Worstead Festival on track to return with new attractions

The Worstead Festival returns on the final weekend in July. Picture: Chris Taylor Photo

The Worstead Festival returns on the final weekend in July. Picture: Chris Taylor Photo - Credit: Chris Taylor Photo

A miniature ride on railway, an imported inland beach, a vintage cafe, evening music and a visit by outdoor adventure specialists are all new offerings for this year's Worstead Festival.

The charity weekend gets underway with a five-mile running race organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners on the evening of Friday, July 28 and continues on the Saturday and Sunday.

The festival hands out thousands of pounds to charities and was able to donate £16,000 last year thanks to its popularity and army of volunteers who organise the event and run it over the three days.

The beach will feature tons of sand donated by local businessman Carl Bird and beach huts constructed by charity About with Friends, which helps create opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

About with Friends will also run the vintage cafe in the Village Hall, which itself was built using monies raised over the decades by the festival.


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The Barton House Railway will bring its portable miniature ride on railway – visitors may be familiar with its permanent set up in a spacious garden alongside the River Bure in Wroxham.

'We're very excited about the new attractions,' said festival chairman Matt Wright. 'They will add another dimension to a weekend of events which people already enjoy enormously.

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'But we're also delighted that the established attractions of the live music, two bars, mediaeval encampment, horses and military vehicles, main ring, country ring, bouncy castle area, food tent and many others are also on offer this year.'

All Bittern Line trains will stop at Worstead over the weekend, with free tractor rides from the station to the festival site throughout the day.

There is free parking, live music, fun dog show, games, a flower festival in the church and much more to enjoy.

Entry is £5, with under 12s free. Gates open at 10am. For more information log on to the festival's website: www.worsteadfestival.org

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