Dragon tales set to charm West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

Queen Freyja with Krispin the fire breathing dragon
Queen Freyja with Krispin the fire breathing dragon

A flight of Dragons will take over West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village this weekend as the third annual festival in celebration of the mythical beast gets under way.

Krispin, a real fire breathing dragon, two live ‘baby dragons’, Fluff the Magic Dragon and wind-powered Oryctolagus Cuniculus Draco are some of the dragons people can meet at the two day event on June 24 and 25.

Fluff the Magic Dragon by artist Becky Whatley

Fluff the Magic Dragon by artist Becky Whatley

The Dragon Protection League will also be at the festival at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and surrounding country park to enlist support to help protect the dragon legend.

“Throughout history, dragons have appeared in every culture across every land from the greatest of literature to art, blockbuster movies, cartoons and video games,” said Lance Alexander, St Edmundsbury Borough Council heritage operations manager.

“This year there will more opportunities to learn about dragons, meet their handlers, interact with them and hear their stories, including that of the West Stow Wyrm and the new Beowulf and Grendel Adventure Trail’s, Heath Dragon.

“European dragons are believed to have originated from Anglo-Saxon mythology but we celebrate dragons the world over, be they Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse or Chinese.

Beowulf & Grendel Trail Heath Dragon

Beowulf & Grendel Trail Heath Dragon

“There will be a lots of activities for families from uncovering the grave of an ancient dragon slayer, to meeting St George, a dragon queen and a dragon wizard, taking a dragon selfie and supporting the Dragon Protection League.”