Worstead charity festival weekend to welcome horticultural showcase

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 north Norfolk village's charity festival is set to showcase a crop of new ideas at this year's event.

The Worstead festival, which will be held this year on July 28 - 29, will see visitors enjoy a range of artisan food, drink and arts and crafts, as well as the introduction of a horticultural show.

The Grown in Norfolk event will be hosted in the marquee on the Saturday, while Made in Worstead will take over the tent the following day.

And chairman of the festival's trustees, Matthew Wright, said: 'Worstead Festival is a long-held tradition since being started in the 1960s but we always try to keep it fresh with new attractions alongside the old favourites.'

Both young and old can enjoy entering their homegrown and homemade products into a total of 41 classes, with categories for the children also included.

Judges will include chef and forager Simon Hunter Marsh and Candice from Candi's Chutneys, who are also both signed up for demos in the Best of Norfolk Food and Drink marquee.

Others featuring in the kitchen cookery theatre include old favourites and new producers.

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Ashley Williamson, head chef at Benedicts will be showing his skills, while there will be a butchery demo from Coxfords and a crab dressing demo from John Lee, who will fish for the crabs that morning, cook them and bring them fresh to the festival.

The gates open at 10am each day and entry is £5 for adults, with children aged 11 and under free.

There are two rings with displays each day, including lurchers and birds of prey, as well as the heavy horses.

Westover Vets will also be running its popular dog show on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other attractions include the Medieval Village, vintage farm machinery and a variety of stalls, with the village hall set up as the venue for a tea dance over the weekend.

And if visitors get peckish there are a host of other refreshments, including two bars and a host of food stands.

The church will be home to the weavers in addition to a flower festival and music, with teas being served inside for the first time in a number of years.

Worstead's vicar Paul Cubitt will be holding a special festival service at 11am on the Sunday, to which all are welcome, and church entry is free all weekend.