Storybook characters invade Wymondham as carnival comes to town

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

This year's event, which took place on Sunday (July 23) at King's Head Meadow, had the theme of children's book characters.

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Forest school
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Forest school Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Stalls, a fun fair and labyrinth, kept families entertained, followed later in the day by Wymondham Goes Creative Activities and live music.

A children's storytime was be held in the library, with a special Gruffalo storytelling session.

The highlight of the day was the carnival parade through the town centre, with members of the public invited to dress up as their favourite fictional characters and join the procession, with prizes on offer for the best costumes.

A memorial football match was held in honour of local legend and 'king of Norfolk sport' Les King at Wymondham Town Football Club.

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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Martin Scott with his children Jack and Anna Scott were at the Owlwood School tent taking part in the drop egg challenge.

Children had to see how they could cushion an egg without making it break – there was a prize for the winners.

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Mr Scott said:'It's really nice to have something to do around the town.

'A lot of effort went into the parade – it was nice for families as events are often for older people.'

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Victoria and Elliot Woods
Byline: Sonya Duncan
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Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Victoria and Elliot Woods Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Pensioner Jean Quantrill, 76, from Oakwood Drive in Wymondham was at the carnival with her friend Doreen Bird.

She said: 'We went to the Les King football match - I knew a few of the players and I really enjoyed it.

'We used to be very involved in the carnival when my children were growing up.

'But we are not so involved now – they are 50 and 46 years old.'

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Seven-year-old Peter Beasley was listening to the Gruffalo story in Wymondham library with his sister nine-year-old Olivia.

He was taken by surprise when a real life Gruffalo appeared as part of the book-themed day.

He said: 'I like the bit when the mouse lies about the Gruffalo and then he actually sees him.

'I was surprised when the Gruffalo came out of the door – I used to find him scary but not any more.'

Jo Walther and her partner Peter Woods and children Bel, Archie and Ziggy were enjoying visiting the

Jo Walther and her partner Peter Woods and children Bel, Archie and Ziggy were enjoying visiting the fire crew and fire engine at Wymondham Carnival. Photo: Lucy Begbie - Credit: Archant

Seven-year-old Peter Beasley was listening to the Gruffalo story in Wymondham library with his siste

Seven-year-old Peter Beasley was listening to the Gruffalo story in Wymondham library with his sister nine-year-old Olivia at Wymondham Carnival. Photo: Lucy Begbie - Credit: Archant

Pensioner seventy-six-year old Jean Quantrill from Oakwood Drive in Wymondham was visiting Wymondham

Pensioner seventy-six-year old Jean Quantrill from Oakwood Drive in Wymondham was visiting Wymondham Carnival with her friend Doreen Bird. Photo: Lucy Begbie - Credit: Archant

Dad, Martin Scott with his children Jack and Anna Scott were at the Owlwood School tent taking part

Dad, Martin Scott with his children Jack and Anna Scott were at the Owlwood School tent taking part in the drop egg challenge at Wymondham Carnival. Photo: Lucy Begbie - Credit: Archant

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Wymondham Carnival gets underway.
Victoria and Elliot Woods
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant

Wymondham Carnival gets underway. Victoria and Elliot Woods Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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