Tempting treats galore at Winter Wonderland celebration

St John's Primary School in Hoveton display the gingerbread houses their pupils have made for the pu

St John's Primary School in Hoveton display the gingerbread houses their pupils have made for the public to have a closer look at their work. Pictured is Sophia and Sebastian Needham looking at the houses.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Looking good enough to eat and tempting anyone to take a bite.

The scrumptious creations were made by pupils of St John's Primary School in Hoveton as part of their Winter Wonderland event which took place over the weekend .

With the help of parents and teachers and the St Johns School Association (SJSA), the children, all aged between three and 11, were encouraged to make a gingerbread house which they then took home and decorated.

The 154 houses were then arranged in 'villages' according to the different school classes and put on display at the Winter Wonderland Christmas event held at the school on Saturday and Sunday which aims to raise funds for children's activities.

All the houses were judged and the winning class this year was year five with their 'Lapland' theme.

Year five teacher Alison Buck, said: 'We encouraged the children to come up street names, character profiles, we built the idea into the curriculum. I am really proud of them, they have done really well this year.'

Other themes included that of the books by children's author Julia Donaldson, including her famous character The Gruffalo, and also popular children's character Harry and the Dinosaurs.

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Michelle Hurren, who was involved with the event, said: 'This is the second year we have done this and there was quite a lot of the children involved and we have had all sorts of creations.'

The Winter Wonderland event also included public access to an artificial ice rink, craft stalls, games and activities for children as well as the gingerbread villages.

The ice rink had been provided by the SJSA for the event and also for St John's and other local schools to book sessions on.

The SJSA is an active body of parents and teachers who aim to help and support the children of St John's with activities and financial support which the school would otherwise not be able to afford.

Reagan Shipley, vice chair of the SJSA said 'Making gingerbread is a great way for all the children to have a go at making and cooking something themselves, and for them to take it home and involve the whole family. It doesn't matter what it looks like, only that everyone has fun and has the chance to show it off, and maybe create a new family tradition.'

Do you know of an unusual Christmas event taking place in north Norfolk? Email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk