Worstead ready for milestone village festival

David Lawrence takes a break next to a 1940 Fordson Standard N at last year's festival.Picture: ANTO

David Lawrence takes a break next to a 1940 Fordson Standard N at last year's festival.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Family fun, rural bygones, arena entertainment and music combine as festival time gets under way at Worstead this weekend.

Spinning demonstrations show the village's weaving heritage. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Spinning demonstrations show the village's weaving heritage. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

It is a special year as the long-running event marks its 50th anniversary.

Limited edition Worstead 50 T shirts have been made for the golden weekend by local artist Shane Mallett.

And there will be launches of books charting the stories of the famous weaving village and founder member Gavin Paterson. But the crowds heading to Worstead will be able to enjoy the usual mix of ring events, stalls and entertainment that have been its hallmark over half a century.

Inside the parish church there will be demonstrations of weaving on the looms which spun the Worsted cloth that brought the community fame and fortune.

A member of the The Starting Handle Club enjoying the festival.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A member of the The Starting Handle Club enjoying the festival.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The aisles will also host the creative designs and aromas of a flower show.

There are two display rings: a country ring for heavy horses, and a main ring where events will include vintage vehicle displays and dog and duck herding.

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The popular Norwich and Norfolk Medieval Association will be back with their encampment and battle re-enactments.

A Best of Norfolk Food marquee will showcase mouth-watering local food and there is a Pimms and fizz tent.

For the first time there will be a Worstead World Swingball Championship.

Other fun includes a treasure hunt around the whole site, while youngsters can have fun launching water-fuelled pressurised rockets.

There is an art show, activity tent by the Friends of Worstead School and a fun dog show.

The action starts with the traditional five-mile road race on the Friday night.

Entrance remains at £5 a head, with accompanied children under 12 free. Parking is free.

To find out more, visit at www.worsteadfestival.org.

TIMINGS

The festival runs from 10am to 6pm each day.

Main ring programme

Saturday:

12.30 Lurcher Display

1 Allied Reinactment

2 Westover Vets

2 Westover Vets

3 Vintage Tractors

3 Vintage Tractors

4 Allied Reinactment

4.30 Lurcher Display

Also on Saturday: Ed games and homemade rocket competition

Sunday

12.45 Lurcher Display

1 Norwich Pipe Band

1.45 Aspire Dancers

2.15 Westover Vets

2.45 Westover Vets

3.15 Vintage Tractors

3.45 Vintage Tractors

4.15 Vintage Cars

4.45 Lurcher Display

Also on Sunday: A parkour and free running display and workshop

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