Dragon enthusiasts swoop on popular West Stow festival

Third annual Dragon Festival

Pictured: Public and Artists all dressed as dragons


PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Third annual Dragon Festival Pictured: Public and Artists all dressed as dragons PICTURE: Mecha Morton
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More than 2,000 dragon enthusiasts swooped on an action packed festival celebrating the legendary creatures.

From fire breathing to giant bubble sessions as well as dragons of all shapes and sizes, there were activities and demonstrations for the whole family at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village event over the weekend.

Third annual Dragon Festival

Pictured: Fire Eating


PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Third annual Dragon Festival Pictured: Fire Eating PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Glynis Baxter, heritage officer at West Stow, said: “We were very pleased as we had lots of families with young children.

“There were quite a few children dressed as dragons and dinosaurs entering into the spirit.

“This was the third year and we’ve already got it booked in the calendar for next year.”

The festival was inspired by an Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy art piece featuring dragons, or ‘wyrms’ as they were known, called the Icklingham Die Plate.

Third annual Dragon Festival

Pictured: Izzy Burgess (6) won best dressed


PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Third annual Dragon Festival Pictured: Izzy Burgess (6) won best dressed PICTURE: Mecha Morton

It attracts support from dragon-related acts, groups and artists from across Suffolk and Norfolk.

There were numerous dragons including a fire breather, one made from the wool of Jacob sheep and an animated puppet.

The giant bubble sessions were among the most popular attractions as was archery, face-painting and a mini-dig.

There was the chance to walk the new Beowulf and Grendel adventure trail around the country park.

Other activities and demonstrations ranged from wood carving to the Wulfingas re-enactment group, wood carving and a Beowulf selfie throne.

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.