated on a fee-paying basis of  €6.00 per day.


Travel time: 45 Minutes / Distance: 16 Kilometres
• Leave the Airport and follow the Way Out signs until you reach a signalled roundabout.
• At the roundabout take the 2nd exit signposted Dublin to join Motorway M1
• Airport Interchange. At roundabout take 2nd exit signposted Dublin
• Junction3 (M50) Follow Signpost towards City Centre
• Keep in right hand lane for Port Tunnel (Toll €3 to €12 depending on time)
• Continue Straight ahead through 2 sets of lights past the O2
• Go through the East Link Toll Bridge (car €1.70)
• Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route); At the roundabout take the third exit signposted N11, N81
• Irishtown (Junction 81)
• Turn right then and turn immediately left at the traffic signals into Londonbridge Road R111 (Signposted N11, N81)
• Junction 51 (R815) at traffic signals turn left R815, signposted Ballsbridge.
• Proceed through the next traffic lights, past the RDS Main Hall on your right and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.


Dublin has two ferry ports – Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Irish Ferries and Stena Line – are the 2 ferry lines that operate at these ports.


Dublin Port is on the north of the city approximately ten minutes drive from the RDS.
• Follow the signs for the Port exit, all routes along Tolka Quay Road Junction with R131
• Turn left at the traffic signals, taking R131 signposted City Centre
• At the roundabout follow the sign posts to Dun Laoghaire via Toll Bridge and cross the River Liffey (East Link Toll Bridge Tollbooths – car charge €1.70)
• Take Junction 80 (Dublin Outer Orbital Route)
• At the roundabout take the 3rd exit signposted N11, N81
• Take Irishtown (Junction 81)
• Turn right then, at the traffic lights turn left into Londonbridge Road R111 signposted N11, N81
• Take Junction 51 (R815)
• At the traffic lights turn left onto R815 signposted Ballsbridge
• Proceed through the next traffic lights, past the RDS Main Hall on your right and take the next turn right onto Simmonscourt Road. Entrance to Simmonscourt Pavilion is on the left.


Dun Laoghaire Port, south of the city, is twenty minutes drive from the RDS. Follow signs for the City Centre and watch for the yellow AA Signs.

Eating & Drinking

The RDS offers a number of catering outlets offering a variety of hot and cold foos. If you prefer, you can leave the show for lunch and you will be allowed to re-enter - just make sure you get a stamp!

Disabled Visitors

The show at Simmonscourt is all on one level.
There are disabled facilities in the hall and aisles are kept as wide as possible to ease congestions and improve access.

Contact Us

The twistedthread shows are organised by
Upper Street Events Ltd
58 White Lion Street
Islington, London N1 9PP

Reg No: 06350012

General enquiries telephone: 020 7688 6830
Tickets telephone: +44 (0)844 848 0155.
Fax: 0207 288 6446

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Opening Times 2014:
30th Oct 10:00am - 5.30pm
31st Oct 10:00am - 5:30pm
1st Nov 10:00am - 5:30pm
2nd Nov 10:00am - 5:00pm


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