Wonderful wood festival has it all

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.
Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.
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From furniture making and chainsaw carving to willow weaving workshops and wheel wright demonstrations, last weekend’s Weird and Wonderful Wood festival had it all.

The unusual two day art and craft event at Haughley Park, Wetherden, offered thousands of visitors a rare insight into the world of wood, while street performers and talented musicians helped keep families entertained.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Tarby Davenport, festival coordinator, said: “It was really really extraordinary. It attracts all ages, that’s what was so amazing - from the tiniest right through to old age, and teenagers as well.”

She said one craftsman’s ‘strange’ but ‘beautifully made’ bird boxes proved a 
real hit this year, as did a 
10-12ft long chainsaw 
dragon sculpture.

The annual event, which is becoming increasingly popular, almost reached capacity last weekend, with an overflow car park brought into use to help manage the large visitor numbers.

“I think it’s the first time we’ve been on a hazard warning for hold ups on the road,” said Ms Davenport.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Weird and Wonderful World of Wood at Haughley Park, Wetherden.