Wooly wonders to adorn Wayland churches as Blossom and Yarn festival returns
PUBLISHED: 10:44 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 09 March 2017
© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2015
A festival which sees the churches of six Wayland villages adorned with knitted creations is set to return this year.
The Blossom and Yarn festival was first held in Caston, Griston, Great Hockham, Thompson, Stow Bedon and Breckles in 2015, and attracted more than 3,000 visitors.
Now, after a year’s break, organisers are bringing the event back for four days this summer, with each of the six churches in the Wayland parish group being decorated with knitted displays, complimented with flowers and foliage.
Artistic director Lois Gill - who is a craftswoman and three-times medallist at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - will lead a team of enthusiastic knitters, gardeners and florists to create the festival, the theme for which will be creation.
Each church will then have a different theme from an undersea world to the Garden of Eden.
She said work was already well underway, Percy the Peacock and assorted parrots and monkeys have already been created from recycled knitted squares from the previous festival and new patterns that Ms Gill and her team have devised.
Some 75pc of the wool from the 2015 event will be recycled for this year.
Once again the theme of the festival is to bring the six parishes together and create a sense of community.
The funds raised will help ensure the historic churches remain at the heart of the life and landscape of the villages.
The event, which will run for Friday, July 7 to Monday, July 10, will include activities for children, homemade refreshments, and market place shopping.
Last time around, knitters aged between eight and 94 worked on thousands of small knitted squares to be crafted together, displayed alongside full-sized knitted figures of the Bishop of Norwich, Prince William, Kate, George and Charlotte.
More than £40,000 was raised and split between the six churches.
Ms Gill said: “The atmosphere will be thrilling with breath-taking tableaus at every church as we endeavour to capitate the creation of this wonderful world as we see it.”
• Earlybird tickets are available for £6, £8 on the door and under 16s go free. For more, visit www.blossomandyarn.co.uk