Woodbridge’s Beowulf Festival heralded magical success

Scruff the Plastic Dragon made by Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Scruff the Plastic Dragon made by Wildlife Gadget Man Jason Alexander. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

The Beowulf festival could become a regular event in Woodbridge after it’s initial celebration was deemed a success by organisers.

Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins speaks before music at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Woodbridge Mayor Clare Perkins speaks before music at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

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.

The projections were accompanied by music by Woodbridge's Jan Pulsford. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

The projections were accompanied by music by Woodbridge's Jan Pulsford. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey


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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.

Visitors gather at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Visitors gather at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

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.

Oktoba at Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Oktoba at Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

“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.

Story time with Kevin Crossley Holland at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Story time with Kevin Crossley Holland at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

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.

Re-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Re-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

The Beowulf Festival in Woodbridge. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

The Beowulf Festival in Woodbridge. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

Colourful costumes on show at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY

Colourful costumes on show at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHARMIAN BERRY - Credit: Charmian Berry

Caswell on the Marie boat stage. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Caswell on the Marie boat stage. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Mayor Clare at the Dragon evening story telling event. Picture: J BUTTON

Woodbridge Mayor Clare at the Dragon evening story telling event. Picture: J BUTTON - Credit: Jules Button - Woodbridge Emporium

Crowds at the Tide Mill Quay. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Crowds at the Tide Mill Quay. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Archant

Local artists work was showcased on the side of the Tide Mill. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Local artists work was showcased on the side of the Tide Mill. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Visitors watch the Tide Mill lit up for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Visitors watch the Tide Mill lit up for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Archant

The Tide Mill plays its part in the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

The Tide Mill plays its part in the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Re-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Re-enactors at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Beowulf Festival goers relaxing in the sunshine. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Beowulf Festival goers relaxing in the sunshine. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Displays by the Woodbridge Riverside Trust. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Displays by the Woodbridge Riverside Trust. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Visitors in Whisstocks Place. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Visitors in Whisstocks Place. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

It was a bright sunny day for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

It was a bright sunny day for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Visitors gather to see Scruff the Plastic Dragon. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Visitors gather to see Scruff the Plastic Dragon. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

The Tide Mill is lit up for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

The Tide Mill is lit up for the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Whisttocks Place in the sunshine. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Whisttocks Place in the sunshine. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Overhead shot of the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Overhead shot of the Beowulf Festival. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Visitors in the newly opened Whisttocks Place. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Visitors in the newly opened Whisttocks Place. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Woodbridge DJ David Freedland, with electronic music artist Girl in a Gale. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY

Woodbridge DJ David Freedland, with electronic music artist Girl in a Gale. Picture: CHRIS MAPEY - Credit: Chris Mapey

Jules Button from the Woodbridge Emporium escorted by Saxon soldiers. Picture: J BUTTON

Jules Button from the Woodbridge Emporium escorted by Saxon soldiers. Picture: J BUTTON - Credit: Jules Button - Woodbridge Emporium

Scruff the Plastic Dragon . Picture: J BUTTON

Scruff the Plastic Dragon . Picture: J BUTTON - Credit: Jules Button - Woodbridge Emporium

Mayor Clare Perkins on the Saxon boat at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: J BUTTON

Mayor Clare Perkins on the Saxon boat at the Beowulf Festival. Picture: J BUTTON - Credit: Jules Button - Woodbridge Emporium

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