Wood fair is Ickworth’s most successful weekend ever

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230238009
26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230238009
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Record-breaking crowds descended on Ickworth House’s Wood and Craft Fair for the estate’s most successful weekend ever.

The 26th annual event attracted 7,500 people with a wealth of themed activities and attractions including a 1920s steam powered engine and saw mill.

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House''Pictured: Jasmine Atkins (8) ANL-151110-230730009

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House''Pictured: Jasmine Atkins (8) ANL-151110-230730009

During the fair, visitors bought more than £12,500 worth of wood harvested from the estate’s woodlands.

Sue Borges, marketing manager, said: “It was our best weekend ever in the history of the property with beautiful weather.”

There were 140 exhibitors as well as demonstrators and entertainment such as musicians, real ales, storytelling, wood turning and chainsaw sculptures.

The event has its roots in Ickworth’s ‘Wood Sale’ which was originally conceived after the hurricane of 1987 which caused major devastation to and brought down a number of the estate’s trees.

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230134009

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230134009

Staff decided to sell the quality wood with the first batch prepared and ready for sale from a tent in the park in 1989.

After its initial success, the event has expanded and grown over the years to encompass many aspects of woodcraft and other related natural commodities, food and drink stalls.

The estate has 600 acres of woodland.

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230626009

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House ANL-151110-230626009

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House''Pictured: Anton Todd ceramics ANL-151110-230541009

26th annual Wood & Craft Fair at Ickworth House''Pictured: Anton Todd ceramics ANL-151110-230541009