Glorious sunshine and beautiful flowers are winning combination at Ringstead’s open gardens event

An array of sunhats could be seen bobbing along hedge rows in Ringstead today as hundreds of people flocked to the village's 34th open gardens event.

With the sun beaming down on the village, near Hunstanton, the ice cream stall at Apple Tree Cottage's garden was a must to get some relief from the soaring temperatures.

But the glorious weather also provided the perfect back drop to the other open gardens, which included one tended by the Village Club, whose members' average age is over 75.

Janet England, one of the helpers in the Apple Tree Cottage garden, said: 'I think it has been busier in this garden this year to what I have seen in previous years.

'We have yet again been really lucky with the weather - I think it has only rained once in all the time this event has been put on so I wasn't surprised to see blue skies.'

The Bury was another attraction, and of particular appeal to history lovers, as the ruins of the old round tower Church of St Peter stand in the grounds.

The Old Rectory was a popular choice for eventgoers with its stunning garden and option to stop for a little lunch before venturing on to the other gardens.

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Event co-ordinator Sara Stocks, who works as a chef, prepared the tasty menu which catered for more than 100 diners who also enjoyed listening to live music in the grounds of the 17th century rectory.

Afternoon tea was also served on the lawns at East End Farm to the cheery tunes of the Fakenham Town Band.

It is not known yet exactly how many people attended this year's event but in the past the event has drawn more than 1,000 visitors.

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