Photo gallery: Music, dance and sheep shearing add to the bill at Ludham arts and crafts weekend

Ludham 9th annual Arts and Crafts festival at the village church.
Carol Boyes and June Pemberton spinning. Ludham 9th annual Arts and Crafts festival at the village church. Carol Boyes and June Pemberton spinning.

Sunday, May 4, 2014
8:32 AM

Weaving, wood turning, pottery and potato printing are among the skills on show at Ludham’s annual arts and crafts weekend.

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Ludham 9th annual Arts and Crafts festival.
Event organiser Christine Wall.Ludham 9th annual Arts and Crafts festival. Event organiser Christine Wall.

The popular event is a favourite with visitors as well as exhibitors, who take over the ancient St Catherine’s Church in the heart of the village.

And this year hundreds of tourists and locals alike are expected to poured through the church doors to admire - and buy - the items on display, which include jewellery, cards, prints, paintings, ornaments, scarves and homemade tasty treats.

Alongside the crafty offerings, visitors can also enjoy sheep shearing displays from local farmer Ben Tubby, art displays from Ludham and Catfiled pupils and learning about the village through a 25-foot long timeline.

And new to 2014’s bill is a programme of musical entertainment, including performances by North West Clog Dance Group, Ludham-based Dance for Fun, Ludham School Choir and Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra.

Organiser Christine Wall, who performed with Fiddlesticks on Saturday, said the dancing had gone down particularly well with visitors.

She added: “A lot of the stall holders come back year by year and make friendships with other stallholders. It’s a very nice atmosphere in there and the vast majority of the crafts people are local to the village.”

The weekend also kick starts the Ludham season of arts and music, which runs at various venues in the village until September.

This year’s programme includes a rock band at the village hall, swing music in the grounds of How Hill House and a performance from the European Union Chamber Orchestra in July.

The arts and crafts weekend continues today and tomorrow.

For more details about the arts and music season visit www.northnorfolkfestivals.org/Ludham_Festival.html

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