With recommendations from friends, we decided to head to the Worstead Fesitval – a really nice family-focused weekend festival festival. It had a bit of the same feel as the North Norfolk Country Fair – Weybourne, which they also recommended, minus a few things like rides and car boot, etc.
I’ve removed all the details as I guess Nils prefers not to relive it, but the second go on the zip line for Soren was better than the first.
Like some events in the US, there was a Tractor area and parade and Steam Engine meet area – which is all part of a club here in North Norfolk. My Dad would love this area, so all these photos are really for him to enjoy. The kids loved the toy tractors, dizzy black smoke and especially the white Ford, which said was the car they drove at Santa’s Village – how funny they remember things from a year ago and more.
When it came time for lunch, we intentionally didn’t pack a picnic as we were taking the train, we thought we’d find something at the festival. Unlike back in Boston, there were not that many food truck/street food vendors (though it was not a food truck event), but I really wanted to try two things. Anything from The Duck Truck and a wood fired pizza from The Proper Pizza Co. – both really great! The kids loved the duck wrap too, but selfishly I inhaled it. Then again, Nils picked up some cheese fries for him & the kids too. So along with a couple of beers for us and some yummy Ronaldo’s ice cream later, we were all full and broke.
One of the other fun things for kids was to be able to take 5 penalty shots against the villages best footballer, this tall, red cheeked teenager. Supposedly he is pretty good goalie and per the coach, he’ll play for Norwich some day. Probably say that to all the kids, but we went along with it.
Soren had a few tries and then Maebh had one too. Finally the guy, suggested a photo at the end, so went along with that too. Perhaps in a few years, Soren will be the tall boy behind the net at the local festival.
Naturally we had to play the tombola table – but were very unlucky.
Then a bit like the tombola table, there was a game with a lollipop. Basically, you pick a lollipop, if you get a black stick you win a grand prize. If you pick a stick with a number, you get an extra prize, which they saw some older kids win. But unlike our usual bit of luck,we didn’t win here either. With their lollipops, we waited to see the Sheep Sheering & Herding Dogs, which we really liked.
With their lollipops, we waited to see the Sheep Sheering & Herding Dogs, which we really liked. The first they were doing was giving a step-by-step demonstration on how to sheer a sheep – was pretty cool and informative and full of laughs. They asked viewers to guess what we thought what a full wool fleece from one sheep go for – many guests a few hundred… but shockingly they only makes 70 PENCE for each fleece!!
After a few demonstrations, they then brought a bunch of ducks from the truck and the hearding dogs. But instead of showing how the dogs can corall the ducks, they showed how they train the dogs. They were pretty cool dogs, one older one about 9 and a new one, about 18 months. He was kept on a long leash but when they let him go to show his instincts he joined his mother (I assume) and chased one duck which escaped the pen right near us … it was really funny to watch.
Finally the best part of the sheep & dog part was that when they were in the back of the truck, the six ducks were very close to the sheep so they kept biting the sheep’s fur and even the ears. But being stupid sheep, they didn’t move away from the ducks, but stayed there, occasionally looking and continued to get nibbled. I went by a couple times, that is why at times they are biting a white one and another time brown.
There was a couple other things like some quirky artists – the love sign was cool but the buggy turned into a keyboard is a bit wacky.
Finally, a tractor ride back to train before heading home Cromer after a fun, family day out.