Festival at West Stow puts traditional Brecks crafts in the spotlight

The West Stow Anglo Saxon village is holding the Big Brecks craft and country fair over the Easter w

The West Stow Anglo Saxon village is holding the Big Brecks craft and country fair over the Easter weekend. Pictured is Alan Jones demonstrating thatching. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A festival in west Suffolk has been showcasing heritage building skills ranging from thatching to flint knapping.

Regan and Millie Rampley and Fiona Dawson learn new craft skills at The West Stow Anglo Saxon Villag

Regan and Millie Rampley and Fiona Dawson learn new craft skills at The West Stow Anglo Saxon Village Big Brecks craft and country fair. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The Big Brecks Fest at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, which continues tomorrow, has also been designed to celebrate the unique landscape of the Brecks region and showcase traditional crafts associated with the area.

The festival is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project entitled Breaking New Ground, and it aims to help raise awareness of the distinct flora and fauna of the Brecks and its rich social heritage.

Throughout the bank holiday period, traditional master craftsmen and women have been demonstrating construction skills such as carpentry and thatching, alongside the long established arts of willow working and blacksmithing. There has been plenty to occupy the younger visitors too. Children have enjoyed listening to a story teller, having their faces painted like one of the Breckland’s animal inhabitants and taking part in an Easter egg hunt.

The Big Brecks Fest is on again tomorrow from 10am. Tickets are £5 each or £18 for a family ticket.


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