Thousands of people swoop on dragon festival at West Stow

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201510009
West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201510009
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Thousands of people managed to tame a dragon at a festival celebrating the legendary creatures over the weekend.

More than 2,300 dragon enthusiasts swooped on a range of fun-filled family activities at West Stow-Anglo Saxon Village’s second Dragon Festival.

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-200948009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-200948009

A big draw was the five metre long animatronic smoke-blowing Epico the Dragon as festival-goers helped teach his companion Sir Aurelious Jones, the pirate knight, to bond with him.

Lance Alexander, St Edmundsbury Borough Council heritage operations manager, said: “It was amazing to see so many people celebrating not just Anglo-Saxon dragons but dragons-the-world-over with us here at West Stow.

“The success of the festival proves the global appeal of dragons whether they be Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse or Chinese. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and would like to thank all those who attended to celebrate the legend of the dragon and make the second festival such a success.”

Other highlights during the weekend were Wulfingas 450 to 500 AD Anglo-Saxon re-enactment society who performed their Beowulf and the Dragon show, the West Stow Drummers and Suffolk author Katherine Eccles Horn who read from her book ‘Dog’s Can’t Fly’ which features dragons.

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-201015009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-201015009

People also queued for activities including the chance to sit on the Sae Wylfing Saxon ship, archery, face-painting, birds of prey and a giant bubble maker.

There was also a community display of dragon-related items such as a special cane from China handed to a local businessman in 1985.

Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council portfolio holder for leisure and culture, added: “I’m delighted the second Dragon Festival was a huge success with visitors attending from all over East Anglia and beyond.

“These new style events all help put West Suffolk on the visitor map as well as giving people of all ages a deeper understanding of our place in the development of Anglo-Saxon history and its relationship with these legendary creatures.”

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-201028009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: West Stow Drummers ANL-160626-201028009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Replica Anglo-Saxon boat ANL-160626-201041009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Replica Anglo-Saxon boat ANL-160626-201041009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Steve Quemby making a walking shaft by spoke shaving ANL-160626-201053009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Steve Quemby making a walking shaft by spoke shaving ANL-160626-201053009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Giant bubble making ANL-160626-201118009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Giant bubble making ANL-160626-201118009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Thurston Harper (5) on the replica Anglo Saxon boat and armour ANL-160626-201143009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Thurston Harper (5) on the replica Anglo Saxon boat and armour ANL-160626-201143009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Anglo-Saxon replica boat ANL-160626-201208009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Anglo-Saxon replica boat ANL-160626-201208009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201221009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201221009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016

Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201325009

West Stow Dragon Festival 2016 Pictured: Epico the Dragon ANL-160626-201325009