December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 11, 2013
It was a day for all the family this weekend as the Gruffalo, fairies, foodies and many more came together on a mid Norfolk farm.
More than 2,000 visitors flocked to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, near Dereham for the second annual Festival on Farm event.
From live music and dance routines, to story-telling, knitting, climbing and meeting owls and tortoises - the day proved ever-more popular as record numbers flooded through the gates.
Organised by Breckland District Council, Cllr Lynda Turner, member for communities, localism and environmental services, said the number of festival-goers had almost tripled from last year’s 800.
“People know a day like this is great value fore money”, she said.
“People brought their children and grandchildren out for the day and they can try local products and listen to local music - it’s fantastic.”
The book character, the Gruffalo, proved the most popular guest at the festival with youngsters flocking to him as he emerged for story-telling events.
Keren Pentney from Dersingham brought her four-year-old daughter Keira to the festival.
She said Keira was most looking forward to seeing the Gruffalo.
“It’s a great day out for us”, she said.
“I haven’t been to Gressenhall for years so it’s really nice to bring my daughter here.”
The stories were read by children’s authors Joyce Dunbar, Kevin Price and Sheridan Winn - many who had sold out of their books during the day.
Amongst the stall-holders was Brigitte Morton from Dereham Library who said she was pleased with popularity of the literary side of the festival.
“The main reason I was there was to promote literacy - making reading fun.
“The story-yelling tent was full most of the time which was really good to see.”
And the more energetic had a go at the cycle velodrome track, archery and climbing wall as well as ‘kiddy cook’.