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Ickworth’s 26th fair wood make a great family day out




A traction engine drives a saw bench at last year's Ickworth Wood Fair'Picture: National Trust/Ray Dale ANL-150610-154257001
A traction engine drives a saw bench at last year's Ickworth Wood Fair'Picture: National Trust/Ray Dale ANL-150610-154257001

Ickworth House’s 26th annual Wood and Craft Fair celebrates all things wooden this weekend.

From 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, it is a unique opportunity to buy high quality seasoned timber harvested directly from the Ickworth woodlands by its rangers and volunteers. Wood sales include cedar, oak, ash, beech and sycamore and, occasionally, more specialist woods such as cherry and maple.

The fair has its roots in the sale of wood from trees damaged in the October 1987 storm but has branched out to encompass many aspects of woodcraft and related natural commodities plus food and drink stalls, entertainment, real ales and handmade gifts.

It is a great opportunity to do early Christmas shopping and enjoy the autumnal colours of the park but it is also a return to Ickworth’s origins.

The history of Ickworth begins with its park. Thomas D’Ickworth was granted the right to create a deer-park on land belonging to the Bury St Edmunds Abbey in 1253. Seven-and-half centuries later Ickworth Park covers 1800 acres and is about 10 miles in circumference, encompassing 600 acres of woodland containing some fine specimen trees.



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