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Enchanched heath to bring Brecks alive

Storyteller Lynn Whitehead with the heathland dragon
Storyteller Lynn Whitehead with the heathland dragon

A touch of theatre is set to bring the Brecks alive this weekend.

Storytellers, artists, a re-enactment group and a team of lighting engineers are all lending their hand to two events on Saturday, October 22, at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and country park.

During the free daytime event, Enchanted Heath will offer a range of activities including crafts, a guide-led storytelling trail, face painting and archery.

It will be followed by Enchanted Heath at Night when visitors can also walk the same 1.5km trail which will be atmospherically lit by St Edmundsbury Theatre Services.

The two events are all part of an ongoing project, called Breaking New Ground, to raise awareness and celebrate the Brecks, a unique area of landscape in the UK.

The Brecks stretches across both Norfolk and Suffolk and is characterised by heathlands, sandy soils, pine lines, forest plantations and is home to a range of rare and unusual specialiast plants, insects, birds and animals.

Breaking New Ground is a partnership scheme made up of national and regional organisations and community groups and was established after being awarded a £1.5 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Groups taking part during Enchanted Heath include St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Rojo Art, West Suffolk College, Wulfingas re-enactment group and Friends of West Stow.

During the storytelling trail, visitors can also take a first look at the new series of sculptures being developed in the country park, dedicated to the ancient story of Beowulf and The Dragon.

“We will be telling stories to conjure up the magic of the Brecks and help people connect with the incredible landscape,” said storyteller Lynn Whitehead.


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