Bury St Edmunds: Beowulf arrives at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group. Brendan McInerney (left) and Jane Seager behind the dragon. The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group. Brendan McInerney (left) and Jane Seager behind the dragon.

Monday, July 21, 2014
7:30 PM

Hundreds of visitors to West Stow were enthralled by gripping tales from the Anglo-Saxon saga, Beowulf and the Monsters.

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The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group.The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group.

Re-enactment group, Wulfingas, returned to West Stow’s Anglo-Saxon village and Country Park near Bury St Edmunds at the weekend to stage a number of costumed performances of two plays from Beowulf. They also demonstrated 5th and 6th Century games and crafts such as weaving.

Chris Gregory, heritage officer at West Stow, said the group always proved popular with visitors of all ages.

He added: “We get a lot of good feedback after the performances and it definitely increases visitor numbers because people like to see re-enactments, and the houses in the village occupied. It helps to bring everything to life.

“We will have events on all through the summer holidays starting with our Lord of the Rings themed family adventure, Ring Quest.”

The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group. Lochlan Roe (left) and Kim Glasswell.The Beowulf performance at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village by the Wulfingas AD 450-550 group. Lochlan Roe (left) and Kim Glasswell.

Visitors to the event this weekend will be tasked with finding clues, solving riddles and helping to save Middle Earth.

Ring Quest is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call 01284 728718 for details.

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