Broads Festival: Go Wild at North Norfolk Worm Charming Championships

Competitors have to charm worms out of the ground using no more than a fork and a fiddlestick. Pictu

Competitors have to charm worms out of the ground using no more than a fork and a fiddlestick. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

It is one of the more unusual competitions to be staged in Norfolk.

The North Norfolk Worm Charming Championships is being held at Barton Turf, near Neatishead, on Sunday, May 14, as part of the Broads Outdoors Festival.

Competitors have to charm worms out of the ground using no more than a fork and a fiddlestick, although any individual musical instrument may be used.

Visitors can also try canoeing or take a boat trip on Barton Broad during the Go Wild at Barton Turf event, which runs from 11am to 4pm.

The family fun day also includes pond dipping, wildlife trails, geocaching and craft activities.


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The worm charming will be held at Barton Turf Adventure Centre, Staithe Road, Barton Turf (NR12 8AZ) between 2pm and 3pm.

Entry and parking is free, although there are charges for some activities such as boat trips and worm charming.

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The Broads Outdoors Festival, which features a variety of events, continues until May 21.

Nick Sanderson, Education Officer at the Broads Authority, said: 'It's a celebration of the wealth of activities on offer within the Broads National Park and has become a major feature on its calendar.'

For more details log on to the following website - www.VisitTheBroads.co.uk/outdoors-festival

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