Hundreds of families swoop in for dragon festival at West Stow

T-Rex at West Stow Dragon Festival ANL-150622-110846001
T-Rex at West Stow Dragon Festival ANL-150622-110846001
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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.

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Dragon Festival at West Stow ANL-150621-233803009

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.

Dragon Festival at West Stow''Pictured; Owen (8) and Hannah (10) Jones making clay dragons, being taught by Viking Trader Theo and Viking Missionary AJ ANL-150621-233312009

Dragon Festival at West Stow''Pictured; Owen (8) and Hannah (10) Jones making clay dragons, being taught by Viking Trader Theo and Viking Missionary AJ ANL-150621-233312009

“It’s definitely going to be a yearly event and it will be bigger and better next year.”