Summer fair comes to Knettishall Heath

Exmoor ponies at Knettishall Heath. ENGANL00120120222172104
Exmoor ponies at Knettishall Heath. ENGANL00120120222172104

Whether it is seeking mini monsters from the deep in the Little Ouse, seeing country skills or joining the hounds on the heath walk, there is plenty to do at Knettishall Heath’s Summer Fair this Sunday.

The fair is on from 11am to 4pm on the heath which Suffolk Wildlife Trust bought four years ago with help from a of £725,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund,

Located on the edge of the Breckland its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest attests to its importance as a refuge for many specialised species of Breckland plants and animals. But the trust says Knettishall is special for many other reasons and the Summer Fair will celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of a site so cherished by those who know and love it.

Samantha Gay, Knettishall Heath ranger, said: We have such strong support from our volunteers; we couldn’t do it without them. The fair is a way to thank them and celebrate our successes together.”

Exhibits will include bee keeping, leather working, whittling and wildlife jewellery while there will be guided walks, mini-beast hunts and a chance to take a net to go river dipping in the Little Ouse to see what lives there.

Hounds on the Heath is a dog walking group with 200 regulars and you can join their walk at 11.30am.

You can also try your hand at an archaeological dig and examine Knettishall finds such as Bronze age pottery and flints.

You can also see the Exmoor ponies whose grazing helps maintain the heathland habitat by inhibiting scrub growth. Spinners will be attempting to spin their hair.

Entry is free, though there is a £1 car parking charge.