Woodbridge’s Beowulf Festival heralded magical success
- Credit: Chris Mapey
The Beowulf festival could become a regular event in Woodbridge after it’s initial celebration was deemed a success by organisers.
The festival was organised by outgoing Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins with help from Woodbridge composer Jan Pulsford and was held in lieu of a Mayor’s ball.
“It was amazing,” said Ms Perkins, “The music was magical, mystical and ethereal.
“Everybody was enthralled.”
Plans for the festival had been in the works for around 18 months.
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Organisers had initially planned for a much smaller festival but as time went on more and more events were added to the schedule leading to a full five day festival.
The weekend began with an event at the Woodbridge Emporium book shop which featured stories, poems and songs about dragons.
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It also introduced Scruff the Plastic Dragon who was created by Wildlife Gadget Man ,Jason Alexander and Bon Collins from plastic collected around the area.
As well as the Dragon evening there were live music events including sessions from a specifically created from the Marie Boat stage.
Saturday also saw a light show projected onto the front of the Tide Mill Living Museum with the help of sponsors Holly Blue Boutique.
The show featured music and poetry written by Jan Pulsford and was accompanied by .
On Sunday author Kevin Crossley-Holland, who is renowned for his work on Beowulf, hosted a talk and book signing.
Bank Holiday saw the event move along the River Deben as festival goers walked to Sutton Hoo.
“I just wasn’t expecting it to be so fantastic, Ms Perkins, “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback.
“A massive thank you to everyone to Jan, Merlyn Bruce, Jason and Bon.
“Thank you’s to all the musicians and everyone involved in putting it on.”
After a successful weekend in the Bank Holiday sunshine Ms Perkins said that event’s success had made her think about making it a regular event in the town.
As for Scruff the Plastic Dragon Ms Perkins said that he would be remaining close to the Tide Mill for the foreseeable future as a reminder of the event.