New look Worstead Festival ready for action

Worstead's revamped village festival takes place this weekend with family fun played out to a backdrop of top local music.

Traditional attractions will include old favourites the heavy horses, vintage vehicles and the weavers whose medieval forebears made the village famous.

The village hall will have stalls, jazz, teas and the first Worstead festival art show, where local artists will be showcasing their work.

Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association will be keeping watch over proceedings from their camp, which will be set up for the weekend giving visitors the chance to sample life in days gone by.

Organisers are hoping to appeal to food lovers this year with the Best of Norfolk Food event, which will include demonstrations from top local chefs and food producers as well as a chance for people to include their favourite dish in a recipe wall and exchange.

And another new event will see local tug-of-war teams battling it out on both days as part of a traditional games arena.

The children will also be well catered for with the Friends of Worstead School running craft sessions, face-painting and fun with adventure park Bewilderwood.

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The church , which plays host to the weaving demonstrations, is also the venue for a concert by the local community choir at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Festival chairman Jon Lowe said: 'We're hoping the festival will appeal to all ages and we have tried to combine the best of previous events with some new ideas, including the kitchen theatre, which we were able to put in place with the help of the Lottery's Awards for All, which gave us a grant of �9,500.'

For the first time, children under 12 go free to the event, meaning a family of mum, dad and little ones can go along for the whole day for �10.

The action kicks off with the popular five-mile road race, starting at 7pm, and an evening of free music.

The weekend activities begin at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

More information on the festival website www.worsteadfestival.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

The music line up is:

Friday

7.30pm Grass Roots

9pm Skaface

Saturday

12.30pm Testicular Sound Express

1.50pm Norwich Ukulele Society

2.30pm Ukulele workshop

3.15pm Andrea Burdett

4pm Ukulele workshop

4.40pm Cruel Folk

6pm Born With A Tail

7.10pm Rivers

9pm Three Beards

Sunday

1pm Testicular Sound Express

2.30pm Swingball

4pm Acoustomork

6pm Neil Daniels and Gareth Butcher

7.15pm Hayley Moyses Bluegrass Forum

8.45pm Buswood

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