Record crowds drawn to Ickworth Wood and Craft Fair’s ‘best ever’ year
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A wood and craft fair now in its 26th year was held at the weekend, celebrating local craftsmen and women from across Suffolk.
The annual Ickworth Wood and Craft Fair took place at Ickworth House over Saturday and Sunday, bringing in record visitor numbers.
7,000 people turned up for the fair, the highest number since its inception in 1989, with local food, crafts, beer and activities, from climbing to archery drawing, in the crowds.
Event coordinator Liz Thomas, who works for the National Trust, said: “It was a great atmosphere and was really helped out by the weather we had.
“It was our best we have ever held and we had record visitor numbers turn out. 7,000 people visited the fair over both days and we sold a record £12,000 of wood from the estate.
“The fair started in 1989 after the storm of 1987, which brought down a lot of trees on the estate. When they were trying to decide what to do with it all they said why not mill it, and held the fair to sell the wood.
“Now we have 125 stalls from some really talented people who all make and sell their own items.”