Dragon enthusiasts swoop on popular West Stow festival
More than 2,000 dragon enthusiasts swooped on an action packed festival celebrating the legendary creatures.
From fire breathing to giant bubble sessions as well as dragons of all shapes and sizes, there were activities and demonstrations for the whole family at the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village event over the weekend.
Glynis Baxter, heritage officer at West Stow, said: “We were very pleased as we had lots of families with young children.
“There were quite a few children dressed as dragons and dinosaurs entering into the spirit.
“This was the third year and we’ve already got it booked in the calendar for next year.”
The festival was inspired by an Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy art piece featuring dragons, or ‘wyrms’ as they were known, called the Icklingham Die Plate.
It attracts support from dragon-related acts, groups and artists from across Suffolk and Norfolk.
There were numerous dragons including a fire breather, one made from the wool of Jacob sheep and an animated puppet.
The giant bubble sessions were among the most popular attractions as was archery, face-painting and a mini-dig.
There was the chance to walk the new Beowulf and Grendel adventure trail around the country park.
Other activities and demonstrations ranged from wood carving to the Wulfingas re-enactment group, wood carving and a Beowulf selfie throne.
For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.