More than 1,500 people celebrate heritage of the Brecks at West Stow

Mark Westley Photography'West Stow Anglo Saxon village The Big Brecks Fest. ANL-150604-225314009
Mark Westley Photography'West Stow Anglo Saxon village The Big Brecks Fest. ANL-150604-225314009
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More than 1,500 people descended on a fun-filled celebration of the heritage of the Brecks region over the Easter weekend.

The Big Brecks Fest at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park pulled in the crowds on Sunday and Easter Monday with an array of activities and the chance to learn first-hand the specialist crafts and building skills which have made the region so unique.

Mark Westley Photography'West Stow Anglo Saxon village The Big Brecks Fest.'Jessica Morrissey aged 6 from Duxford adds her egg tothe Easter tree. ANL-150604-225204009

Mark Westley Photography'West Stow Anglo Saxon village The Big Brecks Fest.'Jessica Morrissey aged 6 from Duxford adds her egg tothe Easter tree. ANL-150604-225204009

There were demonstrations in blacksmithing, timber axing, traditional carpentry, thatching, willow weaving, lime working and flint knapping.

A storyteller regaled ‘Tales From the Brecks’ and there was a chance to try wildlife face-painting as well as an Easter Egg hunt around the country park.

The event was part of the Heritage Lottery funded partnership scheme called Breaking New Ground: A Landscape Conservation Action Plan For The Brecks.

A new seating structure is also underway at the country park as part of the Breaking New Ground project. It is being handcrafted by upto 300 people taking part in a series of Brecks Building Skills courses run by environmental education centre Orchard Barn.

For more pictures, see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.