Gallery: Sheep flocks take centre stage at Ickworth Wool Fair

Ickworth Wool Fair. With lots of wool and craft stalls and woolly attractions including sheep dog tr

Ickworth Wool Fair. With lots of wool and craft stalls and woolly attractions including sheep dog trials. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Hundreds of visitors flocked to a celebration of all things woolly, which took place at one of Suffolk’s National Trust properties over the weekend.

The wool fair in the grounds of Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds featured everything from sheep sheering and prize alpacas to wool crafts. These included demonstrations by spinners and dyers, embroiderers and felt makers.

There was also a sheep show teaching about the attributes of each breed and giving a lighthearted look at the processes involved in turning the animals’ fleece into a jumper to wear.

In addition to the wool-related attractions, there was plenty to entertain the crowds including the Green Dragon Morris dancers, live folk music and the Snow Queen for the younger visitors.

The Sunday saw dozens of talented dogs and their handlers demonstrating their herding skills in a competitive sheep dog trials on the parkland behind Ickworth House, organised by the East Anglian Sheep Dog Society.


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