More than 1,300 people swooped into West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village to be transported to the mythic age of dragons and the legend of Beowulf.
The historical attraction’s first Dragon Festival offered a feast of family fun including costumed re-enactments of Beowulf and the Dragon, a reptile roadshow, storytelling, face painting, kite-making, archery, dragon egg hunt and dragon slaying instruction.
Following the runaway box office success of movie Jurassic World, a highlight for youngsters was a ‘living’ 7ft tall T-Rex, provided by Big Foot Events.
There was also ‘raptor’ flight displays with eagles and owls.
Meanwhile, local microbrewery Brewshed created a beer, aptly dubbed ‘Crafty Dragon’, which was available from The Waes Hael Anglo-Saxon pub.
Glynis Baxter, heritage officer at West Stow, said: “We were delighted with how popular it was. It was very popular with young families but we had people of all ages there.
“It’s definitely going to be a yearly event and it will be bigger and better next year.”