Easter fun at Gressenhall
Rob GarrattOvercast weather failed to put a dampener on spirits at a traditional Easter fair near Dereham yesterday.More than 2,000 people visited Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse to sample a raft of attractions and soak up the Easter atmosphere.Rob Garratt
Overcast weather failed to put a dampener on spirits at a traditional Easter fair near Dereham yesterday.
More than 2,000 people visited Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse to sample a raft of attractions and soak up the Easter atmosphere.
Highlights included Perrett's traditional fairground, which was packed with time-honoured rides like the helter skelter, cake walk, swing boats, carousal and a hoopla stand.
Elsewhere Art Attack sessions saw youngsters crafting their own bonnets and toppers, which they then don for an afternoon marching parade round the grounds.
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Other attractions included live re-enactments of the workhouse's history, story telling from the Mad Hatter, music from the Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band and a hog roast and barbecue. One stall, Fun With Ferrets, invited punters to guess which pipe a live ferret would emerge from.
Duty manager and event organiser Rose Sheen said: 'It's gone brilliantly, the car park is overflowing and the children's activities have been full to bursting.
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'Something like this helps get the spring off to a really good start. It's been a long winter and people have been tied up inside; this gives them a chance to get out for something special.'
Elsewhere the farmhouse hosted an array of attractions promoting an eco-friendly outlook, including puppetry performances from the Nutmeg Puppet Company and a stall inviting youngsters to write down one pledge towards the natural environment, and then hang it on a tree.
Sustainability project officer Hannah Jackson said: 'People are mainly pledging to feed the birds or make bug homes. It's a prime time of the year, as the wildlife world is waking up, to pledge five minutes a day to improve your local wildlife.'
Among the happy visitors were Phil and Sarah Taylor, 39, from Taverham who took their children Alice, 11, and two-year-old Daniel.
Mr Taylor, 44, said: 'It was good fun, there's so much to do you don't know where to start. I've never seen the car park so packed.'