New orcs at RingQuest in West Stow as families go ‘there and back again’

Ring Quest event at West Stow

Pictured: Jerry Paris and Lance Alexander as Uruk Orks ANL-140727-193516009

Ring Quest event at West Stow Pictured: Jerry Paris and Lance Alexander as Uruk Orks ANL-140727-193516009

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What would you call these two orcs? That was just one of the activities at a Lord of the Rings themed weekend as scores of families went ‘there and back again’ at West Stow.

Hundreds descended on the Anglo-Saxon Village for the annual RingQuest which boasted a pair of new orcs who visitors were given the chance to name in a competition.

Ring Quest event at West Stow

Pictured: Owen (10) and Hannah (8) Jones with Alex Bexter as Halbarad the ranger ANL-140727-193639009
Ring Quest event at West Stow Pictured: Owen (10) and Hannah (8) Jones with Alex Bexter as Halbarad the ranger ANL-140727-193639009

In other Middle Earth style adventures, they solved riddles and collected runes as part of the main quest, tried on Lord of the Rings character costumes and visited a real life Hobbit Hole.

There was also a display featuring live birds of prey and the annual Suffolk Eisteddfod, a competitive festival of poetry and storytelling.

It is the second time RingQuest was held this year after more than 1,000 people flocked to the event in February despite some of the worst weather conditions on record for the time of the year.

Lance Alexander, heritage operations manager for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who dressed up as one of the orcs, said the event was a ‘big thank you to all those who braved the weather in February’.

Ring Quest event at West Stow

Pictured: Laura Hunn at the Hobbit house ANL-140727-193706009
Ring Quest event at West Stow Pictured: Laura Hunn at the Hobbit house ANL-140727-193706009

He added: “We had a really good response. We took photographs of our whiteboards which is where people leave comments - they were all fantastic.”

Ring Quest event at West Stow ANL-140727-193651009
Ring Quest event at West Stow ANL-140727-193651009
Ring Quest event at West Stow Ring Quest event at West Stow

Pictured: Lance Alexander as an Uruk Ork ANL-140727-193607009
Ring Quest event at West Stow Ring Quest event at West Stow Pictured: Lance Alexander as an Uruk Ork ANL-140727-193607009
 

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