Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C


Gallery: Thousands visit Haughley Park to learn all about the wonder of wood

18:41 20 May 2014

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.

A 13ft tall dragon did not dare breathe fire when it took centre stage at a festival all about wood at the weekend.

The brightly coloured model animal was one of the stars of the Weird and Wonderful Wood, set in Haughley Park, Wetherden.

Some 8,700 visitors came to the event near Stowmarket which saw about 100 artists showcase their wood-crafting skills.

Tarby Davenport, the event’s co-ordinator, said: “The dragon was absolutely brilliant and it was a big attraction for the children. It played a variety of instruments and if you pressed the buttons it performed different tunes.

“We’ve never had it before, it was pretty extraordinary.

“Haughley Park is brilliant, it’s a really good setting. I think the estate owner Robert Williams was delighted.”

Workshops for adults and children to have a go at included archery, willow weaving, puppet making and den building.

The event has been going for about 20 years and raises money for Stow Hundreds, a not-for-profit organisation.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

An Ipswich man has been charged with being in possession of a flare during the derby game with Norwich at Portman Road in August.

A dangerous driver involved in a four-and-a-half mile police chase around Ipswich while drunk and disqualified from driving is facing a possible jail term.

A Kesgrave man accused of attempting to rape a schoolgirl has been cleared by a jury.

Specialist RAF search officers are joining the hunt today for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

Remains of a ship that sank to the seabed off the Suffolk coast around 500 years ago have been categorised as being “at risk” in an updated list of the nation’s heritage treasures published today.

A group of Suffolk schoolchildren stranded for six hours at night on a windswept moorland in heavy rain and fog have been praised for following their expedition training.

The University of Suffolk celebrated the work of its final three honorary graduates at its ceremonies on Thursday.

A motorcyclist was injured after a crash involving a van in Felixstowe on Thursday night.

Campaigners have demanded answers and greater transparency from mental health bosses over a “shocking” rise in unexpected patient deaths in Suffolk and Norfolk.

An abandoned white van is today being investigated by police looking into the disappearance of RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24