It’s festival time in Rudham this weekend

It's festival time in Rudham this weekend, with three days of entertainment in and around the village.

Attractions include a traditional village fete with arts and crafts, classic car display, morris dancing, a horticultural show, dog show, village dance with live band and a sponsored fun run.

Ginny Gibson, one of the bi-annual event's organisers, said it had been inspired by a village fete staged to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, in 2002.

'It's very much a community-spirited event, to showcase local organisations and artisans,' she said.

'We've got sculptors, people who do ceramics, we've got the honey and beeswax people, and we've got jewellery makers. Rudham's got a lot going for it.'


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As well as events on the playing field, Mrs Gibson said there would also be a flower festival at St Peter's Church on Saturday and Sunday (11am - 4pm).

'It's going to look fantastic,' she said. 'It's such a pretty little church, it's going to be glorious.'

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The festival gets under way on Friday night, with a Rudham's Got Talent contest at the playing field (7pm).

Saturday sees a traditional fete on the playing field from 11am - 4pm, with morris dancing displays (12.30, 1, 1.30 and 2pm), Downham Market Swing Orchestra (2.30 - 4pm), fancy dress and beauty contest (3.30pm), funfair (11am - 10.30pm), riding displays (1 - 1.30pm and 3 - 3.30pm), children's chow jumping (3.30 -0 5pm), beer competition (4.30pm), sheep racing (5 - 5.30pm) and a village dance featuring the band Soul Trader (5.30 - 10.30pm). Saturday also sees a horticultural show at Grove Farm (2.30 - 4.30pm).

On Sunday there will be a service at St Mary's Church in the village (10 - 11am), followed by a charity fun run in aid of the Wells Lifeboat Station, which sets off from the playing field at 1pm.

Fancy dress and dogs are also welcome and there are three and 1.5-mile courses.

Entry for the run costs �5 for over 16's and �2.50 for under 16's.

Sunday also sees a fun dog show on the playing field (2 - 3.30pm).

There are classes for puppies and dogs of all ages - along with a prize for the waggiest tail, the most appealing eyes and even the dog that looks the most like its owner.

Sunday also sees a rounders tournament and barbecue on the playing field (5 - 6.30pm).

There will also be a mini olympics (11am - 1.30pm) and tennis tournament (11am - 4pm) on the MUGA (multi use games area).

For more information on the weekend and entry forms for festival events, follow link above to the festival website.

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