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Weird and Wonderful Wood welcomes more than 4,000 visitors to Haughley Park, in Wetherden





An award-winning Suffolk festival celebrating art, sculptures and furniture carved from wood saw thousands attend.

Weird and Wonderful Wood returned to Haugley Park, Wetherden, near Stowmarket, over the weekend to showcase artists’ wooden crafts alongside a line-up of musicians, street performers and workshops.

Visitors were amazed to spot a giant tortoise, a mechanical dragon, a giant Viking roaming around the festival as well as live chainsaw carving demonstrations.

Willow Ivens Nicoll, 2, having a go with a hula hoop. Picture: Mecha Morton
Willow Ivens Nicoll, 2, having a go with a hula hoop. Picture: Mecha Morton
Many were amazed by a giant snail making its way around the site. Picture: Mecha Morton
Many were amazed by a giant snail making its way around the site. Picture: Mecha Morton
More than 4,000 visitors attended the festival on Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton
More than 4,000 visitors attended the festival on Saturday. Picture: Mecha Morton
Dylan, 9, Amelia, 4, with festival fairy Alice Weaver. Picture: Mecha Morton
Dylan, 9, Amelia, 4, with festival fairy Alice Weaver. Picture: Mecha Morton

Organiser Sarah Barker said: “It was the most beautiful weekend and there was wonder around every corner.

“The sun was glowing for the entire event and there were simply too many highlights to mention.

“We had the pick of the crop for performers and it was just fantastic.”

Jason Cala and Anna wright from the prehistoric experience. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jason Cala and Anna wright from the prehistoric experience. Picture: Mecha Morton
The giant Viking. Picture: Mecha Morton
The giant Viking. Picture: Mecha Morton
Xandra Norton-Berry, 5, having a go at some wood whittling. Picture: Mecha Morton
Xandra Norton-Berry, 5, having a go at some wood whittling. Picture: Mecha Morton
Music by the Floozies. Picture: Mecha Morton
Music by the Floozies. Picture: Mecha Morton
There were a range of street performers at the festival. Picture: Mecha Morton
There were a range of street performers at the festival. Picture: Mecha Morton

Around 4,700 people came out on Saturday to see some of performances including Baghdaddies, Mark Chadwick from the Levellers, the Wilswood Bouys and Swervy World.

Weird and Wonderful Wood has been voted as the Best Festival in Suffolk for the last two years by the East Anglian Festival Network.

The event marked the festival’s 29th year and Sarah said they already have some big plans for next year’s 30th anniversary.