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Fairies help promote Weird and Wonderful Wood at Haughley Park near Stowmarket





Ahead of a popular art and craft event, fairies have been sighted in Suffolk beauty spots.

Weird and Wonderful Wood returns this weekend at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket, and fairies were found in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, Needham Lake and in Haughley Park bluebell wood.

Organisers have said this year’s event will be better than ever, after the art and craft fair won the EAFN award for best festival in East Anglia 2022.

Fairies have been spotted in Suffolk beauty spots ahead of Weird and Wonderful this weekend. Picture: Weird and Wonderful Wood
Fairies have been spotted in Suffolk beauty spots ahead of Weird and Wonderful this weekend. Picture: Weird and Wonderful Wood

The event hosts many of the county’s best craftspeople, artists, musicians, performers and caterers.

Visitors can take part in archery, tree climbing, wood carving, willow weaving, pyrography, drumming, hula hooping, den making, playing with clay as well as other free workshops.

Performances include acrobats, jugglers, stilt-walkers, a giant tortoise, a mechanical dragon, an 8ft Viking and many others that will be revealed across the weekend.

There will be workshops and performances. Picture: Weird and Wonderful Wood
There will be workshops and performances. Picture: Weird and Wonderful Wood

The Weird and Wonderful Wood stage is host musicians including Mark Chadwick from the Levellers, Poet John Hegley and Baka Beyond with their fusion of African/celtic music and dance.

Tarby Davenport, the creator of Weird and Wonderful Wood, received an MBE last year for her contribution to arts in Suffolk. She ran the event for 24 years before handing over to daughter Sarah and her colleague Sue.

To buy tickets, see here.

Gates open at 10.30am