Two new heritage trails to be launched as part of Worstead Festival

PUBLISHED: 16:02 15 June 2012 | UPDATED: 09:09 18 June 2012

Worstead History Trails. Pupils from Worstead School; Photo credit: Submitted.

Worstead History Trails. Pupils from Worstead School; Photo credit: Submitted.


Two new heritage trails are being launched in north Norfolk to celebrate Worstead’s past.

The first trail will highlight the village’s wool trade and has been put together as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations by Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

The path will be launched at the Worstead Festival next month and a new display board for the trail will be unveiled, showing 40 sites across the parish for visitors to join guided walks during the festival weekend.

Stefan Ganther, project manager for Spinning a Yarn, a Lottery funded project launched at last year’s festival, said: “The trail aims to take visitors through the parish, celebrating Worstead’s rich heritage and highlighting the remnants of the medieval wool trade which made the village famous.”

Alongside this the Friends of Worstead School have received £2,195 from the festival committee to create a trail aimed at bringing history to life for young people.

Meeting Hill resident and school governor Saul Penfold will be creating the Wicked Worstead trail on behalf of the Friends and he will be researching and writing in partnership with the pupils. This trail will be unveiled later in the year.

Mr Penfold, who has created a similar project for Norwich Cathedral, said: “The school is very keen for the children to be involved and, with their input, the trail will reflect the children’s interests and contain activities and questions suitable for them. In this sense it will be ‘owned’ by the children and root them firmly in their village.”

The children’s trail project is one of several to have benefited from the profits of last year’s re-launched festival.

Other groups to receive funding were: Senior Citizens Lunch Club (£1,000); Worstead Jubilee Celebration (£1,000); The Choir Worstead, (£800 for an electric piano and accessories); Worstead Parent, Toddler and Baby Group (£1,000) Meeting Hill Jubilee Coins for children (£168.87).

The guild, which formed a working group with village representatives and the parish council to develop the trail, will be displaying and selling their works in the church during the festival, which takes place during July 28-29 and will run from 10am-6pm.

The weekend will include heavy horses, farm machinery and the return of public participation games and the Best of Norfolk food marquee. There will also be music and activities for children.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb will unveil the new display board for the trail at 10am on July 28 and visitors will be able to join guided walks every two hours during the festival weekend at noon, 2pm and 4pm.

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