May date set for Suffolk woodwork fair: The Weird and Wonderful Wood

Andy Basham, of Coppice Designs, makes Ash tent pegs at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on

Andy Basham, of Coppice Designs, makes Ash tent pegs at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May. - Credit: Su Anderson

A celebration of all aspects of woodwork is returning to Suffolk in May.

Elly Tree perform at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May.

Elly Tree perform at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May. - Credit: Su Anderson

The ‘Weird and Wonderful Wood’, at Haughley Park in Wetherden, takes place over the weekend of Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17.

The fair, which showcases the talents of specialist woodworkers, attracts more than 8,000 over the two days.

This year, the site will play host to a replica 46ft Saxon ship, a Shepherd’s Hut, a didgeridoo player from Bosnia and a woodcarver from Nigeria. More than 120 artists and crafts people come from all over the country, travelling from as far as Scotland, Cornwall and Wales.

Demonstrations include carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, musical instrument making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chainsaw carving, hurdle making, wood turning, pole lathe turning, labyrinth making, as well as traditional gypsy caravan displays.

Natasha Fordham, 11, hula hoops at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May.

Natasha Fordham, 11, hula hoops at the Weird and Wonderful Wood in Wetherden on Sunday, 18 May. - Credit: Su Anderson


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There will also be a working mobile sawmill on site, so people can get their own tree cut.

Workshops, for both adults and children, are free and include activities such as archery, den building, willow weaving, withy work, papermaking, gypsy flower making, pole lathe turning, puppet making, jewellery manufacture and tree climbing in nets.

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There will also be a wide selection of local food and drink, and music throughout the weekend.

The fair takes place from 10.30am- 6pm on Saturday and 10.30am-5pm on Sunday.

Tickets are £8 per day for adults, £6 for concessions, £4 for under-12s and children under the age of three are admitted free. For more information call 01359 240724.

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